Day: April 10, 2011

Jumong Reigns Over Bally Brae

Subsidy’s little brother beats his biggest rival / Wolsley Saddles a Treble

He’s named after a King. He takes after his big brother. Jumong played the Subsidy role to perfection to beat Bally Brae in the feature race at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.

Motion Blur: Jumong (8) hits the front. Florida Sox (obscured) would lose second place to Bally Brae (behind) in the stewards' room

A month ago, Jumong [Johar – Foreign Aid (Danzig)] was sent off the favourite but returned among the also rans as Bally Brae [Yarrow Brae – Political Bluff (Unaccounted For)] scored a sensational return to the winner’s circle. Today, both were reasonably unfancied but it was they who found themselves chasing down early leader Florida Sox [Woke Up Dreamin – Chordette (Dixieland Band)] as the field entered the home stretch, Bally Brae on the rail and Jumong, with Jo In Kwen on board, on the outside. Oh Kyoung Hoan shifted Bally Brae out to make his run but at that same moment, Florida Sox faltered, obstructing the nine-year old. The race was Jumong’s with Florida Sox crossing the line in second and Bally Brae in third.

Inevitably it went to the stewards and after ten minutes they decided that were it not for the interference, Bally Brae would certainly have finished ahead of Florida Sox and reversed their placings. Had he been able to get into stride, he may have beaten Jumong too. However, the four-year old was blameless and recorded what was only his sixth career victory.

He was smiling before but not after - Moon Se Young picked up a four day ban

Florida Sox, last year’s Segye Ilbo Cup winner was, for the first time, being ridden by Moon Se Young. It was Moon who had ridden Jumong to four of his previous five victories and who rode him last month when losing to Bally Brae. Of course, it is Bally Brae who gave Moon his most celebrated victories and even – if you believe the sub-soap opera storyline – sealed his marriage. How he must feel this evening then as he reflects on a four-day ban for his ride on Florida Sox.

Jumong is the fifth foal out of Foreign Aid to be imported to Korea. Among the others were YTN Cup winner Soseono and of course, the great Subsidy, the last son of Mr. Prospector. Subsidy’s battles with Bally Brae are among Korean racing’s recent highlights. No-one ever thought that Bally Brae would start a rivalry with Subsidy’s little brother too. However, they now have a win each. A decider is necessary.

Ruler Of The Gold (Tribal Rule) was an impressive winner of race 4 today

The capital and the second city played a football match in the K-League in Busan today. It finished 1-1. Last week, Busan horses dominated Seoul on the track in the KRA Cup Mile and next week they’ll likely do they same as they visit the capital in a bid to plunder the Ttukseom Cup. Today, however, it was the Busan track’s foreign connection that was doing the plundering.

Australian trainer Peter Wolsley saddled a treble of winners, taking the first three races on the card. After Heukdancer had taken the first with Kim Nam Sung in the saddle, he combined with Japanese rider Yoshi Aoki for victories with Optimus in race 2 and Jungle Love in race 3. Both horses are owned by the foreign run Pegasus Farm on Jeju Island. They went looking for another in race 4 but were denied by who else? Mr Pink, Toshio Uchida, got the first of a pair of winners on Namdo Teukgeup and he followed it up by taking the feature race on nine-year old stalwart Admiral Reigart (General Royal).

So ends another weekend of sport on the peninsula. Next week it’s one of the highlights of the year in the shape of the Ttukseom Cup at Seoul. For the first time ever, Busan has been invited to crash the party. We’ll begin the build-up tomorrow.

To the rafters: Seoul Racecourse was as packed as ever