Month: July 2011

All To Do For Soseuldaemun In Do-Min Ilbo Stakes

Cup Mile Winner Looks To Bounce Back / King Austin Can Give Wolsley First Stakes

After a dreadful performance in the Korean Derby, KRA Cup Mile winner Soseuldaemun returns to Stakes action on Sunday at his home track of Busan as he heads the field in the Gyeongnam Do-Min Ilbo Cup (Busan Race 5, 16:15).

Soseuldamun and Toshio Uchida will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Derby

So impressive in the Cup Mile, Soseuldamun turned up to Seoul having shed twenty kilos and looked a shadow of his real self as he trailed home with the also-rans behind winner Gwangyajeil. Nevertheless, the word from Busan is that he is back in shape and he’ll be among the favourites in what is set to be an open race.

The Do-Min Ilbo is a handicap and topping the weights is the likely favourite, Dongseo Jeongbeol. He’s won over the distance and last time out recorded a quite ridiculous 18 length win over what seemed a competitive field. Less of a known quantity but also set to be dangerous is Heukdujanggun. The colt is untried at anything over six and a half furlongs but connections are confident he’ll have no trouble getting the nine furlong trip.

Then there is King Austin. Owned and bred by Isidore Farm, could he be the one to give Australian trainer Peter Wolsley a much deserved first Korean Stakes winner? He could. Proven at the distance and with top jockey Jo Sung Gon on board, the small foreign community in Korean racing will be lumping on.

As for outsiders, Gangho Gullim is a proven winner while Enough To Win is an intriguing entry having last raced in October last year. Meanwhile, new Japanese jockey Akane Yamamoto gets her first Korean Stakes ride on what is set to be a very long shot, Choego Yeongung.

Here’s a full list of the runners with pedigrees, age, sex, weight to be carried, race records and riders. All are Korean bred:

Gyeongnam Do-Min Ilbo Stakes – Busan Race Park – 1800M – Sunday July 10, 2011 – 16:15

1. Choego Yeongung [Lost Mountain – Share The Lot (Gaius)] 4-C-53Kg (18/1/3/5) – Akane Yamamoto
2. Gamun Daejangun [Meisei Opera – Wild Triple (Military)] 3-G-53.5Kg (8/2/3/1) – Chae Gyu Jun
3. Yeonsok Yeonseung [Social Charter – Tapas (Sky Classic)] 4-F-51Kg (20/2/3/2) – Kim Tae Kyung
4. Heukdujanggun [Vicar – Glorious Thunder (Thunder Gulch)] 3-C-56Kg (7/4/1/0) – Park Geum Man
5. Black Ruby [War Zone – Valent Hero (Always A Classic)] 4-F-53.5Kg (12/3/5/0) – Jo Chan Hoon
6. Dongseo Jeongbeol [Vicar – Rendezvous Bay (Wonderloaf)] 3-C-56.5 (7/4/1/0) – You Hyun Myung
7. Perfect Made [Creet Cat – Our Ramblin Rose (Demaloot Demashoot)] 4-C-53Kg (23/2/4/3) – Lim Sung Sil
8. King Austin [Yehudi – Sunset Key (Citidancer)] 3-C-54Kg (7/2/2/2) – Jo Sung Gon
9. Gangho Gullim [Mujaaxif – Our Kaapstad (Kaapstad)] 4-C-55Kg (7/5/1/0) – Oh Young Il
10. Soseuldaemun [Meisei Opera – This Ole Way (Vigors)] 3-C-55.5Kg (11/3/3/1) – Toshio Uchida
11. Dongbangmiin [Yehudi – Pyeonghwaroun (Kingsview)] 4-F-52.5Kg (15/4/2/3) – Song Keong Yun
12. Daeseung Yegam [Silent Warrior – Tolp’ung-yegam (Land Rush)] 3-C-53.5Kg (12/3/1/2) – Jo Chang Wook
13. Enough To Win [Creek Cat -Skeemo (Meadowlake)] 4-G-55.5Kg (11/4/1/1) – Choi Si Dae

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

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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Gwangyajeil Rains Supreme

Rain Battered Seoul Loses a Race but Gwangyajeil Emerges With Reputation Intact

Gwangyajeil put in a performance full of spirit to grind out a victory at rain-soaked Seoul Race Park this afternoon. The Korean Derby winner came from behind to overhaul long time leaders Full Step and Kanui Byeol in the final furlong.

He may be a Derby winner but Gwangyajeil got soaked along with everyone else today

In his first appearance since the Derby, Gwangyajeil [Vicar – Hurricane Havoc (Jade Robbery)] was sent off as odds-on favourite although with the race delayed so that as much water could be cleared off the track as possible, the shocking conditions meant nothing could be taken for granted. Moon Jung Kyun on Full Step (Didyme) shot out of the gate and raced across to find the rail, the driest part of the track, with Gwangyajeil having emerged from gate 1 following.

