Day: June 24, 2011

Wet Weekend Preview

Sports Seoul Cup Headlines Monsoon Weekend

There are many great things about living in Korea – the people, the food, the natural beauty, the technology, the, to name just a few. The weather is not on that list. The snow of January may now be a distant memory but instead, we have monsoon season!

Expect this to be a frequent sight over the next few weeks

This year’s downpours began on Wednesday and quite spectacular they have been too. The rain is forecast to continue throughout the weekend at all three tracks with perhaps the odd thunderstorm too to liven things up. Racing continues of course with the headline event being the Sports Seoul Cup at Seoul Race Park on Sunday. The race, for Korean bred three-year old fillies, is one of the main trials for the Korean Oaks which will be run at Busan in August.

While the track isn’t necessarily the greatest place to be during a monsoon downpour – home generally is – it’s no reason to stay away. At Seoul, ,there is plenty of non-smoking outside covered seating on the second and third floors of the Happyville Grandstand. Here’s what’s happening when and where.

Friday June 24

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

Saturday June 25

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

Sunday June 26

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:05 including the Sports Seoul Cup at 16:35
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:00

* Blogging has been unavoidably light recently but normal service will be resumed shortly and if possible, we’ll aim to have a full run-down of the Sports Seoul line-up on Saturday evening.