Speedus Steers Clear Of Trouble To Claim Nonghyup Stakes

Cho Kyoung Ho To Miss Grand Prix After DQ of Chowon Yeoje

11/1 chance Speedus won the Nonghyup Chairman’s Stakes at a chilly Seoul Race Park this afternoon in an ugly renewal which could have an impact on the season ending Grand Prix Stakes.

The three-year old filly hit the front with two furlongs to run and kept well clear of the carnage caused by jockey Cho Kyoung Ho on favourite Chowon Yeoje near the furlong pole which caused jockey Bang Choon Sik to fall from his mount and for four other fillies to be severely hampered.

Cho picked up a six meeting ban for his ride which will begin on December 1 and run until the end of the year. It means he will miss the ride on Tough Win if the five-year old tries to defend his Grand Prix Stakes title. Nevertheless, Cho can consider himself lucky after a very reckless ride.

Using his stick a ridiculously high number of times even before the home straight, Chowon Yeoje appeared to finally have had enough and lurched across the track with a furlong to run.

The winner though was a worthy one. Speedus finished on top for the fourth time in her twelve starts, six lengths clear of Dolpung Jilju.

It was a second consecutive triumph in this race for jockey Choi Bum Hyun, who won last year on Cheonun, and his first trip to the Stakes winner’s circle in 2012. With a big ride potentially up for grabs in the Grand Prix, he may just get another chance.

Nonghyup Chairman’s Stakes – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Sunday November 18, 2012

1. Speedus (KOR) [Menifee-Tourney’s Gold (Ten Gold Pots)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 11.9, 4.1
2. Dolpung Jilju (KOR) [Didyme-Alder Gulch (Gulch)] – 2.3
3. X File (KOR) [Exploit-Dorothy Dee (Woodman)] – Seo Seung Un – 4.2

Distances: 6 lengths/0.5 lengths

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3 comments

  1. Pretty lucky to get away with 6 meetings. It could have been a real carnage and hopefully the fallen jockey is ok. He always tries very hard in the big races I think this is not first suspension he coped for riding vigorously in the big ones.

    1. Yes, Nathan Stanley got 3 months this time last year and, reckless as it was, no-one fell off in that incident. Didn’t get a delayed suspension to allow him to ride the following week either.

      Bad ride all round, although if he had shown that kind of urgency a few weeks ago, Tough Win might have won the KRA Cup Classic.

  2. Totally agree with your sentiments. One can’t help but to think he has been looked after by the Racing Gods very similiar to Damian Oliver down in Oz. They have been treated as pet boys.

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