Weekend Preview: Kookje Sinmun Stakes

Youth and Experience Clash at Busan

An unbeaten colt will be joined by two other outstanding three-year olds, a host of proven winners and one track legend as some of Busan’s best foreign horses line up for the Kookje (Gukje) Sinmun Stakes this coming Sunday.

Lion Santa (Lion Heart) has won all five of his starts to date in impressive style and puts his perfect record on the line against another recent import Viva Ace (Macho Uno) and three-year old filly Royale Embrace (Chapel Royal) who have both racked up impressive win records of their own in their time here. Top weight in the handicap will be carried by Aussie bred Seonnyang Yongsa (Catbird) while fellow antipodean Dudeurim (Delago Brom) also has claims in the seven-furlong sprint.

Then there is Admiral Reigart (General Royal). At nine years old, the Admiral is three times the age of the young pretenders. He’s been a stalwart of the track since its opening in 2005 and while his win record of nine from sixty-seven starts is more creditable than outstanding, he’s in the best form of his life with two wins and to second place finishes from his last four starts. Remarkably, Sunday’s race will be his first outing at a sprint distance since April 2005 and he can’t be discounted from shocking the young upstarts.

The Kookje Sinmun – named for a Busan Newspaper – is the highlight of a busy weekend of racing on the peninsula. The Derby is just two weeks away so none of the contenders for that race are in action however, there’s still plenty to be going on with both at Busan and Seoul.In the capital, the feature race is on Sunday when Ace Galloper headlines a competitive handicap.

It’s been an odd week weather-wise with a few downpours mixed in with generally sunny skies. That’s set to continue over the weekend although there’s the chance of a thunderstorm in Seoul on Saturday. Come Racing…but bring a jacket. Here’s what’s happening when and where this weekend:

Friday April 29

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

Saturday April 30

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

Sunday May 1

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:10

Here is a full run-down of the Gukje Sinmun Stakes (Name/Pedigree/Age/Sex/Weight/Race records/Jockey):

Kookje Sinmun Stakes (Hdcp) – Busan Race Park – 1400M – Sunday May 1, 2011 – 16:15

1 Mystery Boy (USA)[Ecton Park – Mysterious Moll (Bates motel)] 4-C-54kg – (10/5/3/0) – Jo Chang Wook
2 High Best (USA) [Domestic Dispute – Sunday Thunder (Thunder Gulch)] 5-H-50kg – (20/5/1/2) – Kim Nam Sung
3 Hudson River Line (USA) [Not For Love – New Years Eve Gala (Slavic)] 4-C-52kg – (17/7/2/0) – Kim Tae Kyung
4 Hey Sexy (USA) [El Corredor – Miss Royal Spirit (Royal Academy)] 5 -G-50kg – (23/3/4/1) – Jo Chan Hoon
5 Global Champ (AUS) [Charge Forward – Amarocco (Brocco)] 4-C-54kg – (24/5/3/4) – Mun Jung Won
6 Lion Santa (USA) [Lion Heart – Santa Fe Strip (Phone Trick)] 3-C-52.5kg – (5/5/0/0) – Kim Dong Young
7 Viva Ace (USA) [Macho Uno – Dancing Lake (Meadowlake)] 3-G-52kg – (7/4/3/0) – Song Keong Yun
8 Isidae Gangja (KOR) [Lost Mountain – Angel (Land Rush)] 5-G-52kg – (27/5/7/3) – Choi Si Dae
9 Peolpeol (AUS) [Barely A Moment – What’s The Buzz (Brocco)] 3-G-50kg – (12/5/1/1) – Park Geum Man
10 Field Tripping (USA) [Trippi – Lilly’softhefield (Struggler)] 4-C-50kg – (12/3/3/3) – Kim Young Min
11 Admiral Reigart (USA) [General Royal – Entoria (Stop The Music)] 9-H-56.5kg – (67/9/14/7) – You Hyun Myung
12 Royale Embrace (USA) [Chapel Royal – Embracing Krissy (Kissin Kris)] 3-F-51.5kg – (7/5/1/0) – Chae Gyu Jun
13 Seonnyang Yongsa (AUS) [Catbird – Silicon Glory (Le Glorieux)] 5-G-58kg – (31/10/7/5) – Jo Sung Gon
14 Dudeurim (AUS) [Delago Brom – Ravissante (Rechabite)] 3-C-55kg – (13/4/6/1) – Toshio Uchida

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