Cheongnyong Bisang

Cheongnyong Bisang The Ranch Horse

Over the past seven years, one of the best things about writing this blog has been getting to hear lots of horse stories. From the well known Sgt. Reckless to the unknown Mystery Clearance, hearing about the weird and wonderful way in which the racing world is interconnected is always fascinating. Cheongnyong Bisang’s story is right up there with the best.

Cheongnyong Bisang wininng the KRA Cup Mile in 2014 under Seo Seung Un (Pic: KRA)

Cheongnyong Bisang wininng the KRA Cup Mile in 2014 under Seo Seung Un (Pic: KRA)

A couple of weeks ago I received an email about him and was quite taken aback to learn that the 2013 Korean Breeders’ Cup and 2014 KRA Cup Mile winner was now in South Dakota being trained to be a ranch horse. The question I had was “how on Earth did that happen?”

Well that has now been explained in detail by Gate To Great, the thoroughbed re-training program that Cheongnyong Bisang has landed on his feet in. The Paulick Report also covered the story and as Jen Roytz writes, “We couldn’t have told his story better ourselves” so do click through to the blog post by Gate to Great. It is wonderfully written and well worth a read.

Cheongnyong Bisang Dominates KRA Cup Mile

Cheongnyong Bisang showed that he was no Juvenile wonder as he landed a dominating win in the KRA Cup Mile – the Korean 2000 Guineas – at Busan this afternoon.

Cheongnyong Bisang wins the KRA Cup Mile (KRA)

Cheongnyong Bisang wins the KRA Cup Mile (KRA)

Despite having won the Breeders’ Cup and being crowned champion 2-year-old of 2013, Cheongnyong Bisang was sent off at odds of 20/1 for the first leg of the 2014 Korean Triple Crown. He duly made a mockery of those odds, stalking the leaders early on before unleashing a sprint that none could respond to.

But for a short stint at the front, pre-race favourite Queen’s Blade showed little, ultimately fading and finishing in 5th and as her fellow pacesetters also fell away it was left to outsiders Gilbert and Namdo Trio to close strongly and push the winner to the line.

Two horses threw away their chances at the start. First, Pureun Geotap reared in the gate and had to be scratched. Once they finally did get underway Busan’s champion juvenile of last year Jungang Gongju missed the break and only managed to catch one horse by the end, continuing her recent run of poor form.

Also disappointing was previously unbeaten filly Winner’s Marine who finished 9th after being sent off as the 2nd favourite.

Aside from the three placers, Raon Morris put on a good show, leading for most of the way before being overcome at the end. He could be one to watch going forward.

Cheongnyong Bisang is the first Seoul winner of the KRA Cup Mile since Money Car in 2010 and he did it in style. He’ll be the favourite as we head back to the capital for the Korean Derby on May 18.

KRA Cup Mile (KOR G2) – Busan Race Park – 1600M – April 6, 2014

1. Cheongnyong Bisang (KOR) [Volponi – Miss Alwuhush (Alwuhush)] – Seo Seung Un – 21.5, 4.1
2. Gilbert (KOR) [Yankee Victor – Wonderful Wanda (Fusaichi Pegasus)] – Kim Dong Young – 14.9
3. Namdo Trio (KOR) [Didyme – Tapas (Sky Classic)] – Kanichiro Fujii – 4.3
Distances: 2 lengths/0.5 lengths – 14 ran
Also Ran: 4. Raon Morris 5. Queen’s Blade 6. Yeonggwanguichampion 7. Nubi Queen 8. Cupid Girl 9. Winner’s Marine 10. Gangchi 11. Royal Impact 12. Power Champion 13. Jungang Gongju 14. Classic Cat NR. Pureun Geotap NR. Hwanggeumbitjijunghye

Seo Seung Un Guides Cheongnyong Bisang to Juvenile Championship

It has been quite a week for Seo Seung Un. The young jockey rode the first ever-Korean trained winner in Japan to victory in Tokyo last Tuesday and, today at Seoul Race Park, he guided 23/1 outsider Cheongnyong Bisang to the title of Champion Korean Juvenile.

Cheongnyong Bisang stands to attention after winning the Breeders' Cup at Seoul Racecourse today

Cheongnyong Bisang stands to attention after winning the Breeders’ Cup at Seoul Racecourse today

While it was route-one stuff in Japan; go hammer and tongs for the first corner and then hang-on for dear-life, today’s Breeders’ Cup race saw a different side of Seo.

Having raced in the middle of the pack for the early stages of the race, Cheongnyong Bisang still had 8 horses in front of him as the field entered the home straight. In the meantime, Joe Fujii was hitting the front on 2nd favourite Queens’ Blade and, travelling well, looked set to strike.

However, shifting first left and then right, Seo managed to find a way through and finally at the furlong pole, saw daylight in front of him. Cheongnyong Bisang’s sprint was too strong for Queen’s Blade and he swept past for victory by half a length.

Cheongnyong Bisang was recording his 3rd win in 5 starts and given his strong finish, there’s plenty to suggest that he will be able to step up in distance during Classic season next year.

As for Seo Seung Un, it was his 3rd Stakes win of the year and of his career. If he continues to progress, much bigger honours await him in future. He is still not getting the really big rides – as shown by being on a 23/1 shot today. Next year, he will.

Breeders Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – December 1, 2013

1. Cheongnyong Bisang (KOR) [Volponi – Miss Alwahush (Alwuhush)] – Seou Seung Un – 23.9, 5.2
2. Queen’s Blade (KOR) [Menifee – Harboring (Boston Harbor)] – Kanichiro Fujii – 2.0
3. Pureun Geotap (KOR) [Menifee – Charmin Strike (Smart Strike)] – Lee Chan Ho – 14.2

Distances: 0.5 lengths/0.75 lengths – 16 ran