Over the three days of racing in 2008 so far, 21 jockeys have ridden winners. Despite being unsuccessful today, Moon, Se Young still leads after his treble last Sunday ahead of Yoon, Dae Keun and Cho, Kyoung Ho.
1 Moon, Se Young 4
2= Cho, Kyoung Ho; Yoon, Dae Keun 3
4= Shin, Hyoung Cheol; Choi, Beom Hyun; Yoo, Sung Wan; Ikuyasu Kurukane; Jung, Ki Young 2
Eleven races again saw 11 different jockeys in the winner’s enclosure and a reasonable turn out at Seoul Race Park for what was an average Saturday card in terms of quality. There were two joint main races – the final two and it was in the first of these that we saw the day’s best contest. A 17.7 outsider, Leaders, ridden by Ikuyasu Kurukane took the race by a nose from Eunpamense (5.5) under Park, Tae Jong with the 2.2 favourite Yuel Mountain three-quarters of a length back in third.
In other races, apprentice jockey Choi, Won Jun rode his third career winner in race 9, a race notable for the fact that the favourite went off at 4.0 – exceptionally high by Korean standards – and was unplaced. Choi’s horse was second favourite at 4.5.
Today’s card is already underway at Seoul Race Park. A mild night has removed fears of yesterday’s snowfall freezing over and all looks set for a reasonable day. Only 11 races again today and tomorrow but the breaks look less brutal than last week so it should be a better weekend for racegoers. The most valuable race today is race 10 at 16:50. So far the short priced horses are coming in – Yoon, Dae Keun winning the first on the 2.2 favourite, Yang, Hee Jin took the second at 4.6 and Park, Tae Jong has just taken the third.