Nice Choice, Top Point in action as Seoul returns
Picking in advance which are going to be the hottest two weeks of the year is not easy. However, this year they got it right and racing relaxed while Seoul sweltered. Indeed, it’s been so hot in the capital for the past month that at one point Gyongmaman seriously considered switching from red wine to white, just so he had an excuse for having an ice-bucket on the table. That is not a decision he takes lightly.
They’ll be back in action at Seoul this weekend though as the Summer Festival resumes. There’s no Stakes action on offer but nevertheless, plenty to keep punters occupied as they return to the pari-mutuel windows.
Last year’s President’s Cup winner Nice Choice looked a shadow of his former self when he returned in June following a five month lay-off through injury. We’ll see if another two months of rest has benefitted him when he heads Saturday’s feature race at Seoul. Gi Ra Seong, Holy Dreamer and Machine Gun will be among those looking to stop him.
Sunday’s feature sees a welcome return for former champion filly Top Point. Now six, she’s been out of action since November last year when she injured herself, just two months after claiming victory in the KRA Cup Classic, Seoul’s biggest race for fillies and mares. She’s not taking it easy in her re-appearance as she takes on foreign horses including Bulpae Gisang and Vicar Love.
On a weekend of returns, jockey Choi Bum Hyun is back after a long spell on the injured list.
Friday August 13
Busan Race Park: 10 races from 15:00 to 21:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 16:30 to 21:15
Saturday August 14
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 14:30 to 21:00
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 16:30 to 21:30
Sunday August 15
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 14:30 to 21:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:20 to 21:00