Tosen Archer made history today as the first ever foreign-trained horse to win a race in Korea as his veteran jockey Fumio Matoba produced a perfectly timed ride to win the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup at Seoul Race Park.
Sent off as the least favoured of the three visiting Japanese horses, Tosen Archer (Barathea), a 9-year-old gelding, was kept at the back of the field by verteran jockey Fumio Matoba in the opening stages of the 7-furlong race.
As the field rounded the top of the home turn, Matoba started to bring his mount forward but still had plenty to do as Pureun Miso (Malibu Moon) and Watts Village (Forestry) led the field into the home straight.
Pre-race favourite Tough Win struggled to get into gear but there were no such problems for Tosen Archer, who flew down the outside to hit the front 20 metres from the line and extend to win by a length.
Watts Village hung on well for 2nd while filly Indian Blue scored a very creditable 3rd. Tough Win, Korea’s best hope pre-race, was relatively disappointing 4th. The remaining two Japanese challengers, Big Gulliver and Final Score finished behind those in 5th and 6th respectively.
It was a hard-fought race and a great occasion for Korean’s first experiment with true international racing. The winner was a worthy one but the home team was in no way disgraced.
SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – September 1, 2013
1. Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea – Interruption (Zafonic)] – Fumio Matoba – 12.8, 3.2
2. Watts Village (USA) [Forestry – Edey’s Village (Silver Deputy)] – Seo Seung Un – 2.9
3. Indian Blue (USA) [Henny Hughes – Gambler’s Passion (Prospector’s Gamble)] – Ikuyasu Kurakane – 3.2
Distances: 1 length/1.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Tough Win (USA) 5. Big Gulliver (JPN) 6. Final Score (JPN) 7. Nolbu Manse (USA) 8. Mari Daemul (USA) 9. Pureun Miso (USA) 10. Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) 11. Sydney Jewelry (AUS) 12. Celebrate Tonight (USA) 13. Gold Big (USA) 14. Remember Bulpae (USA).
The return leg is at Ohi Raceocurse in Tokyo on November 26.