There were two hot favourites for the two big races in Korea on Sunday afternoon and they met with contrasting fortunes with just the one coming home victorious.
That was Gumpo Sky. 2nd in the Minister’s Cup, the final leg of the Korean Triple crown last year and also 2nd in the Gyeongnam Do-Min Ilbo, this time the 4-year-old made no mistake in a Stakes race as he led home a small field of five rivals by half a length in the Busan Ilbo Cup.
Busan Ilbo Cup – Busan Racecourse – 2000M – August 16, 2015
1. Gumpo Sky (KOR) [Vicar – Perfect Storm (Didyme)] – Kim Dong Young – 1.7, 1.2
2. Ildeung Hanghaesa (KOR) [Ecton Park – Saeroun Bulpae (Northern Afleet)] – 1.4
3. Goliath Marine (KOR) [Volponi – Queenie Bee (Geri)] – Jo Sung Gon
Distances: 0.5 lengths / 3 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Baekgyeong (KOR) 5. Jungang Haeju (KOR) 6. No Peers (KOR)
At Seoul it was a different story for Brig in the Sports Chosun Cup. The even-money favourite faltered when exiting the gate and although he recovered to look right in contention turning for him, he had nothing left in the home straight and faded to last.
That left 20/1 shot Sotong Sidae to get the best of a tight finish, flying home from last to first in the home straight under Park Byeong Yun to win by half a length from the mare Cheonnyeon Dongan. It was the 4-year-old gelding’s 7th career win from 27 starts but his 6th from his past 10.
Sports Chosun Cup – Seoul Racecourse – 2000M – August 16, 2015
1. Sotong Sidae (KOR) [Gold Money – Myeonggauihuye (Black Minnaloushe)] – Park Byeong Yun – 20.8, 2.6
2. Cheonnyeon Dongan (KOR) [Ecton Park – Honeycakes (Hennessy)] – Lee Chan Ho – 1.7
3. Haemaru (KOR) [Vicar – Forest Flower (Timber Country)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 2.2
Distances: 0.5 lengths/0.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Gumanseok (KOR) 5. Pinot Noir (KOR) 6. Heukgisa (KOR) 7. Magic Dancer (KOR) 8. Brig (KOR)