Day: July 8, 2011

Weekend Preview

Do-Min Ilbo Stakes / Akane Debuts

It’s set to be another wet weekend on the peninsula as the Gyeongnam Do-Min Ilbo Stakes headlines the action on the track.

The Do-Min Ilbo Stakes will see KRA Cup Mile winner Soseuldaemun look to get back into form after a disappointing run in the Derby while King Austin gives Aussie trainer Peter Wolsley another shot at a first Korean Stakes winner. We’ll have a full preview of the big race over the next couple of days.

While Busan may have the biggest prize on offer, there is still plenty going on at Seoul with class 1 handicaps headlining both Saturday and Sunday’s cards; Top Point, Jumong and Bulpae Gisang will be among those in action

Akane Yamamoto (Pic: Chulgigi)

On the jockey front, back down at Busan, Japnese rider Akane Yamamoto makes her Korean debut today. Twenty-four year old Yamamoto (who will be referred to in racecards simply as “Akane” has ridden 269 winners from 2459 rides and joins countryman Toshio Uchida as the only two foreign jockeys currently at Busan. Akane has previously ridden with Hitomi Myashita, formerly of Busan and Mai Beppu, who is currently seeking her first winner at Seoul.

Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday July 8

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

Saturday July 9

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

Sunday July 10

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:10 inclusing the Gyeongnam Do-Min Ilbo Stakes at 16:15

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