This coming Sunday sees the G3 (local) KRA Cup Classic at Seoul Race Park. The 2000 metre race is a handicap for foreign bred horses and among the more prominent entries are the six year old mare Galsaem and the four year old Pocketful Of Money. The final list of runners and riders, along with weights, will be available on Thursday.
Looking further ahead, the season’s fourth classic, the Minister of Agriculture’s Cup will take place at Seoul Race Park on Sunday October 12. Horses based at Busan Race Park have won all three of the Classics contested so far this year and this week it’s been confirmed that at least two of those – Derby winner Ebony Storm and Oaks winner Jeolho Chance – will make the journey up to Seoul next month.
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Minsokchum (3.7) landed one of the biggest pony races of the year at Jeju Race Park on Sunday in winning the KRA Jeju Cup. The four year old scored a half length win from Medaljeonseon (11.1) after coming through with a late run. The race was worth KRW 27Million and is one of the most valuable races to be held at the track on Jeju Island where racing is exclusively for the locally bred Jeju pony. A filly, Minsokchum has a race record of eight wins from twenty two outings.
Myeongmun Gamun beats Good Day / Jilju Hara beaten
There was a tight finish to the Donga Ilbo Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and it was four year old Geumsuni (13.1) who held on in the photo to win the Cup by a nose from Junior Shards (11.5). Quickest out of the stalls in the 1400 metre race was Yoo Sang Wan on Esteban but as they hit the first corner, third favourite Bonny Bee (8.0) took over the running. Always well placed, Kim Hyo Seob on Geumsuni took over with a furlong to run and just held off the fast finishes of Junior Shards and pre-race favourite Wig (2.6) to claim victory.
In other races at Seoul, Myeongmun Gamun (2.7) overcame strong favourite Good Day (1.5) in the feature handicap. Good Day, under Cho Kyoung Ho led from out of the backstretch, but Jung Ki Young on Myeongmun Gamun found more in the home straight to win by two lengths. Such was the dominance of the pair, there was a further eight lengths between them and Lee Ae Li on shock third placed Seungni Yongsa (212.4).
At Busan Race Park, there was a shock defeat for Jilju Hara. The Japanese import had strolled to victory in her first two outings and was sent off the 1.2 favourite in the JBBA race which was only for Japanese bred horses. It was second favourite, Lucky Guy (4.3), however, who went wire to wire, holding off Jilju Hara by half a length at the finish. Earlier there was a convincing return to form for three year old filly Useung Party. Last in the Oaks last month, she stepped back in distance and dominated race 2 with a seven length win.
After yesterday’s rain, it was a hot and sunny afternoon which was reflected in attendance at both tracks.
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Favourite Gamadongja (1.6) led wire to wire in recording his second straight win over 1200 metres leading home Bally Brae (3.0) by a length and a half. Bally Brae hadn’t run in a sprint for over two years but had broken the track record on his only previous outing at 1200 metres, however, on a soaking wet track, both Gamadongja and Bally Brae were well inside that time. Cash Parade (22.5) ran on for third. The New Zealand bred Gamadongja moves on to eight wins from thirteen outings
The day’s other race of note was also won by a hot favourite as Noubeau Riche landed a category 2 handicap with an impressive late run to win by three lengths from Gangcheolgwon.
Racing returns to Seoul tomorrow with the first under orders at 11:20.
FULL RESULTS FROM SEOUL
Areumdaun Jilju caps five wins/four seconds for veteran
Racing returned to Busan yesterday and Toshio Uchida underlined his domination of the track since his arrival earlier this year with his biggest winning haul to date. From ten rides, the Japanese rider landed five winners and four second places with only his ride in the last failing to trouble the placings.
As expected, Uchida took the feature race on favourite Areumdaun Jilju (1.8 ). Uchida opened his sprint as they rounded the home turn, the four year old Areumdaun Jilju running on for a comfortable four length win – his fifth of 2008. Namdo Jijon (5.9) just edged out Procyon (6.4) for second with Rainmaker, later discovered to have picked up an injury, back in fifth.
FULL RESULTS FROM BUSAN
Racing returns to Korea this weekend after breaking for Thanksgiving last week and it looks set to be an eventful three days. Big race of the weekend is the Dong-A Ilbo Cup which is off at 17:00 at Seoul Race Park on Sunday. The 1400 metre race is one of the biggest races of the season for fillies and mares and has attracted a field including Samsimnyeonsarang, Challanhanbit, and Gateway.
There are a number of other big name horses on show at Seoul on Saturday and Sunday when cards will get underway at 11:20 with twelve races on Saturday and eleven on Sunday. Former horse of the year, Bally Brae drops back to 1200 metres for the first time in nearly two years in Saturday’s feature. The six year old holds the course record over the distance and will be up against the likes of Gamadongja, Baekjeonmupae and Dankee’s Pal. Myeongmun Gamun has satisfied the starter that he can be trusted to behave at post and the seven year old goes in Sunday’s feature, a 2000 metre handicap.
The first action of the weekend is, as usual, on Friday at Busan Race Park. The South Gyeongnam track hosts ten races on Friday with the first going to post at 13:00. There’s a double feature with handicaps for foreign bred and domestic bred horses. In the domestic, Rainmaker is given another chance to prove his KRA Cup Mile success wasn’t a fluke, but he’s going to have it all to do against a top class field headed by Areumdaun Jilju who has won five out of six this year. Also going is Procyon, the four year old gelding looking to bounce back after two disappointing runs at shorter distances. Namdo Jijon, who finished third in the Derby will be there too as will Annika Queen. Sunday’s Busan card is lower key with six races getting underway at 12:40. One novelty on the card is race 5, a race only for Japanese bred horses.
As usual, Jeju Race Park hosts pony racing on Saturday and Sunday and Sunday sees one of the big races of the season in the shape of the KRA Jeju Cup which is off at 15:55.
There’s no racing this weekend as runners and riders take a break for Korean Thanksgiving (known as “Chuseok”) which this year falls on Sunday. Cards will return to normal from next week with the first meeting being at Busan Race Park on Friday September 19.