Segye Ilbo Cup

Fly Top Queen Strolls To Segye Success

Fly Top Queen made her way back to the winner’s circle in dominant fashion at Seoul Race Park today, crushing her opposition in the Segye Ibo Cup.

Fly Top Queen was back in the winner's circle

Fly Top Queen was back in the winner’s circle

Having suffered her first ever career defeat in Japan last November and putting in a poor performance on her season debut over 1700 metres last month, there were those who thought Korea’s most expensive ever import was a half-season wonder.

However, dropped back to 7 furlongs and with likely favourite Strong Wind a late scratching, Fly Top Queen was backed into odds-on and she didn’t mess about.

Gunned out of the widest gate, jockey Park Tae Jong took the 4-year-old to the front early and never looked back, cruising away from the field in the home straight to win by a distance of their choosing.

Behind them the Australian bred pair of Marica and Felix Joy came in 2nd and 3rd but they might as well have been running in a different race. so outclassed they were by the winner.

The victory and the manner of it – even against less than exalted opposition – puts Fly Top Queen firmly in the frame for the opening leg of the Queens’ Tour, the Ttukseom Cup at Seoul next month. There, also at 7 furlongs, Joy Lucky awaits. That should be a good one.

Segye Ilbo Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – February 16, 2014

1. Fly Top Queen (USA) [Henny Hughes – Cape Discovery (Cape Town)] – Park Tae Jong
2. Marica (AUS) [Reset – Teneales Pearl (Redoute’s Choice)] – Jang Chu Youl
3. Felix Joy (AUS) [Hard Spun – Royal Amity (His Majesty)] – Yoo Seung Wan

Distances: 9 lengths / 1 length – 13 ran

Weekend Preview – Segye Ilbo Cup

Stakes action returns to Seoul Race Park this weekend in the form of the Segye Ilbo Cup which offers a rare a rare chance for up-and-coming imported fillies and mares to compete for a big prize and a ticket into class 1 racing.

Kkakjaengi won this race 2 years ago and went on to win serious money later

Kkakjaengi won this race 2 years ago and went on to win serious money later

A full field of 14 will line up for the 1400M race including two three-year olds, Pureun Miso (Malibu Moon) who has 3 wins from 5 starts, and Indian Blue (Henny Hughes) who has 2 from 5 but has never been out of the placings.

Late developers are also represented as 4-year old January Queen (Happy Jazz Band), who has won her last 4 races, also takes her chance.

The Segye Ilbo Cup is the highlight of an 11 race card on Sunday at Seoul. There’s plenty going on at all the tracks this weekend though. Down at Busan, the most valuable race of the weekend is on Friday, however, Sunday does see US import Street Event (Street Boss), who won very handily last time to take his record to 4 wins from 6 starts, step up to class 2.

Finally, with Lunar New Year out-of-the-way and just 6 weeks to go until the first Classic of the season, the KRA Cup Mile, it’s time to start keeping a very close eye on the Korean bred three-year old crop. Sunday’s race 4 at Busan and race 7 at Seoul will be ones to keep an eye on

Here’s what’s happening where and when:

Friday February 15

Busan Race Park: 11 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday February 16

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:00 to 17:40
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20

Sunday February 17

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:00 to 18:00 including the Segye Ilbo Cup at 16:35
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:50 to 17:05