Raon Glory wins HRI Trophy / Ttukseom Cup in D-1
Moon Se Young is a smart guy. When picking up a four meeting ban for getting Florida Sox demoted back to third in last Sunday’s feature race, he was quick to request a one-week delay to the start of his lay-off.
As is customary when the jockey has a ride in a big race the following weekend, the Stewards agreed. It seems though that Moon didn’t necessarily have his eye on the mount of Suseong TX in tomorrow’s Ttukseom Cup, but rather on several this afternoon that saw him ride off with five winners.
Chief among them was victory in the feature event, the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Trophy on favourite Raon Glory (Tapit). The pair hit the front of the seven-furlong race inside the final furlong and stretched away to a three-length win from the weakening long-time leader Yuseongjeil. Outsider Major Girl finished strongly to take third in the all-filly and mare Cup race.
Raon Glory, a four-year old grey filly, now has six wins from nine lifetime starts and looks set to join class 1 company very soon. As for Moon, it was the third of five wins on the day to send him off on his enforced break with plenty of spending money.
The HRI Trophy is one of a number of “International Exchange” races run each year. In addition to Ireland, the KRA has arrangements with racing authorities in Japan, Australia, South Africa, Macau, Malaysia and Turkey whereby each sponsor a race in the other’s country. The link with Ireland is one of the longest standing; today’s race being the fifteenth running of the HRI Trophy.
HRI Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – April 16, 2011
1. Raon Glory (KOR) [Tapit – Queen Lu Lu (Kingmambo)] – Moon Se Young – 1.6, 1.1
2. Yuseongjeil (KOR) [Creek Cat – Haetpit Maeul (Mujaazif)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 4.3
3. Mighty Girl (KOR) [Duality – Our Kaapstad (Kaapstad)] – Won Jung Il – 11.1
Distances: 3 lengths/Nose – 14 ran
Seoul basked in beautiful sunshine today and it should continue tomorrow for one of the highlights of the Korean racing year, the 23rd running of the Group 3 Ttukseom Cup. While Triple Seven, Suseong TX and Wangson will be doing their best to keep the silverware in the capital, most observers see the business end of the race being contested by the visitors from Busan.
Derby winner Cheonnyeon Daero should relish the drop back to 1400 metres as should Minister’s and President’s Cup Champion Dangdae Bulpae. Then there’s Yeonseung Daero; arguably the best Korean bred horse on the peninsula, he usually only takes on foreign opposition and isn’t fussy about the distance. Also lining up is Triple Sinhwa, a horse who was a well beaten second behind Cheonnyeon Daero last month but is another for whom the shorter distance could be a benefit.
The big race is at 16:35 and is race nine of an eleven race card at Seoul which starts at 11:10am. There are also six races at Busan from 12:30 to 17:05. Here is a final run-down of the runners and riders for the Ttukseom Cup (Name / pedigree / race records (Races/1sts/2nds/3rds)/jockey / (home track)
Ttukseom Cup (KOR.GIII) – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Sunday Apr 17, 16:35
1. Dangdae Bulpae (KOR) [Biwa Shinseiki – Indeed My Dear (Alydeed)] – (15/10/1/1) – Jo Sung Gon (Busan)
2. Best Holls (KOR) [Fierecely – Onethindime (Tactical Advantage)] – (15/5/1/2) – Jung Ki Yong (Seoul)
3. Suseong TX (KOR) [Concept Win – Oktong-I (Kyoei Blossom)] – (21/7/4/4) – Moon Se Young (Seoul)
4. Triple Sinhwa (KOR) [Capital Spending – Claudia’s Secret (Crafty Prospector)] – (15/6/6/0) – You Hyun Myung (Busan)
5. Golden Rose (KOR) [Buster’s Daydream – Pop’s Apple (Digangi’s Grinder)] – (21/5/3/3) – Moon Jung Kyun (Seoul)
6. Tamna Hero (KOR) [Creek Cat – The Big C (Deputed Testamony)] (25/8/4/3) – Chae Gyu Jun (Busan)
7. Wangson (KOR) [Distilled – Eastern Tide (Far Out East)] – (17/8/3/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho (Seoul)
8. Tamnahwanhui (KOR) [Al Naba – Bulbijihye (Pro For Sure)] – (18/5/3/1) – Kim Cheol Ho (Seoul)
9. Yeonseung Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Sensationalkris (Cryptoclearance)] – (30/13/6/4) – Choi Si Dae (Busan)
10. Namdo Jeap (KOR) [Ft. Stockton – Wandering Katie (Tejano)] – (27/8/7/4) – Kim Dong Young (Busan)
11. Baengnyeonbong (KOR) [Al Naba – Sansovino Art (Mister C.)] – [(25/7/2/7) – Oh Kyoung Hoan (Seoul)
12. The Almighty (KOR) [Capital Spending – Dauntless Cat (Mountain Cat)] – (15/5/3/0) – Ham Wan Sik (Seoul)
13. Triple Seven (KOR) [The Groom Is Red – Impudence (Grand Lodge)] – (34/12/4/7) – Choi Bum Hyun (Seoul)
14. Cheonnyeon Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Doneitmyway (Northern Flagship)] – (19/7/7/2) – Park Geum Man (Busan)