Day: September 1, 2011

Weekend Preview

Owners’ Cup At Busan / Kkakjaengi Meets Tough Win at Seoul

It’s Busan Owners’ Cup Weekend and Dangdae Bulpae will be at the head of a field of seven racing for one of Busan Race Park’s biggest prizes of the year on Sunday afternoon. However, that’s just the highlight of a busy weekend of racing in Korea.

Tough Test: Kkakjaengi

And up at Seoul on Saturday we have an absolute belter of a feature race as the star three-year old filly Kkaekjaengi (Put It Back), winner of the Segye Ilbo Cup and Seoul Owners’ Trophy, faces the toughest test of her short career so far taking on eleven older male horses over seven furlongs. And not just any old males. Alongside her will be Tough Win (Yonaguska), who is making his first start since he and Dangdae Bulpae thwarted each other in the Busan Metropolitan in July.

Tough Win is still the top rated horse at Seoul with eleven wins from his fifteen starts. Then there’s Larrycat (Fantasticat), second only to Mister Park in the Grand Prix Stakes last year, he’s making only his fourth appearance of the year and is dropping down to seven furlongs for the first time since he was a two-year old. Then there is Bally Brae (Yarrow Brae). The former Grand Prix Stakes winner will have Moon Se Young back in the saddle for the first time this year and is still capable of pulling off an upset. The big race is race 11 of 12 on Saturday.

It is set to be a beautiful – if ever so slightly humid weekend. Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday September 2

Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday September 3

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:10 to 17:30
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 12:30 to 17:55

Sunday September 4

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:10 including the Owners’ Cup at 16:15 and the Gold Circle Trophy at 17:10