Classic winner Indian King returns at Busan on Friday

Indian King was one of the stars of last year’s Triple Crown season and on Friday the colt returns, after almost a year out, to contest the feature event of a 9-race card at Busan Racecourse.

Indian King won the 2017 KRA Cup Mile under British jockey Darryll Holland, picture Korea Racing Authority

A shock 75/1 winner of the opening Classic of 2017, the KRA Cup Mile, Indian King confirmed his ability with 4th place in the Korean Derby and then 2nd in the final leg of the Crown, the Minister’s Cup. That latter race turned into something of a curse with three of the top four place-getters not running again all year and in the case of winner Yeonggwanguihunter, still to return. 

In Indian King’s case, it was a suspensory ligament injury but he returned to training this spring, and looked well when winning a race trial in May to re-qualify. He takes his chance in a competitive class 2 handicap over 1400M and it’s by no means an easy assignment. Thomas Gillespie’s filly Yeonghui Sidae is a contender for next month’s Korean Oaks. She’s won six of her ten starts and is up in class today. Chodong Sky, Fivefold. Taeyangui Sinhwa and prolific placer Ace Power are others likely to offer stiff opposition.

On the subject of the Minister’s Cup, this year’s edition took place last Sunday, a month earlier than last year and was won by Officer colt World Sun. He has a half-brother, Yeonggwanguicheon, debuting in race 2 which is a valuable affair for previously unraced two-year-olds. The Colors Flying colt was one of the ones who caught the eye in trials and is not without a chance. In other races, Great Rock, full-brother to three-time President’s Cup winner Triple Nine, can get back to winning ways when he tackles the 1400M race 7. He’s been 2nd in his latest two starts and faces up and comer Yes Power, who has won two of his three outings to date.

There are 9 races at Busan on Friday between 11.30am and 6pm local Korean time, 12.30pm AEST on Sky Racing2.