It’s been a while coming but Joe Murphy finally saddled his first Korean winner at Busan Race Park on Friday afternoon.
After sending out thirty-nine runners without success, it was fortieth time lucky for Murphy as his four-year old colt Udeumji, the 3/1 favourite, took victory by half a length in the class 2 race 7.
Murphy, who has held a licence since July last year, manages a string of twelve horses at Busan, with Isidore Farm’s mare Ganghan Yeoja who won four races for previous trainer Peter Wolsley, the best known of his charges. Wolsley himself made a similarly slow start as he struggled to get quality horses in his barn but, over the past year, has established himself as one of he track’s top trainers.
Indeed, the Australian was among the winners himself as Volponi gelding Saeroun Taeyang scored a shock win in the afternoon’s feature as favourite Namdo Jeap put in a disappointing run.
Now the pressure is off, we’ll see what Murphy can do. Rather fittingly, it was Wolsley’s former stable jockey Park Geum Man who landed the win on Udeumji.