The International Jockeys Challenge was won by one of the international entrants and it was another great day for Moon Se Young
International Jockeys Challenge
Despite not winning any of the four designated races in the challenge, South African Gerrit Schlechter was the overall winner in terms of prize-money and took the $20,000 award. Cho Kyoung Ho finished second in the standings following his win on Bandoueui Byeol in the 15:20 “Macau Jockey Club Goodwill Trophy” beating Schlecter by a nose on High Boy. Park Tae Jong finished third overall. Schlecter also took time out to win Race 9 – not part of the Challenge – on joint-favourite Eoullimnyeongung overhauling long time leader Balgeunhae (Yoon Dae Keun) in the final furlong. An interesting event and it was certainly a novelty to see so many official looking foreigners around Gwacheon. They even laid on a US military band for the presentation ceremony. The only pity was that Irish representative Wayne Lordan seemed to get lumbered with the weakest horse in each race – four times he got himself into a good position on the final turn – four times the horse then went backwards.
Moon does the business again
The weekend has further cemented Moon Se Young’s reputation as the man you most trust your money with at the moment. Following on from his success in yesterday’s feature race, Moon repeated the trick in today’s feature taking the 80,000,000won 1400 metre Handicap Special on Saerounbisul. Taking an early lead, Moon was overtaken on the final turn and seemingly boxed-in until he found a gap with a furlong to go and won pulling away from Park Tae Jong on Ilbo Gyeongcheon and Gerrit Schlecter on Eunpa Manse. A superb ride that earned rare applause from racegoers and it was Moon’s second win of the day having earlier guided old-stager Turn Turtle to success in the horse’s first outing over 1800 metres in race 7.
Japanese jockey Nozomu Tomizawa is worthy of a mention having had a good day, notching up his sixth winner in Korea on the unfancied Smart Angel in race 5 and following it up with a 3rd place finish on Seonbi in race 6. Of the two Japanese Jocks riding regularly at Gwacheon Ikayasu Kurakane has been the most successful so far but Nozomu showed what he can do today. Elsewhere there was a rare British bred horse in race 7. Be My Day went off favourite but didn’t stay the 1800 metre trip and finished last.