Cho Kyoung Ho and Toshio Uchida Lead Jockey Championships

Defending champion Cho Kyoung Ho holds an eight winner lead over rival Moon Se Young in the 2011 Jockey Championship as racing gets back underway this weekend at Seoul. Meanwhile at Busan, it is Mr Pink, Toshio Uchida, who holds a seven winner lead over Jo Sung Gon.

Cho Kyoung Ho leads at Seoul again

Last year it was suspension that stopped Moon Se Young from taking the crown at Seoul, this year Moon has as ever, spent almost as much time stood down by the stewards as he has on the track and few would bet against Cho taking a second straight crown.

Jung Ki Yong is in third while Jo In Kwen, in only his third year as a professional, makes it into fourth ahead of veteran Park Tae Jong who heads Korea’s all-time winning list.

Toshio Uchida

Down at Busan Uchida, while not quite as dominant as he was in his last stint at the track is nevertheless still the jockey they all have to beat. In Uchida’s absence last year, Jo Sung Gon took the crown.

A few months ago we mentioned that floppy-fringed Jo may wish to try his luck at Seoul and it seems that it may actually happen as Seoul and Busan look set to agree an exchange program.

Seoul bound? Jo Sung Gon

The first two jockeys to volunteer are Jo Sung Gon from Busan and, somewhat surprisingly, championship leader Cho Kyoung Ho at Seoul. The details are not yet agreed but an announcement one way or another is expected soon.

As for foreign riders in Korea, Uchida aside, things are not looking good. Hiro Hamada called time on his Korean spell a month ago which leaves Makoto Noda and Mai Beppu at Seoul and Akane Yamamoto at Busan. All three have one win to their name so far and while they’re not having any problems getting rides, getting on quality is another matter.

Here are the top jockeys from January 1 – July 31, 2011. Name – Winners – Win Percentage – Quinella (1/2) Percentage.

Seoul Race Park

1. Cho Kyoung Ho – 62 – 23.1% – 35.8%
2. Moon Se Young – 54 – 19.0% – 32.4%
3. Jung Ki Yong – 48 – 16.6% – 27.9%
4. Jo In Kwen – 44 – 15.9% – 31.0%
5. Park Tae Jong – 42 – 14.9% – 30.1%
6. Choi Bum Hyun – 35 – 12.3% – 27/1%
7. Shin Hyoung Chul – 26 – 19.3% – 37.8%
8. Moon Jung Kyun – 25 – 6.7% – 13.9%
9. Oh Kyoung Hoan – 23 – 9.5% – 19.4%
10. Jang Chu Youl – 22 – 11.2% – 19.8%

Others:
11. Kim Hae Sun – 15 – 8.4% – 24.2%
49. Makoto Noda – 1 – 1.4% – 7.1%
51. Mai Beppu – 1 – 1.6% – 3.1%

Busan Race Park

1. Toshio Uchida – 54 – 18.7% – 31.8%
2. Jo Sung Gon – 47 – 17.7% – 32.6%
3. Chae Gyu Jun – 36 – 12.9% – 24.3%
4. You Hyun Myoung – 36 – 14.8% – 24.7%
5. Kim Dong Young – 34 – 16.0% – 28.6%

Others:
6. Park Geum Man – 32 – 15.3% – 30.1%
30. Akane Yamamoto – 1 – 4.3% – 8.7%

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