Busan Mayor's Cup

Busan Mayor’s Cup: Race-Of-The-Year (so far) Full Preview

A sensational set of stayers will assemble for the Mayor’s Cup (1800M KOR-G2) at Busan Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. The final leg of the Stayer Series has turned into a full-on local trial for the International Korea Cup, which will be run in Seoul on the first Sunday of September, with a who’s who of recent Group race winners in what could be the race of the year so far.

Winner’s Man the 2021 Korean Derby winner is set to be favourite. He is a perfect three for three in 2022, with victories in the first two legs of the series, the Herald Business (2000M KOR-L) and the YTN Cup (2000M KOR-G3) at Seoul.

In the YTN, Winner’s Man beat Haengbok Wangja, the 2021 Grand Prix Stakes (2300M KOR-G1) victor and the latter returns for another crack at him here. Also in the starting gate will be President’s Cup (2000M KOR-G1) winner Simjangui Godong as well as double Classic winner and runner-up to Winner’s Man in the Derby, Hit Yegam.

YTN Cup 1st and 2nd Winner’s Man and Haengbok Wangja return at Busan on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

It’s not just the Group winners. Along with a set of class 1 stalwarts, two exciting up and comers will also present their credentials on the elite stage. Tuhonui Banseok has won his latest two at this distance in fine style which Success Macho is a winner of nine from ten so far. Both will have plenty of backers.  

Then there are the two old Champions. Cheongdam Dokki has won this race before – but then there is little he hasn’t won – back in 2018, but on his only scheduled start so far this year, refused to load. Blue Chipper comes in off a disappointing effort in the Busan Ilbo Sprint despite having won at this distance in January. On their day though, both may still have a race in them.

1. TUHONUI BANSEOK (USA) [Verrazano – Sense Of Beauty (Street Sense)]

O: Lim Byung-ho T: Bart Rice J: Franco Da Silva

8(4/2/1) KRW 166,700,000

Flying through the classes and comes in off a nine-length win at class 2 level over this distance, eased down in a quick time. He is an on-pace galloper so the draw bodes well and while this is a quantum leap up in class, he can be considered.

2. HIT YEGAM (KOR) [Take Charge Indy – Desert Heat (Mr. Prospector)]

O: Kim Joon-hyun T: Bang Dong-suk J: Lim Sung-sil

13(9/3/0) KRW 872,700,000

Won the KRA Cup Mile and Minister’s Cup last year and runner-up in the Derby. Disregard his latest two outings over the sprint journey, although he stuck gamely on last start after leading, he comes back to his preferred distance today and is beautifully drawn.

3. WINNER’S MAN (KOR) [Musket Man – Winner’s Marine (Volponi)]

O: Lee Gyeong-hui T: Choi Ki-hong J: Seo Seung-un

16(11/2/1) KRW 1,109,230,000