KB Soo, Ozcan Yildirim Give International Team Big Lead On Day 1 Of Jockey Challenge

The Rest Of The World team hold a big lead over their Korean hosts at the end of the first day of the 2012 Seoul International Jockey Challenge.

Soo Khoon Beng got things rolling for the visitors under the floodlights at Seoul Race Park, coming down the outside on 25/1 outsider Ganghanyeosin to claim a narrow victory over Daejangjeong, ridden by Jo In Kwen, with New Mighty and Ireland’s Ben Curtis a further two lengths back in third.

International Jockey Challenge Race 1 – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – August 11, 2012

1. Ganghanyeosin (KOR) [War Zone] – Soo Khoon Beng (Singapore) – 25.0, 3.4
2. Daejangjeon (KOR) [Menifee] – Jo In Kwen (Korea) – 1.4
3. New Mighty (KOR) [Exploit] – Ben Curtis (Ireland) – 3.9

Distances: 0.5 lengths/2.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Seungcheon Jisu – M. D’Silva (Brazil) 5. Molly Way – Karis Teetan (South Africa) 6. Winette Dancer – Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) 7. Golden Impact – Moon Se Young (Korea) 8. Prete Ingran – Hayato Yoshida (Japan) 9. Eunbitjeonsa – Park Tae Jong (Korea) 10. Huimangbuksori – Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) 11. Perfect Tiger – Kim Hae Sun (Korea)

The second race of the challenge was a tight affair but in the end it was Turkey’s Ozcan Yildirim on 6/1 shot Victory, who stretched away from the pack in the final furlong. Jo was second once again on
Haneoldo while South African Karis Teetan guided Major Girl, the longest shot on the board, to third place.

International Jockey Challenge Race 2 – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – August 11, 2012

1. Victory (KOR) [Osumi Jet] – Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) – 6.7, 2.1
2. Haneoldo (KOR) [Distilled] – Jo In Kwen (Korea) – 5.2
3. Major Girl (KOR) [Duality] – Karis Teetan (South Africa) – 16.4

Distances: 2 lengths/Neck
Also Ran: 4. Bon RIsing – Hayato Yoshida (Japan) 5. Beauty Icheon – Park Tae Jong (Korea) 6. Victory Camp – M. D’Silva (Brazil) 7. High Well – Soo Khoon Beng (Singapore) 8. King Field – Ben Curtis (Ireland) 9. New And Best – Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) 10. Ft. Green – Moon Se Young (Korea) 11. Nicole Windsor – Ham Wan Sik (Korea) 12. Sharp Concept – Kim Hae Sun (Korea)

That leaves the standings after Day 1 as follows:

1= KB Soo (Singapore) – 21
1= Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) – 21
3. Jo In Kwen (Korea) – 20
4. Karis Teetan (South Africa) – 9
5. Ben Curtis (Ireland) – 7
6. Manoel Nunes D’Silva (Brazil) – 6
7. Hayato Yoshida (Japan) – 5
8. Park Tae Jong (Korea) – 4
9. Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea – 3
10= Moon Se Young (Korea) – 2
10= Kim Hae Sun (Korea) – 2
10= Ham Wan Sik (Korea) – 2

The overall team scores are:

Korea: 33
Rest Of The World: 69

There will be two more races Sunday to complete the challenge. They are race 6, a 1400 metre handicap at 16:50 and then the finale, the YTN Cup, which is race 9 at 19:35.

Sunday August 12

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 14:20 to 21:15
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:35 to 20.50

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