Tough Win Puts Star Filly in her Place / Who is Seo Seung Woon?
Star filly Kkakjaengi ran slap bang into a resurgent Tough Win in a thrilling main event at Seoul Race Park this afternoon, which saw the first five horses home separated by just a length and a half.
Tough Win (Yonaguska) was looking to bounce back from a disappointing defence of his Busan Metropolitan title in July and punters kept faith with him, sending him off as slight favourite, despite being up against double-Stakes winning three-year old filly Kkakjaengi (Put It Back).
After second favourite Khaki Halls set the early pace, it was former Grand Prix winner Bally Brae who led the field into the home straight. It looked as though the grand old man of Korean racing may pull off an unlikely victory but Kkakjaengi was looming ominously. Tough Win meanwhile had to go all the way around the field to find a run. Eventually he got into stride and, despite carrying a back-busting 63Kg, he had enough in him to haul himself to the line in front. 70/1 outsider Indian Secret scored an unlikely second place with Kkakjaengi, Bally Brae and Larrycat crossing the line together behind.
Tough Win moves onto 12 wins from 16 starts. Kkakjaengi has to settle for being on 6 wins from 10 starts.
While Tough Win was the equine star of the day, on the jockey front we have someone new to watch. Newly qualified Seo Seung Woon had the good fortune to make his racing debut on favourite Challenge Concept (Concept Win) in race 3. He duly did the business by 3 lengths. A dream start but so far, so professional. Things got even better for him later on though as he put in a cracking shift on board 37/1 outsider Darling Vision (Perfect Champion) in race 9 to score an all-out half-length victory. One to watch over the coming months.
Tomorrow it’s the Owners’ Cup at Busan. It was Dangdae Bulpae who took Tough Win out of the Metropolitan in July by engaging him in a pointless speed duel in the early part of the race. Both horses were exhausted by the time they got to the business part of the race. Today was Tough Win’s redemption, tomorrow Dangdae Bulpae will have the opportunity to earn his.
Sunday September 4
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:10 including the Owners’ Cup at 16:15 and the GCTC Trophy at 17:10.