Korean apprentice jockey Seo Seung Un has finished 3rd in the Asia Young Guns Challenge which was held in Macau on Saturday. The challenge, which brings together some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most promising young riders, was won by Hong Kong’s Ka Chun Ng.
In the first race of the challenge, Seo could only manage 8th as his mount, Wind Chaser, raced wide for much of the 1350 metre contest.
However, things got better for the first-year rider in the second heat, an 1100 metre sprint, as he guided Toy’s Power to second place.
Seo matched that in the concluding heat when after overcoming some pre-race confusion with whether or not he was riding with the right saddle, he rode Belt OF Golden to second.
That gave the Korean a total of 31 points (1 for finishing his first race and 15 each for his seconds), behind only Hong Kong’s Ng and Malaysia’s Yazid Kamal.
2012 Asia Young Guns Challenge Macau – Final Standings
1. Ka Chun Ng (Hong Kong) – 40 points
2. Yazid Kamal (Malaysia) – 35
3. Seo Sung Un (Korea) – 31
4. M. Cangas (Macau) – 25
5. Jake Noonan (Australia) – 20
6. C F Wong (Macau) – 18
7. Jason Collett (New Zealand) – 13
8. Zawari Razali (Singapore) – 10
9. Shinsuke Ishikawa (Japan) – 8
10. Keagan De Melo (South Africa) – 7
11. Taichi Nishimura (Japan) – 3
For more information and pictures of the event, visit the Macau Jockey Club site