Indian Star made all to win the Jeju Governor’s Cup at a soaking wet Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. The 22/1 chance left some of the best domestic-bred fillies in her wake as she cruised a four-length win.
1. Indian Star (KOR) [Adcat – Indian Diamond (Indian Charlie)] – Lim Sung Sil – 22.4, 3.8
2. Touch Flying (KOR) [Colors Flying – Jeongtongseong (Lassigny)] – Jo Jae Ro – 2.7
3. Ottug Ottugi (KOR) [Forest Camp – Main Objective (Lion Heart)] – Choi Si Dae – 1.2
Distances: 4 lengths / 2 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Santa Gloria 5. Pinot Noir 6. Sharp Gale 7. Hwanggeumbitjijunghae 8. Smart Time 9. Special Rookie 10. Chang Se 11. Queen Two Hearts 13. Raon Amos 13. Valkyrie
Korea Oaks winner Ottug Ottugi was sent off as favourite having come out of the Korea Sprint three weeks ago in good shape while Santa Gloria, who won a trial for this race at Busan at the end of August was second in the betting.
It was a miserable day at Seoul with the rain having started in the early morning and the track resembling the Han river by the time the thirteen went to post for the Jeju Governor’s Cup. However, once the gates opened, instead of Ottug Ottugi leading, it was Indian Star who was brought right around from gate 11 by Lim Sung Sil and into a lead that she wouldn’t give up.
Touch Flying, who entered on a streak of four consecutive victories, came home 2nd while Ottug Ottugi just held off Santa Gloria in a photo-finish for 3rd.
Indian Star (Adcat), a four-year-old, was winning for the 9th time in 16 outings. Her previous attempt at a Stakes race ended badly as she came home 10th in the Busan Ilbo Cup but she entered having put in two solid performances in class 1 races at Busan and had perhaps been due a good result. For trainer Mun Je Bok it continues a good year – he also trains Perdido Pomeroy who won the Korea-Japan Cup at Seoul in June and was 4th in last month’s Korea Sprint.
2nd in the Korea Sprint was Macheon Bolt and Peter Wolsley’s four-year-old made his return to action down at Busan on Sunday. He was sent off the hot favourite for a 1400M class 1 handicap which attracted a strong field including Gamdonguibada and Ms. Margaux. Macheon Bolt (Old Fashioned) was too good for them though, leading all the way under jockey Lee Hee Cheon to record his 10th win on his 16th career start.
Next weekend Stakes action moves to Busan and the Kookje Sinmun Cup.