Day: October 23, 2010

Four Hundred Up For Choi Bum Hyun

Wink Win Brings Up Milestone / Suseong TX Lands Feature

Choi Bum Hyun was the toast of Seoul today as the jockey secured his 400th career victory. While in world racing terms, it’s not many, he joins just a select few Korean riders to have achieved the figure.

In a blur: Choi Bum Hyun wins on Wink to score his 400th career win

Choi’s 400th came in race 8 on a beautiful afternoon at Seoul Race Park. The 31 year old guided favourite Wink to a narrow half-length victory over Nice Keeping. It was his only winner from ten rides on the card.

No Pictures! Choi Bum Hyun after winning his 400th race

In recent times, Choi has been a freqent visitor to the Winner’s Circle in the big races. As regular jockey of Dongbanui Gangja, he has won back-to-back Grand Prixs as well as last year’s Owner’s Cup. Triple Seven gave him the Ttukseom Cup earlier this year while he picked up last year’s Busan Metropolitan on Bulpae Gisang. He is, however, yet to win a classic.

Choi’s 400 wins have come from just over 3400 rides. He has an 11% win and 32% place record for his career. In terms of absolute winners, he is behind only Park Tae Jong, Moon Se Young, Shin Hyoung Chul and Cho Kyoung Ho. Park, who along with Moon is out of action this weekend, is more than a thousand winners clear of almost anyone else in Korean racing history.

In the feature race, Suseong TX, at five-years old a late entrant to the class 1 ranks, won a very competitive handicap. Under Cho Kyoung Ho, Suseong TX comfortably led home Janggun Bada and Free Woody by four lengths.

Earlier, there was a win for New Zealand-bred Super Yongwang (Ekraar) in race 9. The four year-old has been a money winner in each of his ten races, but today was just his second victory. Also scoring a second victory – although just from three starts – was two-year old colt Hwanggeum Bolt [Congaree – Tilly’s Pulpit (Pulpit). He eeked out a narrow win over Giroksangseung and Sun Best in race 6.

Hwanggeum Bolt and jockey Jo In Kwen win race 7

Winning for the first time today were US import Broadcaster (Mass Media) and the debut-making filly Prete Ingran (Ingrandire) who landed race two and four respectively. Meanwhile, while the riding focus was on Choi Bum Hyun’s 400 winners, Moon Jung Kyun was jockey of the day, notching three winners.

* Racing returns to Seoul tomorrow when the 2300 metre Turkey Jockey Club Trophy is the highlight. There are eleven races from 11:30 to 18:10 in the capital while down at Busan, there are six races from 12:40 to 16:30.

Seoul Racecourse - October 23, 2010