Day: May 15, 2010

Cheot Insang and Yeopungjudo Take International Honours

AJC and HRI Trophies kick-off Derby meeting at Seoul

The Derby meeting got underway at Seoul Race Park today and two “International Exchange” races topped the bill on a gloriously sunny afternoon.

There was a shock in the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) Trophy as 50/1 outsider Yeopungjudo led from start to finish to pull off an unlikely victory. The mare held off younger rival and favourite Isanghwa to claim the 80 Million Won first prize.

Yeopungjudo (9) holds off Isanghwa in the HRI (Pic: Ross Holburt)

For Yeopungjudo [Sharp Appeal – Yeoyu (Spectacular Spy)], it was just her third ever win from twenty-eight starts. Meanwhile her jockey Lee Sang Hyeok, who qualified in 2008, secured a first ever big race win.

Once the AJC was over, next up was the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Trophy. While Mr Calgary was sent off the favourite. it was the horse second in the betting, Cheot Insang who came through the field under Ham Wan Sik to claim victory by half a length from the fast finishing Murim Cheogang. Cheot Insang [Psychobabble – Soma (Far Out East)] was recording his third win from twelve starts and has been in the money in his last six outings.

All smiles after the HRI Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Tomorrow sees the final International race – the JRA Trophy – and then it’s the big one. The 2010 Korean Derby comes under orders at 5pm.

Full results from Saturday’s meeting at Seoul to follow…

Pictures by Ross Holburt of Slickpix.