Sucess Story made it three wins in a row with an assured performance in Sunday’s feature race at Busan.
The 4-year-old was a late-comer onto the Triple Crown trail in 2014, running only in the final leg, the Minister’s Cup at Seoul in October. He finished 4th that day behind Never Seen Before and returned to the capital a month later for the President’s Cup, when he could only manage 10th behind Gyeongbudaero.
Since then Success Story (Peace Rules) is unbeaten. Sent off as favourite for Sunday’s class 1 handicap, he led from gate-to-wire, with jockey Jo Sung Gon only needing to point and steer as Success Story eased to a three-length win. Fellow Korean-bred four-year-old Gumpo Sky was 2nd with perennial trier Ghost Whisper getting up for 3rd.
The win was the 6th of the weekend for Jo Sung Gon. Earlier the jockey had added to his four Friday winners by guiding Cheonji Park (Ecton Park) to a similarly easy win, The three-year-old from the Peter Wolsley stable maintained his unbeaten record with victory by just under two lengths over 1400M in race 4.
There is depth in the ranks at Busan now in contrast to Seoul where the weekend’s class 1 was a rather lackluster race won by second favourite Unbeatable (Eddington), a solid enough campaigner but not one to get the pulse racing.
Nevertheless it is to Seoul where attention will turn this coming weekend with the running of the first major Stakes race of the year in the shape of the Seoul Owners’ Association Trophy. Gwanggyo Bisang, winner of last month’s Segye Ilbo Cup is set to be among those involved.