It proved to be a good tactic as Full Step, without a win in over a year and sent off at 12/1, kept the lead as the field entered the home straight. However, Oh Kyoung Hoan had Gwangyajeil exactly where he wanted him and launched him down the rail in a flat-out bid to catch the leaders. Catch them he did and while Full Step battled on gamely, he was no match for Gwangyajeil who recorded his sixth win from eight career starts by half a length.

Race off: Horses and jockeys return after race 7 is abandoned

It almost didn’t happen at all. The monsoon returned with a vengeance overnight and by the time racing got underway this morning it had been raining non-stop for seven hours. It hit its peak in mid-afternoon as, with a flash of lightning, day turned to night, the rain intensified and suddenly outside did not seem like a wise place to be. As all this was happening, horses were heading to post for rain 7. For the first time since February the floodlights were switched on and the jockeys, having reached the start, sought shelter inside the gate handlers’ coach.

With time ticking on and the horses getting wetter and wetter, race 7 was abandoned which meant we didn’t get the chance to see how the much hyped Ruler Of The Gold (Tribal Rule-Continental Miss) did on his debut around two turns. After the abandonment, a delegation of jockeys and KRA officials toured the track by Land Rover to assess its safety. While race 8 was initially announced as abandoned too, on completion of the inspection the decision was reversed and racing went ahead.

What no punter likes to see - race 7 is off

This meant that Balhaemyeongjang [Champali-Beauty On Duty (Dynaformer)] had the opportunity to take victory in the feature handicap as he scored a three length win over Super Jet to record his eighth victory from fifteen career starts. The four-year old is becoming quite a force to be reckoned with in these kinds of events.

Down at Busan, where it was dry for much of the day, there were co-features. In the first of them, Australian six-year old Cheonseungmanseung [Way Of Light – Mysterious Ransom (Red Ransom)] took the honours while an hour later, Tamna Ace [Thunder Gulch – Escape (A.P. Indy)] was victorious over Bulkkot Gisang (Langfuhr) to record his seventh win from nine starts.

Racing returns to the peninsula next weekend and we could well still be in monsoon season. Pick of the action will be at Busan where KRA Cup Mile winner Soseuldaemun heads the field in the Gyeongnam Do Min Ilbo Stakes. He’ll be up against Isidore Farm and Peter Wolsley’s King Austin, as the Aussie trainer looks for hs first Korean Stakes win.

Despite the weather, many punters still showed up

Sticky Saturday Round-Up

After the mid-week monsoons, it was a hot, damp and humid day at Seoul Race Park. The rain held off, however, and there was plenty of action on the track to keep punters entertained. And some of them got very rich indeed.

Moon Se Young knows he's won on Tango Step

The day started with one of the biggest surprises in recent times at the track. It wasn’t just that filly Magic Choice [Yankee Victor – Redeemed (Red Ransom)], a non-winner in eleven starts and rated a 134/1 chance in the betting, won the race; it was that she won it by ten lengths.

These things happen from time to time – if they didn’t, there wouldn’t be much point in betting on racing. However, after Magic Choice in race 1 was quickly followed by 55/1 shot Finezif [Mujaazif – Fine Stone (Sober Star)] taking race 2, some punters must have been wondering whether to bother with the form any more.

Indeed, there wasn’t a single odds-on winner all day although things settled down a little bit as the afternoon wore on. There was a welcome return to the track for three-year old filly Gate Shine [Capital Spending – Rich Emotions (Rizzi)]. Winning her first two races as a two-year old, she finished runner-up to champion juvenile Magic Party in early December before picking up an injury that had kept her off the track ever since. She returned today in race 7 and looked very sharp as she scored a comfortable length’s victory. She’ll be an interesting potential addition to some big races later in the season.

As there was no class 1 action, a pair of class 2 races – one for domestically bred horses and one for foreign bred – acted as co-features. In the first of them, Moon Se Young guided filly Tango Step [Jump Start – Jewell Dare (Woodman)] to a last gasp victory of Sports Chosun Cup runner-up Tamnaseontaek. One race later, US filly Silent Dashing [Van Nistelrooy – Raised Silently (Raised Socially)] took the honours ahead of 90/1 outsider Hwanhuiui Hamseong (Westbridge). The four-year old has only been out of the money once in her nine starts and this was her third win.

Racing returns to Seoul on Sunday with Derby winner Gwangyajeil being the main draw. There’s also a card at Busan. However, with the monsoon set to return any moment now, it’s likely to be a very wet day at both tracks.

Sunday July 3

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

Seoul Racecourse July 2, 2011

Weekend Preview

It’s July! And it’s been wet this week. Things seem to have improved a little over the last couple of days and we may even get some racing in the dry this weekend.

Derby winner Gwangyajeil reappears at Seoul this Sunday

Things get underway at Busan imminently although the pick of the action both there and in the capital is on Sunday. Korean Derby winner Gwangyajeil makes his first appearance since his victory in the big one as he heads the field for a class 2 event at Seoul on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday July 1

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

Saturday July 2

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

Sunday July 3

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

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