It has been quite a week for Seo Seung Un. The young jockey rode the first ever-Korean trained winner in Japan to victory in Tokyo last Tuesday and, today at Seoul Race Park, he guided 23/1 outsider Cheongnyong Bisang to the title of Champion Korean Juvenile.
While it was route-one stuff in Japan; go hammer and tongs for the first corner and then hang-on for dear-life, today’s Breeders’ Cup race saw a different side of Seo.
Having raced in the middle of the pack for the early stages of the race, Cheongnyong Bisang still had 8 horses in front of him as the field entered the home straight. In the meantime, Joe Fujii was hitting the front on 2nd favourite Queens’ Blade and, travelling well, looked set to strike.
However, shifting first left and then right, Seo managed to find a way through and finally at the furlong pole, saw daylight in front of him. Cheongnyong Bisang’s sprint was too strong for Queen’s Blade and he swept past for victory by half a length.
Cheongnyong Bisang was recording his 3rd win in 5 starts and given his strong finish, there’s plenty to suggest that he will be able to step up in distance during Classic season next year.
As for Seo Seung Un, it was his 3rd Stakes win of the year and of his career. If he continues to progress, much bigger honours await him in future. He is still not getting the really big rides – as shown by being on a 23/1 shot today. Next year, he will.
Breeders Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – December 1, 2013
1. Cheongnyong Bisang (KOR) [Volponi – Miss Alwahush (Alwuhush)] – Seou Seung Un – 23.9, 5.2
2. Queen’s Blade (KOR) [Menifee – Harboring (Boston Harbor)] – Kanichiro Fujii – 2.0
3. Pureun Geotap (KOR) [Menifee – Charmin Strike (Smart Strike)] – Lee Chan Ho – 14.2
Distances: 0.5 lengths/0.75 lengths – 16 ran