Power Blade got his three-year-old season off to a good start with a commanding looking win on his first try around two-turns at Busan on Friday.
Last year’s champion juvenile, Power Blade had already raced over a mile, all the way back on his second start in August last year and by a strange quirk of fate, the horse who beat him into 2nd place that day would be his main rival in the 1800M race 10.
That was Samsonneeunenergy, who would start as 4/1 2nd favourite to Power Blade’s long odds-on. And punters got it pretty much spot-on as Power Blade showed prominently throughout and ran on for comfortable two-length victory, Samsonneeunenergy’s customary late run only ever looking likely to be good enough for 2nd place.
From Kim Young Kwan’s stable, Power Blade [Menifee – Cheonmachong (Lost Mountain)] has now won 4 of 6 starts, including the Breeders’ Cup race at Seoul last November. The first leg of the Korean Triple Crown is the KRA Cup Mile at Busan on Sunday April 3.
Also on Friday at Busan, there were wins for a couple of horses with famous siblings. President’s Cup and Grand Prix winner Gyeongbudaero was retired last year and his half-brother Wonil Rookie [Menifee-Princess Lanique] hadn’t raced since May. However, Wonil Rookie returned to action in race 6 and held off some late challenges to score victory at odds approaching 9/1.
Magic Dancer won the Jeju Governor’s Cup at Seoul in 2014 and at one stage had won 10 from 15 starts. He is still in training but that record now reads 10 from 25. Half-sister Evangeline [Menifee-Wildly Magic] looks a prospect and she got her 4th win on her 6th outing in race 8.
Evangeline was ridden by You Hyun Myung, who partnered 5 winners on the day to draw level at the top of the Busan Jockey Premiership alongside Kim Yong Geun who himself notched up a late double in races 10 (with Power Blade) and 11.
At Seoul on Saturday, on a day which started off which unnervingly spring-like weather but ended in monsoon rain and crashing thunderstorms, Djordje Perovic continued his good form by riding a pair of winners.