Day: June 3, 2011

Weekend Preview

Three Horse Of The Year Winners Clash at Seoul on Saturday

The first races of June get underway imminently at Busan and after last week’s low-key cards, there’s plenty to keep us occupied racing wise on the peninsula this weekend. There are no Stakes races – we have to wait until next week’s Owners’ Trophy for that – for big name value, Saturday’s feature race at Seoul is hard to beat.

It's Dongbanui Gangja vs Tough Win again

We have the double Grand Prix Champion and one time Horse of the Year, Dongbanui Gangja. Difficult to control as he gets older, he hasn’t won for over a year. However, a change of jockey and carrying significantly less weight (this race not being a handicap) than usual means that if he runs in a straight line, he cannot be discounted. However, that’s a big “if.” Then there’s Tough Win. He dethroned Dongbanui Gangja in the Busan Metropolitan last year and has won eleven of his thirteen starts. He’ll be favourite.

Also going in the same race is another past Grand Prix champion and Horse of the Year, Bally Brae. The nine-year old is in good form and renews his competition with Jumong, half-brother of his erstwhile rival Subsidy. The four top stars will be joined by six others in the nine and a half furlong race which is off at 17:00 on Saturday.

Here’s what’s happening when and where this holiday weekend:

Friday June 3

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

Saturday June 4

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

Sunday June 5

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:00