Day: August 13, 2011

Ahmet Celik Wins First Leg Of Jockey Challenge

Turkey’s Ahmet Celik took victory in the first leg of the International Jockey Invitational at Seoul Race Park on Saturday evening. The Turkish rider guided 5/1 shot Sagunyukjin to a comfortable 4 length win ahead of Korea team captain Park Tae Jong on Bichui Adeul. Dwayne Dunn of Australia grabbed an unlikely third place for the International team on 33/1 outsider Yosulgongju.

Here’s the full result with win and place odds.

Seoul Race Park – Race 9 – 1900M Handicap (Domestic Class 2)

1. Sagunyukjin – Ahmet Celik (Turkey) – 6.1, 1.7
2. Bichui Adeul – Park Tae Jong (Korea) – 6.4, 1.7
3. Yosulgongju – Dawyne Dunn (Australia) – 34.2, 7.3
4. Forest Wind – Moon Se Young (Korea) – 2.3, 1.2
5. Isangwha – Oh Kyoung Hoan (Korea) – 5.0, 1.8
6. Mannamui Chubok – Ronald Woodworth (Malaysia) – 19.9, 5.2
7. Pyeongchangjeil – Rory Cleary (Ireland) 9.3, 2.6
8. Photo Stone – Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) – 24.1, 6.3
9. Choedayeonseung – Yoshihiro Furukawa (Japan) – 38.8, 6.0
10. Oregon – Jo In Kwen (Korea) – 36.3, 8.6
11. Helmitonia – Aldo Domeyer (South Africa) – 92.6, 18.4

Distances: 4 lengths/Neck

It was a good day for Celik who also picked up a ride earlier and landed a fourth place finish in a non-challenge race. The second and final leg of the challenge itself is the YTN Cup on Sunday evening and Celik will have his work cut out on outsider Hwansanguimulgyeol if he is to maintain his lead at the top. Korean jockeys seem to have landed the favourites although Aldo Meyer on Tango Step and Yoshihiro Furukawa on A Wanted Affair can’t be ruled out. The race is at 19.25.

In other races on Saturday, Jumong (Johar) scored a convincing win over K J Khan in the feature handicap. The four-year old was winning his second consecutive class 1 race. Earlier, there was a second Korean win for Makoto Noda. The Japanese jockey guided 3/1 shot Ace Bolt (Milwaukee Brew) to a two-length win in race 6.

Apart from the conclusion of the jockey challenge, Sunday at Seoul is set to be a big day. Baekgwang (The Groom Is Red finally makes his return after 18 months on the sidelines. The great grey will have it all to do though as he faces Ace Galloper (Chapel Royal), currently Seoul’s best domesticaly born horse.

Two races before the YTN Cup, Seoul will honour the jockeys who have lost their lives at the track over the years. The Jockey Memorial race was held for the first time in 2008, marking the first anniversary of the death of Lim Dae Gyu during a race at Seoul. A year later it was extended to remember all those jockeys – Seo Dae Won, Kim Tae Sung, Lee Jun Hee, Yoo Hun and Lim himself.

The Seoul Jockey Room (along with International visitors) stand before last year's Jockey Memorial race

The Jockey Memorial Race is now run on the last Sunday of night racing each year. A minute’s silence will be observed simultaneously in the weighing rooms at both Seoul and Busan

Sunday August 14

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 14:20 to 21:00 including the YTN Cup at 19:25
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:30 to 20:35

* We’ll have full real-time updates live from Seoul Race Park throughout Sunday on twitter – 3G and wi-fi permitting.