There are currently 63 jockeys retained at Seoul Racecourse. Over the next few weeks, Horseracing in Korea will profile some of the leading ones. We may as well start with the man of the moment, Moon, Se Young.
Born in 1980, Moon made his debut shortly before his 21st birthday in 2001. His 7 year career has seen him pick up two Group 3 races, a Group 2 (The Minster of Agriculture Cup in 2004), the JRA Trophy and most recently, the Group 1 Grand Prix race in December 2007. However, it’s his strike rate rather than his big race wins that set him apart at the moment. As of Janaury 2008, he has 1485 career rides with 230 winners – a strike rate of 15.5%. He’s getting better too. In the last year alone the figures are 381 rides and 74 winners – a strike rate of 19.4% with 33% of all his rides placing. Moon is potentially the dominant jockey of the next decade in Korea. He’s also the jockey first out of the stalls riding number 8 in our banner at the top of this page! Here he is winning the 2007 Grand Prix on Bally Brae.