Banjiui Jewang was the star of the show on the south coast on Friday as the three-year-old continued his development with an easy class 3 win over 1400M
The Peter Wolsley trainee was 2nd to Power Blade in the Breeders’ Cup race at Seoul last November and that remains his sole defeat. While favourite on Friday, Banjiui Jewang was thought by no means a certainty in a competitive event featuring proven older winners Korean Tank, Wire To and Yesuri Myeongun.
All three of those would fail to fire and even if they had, it is questionable as to whether they would have got anywhere near Banjiui Jewang. The colt raced away to an eight-length win with jockey Choi Si Dae (gleefully stepping in for the ill Lee Hee Cheon) able to spend the final furlong watching himself on the big screen such was his mount’s superiority.
Banjiui Jewang (Ecton Park), whose name means “Lord Of The Rings”, now has four wins from five and looks set to head to the Triple Crown races beginning with the KRA Cup Mile at Busan on April 3.
In other races, you need to be sure your horse is good if you are going to name him World Champion even if he is the half-brother of last year’s Korean Oaks winner Jangpung Parang. On Friday though World Champion (Didyme) made short work of a class 5 field to record his third victory in five starts. Pasquale Borelli rode.
It was a decent day for the foreign contingent at Busan. Aside from Borelli and Wolsley’s victories, Makoto Okabe guided Useung Chance (Any Given Saturday) to a narrow victory in race 10 while trainers Thomas Gillespie and Bart Rice also saddled winners. For Gillespie, filly Sergeant Cecil (Officer) claimed race 4 while the promising Buhwarui Banseok (Tizway) took race 11 for Rice.
Racing returns to Busan on Sunday. Seoul holds cards on both Saturday and Sunday.