Day: September 3, 2009

Weekend Preview

Dongbanui Gangja, Secret Weapon, Namdo Jeap, Miss Ecton all go on big weekend
It’s Ilgan Sports Day at Seoul on Sunday and the showdown between three of the track’s top three year olds headlines what is looking all round one of the most attractive weekend cards of the year.

Things get underway at Busan on Friday when a host of big names will contest the last and feature race. Miss Ecton, Golding, Hardride and Admiral Reigart will all be in action in race 10.

Sunday’s Busan feature will see two of the southern track’s top colts square off once more. Namdo Jeap was second in both the KRA Cup Mile and the Korean Derby. Yeonseung Daero was well fancied for both of those races but flopped. Since then though, he has made amends with two smart wins against tough opposition. They’ll do battle in race 5. South African jockey Martin Wepner will be reunited with Namdo Jeap for the first time since walking away from the ride on Derby day.

Saturday at Seoul sees a double-header of top races. 2008 Grand Prix winner and 2009 Owners’ Trophy winner Dongbanui Gangja is on to extend his winning streak to eight and will be hot favourite to make it nine. Regardless of his reputation, a full field will assemble for race 10 to try to stop him. Among them will be Brilliant Knight, Gamadongja, Noubeau Riche and the improving Torpedo Mast. Also there will be Yodongseong, returning from a near six month lay-off.

That race will be followed thirty minutes later by an appearance by Secret Weapon. The five year old has won his last three and will have Lucky Mountain and Namchonuijijon as well as ten others to contend with if he is cement his position as Seoul’s current top-rated domestically bred horse.

Sunday’s feature is of course, the Ilgan Sports Cup. The focus is going to be on the three year olds, especially unbeaten gelding Holy Dreamer. We’ll have a full preview of the Ilgan over the next couple of days.

Busan Race Park

Friday September 4: 10 races, first post 13:00, last 17:30
Sunday September 6: 6 races, first post 12:40, last 16:30

Seoul Race Park

Saturday September 5: 12 races, first post 11:20, last 17:40
Sunday September 6: 11 races, first post 11:20, last 18:10

Jeju Race Park (Pony Racing)

Saturday September 5: 9 races, first post 12:10, last 17:10
Sunday September 6: 9 races, first post 12:10, last 17:10

Champion Moon Se Young’s Season Is Over

The KRA has confirmed that Moon Se Young, 2008 Champion jockey and current leading rider this year, will miss the rest of the season following his horror fall at Seoul Race Park last Saturday. Moon, 29, was thrown into the rails by two year old Raipai as she veered wildly coming out of the stalls on her racing debut. The jockey escaped what initially looked a very serious situation with severely ruptured knee ligaments which, following surgery, will require six months of recuperation.

Moon Se Young (leading) will be out for 6 months

Moon Se Young (leading) will be out for 6 months

Last year, Moon Se Young became only the second Korean rider to land over one hundred winners in a calender year as he stormed to a record breaking 128 winners. This year, despite a number of suspensions – as well as a wedding to track announcer Kim Ryeo Jin and subsequent honeymoon – keeping him off the track on more occasions than he would have liked, Moon remains at the top of the Jockey standings with 72 winners.

Unlike last year, however, his closest rivals are much closer. Park Tae Jong, the rider with the most wins in Korean racing history lies in second just three behind and, following a remarkable eight wins over the weekend, Cho Kyoung Ho has joined the veteran on 69. Just one behind those two is Choi Beom Hyun on 68. It will now be a straight three way fight for the title.

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