Last Sunday saw two standout performances as Perdido Pomeroy returned to the winner’s circle at Busan while Cheongdam Dokki dominated Seoul
Having won five of his first seven starts, culminating in the SBS Sports Sprint at Seoul in July of 2016, Perdido Pomeroy looked to be the next big sprinting star. A 4th in the Korea Sprint in September did nothing to dispel that idea but he has endured an up and down time since then with others seemingly turning out superior. He only beat three home in the Busan Ilbo Cup, the first leg of the Sprint Series, in May and was then an improved 5th in this year’s SBS Sports.
He was nevertheless, sent off as one of three very near co-favourites for Sunday’s six-furlong feature race at Busan along with Triple Five and Match Power. This two failed to fire but last year’s Oaks winner Ottug Ottugi made a race of it until the final furlong when Perdido Pomeroy pulled clear under 2kg claiming jockey Jung Do Yun, to record an emphatic three-length win. The win puts him back firmly in the frame among top sprinters.
Up at Seoul, Cheongdam Dokki had frustrated punters when sent off as favourite in each of his last two. On Sunday, he was favourite again and this time made absolutely no mistake.
It looked like he might for a while though. Cheongdam Dokki played up in the parade right to the point of almost losing a show. The farrier worked quickly though and once settled, he was able to join a small field of seven others in the gate.
The race was over right away with Cheongdam Dokki leading into the first corner and running away from the field. He came home in a time not too far shy of Power Blade’s track record, set in similar conditions in last year’s Korean Derby, almost three full seconds ahead of the 2nd place-getter. A $20,000 yearling purchase from Keeneland, Cheongdam Dokki moves on to four wins from eight starts. Needless to say, he’s one to watch.
This coming weekend sees the biggest race of the summer, the Busan Metropolitan City Mayor’s Cup. Right now, it looks like Triple Nine and Clean Up Joy are set to face each other.