Day: June 28, 2015

Areumdaundonghaeng On Song In YTN Cup

Areumdaundonghaeng closed in style to win the YTN Cup at Seoul Racecourse this afternoon.

Areumdaundonghaeng and Song Jae Chul win the YTN Cup (Pic: KRA)

Areumdaundonghaeng and Song Jae Chul win the YTN Cup (Pic: KRA)

Jangmi Eondeok was sent off as the favourite but it was Real Ten who would set the early pace. He faded as Mani Income hit the front with a furlong left to run but it was Areumdaundonghaeng, the 3/1 second favourite and carrying the lightest weight in the field who was the stronger, coming through under Song Jae Chul and winning going away.

19/1 chance Cheonjeok got the best of a three-way photograph for 2nd beating out Mani Income and K Ascending by a neck with Jangmi Eondeok a further nose back in 5th.

Areumdaundonghaeng was a $33,000 purchase from the Fasig Tipton 2014 Mid-Atlantic Two-Year-Olds sale last May. Today was her 4th win on her 8th career start.

For jockey Song Jae Chul it was a first big race win since he gained his appremtice license two years ago and he celebrated as such as he crossed the line, perhaps mindful that the YTN TV cameras were on him.

YTN Cup – Seoul Racecourse 2000M – June 28, 2015

1. Areumdaundonghaeng (USA) [A.P.Warrior – Legacy’s Silver (Robyn Dancer)] – Song Jae Chul  4.2, 1.7
2. Cheonjeok (USA) [Shakespeare – Celtic Song (Giant’s Causeway)] – Yoo Seung Wan – 4.5
3. Mani Income (USA) [Irish Road – Lemon Zest (Lemon Drop Kid)] – Seo Seung Un – 3.3
Distances: 1 length/neck
Also Ran: 4. K Ascending (USA) 5. Jangmi Eondeok (USA) 6. Seungbu Sinhwa (USA) 7. Dangsan Daehyeop (USA) 8. Real Ten (USA) 9. Last Mudae (KOR) 10. Chowon Yeoje (KOR) 11. No Secret More (USA)

* In other news at Seoul the long awaited return of Wonder Bolt, 2nd in both the Asia Challenge Cup and the Grand Prix Stakes last year was an anti-climax. He was sent off as the favourite for the class 1 race 10 ahead of Magic Dancer, who was making his first appearance in the capital since permanently relocating from Busan.

Neither shined though and instead it was Persia Wangja (Ghostzapper) who took the honours, beating out Ganghae by a neck. Gumanseok was in 3rd with Wonder Bolt trailing home in 4th.

Next week the focus shifts to Busan and one of the highlights of the summer schedule, The Busan Metropolitan City Mayor’s Cup.

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Jarred Samuel Makes The Breakthrough At Last

It has been a long time coming but finally the hard work paid off for Jarred Samuel at Seoul Racecourse this afternoon as he rode his first Korean winner. It was his 102nd ride.

The 27-year-old South African has certainly been keeping busy since arriving in Seoul in April getting on plenty of horses. However, none of them have ever looked to be potential winners.

The same could have been said about Raon Rusa (Pico Central). The filly won three of her first four starts and was second in another but came into race 7 this afternoon a 15/1 chance following a disappointing performance last month.

Samuel would not be denied this time though. Always handy, he brought Raon Rusa through in the home straight to overtake tiring leader Super Plucky and held off the Djordje Perovic ridden Ssen Sky by a length on the line for a foreign jockey one-two.

Hopefully it’s the first of many for the ever-positive jockey.