With Cho Kyoung Ho and Park Tae Jong both absent, Moon Se Young was the only one of the top three jockeys in action at Seoul Race Park over the weekend, managing three wins to go eight clear of Cho. Moon was, unsurprisingly voted “MVP” for the first quarter and is on course to break Park’s 2000 record of 120 winners in a calendar year. Ikuyasu Kurakane landed three over the weekend to move into fourth place on 16 winners and there were victories for both of the female riders, Lee Ae Li and Lee Shin Young who moved onto 2 and 5 winners respectively. Lee Ae Li’s weekend finished early, however, injuring a finger during race 2 on Sunday.
1. Moon Se Young 48
2. Cho Kyoung Ho 40
3. Park Tae Jong 20
4. Ikuyasu Kurakane 16
Subsidy stormed to victory in today’s feature at Seoul Race Park, while similar odds-on shot Procyon had it just as easy in the feature at Busan. Subsidy (1.4), carrying a monstrous 61.5 kilos hit the front as they exited the back straight, Moon Se Young pushing him on in the final three furlongs for a five length victory over Pocketful of Money (13.2) and the nine year old Value Play (33.2). Second favourite Obaek Yechan (5.1) featured prominantly until they entered the final two furlongs before fading badly to finish in last place. It was Subsidy’s 18th win from 28 races.
In other races, Nokhaji (2.3) landed a seventeen length victory for Lee Shin Young in the second feature, Luxury Queen and Eoullimgangja the distant second and third placed horses. Moon Se Young was the only jockey to record more than one winner, Subsidy adding to an earlier victory on Na Meon Jeo (2.3) in race 3. Moon had disappointment, however, on Hammer Punch in race 5. Dropping back down to 1400 metres after a bad run in the KRA Cup Mile earlier this month, Hammer Punch led early on but as the pace quickened off the final turn dropped back eventually finishing seventh behind Bulkkot Juja (14.7).
At Busan Race Park, Procyon (1.7) comfortably won the KRW 42Million race 6 by six lengths from second favourite Boryeong Bulbit (6.5). Australian jockey Danny Craven partnered Taehwa Janggun to third in the race, his first placed finish since relocating from Seoul to Busan. Earlier in the afternoon there was a fourth victory in seven races for the improving three year old Raon King (2.3).
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Gayasanseong got the better of favourite Galsaem in the final few strides of the KRW 42Million main event at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Ridden by Moon Se Young, Galsaem (1.8 ) hit the first corner of the 2000 metre handicap first and set the pace throughout. Woo Chang Gu kept Gayasanseong (2.0) in third place until making his move as they entered the home straight. Galsaem opened up a three length lead by Gayasanseong kept the pressure on and hit the front within metres of the line. Galsaem despite once more starting favourite, has now gone four races without victory. Gayasanseong, meanwhile, has won three in a row and moves onto over KRW 1Billion in career prize money.
Outsider Tamna Bibari won the day’s second richest race giving Lee Ae Li her second win in as many weeks. The 30.9 shot sat just behind long time leader Arrow Choice before hitting the front with two furlongs to go and holding off the challenge of Cheon Byeong and Jujang Jeonha for a two length victory, Lee – back in form after a dismal year – punching the air as they crossed the line.
Highly rated Kkumcheoreom – aiming for three consecutive wins – just missed out in race 7 after starting the 2.8 favourite. Stepping up to 1400 metres for the first time, Kkumcheoreom made a poor start and by the time Lee Shin Young had found room in the straight it was too late to make up the lost ground, rank-outsider Jungmuncheonjae (139.5) pulling off a shock win for Hwang Soon Do. Kkumcheoreom finished a very close second, the fast finish suggesting that with a better start, 1400 metres will be no problem next time. Jockeys of the day were the Japanese duo of Ikuyasu Kurakane and Nozomu Tomizawa who both recorded doubles. Nozomu scoring with strong favourite Feel It Now (1.3) in race 5 and again with Cheonjidolpung (4.0) in a tight finish in race 8 with Magic Bouquet (14.8), ridden by Ikuyasu, whose own wins came in race 9 on Sesemanse (5.3) and race 12 on Viva Slew (23.6).
Despite thunder continuing to roll around nearby Gwanak Mountain and leaden skies, the racing escaped the predicted rain. Although during the early races there was plenty of standing water on the track from the overnight thunderstorms, the strong wind throughout the afternoon gradually dried things up. On what is turning out to be a very weird weather weekend in Seoul, the forecast is for tomorrow to be fine and dry. Racing gets underway at Seoul tomorrow at 11:20, at Jeju at 12:20 and at Busan at 12:40.
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
Hangye Geukbok proved the handicappers correct in the feature race at Busan Race Park this afternoon. Under Cho Seung Gon, the six year old top weight scored a half length victory over Seonbaljein (7.7). Hangye Geukbok went off favourite but at a generous 2.5, and sat at the back of the field until making his move in the final furlong and a half. The favourite also won in the day’s second most valuable race as Yeongung Manse (2.7) made it three wins from six starts with a comfortable three length victory over Bulpae Yeoksa (3.6) over 1600 metres. Racing returns to Busan on Sunday.
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Although both were beaten last time out, Galsaem and Subsidy remain the biggest names on show at Seoul Race Park this weekend. With Moon Se Young on board, Galsaem, beaten into fifth in appalling conditions at the end of March goes in race 11 on Saturday over 2000 metres going up against Gayasanseong. On Sunday, Subsidy – who will also be ridden by Moon Se Young in Cho Kyoung Ho’s absence – will carry 61.5 kilos over 1900, giving five kilos to Obaek Yechan and 10 kilos to Pocketful of Money and Eunpamanse.
There are twelve races in Saturday with the first at 11:20 and eleven on Sunday also starting at 11:20. As usual, there is also a card on Jeju Island on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:20 both days and, as previewed below, racing at Busan on Friday and Sunday.
Cards are out for Busan Race Park’s meetings on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, the first of nine races gets underway at 13:00 with the feature handicap being run over 1800 metres at 17:10 with Hangye Geukbok (10 wins from 30 races) heading the weights. Sunday sees a similar main event where the highlight of 6 races is another 1800 metre handicap, this one seeing Procyon taking on Boryeong Bulbit and Mirae Cheonsa. Racing starts on Sunday at 12:40pm.