Busan Scores Clean Sweep in Clash Of The Champions at Seoul
Dangdae Bulpae had it all his own way as he added the Ttukseom Cup to his Minister’s and President’s Cups titles at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Derby winner Cheonnyeon Daero was second while his stablemate Yeonseung Daero made it a clean sweep of the placings for Busan horses by finishing third.
While his last visit to the capital ended in defeat as he failed to stay the distance behind Mister Park in the Grand Prix Stakes, today, running at seven furlongs for the first time in his career, there were no such worries. Under Jo Sung Gon, Dangdae Bulpae was always well placed and hit the front with a furlong and a half to go.
Cheonnyeon Daero tried to go with him but was beaten for speed while the fast finishing Yeonseung Daero left his run too late to reel in the winner, jockey Jo able to relax in the final fifty metres as the pair cruised to their fourth Stakes win together.
A late developer as a three-year old, Dangdae Bulpae [Biwa Shinseiki – Indeed My Dear (Alydeed)] was third behind Cheonnyeon Daero in the Korean Derby last year. He then embarked on a glorious summer and autumn which brought victories in the Gyeongnam Governor’s Stakes as well as those Minister’s and President’s Cups back in the capital. Aside from a shock reverse at the hands of Mupae Star, that Grand Prix setback is the only real blot on a career which has seen eleven wins from sixteen starts.
And that Grand Prix winner, Mister Park, is all that stands between Dangdae Bulpae and recognition as the best Korean born horse on the peninsula. Mister Park, being Korean born, but not bred, couldn’t take part today, but their paths will surely cross again.
It was another desperately disappointing – if not especially surprising – result for Seoul. Finishing fourth, Wangson was the best placed of the home track’s entries with last year’s winner Triple Seven in sixth. Busan leads this year’s head to head by in Stakes races by two to nothing.
Ttukseom Cup (KOR.GIII) – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Sunday Apr 17, 2011
1. Dangdae Bulpae (KOR) [Biwa Shinseiki – Indeed My Dear (Alydeed)] – Jo Sung Gon – 2.0, 1.2
2. Cheonnyeon Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Doneitmyway (Northern Flagship)] – Park Geum Man – 2.4
3. Yeonseung Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Sensationalkris (Cryptoclearance)] – Choi Si Dae – 1.8
Distances: 1.75 lengths/0.75 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Wangson 5. Namdo Jeap 6. Triple Seven 7. Triple Sinhwa 8. Suseong TX 9. Baengnyeonbong 10. The Almighty 11. Golden Rose 12. Tamna Hero 13. Best Holls 14. Tamnahwanhui
* Earlier in the day at Seoul, there was a match-up between two of the track’s highest rated three-year old colts. Shoot In (Exploit) and Gwangyajeil (VIcar) have been kept off the Triple Crown trail so far but could make an appearance later in the season. Today, it was Gwangyajeil who got the better of their battle in race 8, with a four length win.
* With the track’s domestic stars up in Seoul, the feature race at Busan was for the imports. It was won by favourite Kiwi’s Playboy (Cloud Hoppin) for jockey Toshio Uchida. The win was Uchida’s third of the afternoon, the Japanese rider having earlier taken both races 1 and 2.