Queen Beats Ace As Favourites Fold

Ruby Queen Bests Ace Galloper At Seoul / Joe Murphy Trains Outsider Atanarjuat To Stun Useung Touch At Busan

It was a day of upsets in the feature races at Seoul and Busan today. On the south coast, what was billed as a match-race between Useung Touch and Geumdda was crashed by a 42/1 outsider, while in the capital Ace Galloper couldn’t overcome a severe weight disadvantage as he went down to Ruby Queen.

Ace Galloper is nowhere to be seen as Ruby Queen and Boo Min Ho sprint to victory at Seoul

Despite carrying 61kg, Ace Galloper (Chapel Royal) was still strongly fancied to snap a streak of two consecutive second places in Seoul’s feature handicap. However, Ruby Queen (Badge Of Silver) took an early lead and proceeded to make all under jockey Boo Min Ho. Ace Galloper looked poised to challenge as they entered the home straight, but he although he left the rest of the field behind, he never looked like making an impact on Ruby Queen’s lead and the filly held on for a comfortable two-length win.

Ace Galloper, winner of last year’s KRA Cup Classic and Seoul’s top-ranked domestic bred horse, now has three second place finishes in a row. On the plus side, Ruby Queen won’ be getting nine kilos off him again any time soon.

Down at Busan there was an ever bigger surprise. The clash between 2011 Korean Oaks winner Useung Touch (Menifee) and the three-year old filly Geumdda (Officer), who had only been beaten once in seven starts, was one that punters had been looking forward to all year. In the end, it was something of a disappointment.

Although it was clear from early on that Geumdda was having an off-day, Useung Touch at least looked to be doing the business authoritatively as she led the field in the home straight. However, that reckoned without little-known Joe Murphy trainee Atarnarjuat (Graeme Hall), who flew home down the rail to take a shock two-length win at odds of 42/1.

Six-years old, Atarnarjuat was scoring just his fourth win from thirty-one starts and his first since May 2010. For American trainer Joe Murphy it was a second class 1 win of 2012. For jockey Park Geum Man, it was the perfect preparation for his trip to Seoul next weekend where he will ride the favourite, Gyeongbudaero, in the Korean Derby.

* In other news, jockey Kim Cheol Ho has received a six month ban for his ride on filly Indian Hopper in race 8 at Seoul on Saturday. The filly was slow leaving the gate and lost touch with the field. She recovered a little but she finished ten lengths adrift of the next to last horse home. Although there was no evidence that he deliberately slowed the filly, Stewards did not accept his explanation that he was concerned as to her welfare in the early stages (the vet check came back fine). He’ll get his license back on November 13.

Here’s the video, judge for yourself. He breaks – slowly – from gate 2:


  1. i rewatched the race a few times, the horse jumped very good but he pulled the horse…i believe there was some cheating in that race…as afr as i know jockeys are very much controlled by the trainers i treally would like to know the trainers instructions to the jockey…definetely there was something fishy….

  2. From my bad Korean it seems the Trainer’s assistant (apprently Shin wasn’t there) told stewards the jockey was to be towards the back and then follow similar tactics to the filly’s last race, which she won after a slow start.

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    I am a tourist and will be in Korea for a month, and I would like to know date and time of the Koerean Derby. I think it will take place on May 20th, isn`t it? Best regards

  4. i still believe they were cooking something on the back range…it’s quite common over here although i wasn;t expecting from shin woo chul team…..

    it might be challenging to prove evidence but there are a lot of cheaters here in this game…..2 trainers were under investigation ilately and there is a connection within KRA ranks i heard….

    most of the punting public are aware of that so when they study their form guides they consider the cheating probabilities too….my korean friend always tells me he likes the cheating races for the better odds…
    he says through trainers and jockey profiles, without any connection, he can figure out those races ….he’s been punting for 20 years…long enough to know limited number of trainers and jockeys inside out……
    me? just a waygook enjoying small punt for the joy of racing….

    1. A KRA manager was arrested last month around the same time Kim Myung Guk was suspended. Trainer Lee In Ho (who trains Kkakjaengi) was suspended last week in the same investigation.

      You’re right that almost every punter likes to say they can spot the fix though most I’ve spoken to seem to think this one wasn’t. One factor, as you say, is the trainer, the other is that the fixes can’t be that obvious. All involved know that if a jockey behaves like that coming out of the gate he’s going to instantly get a massive ban and furthermore that every aspect of the race and the horse’s connections are going to now be investigated in great detail. Far more subtle ways of avoiding winning a race you probably weren’t going to win anyway.

      The investigation will say more but at the moment my opinion is that Kim was just a massive prat.

  5. you are right about subtle ways to avoiding winning a race….we talked that with my pundit friend…and also we aware of the trainers credentials yet the way he pulled the horse still leaves a lot of questions unanswered…and i think he won a race couple of hours before slaughtering that one from barrier one leading all the way that indicates he can ride a winner if he tries

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