Day: August 5, 2011

Akane Doubles at Busan

Japanese Jockey Rides Winner for Wolsley & Takes Co-Feature

Akane Yamamoto landed a double to record her second and third winners in Korea as racing returned to Busan this evening after the short mid-summer break.

Double: Akane Yamamoto

The Japanese jockey did what was expected in race 2 as she partnered the Peter Wolsley trained odds-on favourite Ghost Whisper to a four-length win.

Ghost Whisper [Gotham City – Emmy’s Lullaby (Unbridled’s Song)] a three-year old grey gelding, was returning from a six month lay-off and now has a record of two wins from three starts. With Akane in the saddle, Wolsley training and the gelding being owned by foreign-run Pegasus Farm, it was a win all round for the foreign contingent at Busan.

Less expected was Akane’s victory in race 10, one of two co-features on the night, as she rode 5/1 shot Choego Yeongung [Lost Mountain – Share The Lot (Gaius)] to a battling half-length victory. Choego Yeongung had only one once before in his nineteen race career and on that day was partnered by another Japanese rider, Hitomi Miyashita. Hitomi impressed during her 18 months at Busan, riding 55 winners before heading home to Japan earlier this year. It’s early days, but Akane Yamamoto seems to have every chance of emulating her achievements.

Racing returns to Busan on Sunday as attention switches to Seoul tomorrow. Here’s what’s happening when and where over the rest of the weekend:

Saturday August 6

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 14:20 to 20:50
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 16:20 to 21:10

Sunday August 7

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 14:20 to 21:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:30 to 20:30