Day: September 11, 2010

Super Sunday Preview

Governor’s Cup at Busan / Ilgan Sports at Seoul

We’re set for some Super Sunday Stakes Action on the peninsula tomorrow with some cracking races at both Seoul and Busan on Sunday. While Seoul has soaked under monsoon rain for the past 48 hours, the capital track should be largely dry for the Ilgan Sports Cup, while it’s Busan’s turn to have thunder and torrential downpours forecasted. It’s also at Busan where the biggest race of the day will be held in the form of the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup.

The lights won't be on, but Geumgangi could be back in the Winner's Circle

Here are the fields with runners, riders and race records:

Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup (KOR G.III)- Busan Race Park – 1800M – September 12, 15:45

1. Sangseung Ilro (KOR) (15/8/3/2) – You Hyun Myung
2. Namdo Jeap (KOR) (22/8/5/3) – Yang Young Nam
3. Lucky Dancer (KOR) (21/9/3/2) – Jo Sung Gon
4. Yeonseung Daero (KOR) (23/10/4/3) – Park Geum Man
5. Dangdae Bulpae (KOR) (9/6/0/1) – Jo Chang Wook
6. Khaosan (KOR) (20/6/4/6) – Kim Nam Sung
7. Mulbora (KOR) (15/6/3/1) – Kim Dong Young
8. Golden Appeal (KOR) (12/8/2/1) – Lim Sung Sil

So we have two classic winners in the shape of Sangseung Ilro and Namdo Jeap, this year’s champion three-year old elect in Dangdae Bulpae, the most frustratingly talented horse on the peninsula in Yeonseung Daero and the late developer Lucky Dancer.

The sentimental money will be on Sangseung Ilro but she has her work cut out here. That jockey Jo Sung Gon has opted to ride Lucky Dancer speaks volumes as to their relative chances. Yeonseung Daero pushed Tough Win all the way in the Busan Metropolitan and if he is on his top form, he will win. However, he only brings his top form 50% of the time. A case can be made for all the others too. This is a race to puzzle long and hard over. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t make it any more of a lottery than it already is.

Ilgan Sports Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – September 12 – 17:00

1. Suseong TX (KOR) (15/5/2/3) – Moon Se Young
2. Tamnaseontaek (KOR) (8/3/1/2) – Kim Dong Kyun
3. Dansimga (KOR) (23/2/5/4) – Park Byeong Yun
4. Geumgangi (KOR) (14/4/4/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho
5. Khanui Huye (KOR) (19/5/3/2) – Ham Wan Sik
6. Luxury Jewang (KOR) (21/5/2/2) – Boo Min Ho
7. Daehanbobae (KOR) (29/4/4/0) – Oh Kyoung Hoan
8. Gayabobae (KOR) (10/4/2/0) – Choi Bum Hyun
9. Best Holls (KOR) (9/4/1/2) – Lee Sang Hyeok
10. Andy’s Runner (KOR) (11/3/2/5) – Hirotaka Hamada
11. Super Jet (KOR) (18/6/0/1) – Kim Young Jin
12. Grand Money (KOR) (11/3/4/1) – Park Tae Jong
13. Jebe (KOR) (40/3/2/4) – Jung Pyeong Soo

Geumgangi must be favourite to repeat his victory in July’s Munhwa Ilbo. However, Suseong TX, Daehanbobae and Super Jet are all proven performers at this level while Luxury Jewang is a Stakes winner. Meanwhile, Andy’s Runner, who will be ridden by new Japanese jockey Hirotaka Hamada, is not without a chance, while Grand Money beat Oaks Winner Euro Fighter in his last but one start.

Once the Ilgan Sports is over, there is a class 1 handicap to look forward to. Bally Brae will be running. The former horse of the year will not be favourite – he’s carrying a ridiculous amount of weight – but any opportunity to watch this living legend of Korean racing run, must be taken.

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Saturday Round-Up

There was action at both Seoul and Jeju Race Parks today. Here’s what happened:

Rare Winner: Won Jung Il

* There was a surprise in the feature race as 40/1 outsider Sesemanse led from gate-to-wire to claim the 10 furlong class 1 handicap. Under jockey Won Jung I, who was also scoring a rare win, the six-year old finished two lengths clear of second placed Hongji with favourite Wangson – recent winner of the SBS Cup, dead-heating with Daesahyong for third a further five lengths adrift.

*Apprentice jockey Jang Chu Yeol, who scored his first ever winner last Sunday didn’t have to wait long to make a second appearance in the winner’s Circle. He claimed race 2 on Sobaengnyeong beating out Moon Se Young on hot favourite Sun Hero.

* A filly won the event for Korean-bred unraced two-year olds. However, the interestingly named Dynaspurt (Langfuhr) won’t be eligible for the Classics next year.

* Another two-year old filly breaking her maiden was US import Kkochyeol [Essence Of Dubai – A Star Has Risen (Rock Band)]. The heavy favourite beat out a field of fellow juveniles by a length.

* Jeju Race Park hosted one of the Island’s biggest annual pony races in the form of the KRA Jeju Cup. The prixe went to second favourite Hwangjini a filly who at three-years old, was he youngest pony in the race. It was her sixth win from eleven starts on the Island.

Full results can be found at the KRA’s website.