He put in a huge performance when finishing 3rd in the Grand Prix Stakes in December and today Clean Up Joy opened his 2016 campaign with a dominating win over a strong class 1 field at Seoul Racecourse.
The 1800M race featured Asia Challenge Cup winner Choegang Schiller, top mare Bichui Jeongsang and consistent performer Wonder Bolt among a field of thirteen but Clean Up Joy was sent off the odds-on favourite and punters were overwhelmingly proved right.
Steady in the early stages, Ham Wan Sik brought Clean Up Joy into the frame around the home turn hitting the front with a furlong to go and racing away for an 8-length victory. Bichui Jeongsang continued her recent run of good form in 2nd with Wonder Bolt 3rd. An out-of-sorts Choegang Schiller came home in 8th.
It was a 7th win from 15 career starts for US import Clean Up Joy (Purge) and his 3rd from his last 4.
At Busan, another import was winning in fine style as Peter Wolsley’s Macheon Bolt (Old Fashioned) had too much in the class 1 feature over 1400M, winning by a length. The win was his 8th from 11 outings in total and he too looks to be one to follow this year.
Busan Friday: Friday’s banker bet of the day was sure to be Perdido Pomeroy. Unbeaten after three easy victories, the US import was sent off the long-odds on favourite for the 1400M Class 2 race 11. Unfortunately for favourite backers, jockeys Kim Yong Geun on Perdido Pomeroy and You Hyun Myung on second favourite Made Winner – arguably the track’s two leading riders – came out of the gate like a pair of boy racers in stolen Avantes with neither being prepared to give ground.
Made Winner would suffer first, starting to fade at the top of the home straight adn then Perdido Pomeroy himself, giving way with a furlong to go as Makoto Okabe took full advantage on Darkest Night. Perdido Pomeroy would eventually finish 3rd.
That race aside, You Hyun Myung put in a good shift on Friday, riding four winners across the afternoon. Two of them were for foreign trainers with Thomas Gillespie’s Mujeok Sinhwa scoring in race 4 and Bart Rice’s Wonil Rose the 40/1 winner of race 7. It was also a good day for Peter Wolsley with his first-time starter Smart Valor taking race 1 and Nuri Bulpae race 8.
Seoul Saturday: Things were rather low-key throughout the 12-race card in the capital on Saturday. Standout performer was Dongbanguisaeachim, who got her 4th win from her last 5 starts when taking the class 2 race 11. A five-year-old mare, Dongbanguisaeachim, although always a regular minor prize-money winner, enteres last November with a record of 2 wins from 24 starts. Four months on and it’s 6 from 29. Earlier inthe day, Djordje Perovic rode his regulation winner guiding Taeyangwang to victory in race 10.
Next Sunday we have big race action at Seoul in the shape of the Donga Ilbo Cup, and 1800M Listed contest for fillies and mares while at Busan, the feature handicap has attracted entries from a substantial number of the track’s best-known horses including Beolmaui Kkum, Gumpo Sky and Triple Nine. We’ll see how many of them declare on Wednesday.