Geuma Champ got up at the very last moment to claim victory by the smallest possible margin in the Ilgan Sports Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Having collared long-time race leader Full Step in the home straight, the two of them dueled in the final furlong before the three-year old Geuma Champ just got ahead at the right time.
Highly rated earlier this season, Geuma Champ (Vicar) was sent off as a 9/1 chance in the Korean Derby in May. He disappointed that day, finishing 13th out of the 14 runners. However, he quickly recovered and has racked up two consecutive wins before today.
Recognising this, punters sent him off as the slight 3/1 favourite in what was a very competitive field. Full Step (Didyme) battled hard having led the field from the starting gate until just metres from the line. Super Rich (Osumi Jet) led the rest of the field home, a full six lengths back in third.
We’re just two weeks away the Minister’s Cup – the final leg of the Korean Triple Crown. Geuma Champ currently isn’t entered to take on Gwangyajeil and Useung Touch once more. If he were and was to carry on today’s form, he’d likely give them a better race this time.
Ilgan Sports Stakes – Seoul Racecourse – 1800M – September 18, 2011
1. Geuma Champ (KOR) [Vicar – Stormcloudrising (Stormy Atlantic)] – Shin Hyoung Chul – 4.1, 1.8
2. Full Step (KOR) [Didyme – Fox Dance (Foxtrail)] – Ham Wan Sik – 4.5
3. Super Rich (KOR) [Osumi Jet – Fast Fare (West By West)] – Moon Jung Kyun – 3.7
Distances: Nose/6 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Jajamega 5. Magnifique 6. Sagunyukjin 7. Gangcheoldoryeong 8. Yeongtap 9. New And Best 10. Seoul Jeongsang 11. Suseong B.F 12. Beongaegangho 13. Yodongjewang 14. Mupaeseungi