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Horse Field Set for 9th Dong-A Cup

Posted November. 12, 2005 08:44,   


Third-generation homegrown horses belonging to second-string teams and under will compete in the ninth race on Sunday.

It will be a tough competition.

The horses will run a distance of 1,400m as a part of the Ninth Dong-A Ilbo Cup Race, and the winner will gallop away with 130 million won in prize money. Among the seven horses that will be in the race, the most noteworthy contenders are Dawn Boy, the winner of this year’s Korean derby and Clan’s Honors, who won the Korean Agriculture and Forestry Minister’s Cup.

Added to the tough pool of competitors are The Cruiser, with a single win, yet scoring high marks among experts; and Speedway, who shows ample capacity but hasn’t been lucky with wins.

Dawn Boy is known for his strong overtaking ability. But after losing a race to Clan’s Honors recently, he is seeking to regain some respect.

With four straight wins, Clan’s Honors is a competitive horse, with strong leading and overtaking ability.

The Cruiser, after having a tough break in Korean Derby and Agriculture and Forestry Ministers Cup, is on the rise after wining the Netizen’s Day Memorial Race on July 17.

Speedway is powerful horse, but has shown weakness at the final burst. But don’t forget he is still growing and certainly a dark horse in the race.

What the horse Legitimacy lacks in strength and speed, he makes up with his spirit; he is not one to back down in a race with tougher opponents. However, Captain Nongol has shown neither a strong leading nor overtaking ability. Lastly, Best Condition is a horse of mediocre quickness, but has noteworthy overtaking ability.

It is predicted that Clan’s Honors will take the lead at start. Legitimacy and Captain Nongol will be chasing. The Cruiser will fight Speedway for inner lane position in the third and fourth place. Dawn Boy is expected to attempt to overtake in the home stretch. Near the end of the race it will likely be a three-way struggle among Clan’s Honors, The Cruiser, and Dawn Boy.