One of the great things about living in Asia is that you get a second chance at New Year’s Resolutions. One of the bad things about living in Asia is you get to fail them a second time too. Therefore it pays to modify them and so Gyongmaman, having kicked off 2011 with the intention of backing more winners and drinking less wine, now heads into the Year Of The Rabbit with the determination to back fewer losers and drink better quality wine.
Racing returns from its week off for the Lunar New Year holiday this weekend and it’s down at Busan where the pick of the action is as Sunday’s feature race sees Grand Prix Stakes winner Mister Park make his 2011 debut. And an intriguing season opener it is set to be as he drops back down to seven furlongs to join a full-field of fourteen.
That field contains old-timers Procyon and Areumdaun Jilju as well as sprint specialist fillies Night Moves and Mulbora, the 2008 Derby winner Ebony Storm (making his first appearance since last July) as well as the Peter Wolsley trained duo of Ganghan Yeoja and Suryeohan. Mister Park should make it his twelfth straight victory but he’ll be carrying nine kilos more than he did on that day at Seoul back in December.
Speaking of Seoul, the capital hosts another thirteen race card on Saturday as they continue to make up for the races lost to snow a few weeks ago. It’s largely egg-and-spoon quality on both days although a couple of up and comers are to be looked out for on Sunday. Mass Media’s Tea (Mass Media) will be looking to make it four wins from five when he goes on Sunday while filly Ruby Queen (Badge Of Silver) will be looking to do the same a few races earlier. Meanwhile, the weekend’s most valuable race sees Holy Dreamer look for a third straight class 1 win.
Racing at Seoul during February will start 10 minutes earlier than it did in January with a first post time of 11:10 on both Saturday and Sunday – possibly to avoid having to use the floodlights at all. Unfortunately, while we’ve had a very pleasant fortnight temperature wise, we don’t seem set to have our first non sub-zero weekend of racing. It’s getting cold again with a high of -1 predicted. Here’s when and where you can once again
freeze your extremities off get out in the fresh air while losing money having a few wagers:
Friday February 11
Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30
Saturday February 12
Seoul Race Park: 13 races from 11:10 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20
Sunday February 13
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 16:30