Buho, winner of five races from eight as a three-year-old in 2014, strode back into the winner’s circle as a five-year-old at Busan Racecourse this afternoon.
Buho (Vicar), a half-brother of 2008 KRA Cup Mile winner Rainmaker, last won under Joe Fujii on December 21, 2014. That was his fifth win of that year. Unfortunately he would then suffer an injury and 2015 was spent in surgery and rehabilitation. He finally returned to action on January 2nd this year over 1800M. It was too much too soon.
Today was different. Back at 1200M, Buho practically made all to beat favourite Pureun Ace by a length in the class 2 race 10. It was another winner for the Kim Young Kwan/Kim Young Kwan trainer and jockey combination who won the KRA Cup Mile with Power Blade last Sunday. Buho moves on to six wins from ten career starts.
Also winning for the first time since 2014 was Ready When You Are (In Summation), who claimed race 9 back from a six-month at odds of 22/1. Up and comer World Champion (Didyme) stepped up in class and distance to stroll race 8. Any doubts that the half-brother to last year’s Korean Oaks winner Jangpung Parang would get two turns were dispelled as the ever so modestly named colt landed his fifth win from seven starts. Where he is pointed next could be very interesting indeed.
Speaking of Oaks winners, today’s race 3 winner Power Champ (Menifee) is out of the 2008 winner Jeolho Chance. 3rd in today’s race was Noble Warrior (Biwa Shinseiki). Noble Warrior is owned by Joe Dallao and the American finds himself a prize-money winning owner for the first time. It looked for a moment as though the three-year-old gelding might just get home in front but it wasn’t to be. Even so, it was a very creditable performance by Noble Warrior – who was well prepared and entered by trainer Bart Rice – and whose jockey was sporting Dallao’s colours for the first time: