Day: March 17, 2011

Weekend Preview: Busan Ilbo Stakes

Mai Beppu debuts at Seoul / Larrycat Vs Dongbanui Gangja

It’s one of the biggest fillies races of the season at Busan while Seoul gets its first ever foreign female jockey on a big weekend of racing in Korea.

The Busan Ilbo Stakes brings together some of the track’s highest rated imported fillies as well as some local hopefuls. Royale Embrace and Sangseung Geotap, both with four wins from five starts head the fourteen-strong field while of the Korean breds, the Pegasus Stables owned duo of Secret Whisper and Jungle Love could offer a strong challenge. See below for a full list of runners and riders.

Friday also sees a pair of hig class races at Busan. In the first of co-features, 2010 Derby winner Cheonnyeon Daero should pick up antoher win while a race later, Yeonseung Daero once more looks set to bully a field of imports.

In the capital, the feature race is on Sunday as Larrycat faces Dongbanui Gangja over ten furlongs. With the race not being a handicap, double Grand Prix champion Dongbanui Gangja will for once not carry top weight. If he can run in a straight line, he has every chance of returning to the winner’s circle for the first time in nearly a year. It is, however, a big “if”.

Also at Seoul, young Japanese jockey Mai Beppu makes her debut. Beppu, who rode in the International Lady Jockey Invitational at Busan in 2009, becomes the track’s first foreign female jockey. She debuts in race 9 on Saturday.

Here’s what’s happening when and where at Korean tracks this weekend:

Friday March 18

Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday March 19

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:10 to 17:30
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20

Sunday March 20

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 16:30

And here is a full list of runners and riders (with sire and race records) for Sunday’s Busan Ilbo Stakes:

Busan Ilbo Stakes – Busan Race Park – 1400M – Sunday March 20, 2011, 15:35

1. Queen Of Rain (USA) [Lion Heart] (6/2/1/2) – Jo Sung Gon
2. Myeongmun Bobae (AUS) [Footstepsinthesand] (20/2/2/6) – Kim Tae Kyung
3. Secret Whisper (KOR) [Sea Of Secrets] (7/4/0/2) – Park Geum Man
4. Jungle Love (KOR) [Entrepreneur] (8/3/2/2) – Kim Nam Sung
5. Sangseung Geotap (USA) [Indian Charlie] (5/4/0/0) – Toshio Uchida
6. Allie’s Premo (USA) [Alex’s Pal] (10/2/2/3) – Jo Chang Wook
7. Lovely Woman (AUS) [Lion Heart] (10/4/2/1) – Hitomi Miyashita
8. Crown Flag (KOR) [Volponi] (20/1/3/7) – Kim Myoung Sin
9. Royale Embrace (USA) [Chapel Royal] (5/4/1/0) – You Hyun Myung
10. Geungnak Seonnyo (AUS) [Johannesburg] (25/1/4/3) – Yoshi Aoki
11. Gayatansaeng (NZ) [Elusive City] (10/2/3/3) – Chae Gyu Jun
12. Amateras (JPN) [Silver Charm] (29/1/7/1) – Choi Si Dae
13. Ecton Legacy (USA) [Ecton Park] (18/1/6/2) – Jo Chan Hoon
14. Saetbyeol (USA) [Yankee Gentleman] (16/2/2/4) – Lee Sung Jae