Fight Back won today’s feature race at Busan Race Park with a strong finish to win the KRW40 Million handicap by four lengths from Miraculous Medal. Dropping down to 1600 metres for the first time since 2006, Kim Do Hyun timed his run well on the 3.6 second favourite winning going away from the field. The 3.5 favourite Sinsapung finished back in sixth and Keep it Quick went off third favourite but never featured and finished twelth out of thirteen.
Elsewhere on the card, there was another win for Soo Khoon Beng, guiding odds-on Olympic Champion to an emphatic nine length victory over Taejeongsan in race 4. A competitive two year old race was won by Yeongwonhan Useung on her racecourse debut with a one length victory over odds-on favourite Bishop’s Return and the second most valuable race of the day was won by outsider Seongsan Daegun (Kim Tae Jun) at 21.3 with a half length victory over Haeil and favourite Hannam Daegyo.
With today’s meeting at Seoul Race Park called off because of a water-logged track, the only other racing was at Jeju, however on the Island too there were problems with racing being abandoned after seven of the planned nine races.
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Cards have been published for this weekend’s racing at Busan Race Park. This Friday sees one more race than usual with the first of ten getting underway at 13:00 with races on the half hour until 17:30. Quantity isn’t necessarily matched by quality, however, and several races are thin on entrants with only four events attracting ten or more runners. Indeed, three races will only be paying out on the first two home as they only have seven runners. Feature race will be the last which is an 1800 metre handicap with a KRW42Million first prize. Among those lining up are Sinjin Gangja (7 wins from 15 runs) and Mirae Cheonsa (9 from 15), ranked third and fourth respectively in total money won at Busan, although neither are in winning form so far this year. In better form is Boryeong Bulbit (5 from 13) which has won the past two times out in improving company.
Sunday will see six races with Keep It Quick the best known name in the feature race. Racing starts on Sunday at 12:40.
With Moon Se Young stood down by the KRA this weekend, there was an opportunity for Cho Kyoung Ho to make a dent into Moon’s lead at the top of the jockey’s championship. It started well for Cho with two wins on Saturday but a blank on Sunday means he remains six wins adrift on 24 to Moon’s 30. It was a good weekend for Park Tae Jong and Chun Chang Ki who each scored four winners, Park now three clear of Oh Kyoung Hoan in third place.
1. Moon Se Young 30
2. Cho Kyoung Ho 24
3. Park Tae Jong 14
4. Oh Kyoung Hoan 11
Racing Review – Sunday 9 March
There were no surprises in the big race at Seoul this afternoon as Secret Weapon dominated the 42Million won 1900 metre handicap leading from start to finish. Going off at a not so secret 1.2, Chun Chang Ki took the top weight five year old to the front coming out of the stalls and stayed there all race to ein by four lengths from Seonju Jangsu (9.8) in a race of just seven runners.
Earlier, impressive three year-old Shining Two (2.0) made it three wins from three starts with a two length win over Ice Man (15.6) in race 7. Longest priced winner of the day came in a very open race 1, won by 55.6 shot Cheonjasan. another winner for Chun Chang Ki. No surprises in race 4, however, as highly rated Estar came home by two lengths at 1.2. With Moon Se Young absent there were doubles not only for Chun Chang Ki but also Woo Chang Gu, Yoo Seung Wan and Park Tae Jong.
In contrast to Seoul, Busan’s feature handicap was a very open affair with 13 runners and it was a very impressive performance by the slight favourite Bugyeong Choegang (3.7) scoring a two and a half length win over Geumui Hwanhyang (4.6).
The warmest day of the year so far meant the biggest crowd of the year at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Unfortunately the card was perhaps the lowest quality of the year so far. Second favourite Uncatchable (4.8) lived up to its name in the feature race 11. Ridden by Lee Jeong Sup, the 7 year old held off a strong final furlong challenge from favourite Dashing Champ (Nozomu Tomizawa) to win by a neck.
With championship leader Moon Se Young missing through suspension, this weekend provides nearest – and perhaps only – rival, Cho Kyoung Ho to make up some ground and he scored two winners, first in race 2 on the odds-on Jewanguijari (1.8) and then in race 4 on outsider Euolimbada (15.7). Chun Chang Ki also scored a double with Dongbang Mujeok (6.7) in race 9 and Keomeun Pokpung (21.6) in race 12.
Race 7 saw a bad fall for Heo Jae Young. Coming out of stall three, Heo found himself boxed in on either side causing his horse, outsider Triple Queen, to stumble throwing Heo off sideways. Heo landed heavily on his back and was knocked unconscious. The ambulance was on the scene within seconds and Heo was moved to hospital. There’s no word from the KRA or other sources on his condition as yet. Mukyang, ridden by Han Chang Min was disqualified after eventually finishing fifth, for its part in the incident. The race was won by Super Family (9.6) ridden by Jung Ki Young.
Racing starts again at 11:20 tomorrow with 11 races. There is also racing at Busan with the first of 6 races off at 13:00.
Friday’s feature race at Busan was the richest of the year so far and was won by second favourite Procyon (4.7) taking the Chae Gyu Joon ridden horse to 8 wins from 13 starts. Yeongwonhari (4.8) was second with favourite Pick Me Up (2.1) six lengths behind the winner in third.
Weekend Racing Review
Myeongmun Gamun (1.8) justified its odds-on status by taking the feature handicap at Seoul Race Park this afternoon ahead of second favourite Good Day (3.0). Best Condition (6.7) was third in a race which also featured Neocheon and Totoro. Neocheon led for most of the 1800 metre race but Myeongmun Gamun, partnered as usual by Cho Kyoung Ho, came through with a fast final furlong to win by half a length. The day’s second most valuable race also went to form with Happy Go (2.3) giving Moon Se Young his third win of the day ahead of second favourite Mr Syndrome (4.0). There were upsets, however, particularly in race 3 where the unfancied Beongae Yeoje (20.9) gave Cho Kyoung Ho his first winner of the day with odds-one favorite Thunder Hill finishing in fourth. The morning’s races were subject to difficult conditions with the overnight “yellow dust” storm still lingering in the air as well as sporadic snow showers.
Busan also hosted 6 races, the feature, the most valuable race at any track today at 42Million won, being won by hot favourite Crafty Louis (1.6). Earlier in race 4, The Bee Keeper maintained his 100% career record with a comfortable four-length victory. On Friday, there were nine races at Busan with an upset in the feature. Mirae Cheonsa went off favourite but finished a disappointing fourth as outsider Yeoin Cheonguk (46.1) took the honours by three lengths from Million Dollar (3.1).
Seoul’s Saturday card was contested on the most spring-like day of the year so far. Angus Empire (3.8) gained his second win of 2008 in the feature race ahead of Dirt King (7.5). Earlier, three-year-old Arcane (1.6) made it three wins from five outings in race 1 and Eagle (6.5) won a very competitive race 10 ahead of Trust Sun (5.5) and Hwanggeumnara (13.2).
Nine go in Busan’s feature race tomorrow afternoon – a 40Million won handicap. Two prolific winners are among them in the shape of Mirae Cheonsa (9 wins from 14 outings) and the 7 year old Luna (10 from 20). As usual, there are nine races with the first getting underway at 13:00 and the last at 17:10.