Long road back: South Korean trailblazer Blue Chipper returns to winners’ circle

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Blue Chipper (winning the 2019 Korea Sprint): returned to winning form at Busan. Photo: Korea Racing Authority

By Alastair Middleton/Korea Racing Authority

South Korea: Blue Chipper, who became the first horse from South Korea to run at the Breeders’ Cup in 2019, has returned to the winner’s circle on only his second start since his trip to the US.

He comfortably beat a strong field to win a Class 1 race by three lengths at Busan on Sunday to record his first victory since landing the Korea Sprint at Seoul in September 2019.

It’s been a long road back for Blue Chipper whose connections to took up an invitation to contest the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita where, under an enterprising Flavien Prat ride, he finished third behind Spun To Run and Omaha Beach.

He was then pointed at the Dubai World Cup Carnival and a tilt at the Goldolphin Mile, but on arrival he was found to have travel sickness, the complications of which ruled him out of competing at Meydan. By the time he was passed fit to fly home, he arrived in South Korea as racing was in the midst of the Covid crisis. 

Returning to training in December under new trainer Min Jang-ki, Blue Chipper was given a low-key comeback race in February, finishing a tired fifth in a 1m race which set him up for Sunday’s win.

Now six, the Tiznow gelding seems unlikely to travel again and with no stakes races yet scheduled, it may be some time before he can line up against the likes of Seoul-based rising star Eoma Eoma in South Korea.

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