Met Champion Beaten by Nuri Choegang / Wolsley’s Gyeongkwaehanjilju Scores
He might have beaten some of the biggest names in Korean racing to win the Busan Metropolitan last month but Yeonseung Daero was brought crashing back down to Earth in the second of co-feature races at Busan this afternoon.
Having triumphed over Dongbanui Gangja, Tough Win and Dangdae Bulpae in the “Summer Grand Prix”, the five-year old Yeonseung Daero was sent off heavy favourite to win the nine-furlong handicap. However, it was US five-year old Nuri Choegang [Awesome Of Course-Jamie Love] who made all from gate to wire to claim victory with Yeonseung Daero trailing all the way and failing to make any in-roads into his lead in the final furlong, eventually going down by a length and a half.
To avoid the heavy weights he would be required to carry in Korean-bred only handicaps, Yeonseung Daero is always entered in Open races where he consistently faces tougher opposition resulting in him having a record of “just” 15 wins from 35 starts. Nevertheless, with a two-kilo weight advantage, few expected him to be beaten by Nuri Choegang, a horse recording his 9th career win.
Nuri Choegang completed a treble of winners for jockey Jo Sung Gon who made a small dent into Toshio Uchida’s lead at the top of the Jockey Championship – Mr. Pink himself scoring a double (Akane Yamamoto was also among the winners meaning Japanese jockeys accounted for three races on the day).
Jo took out both co-feature races by winning race 9 on four year-old grey Gyeongkwaehanjilju [Tapit-Cozzie Maxine]. The colt, trained by Australian Peter Wolsley was winning for the seventh time in his thirteen race career and for the first time at class 1. For trainer Wolsley, it was the 110th winner of his time in Korea.
Tomorrow, attention turns to Seoul before racing returns to Busan on Sunday for the track’s biggest race of the year, the 2011 Korean Oaks. Here’s what’s happening when and where for the rest of the weekend:
Saturday August 20
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:10 to 17:30
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20
Sunday August 21
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:10 including the Korean Oaks at 16:15 and the Gold Circle Turf Club Trophy at 17:10.