Top Point Wins the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup
Top Point regained her crown as Korea’s top racemare by winning the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup at Busan Race Park this afternoon. The seven-year old led home Seoul-based fillies Geumbi and Kkakjaengi to secure a clean-sweep of the placings by visitors from the capital.
Sent off the 6/4 favourite, the former KRA Cup Classic winner was settled into the middle of the pack by jockey Jo In Kwen as Bulkkot Gisang and Gippeumnuri made the early pace. As they turned for home, however, the three favourites came to the front. First it was Kkakjaengi and she and Top Point locked up to duel two furlongs from home. It wasn’t until 100 metres from the line that Top Point saw her off and Kakakjaengi faded to third as Geumbi finished quickly on the outside.
Ultimately Top Point wasn’t extended. She moves onto a record of eighteen wins from thirty-two starts. Had she not missed most of last year due to injury, that record would surely be even better. Her only time out of the money was in the 2009 Grand Prix. Sooner or later, she will be retired but today proved that she still has plenty to offer.
Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup (KOR.G3) – Busan Race Park – 2000M – November 13, 2011
1. Top Point (KOR) [Tom Cruiser-Mooncello (Northern Baby)] – Jo In Kwen – 2.5, 1.3
2. Geumbi (USA) [Ecton Park-Lady Justine (Lit De Justice)] – Ham Wan Sik – 1.8
3. Kkakjaengi (USA) [Put It Back-Wild Dixie Gal (Wild Event)] – Lee Sang Hyeok – 1.5
Distances: 2 lengths/0.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Queen Of Rain (USA) 5. Money Tree (KOR) 6. Fortunata (USA) 7. Gippeumnuri (USA) 8. Blueband Mama (USA) 9. Dongbangmiin (KOR) 10. Wonder Unicorn (KOR) 11. Crown Flag (KOR) 12. Bulkkot Gisang (KOR) 13. Onsaemiro (KOR) 14. Tango Step (KOR)
Up at Seoul, the feature race was the Sports World Trophy and unlike in Busan, there was a surprise. 26/1 Ppoppai [Rockport Harbor-Fair And Lively (Lively One)] got the better of a tight finish over Captain Cugat (King Cugat) and Ecton Cat (Ecton Park). While it was a sixth win in twelve starts for the US bred three-year old, it also capped off a remarkable weekend for apprentice jockey Lee Gang Seo.
Lee, recently returned from a month of training in Australia, rode two winners yesterday and had already added another before picking up the ride on Ppoppai from the indisposed Yoon Tae Hyoug. Evidently the time abroad has done him some good.
Next week the Stakes action returns to Seoul in the shape of the Nonghyup Chairman’s Cup