Seoul Jockey’s Championship – With Moon Se Young absent over the weekend, Cho Kyoung Ho scored five winners to move within 5 at the top of the jockey’s championship. Park Tae Jong, back in third, was also absent through suspension although he maintains a 6 win lead over Shim Seung Tae who has moved into fourth on his own. Other notable results from the weekend included a treble for Ikuyasu Kurakane – his first in Korea – on Saturday, and a first win for nearly a year for female jockey Lee Ae Li on Sunday:
1. Moon Se Young 45
2. Cho Kyoung Ho 40
3. Park Tae Jong 20
4. Shim Seung Tae 14
Second favourite Good Day (3.5) took home the feature handicap at Seoul Race Park today with a close victory over Sirius (5.6). With Cho Kyoung Ho on board, Good Day took the win on the nod after he and Sirius (Lee Dong Kuk) overtook Gi Ra Seong, who had led for much of the KRW 42Million, 2000 metre race, in the final furlong. Secret Weapon went off the strong 1.7 favourite but never featured, eventually finishing eleventh of the twelve runners as Good Day made it ten wins from fourteen outings.
It was very much Cho Kyoung Ho’s day as he took full advantage of the absences of both Moon Se Young and Park Tae Jong to record four winners, Good Day adding to earlier victories on Sinmyeong (2.3) in race 3, U Seung Man Se (1.6) in race 4 and Gyoengcheonyeowang (2.2) in race 8. There was also a long overdue win for Lee Ae Li who landed race 7 on 5.6 third favourite, Song Gan San.
At Busan, there was a shock in the main event as 1.3 favourite Pick Me Up was beaten by three lengths by Haeil (15.3). Haeil, ridden by Ahn Sun Ho took the lead right from the start of the 2000 metre handicap and although Pick Me Up, steadily made up ground, the top weight didn’t haven’t enough to get back on terms with Haeil, who secured the KRW 42Million first prize.
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Shaving Points made his second racecourse appearance at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and secured a comfortable win over 1300 metres. Having made his debut in the rain and mud four weeks ago, today it was glorious sunshine as punters decided Shaving Points was such a certainty, he started at an extraordinary 1.0 – that is, there was no profit to be made from backing him to win. As in his previous race, Ikuyasu Kurakane took Shaving Points into the lead out of the stalls and stayed there the entire race to win by four lengths.
The most valuable race of the day saw an upset as the Shin Dae Jeon ridden Holeinonefive (36.4,) took an early lead in the KRW 36Million 1800 metre handicap and held off the late challenge of 1.6 favourite Mugabo to land a one and a half length victory.
There were trebles each for Moon Jung Kyun and Ikuyasu Kurakane with Nozomu Tomizawa landing one to take the Japanese haul for the day to four. It was the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures touching 26C in the middle of the afternoon. Racing is back tomorrow with the first of 11 races underway at 11:20. There are also cards at Busan (12:40) and Jeju Island (12:20).
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
Winning Beauty scored a length victory over Admiral Reigart in the feature race at Busan Race Park this afternoon. The Kim Eu Su ridden Admiral Reigart went off a slight favourite at 2.3 but gave four and a half kilos to Winning Beauty in the 1600 metre handicap. Winning Beauty was part of a treble for jockey Chae Kyu Jun who was successful in races 7, 8 and 9. Earlier, Danny Craven had marked the beginning of his stint at Busan with a creditable second place finish on outsider Widaehan Yeongung (55.2) in the day’s second most valuable race, two and a half lengths behind Dongjjogui Bit. Racing returns to Busan on Sunday.
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
The KRA’s website is reporting that Australian jockey Danny Craven is set to move to Busan. Craven came to Seoul Race Park in November 2007 on a six month contract during which he has so far ridden five winners from 102 rides. His initial contract with the KRA finishes on May 14th and it is reported that he will relocate to South Gyeongsang province for a further three months which will keep him in Korea until the middle of August.
The week’s racing gets underway at Busan Race Park on Friday afternoon where the first of the normal nine race card is underway at 13:00. There are also six races at Busan on Sunday.
The action at Seoul Race Park begins on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:20am with twleve races on Saturday and eleven on the Sunday. featire race of the weekend is at Seoul and is a KRW42 Million handicap on Sunday. The 2000 metre race 10 has attracted a number prominent handicappers with the weights headed by Secret Weapon (11 wins from 22) and Good Day (9 from 13).
There is also Saturday and Sunday racing at Jeju Race Park with nine races on each day, the first under orders at 12:20pm.
Park Tae Jong has been handed a two day ban for his ride of Baekgwang in the Ttukseom Cup on Sunday. Park dropped his whip with 50 metres to go (wrongly attributed by me to him recognising Baekgwang’s injury) and this being his third offence recently, the ban was imposed. Meanwhile, Baekgwang will be out of action for at least a year.