Day: July 31, 2008

Weekend Preview – Munhwa Ilbo Cup

Thirteen go in Cup / Subsidy and Secret Weapon head handicap fields
Racing is back at Seoul Race Park this weekend and the highlight is the Munhwa Ilbo Cup, a category 2 test for domestic bred horses over 2000 metres with a first pize of KRW 58Million. There’s a field of thirteen colts and geldings with three year olds Sichuseon, winner of the Netizen’s Day Race, and Cheonnyeonbulpae, fourth in this year’s Derby up against older horses including second and third in the Sports Chosun Cup, Nice Champ and Mansebose. Also running is last year’s runner-up, Samdobong and Top Value, who had a promising three year old season last year. The race is off at 17:00 on Sunday. Full list of runners and riders (Stall/Name/Record/Sex/Age/Jockey):

1. Tough Energy (31/4/2/5) – C, 5 – Ji Ha Ju
2. Top Value (11/4/2/3) – C, 4 – Park Tae Jong
3. Yeongshil Jeonggi (29/3/4/2) – G, 5 – Lee Shin Young
4. Mansebose (21/5/3/1) – G, 5 – Kim Seok Bong
5. Nice Champ (15/4/3/4) – C, 4 – Kim Hyo Seob
6. Cheonnyeonbulpae (8/2/4/0) – C, 3 – Cho Kyoung Ho
7. Borkhan (34/2/4/7) – C, 5 – Shin Hyoung Cheol
8. Proud Boy (30/4/3/3) – C, 6 – Kim Dong Cheol
9. Wonju Jangsa (16/2/3/2) – G, 5 – Choi Beom Hyun
10. Eoullimnyeongung (18/4/4/0) – G, 4 – Park Soo Hong
11. Sichuseon (10/3/0/2) – G, 3 – Oh Kyoung Hoan
12. Samdobong (16/4/4/3) – C, 5 – Jung Ki Young
13. New Rider (28/4/2/2) – C, 5 – Ikuyasu Kurakane

Sunday also sees a category 1 foreign bred handicap with 2005 Horse of the Year Subsidy looking to bounce back from disappointment in the Owner’s Association Trophy. The eight year old will be top weight, carrying 60kg ahead of Haengun Daewang. Unusually Subsidy won’t be the oldest horse in the race as nine year olds Daiwa Arazi and Value Play also go.

Saturday’s card is headed by Secret Weapon (25runs/13wins) taking on seven challengers over 2000 metres in race 11. Racing on both Saturday and Sunday gets underway at 11:20 with twelve races on Saturday and eleven on Sunday. Jeju also holds a card both days while Busan will follow up its Friday card with a six race card on Sunday beginning at 12:40.