Heba was the runaway winner of the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup at Busan Racecourse this afternoon. In the process she became the overall winner of the Queens’ Tour series of races and was crowned champion filly or mare of 2015.
Having finished in 5th place behind Japanese visitor Esmeraldina in the opening leg of the tour, 1400M Ttukseom Cup at Seoul in June and then winning the second leg, the KNN Cup at Busan in September, Heba was always going to be in pole position to claim the overall title and was duly sent off as a warm favourite today.
And once they got to the business end of the race, nothing looked like beating the favourite. As expected, the Korean Oaks winner Jangpung Parang made the early running along with Seoul-based filly and TJK Trophy winner Silver Wolf. Under Song Keong Yun, Heba, also as expected, sat comfortably behind them.
Making the long turn for home, Song brought Heba to the front and the pair of them never looked like being caught. They raced on for a four-length win on the line from Ms. Margaux with YTN Cup winner Areumdaundonghaeng Seoul’s best finisher in 3rd.
Heba is a five-year-old mare who this year has really come into her own. She was 3rd in the Busan Mayor’s Cup in July, behind last year’s Queens’ Tour champion Gamdonguibada. She finished 5th behind New York Blue in a handicap in August and it was New York Blue, who was 2nd in the Ttukseom Cup, who was sent off the odds-on favourite in the KNN. She met with interference and lost her jockey.
That’s racing though and Heba took full advantage to record her 8th career win that day and then today her 9th.
Despite the breeding bonus available to fillies or mares who win the Queens’ Tour, Gamdonguibada raced on having won it last year.
As for the others, Peter Wolsley’s Ms. Margaux ran a huge race in 2nd – a position she seems to love having been runner-up or 3rd on 15 of her 21 starts. Areumdaundonghaeng proved her YTN Cup win in the summer was no fluke while Jangpung Parang ran on well for 4th. 2nd favourite Bichui Jeongsang was perhaps a touch disappointing though in 6th.
And none of them could get close to Heba.
Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup (KG3) – Busan Racecourse – 2000M – Nov 1, 2015
1. Heba (USA) [Peace Rules – Sue’s Temper (Temperence Hill)] – Song Keong Yun – 2.6, 1.3
2. Ms. Margaux (USA) [MIdnight Lute – Sixtyone Margaux (Cozzene)] – Jo Sung Gon – 2.5
3. Areumdaundonghaeng (USA) [A.P. Warrior – Legacy’s Silver (Robyn Dancer)] – Park Eul Woon – 6.3
Distances: 4 lengths/3 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Jangpung Parang (KOR) 5. Hay Queen (USA) 6. Bichui Jeongsang (USA) 7. Silver Wolf (AUS) 8. Halla Chukje (USA) 9. Gyeoul Wangguk (USA) 10. Seungbu Sinhwa (USA) 11. Rising Park (KOR) 12. Sharp Lady (KOR) 13. Jangsan Lion (JPN) 14. Haengbok Cheonsa