The week’s racing gets underway at Busan at 13:00 on Friday afternoon, the beginning of a nine-race card. As usual the feature race is the last, an 1800 metre at handicap at 17:10 for foreign bred runners with 13 declared and a winning prize of 34Million won. There will be racing at Seoul and Jeju on Saturday & Sunday and Busan again on Sunday before racing takes a week off for Lunar New Year.
Five winners over the weekend for Cho Kyoung Ho saw him overtake Moon Se Young at the top of the 2008 table. Cho’s wins included a true hat-trick in races 6,7 and 8 on Saturday and victory on Myeongmun Gamun in the weekend’s big race to move onto 12 this year. Moon had a winner each day and is one back on 11. There’s then a gap of five back to third placed Yoon Dae Keun. There were first wins for 2008 for Shim Seung Tae and Woo Chang Gu.
1. Cho Kyoung Ho 12
2. Moon Se Young 11
3. Yoon Dae Keun 6
4. Park Tae Jong 5
Myeongmun Gamun didn’t disappoint in the feature race at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Under Cho Kyung Ho, the President’s Cup holder went off 1.6 favourite and returned three lengths ahead of Gayansanseong (Kim Hey Sung) and Best Condition (Moon Se Young) the second and third favourites in the 2000 metre 34Million won handicap.
It was a beautiful day in the winter sunshine and just like yesterday, it was a day for outsiders. The longest priced winner was Rich Family in race 7, coming in at 45.4. Other long priced winners included the aptly named Miracle Winner at 19.8 in race 8. The day’s second most valuable race was race 11, won by Aegis Ham (Yang Hee Jin) at 5.9.
There were also six races at Busan, the feature race being the last won by Procyon (Chae Kyu Jun), the 4.4 second favourite.
FULL RESULTS FROM JEJU TO FOLLOW…
Eleven races were held in bright sunshine at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and with temperatures not falling as low as expected, there was a good day’s sport on offer. Races 10 and 11 were the joint feature races both 1900 metre contests, race 10 being for domestic bred horses and race 11 being for foreign bred. It was the domestic race where the shock occurres, Yoon Dae Keun bring home Kkumi Mulgyeol at 27.0 a length ahead of Morning Dance (Cho Kyung Ho) at 4.4. The foreign bred race went to form as 2.1 favourite Angus Empire (Kim Ok Sung) led home 2nd and 3rd favourites Dankee’s Pal and Geumbittuhon by a length and a half.
Earlier in the day, jockey Cho Kyoung Ho scored a treble with victories in races 6,7 and 8. Cheonyeonbulpae was strong favourite in race 6 but Torpedo Mast in race 7 and Chaser in race 8 both went off fourth favourites. In general it was a day of outsiders as aside from Cheonyeonbulpae, Useungcup (Moon Se Young) in race 5 was the only successful odds-on shot. Race 2 also saw an unusual dead heat finish for second place with Taepungchukje and Gold Dash tying 5 lengths behind winner, Nice Good. Danny Craven had 4 rides coming closest with fourth place in race 10.
There were nine races at Busan this afternoon. The feature race was won by the moderately fancied Admiral Reigert at 12.1 in a competitive race. The 2.8 favourite Hangye Geokbok came in second a length and three quarters back. Click here for full results.
There are 11 races on both Saturday and Sunday getting underway at 11:00. The feature race on both days is race 10 which is under orders at 16:50 on Saturday and 17:10 on Sunday. Sunday’s is a 2000 metre handicap featuring a number of veteran horses including last year’s President’s Cup winner Myungmun Gamun (Cho Kyoung Ho). Also running are Sirius (Ham Wan Sik) and Gayasanseong (Kim Hey Sung)- a horse with nearly a billion won in career prize money. Danny Craven has 4 rides on Saturday but none on Sunday.The weather could be a problem – it’s several degrees below zero in Seoul right now and is forecast to remain so until Sunday at the earliest.
The card for tomorrow’s meeting at Busan has been released. There are 9 races with the first under orders at 13:00 and the last at 17:20 . The day’s feature race is the last, an 1800 metre handicap for foreign bred horses with a first place prize of 32Million won. In addition to tomorrow’s card, Busan will run a further 6 races on Sunday.
With 64 wins in the past year, Cho Kyoung Ho is currently the third most prolific jockey in Korea. Born in 1976 and making his debut in 2001 alongside the likes of Moon Se Young and Yoon Dae Keun, Cho has a career record of 1961 rides with 274 winners – a strike rate of 14%. His place rate is 27.7%. Before 2007, his best year was 2003 when he guided Tempest West to victory in both the JRA Trophy race and the Grand Prix Race. In 2007, he landed three big races, the SBS Cup on NeoCheon in July, The Ilgan Sports Cup on Ganghomyeongjang in September and finally the big one, winning the President’s Cup on Myungmun Gamun in November. It was Cho’s second President’s Cup having won a shock win on outsider French Dancer in 2005. Here is Myungmun Gamun’s (number 9) victory. The horse which leads most of the way before fading in the straight is NeoCheon.
The Chosun Ilbo today quoted a report from the “Center for Free Enterprise” recommending that a number of Korea’s public corporations, including the Korea Racing Authority, be privatized by the incoming Lee Myung Bak Presidency. The KRA currently operates under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The full article can be read here.
Haengun Daewang got the better of former horse of the year Subsidy in today’s feature race at Seoul Race Park. The 34Million Won 17:10 saw Yoo Sang Wan guide Haengun Daewang the 2.2 favourite home a length ahead of Subsidy who went off second favourite at 3.0. The day’s second most valuable race was the last won by Jingyok Napal (Oh Kyung Hoan) at 4.1. Racing was competitive throughout but withdrawals to the highly fancied Rebound in race 6 and Photo Map in race 8 skewed the odds slightly. Favourites for the most part won with the longest price winner being Dunamjae in race 2 at 5.0 giving Moon Jung Kyun his first winner of 2008.
There were six races at Busan this afternoon although persistant rain meant there was a lower than hoped for turn out. The feature race was the 16:10, an 1800 metre handicap which was won by the 4.4 second favourite Keep It Quick, ridden by Cho Seung Keun a head in front of Hidden Hero (Im, Sung Shil) at 5.0. Race 5 saw an impressive win by Vitesse (Choi See Dae) at 5.5, timing his run to perfection to overcome Jincheol Han and favourite Myunggyung Cheolli by half a length.
There were also nine races at Jeju. The feature race was won by outsider Myeonggajarang (Han Young Min) at 19.4. It was a day of outsiders at Jeju as some racegoers became very rich, principally after race 5 – the exacta paying 214.0 on first placed Jeonseolihim and second Sokbojeondal.
Jockey’s Championship 2008
Eleven different jockeys won races at Seoul today. Moon Se Young took the first to consolidate his lead at the top of the table. Park Tae Jong finished second three times today but couldn’t build on his double yesterday and remains on four.
1. Moon Se Young 9
2. Cho Kyoung Ho 7
3. Yoon Dae Keun 5
4. Park Tae Jong 4
5. Choi Beom Hyun, Ikuyasu Kurukane, Kim Dong Kyun; 3