Racing is about to get underway on what is a wet Friday on the Korean peninsula. This week sees the first Stakes action of the year for two-year olds in the shape of the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup at Seoul on Saturday and the Gyeongnam Sinmun Cup at Busan on Sunday. In a slight change to the usual preview format (i.e. run out of time to do the usual handicap) here’s a brief run down on what’s going on at each meeting this weekend:
Friday October 14
Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Normal Friday afternoon card. The feature is the last where former Derby winner Ebony Storm carries top weight. Joe Murphy’s Deep Desire is coming in off the back of a win and remains very well handicapped.
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30
Nine pony races on the island with three simulcasted to Busan and Seoul.
Saturday October 15
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:10 to 17:40 including the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup at 16:30
Five colts and four fillies make up the field for Seoul’s first two-year old championship Stakes race of the year. Filly Cheoneun (Forest Camp) has been the most impressive so far although Viva Cat (Creek Cat) is also yet to lose and Dolpung Jilju (Didyme) is two for three against tougher competition. An intriguing race.
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20
Two massive Stakes races for the ponies on Jeju – The Jeju Governor’s Classic and the Jeju Governor’s Open. Unfortunately, neither of those will be simulcasted to Seoul but it is one of the Island’s biggest race days of the year.
Sunday October 16
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10
Last year’s Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup winner Magic Party has gone on to become a useful three-year old and she runs in the feature handicap alongside fellow fillies Dongbang Rose and last year’s Oaks winner Euro Fighter.
Busan Race Park: 7 races from 12:30 to 17:10 including the Gyeongnam Sinmun Cup at 16:15.
The Gyeongnam Sinmun brings together six fillies and two colts for Busan’s two-year old Championship. Nathan Stanley returns from illness to partner Peter Wolsley’s Nuriui Bit (Menifee) who has won her only start to date. However, in a field of unknown quantities, anything can happen. In the last race of the day, Mister Park (Ecton Park) will be looking to extend his record-breaking winning streak to 17. Japanese jockey Akane Yamamoto will have the honour.