Bally Brae at Seoul / Ponies go for the Halla Ilbo on Jeju
After the excitement of the Ttukseom Cup a week ago, there’s a slightly lower-key weekend of racing on the peninsula ahead. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to maintain the interest.
Bally Brae heads the field in the feature race of the weekend, which takes place at Seoul on Saturday. The former horse-of-the-year once more faces regular rivals, Vicar Love, Baekjeonmupae, and Dankee’s Pal among a thirteen strong field.
Down at Busan, Friday sees the track’s 2009 champion juvenile Night Moves make her first attempt at class 1 – she’ll carry top weight over seven furlongs against a field which includes a pair of horses from last year’s Derby trail, Impeccable and Sandeomi. In terms of this year’s Classic hunt, Saeroun Taeyang makes his first appearance since finishing fifth in the KRA Cup Mile two weeks ago when he goes in race 5 on Sunday over the Derby distance of nine furlongs.
On Jeju Island, the Jeju ponies will run for the Halla Ilbo Cup, one of the biggest races of the year. Topping the weights with a whopping 75 kilos to carry are the two four-year olds Hwanghaemyengsan and Hanramyyeongseng.
Friday April 16
Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30
Saturday April 17
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:20 to 17:40
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:10 to 17:20
Sunday April 18
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:20 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:40 to 16:30