Road Winner may have endured a torrid time in the season-ending Grand Prix Stakes a month ago but the up-and-coming US bred colt, who won the JRA Trophy on International Weekend last September, looks primed to return to winning ways in the Class 1 Sunday feature at Seoul Racecourse.
A son of Discreet Cat, Road Winner was a bargain $20,000 purchase at the OBS 2017 Spring-Sale of Two-Year-Olds. He paid that back in double-quick time winning five of his first seven including that three-length score in the JRA Trophy. Another win a month later saw him take his chance in the Grand Prix and while that may have been too much too soon – he ended up 10th of 16 behind Triple Nine – as he begins his four-year-old campaign, he remains one of the hottest prospects at Seoul.
He faces thirteen rivals over 1800M, but Road Winner is carrying a light weight – which sees Kim Yong Geun, who partnered him in the Grand Prix, retain the mount – and beat three of this field when winning his first class 1 race in October. He’ll be expected to go to the front and dominate. Seven of those thirteen raced each other in a similar contest to this on Grand Prix weekend when Haemaru ran out a 38/1 winner. His reward is 58kg to carry today though and 2nd and 3rd place-getters Daeil Shinhwa and Singgeureoun Geom may end up being more dangerous contenders along while the consistent Gaeuli Jeonseol, who has finished in the top four in each of his latest seven starts, all at class 1, another with claims.
The feature is race 10 but the action doesn’t stop there with an intriguing Class 3 sprint over 1200M closing out the card as race 11. The track record over 1000M has stood since 2007 and it has only very rarely been threatened since. However, Singsing Mary came out and matched it on just her second start in November. The With Distinction filly steps up in class and trip for her third outing here and is likely to be favourite in a race that contains several other potentially exciting imports.
There are 11 races at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday running from 10:45am to 6pm local Korea time. The broadcast commences at 12.45pm AEST on Sky Racing2.
Road Winner, picture Korea Racing Authority