From a seemingly impossible position, Triple Seven flew home to claim a last gasp victory in the feature event at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Stuck behind a pack of horses as they entered the home straight, last year’s Ttukseom Cup winner, sent off at 8/1 and top weight for the 1700 metre handicap, Triple Seven (The Groom Is Red) looked set to play no part in a a finish that was et to be contested by favourite Holy Dreamer, filly Cheonun and former prolific winner Big Easy.
Forced to go down the outside, jockey Bang Choon Sik – replacing regular rider Choi Bum Hyun – managed to get six-year old Triple Seven into top gear and they came through to hit the front as the pack swept over the line to win by a head from Cheonun with Khanui Huye and Holy Dreamer just a further neck behind in third and fourth.
It made it two wins from two starts this year and twelve career wins in total for Triple Seven who, alongside the great Baekgwang, is the most successful horse by late sire The Groom Is Red.
In other races, there was a third straight win for three-year old Mupaeseungni (Ingrandire). Crucially this time it was over 1700 metres and the manner in which he coatsed to an eight length victory in race 8, suggests the colt could play some part in the Classics this year. If he does, he’ll be the first progeny of relatively new Japanese sire Ingrandire (White Muzzle) to do so. Meanwhile, for the second Saturday in a row, Japanese jockey Hiro Hamada took victory in the last race of the day. This time he partnered filly She Strong to a narrow win.
Racing returns to the peninsula on Sunday with eleven races at Seoul from 11:10 to 18:00 and six at Busan from 12:30 to 16:30.
* Today, March 12, is the one year anniversary of the death of jockey Park Jin Hee. Busan based rider Park took her own life after battling depression.