Day: November 7, 2008

Sinheung Gangja Triumphs as Favourites Fade

A kilo too far for Areumdaun Jilju / Baekgeom wins easily again
Sinheung Gangja made the most of a nine kilo weight advantage to get up in the final few metres to take the feature race at Busan Race Park this afternoon. Billed as a battle between top handicapper Areumdaun Jilju and Derby winner Ebony Storm, things were going to form as those two led from the gate and through the backstretch. It was all change as they turned for home, however. Ebony Storm started to go backwards through the field as Han Sang Kyu on Sinheung Gangja moved into contention. Toshio Uchida kept Areumdaun Jilju in the lead but the three year old had much the faster sprint coming through for a half length win on the line. Outsider Segye Jepae ran on for an unlikely third place.

The loss was only Areumdaun Jilju’s second of the year but Ebony Storm is without a win since the Derby back in May. In other races, there was a second easy win for the grey two year old Baekgeom [Halo’s Image – Sweet Paige (Montbrook)]. The horse arrived in Korea in July and followed up his debut win last month with a five length victory in race 1 this afternoon. Meanwhile, Eiki Nishimura scored his second success in Korea riding Gaeulbi to a five length win in race 5. Racing returns to Busan on Sunday.


Craven Talks About Korean Experience

Tough time highlights difficulties faced by overseas riders
Danny Craven, who completed nine months in Korea in August this year is back riding in Queensland and has been speaking about his time in Korea. Craven had 131 rides during his Korean stint landing 10 winners, 9 seconds and 13 third place finshes. He spent five months at Seoul and then a further four at Busan.

Speaking to, Craven talked about the difficulties faced by foreign jockeys in Korea saying “It was very difficult trying to get rides as the Korean trainers stuck with their local riders”. Also, as most of the overseas riders have found, the language barrier proved very difficult to overcome. Craven’s final comment was “I know one thing, I’ll never go back to ride there again”. Read the full article here.