Day: September 9, 2010

Weekend Preview

GyeongNam Governor’s Cup / Ilgan Sports / KRA Jeju Cup

A big weekend of racing in Korea is in store with Stakes action at all three tracks and some of the best known thoroughbreds – and ponies – in the country in action.

Highlight of the weekend is the GyeongNam Governor’s Cup at Busan on Sunday. Only eight will go but they include Classic Winners Sangseung Ilro and Namdo Jeap, plus Yeonseung Daero and young upstart Dangdae Bulpae.

Can Geumgangi make it two Stakes in two months?

Up at Seoul, it’s the Ilgan Sports Cup on Sunday, featuring the likes of Stakes winners Geumgangi and Luxury Jewang as well as up-and-comers such as Tamnaseontaek and Best Holls. Also at Seoul big names Nice Choice, Holy Dreamer and former Horse of the Year Bally Brae will be in action over the weekend.

Down on Jeju, it’s the biggest race of the year on the island in the form of the KRA Jeju Cup. Ten ponies will line up for the event with filly Cheonjibusa – with eleven wins from fifteen starts to her name, heading the weights in the 1700 metre handicap.

We will have a full preview of each big race over the bext couple of days. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening and when:

Friday September 10

Busan Race Park: 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday September 11

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:20 to 17:40
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 12:10 to 17:40

Sunday September 12

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:20 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:40 to 16:30

* Someone who won’t be involved this weekend is steward James Perry. The Australian has taken the decision to return to his homeland after two-and-a-half years officiating with the KRA at Seoul Race Park. In addition to his regular steward duties, Perry, along with fellow Aussie Brett Wright – now Senior Stipendiary Steward at Busan – began publishing stewards’ reports for each race meeting in English. This initiative, taken by the stewards themselves, was one of the few visible signs of progress in the KRA’s stated policy of internationalization. His presence will be missed.

On his return to Australia with his young family, Perry will be taking up a Senior Steward position with Racing Queensland.