Singapore’s Soo Khoon Beng Wins 2012 Seoul International Jockey Challenge

Korea’s Moon Se Young Second and Turkey’s Ozcan Yildirim Third As KB Soo Wins the YTN Cup on Sangnyu

“I love Korea” yelled Soo Khoon Beng as he was led into the winner’s circle after winning the YTN Cup Stakes at a rain-soaked Seoul Race Park this evening. And well the Singaporean might as the win on US bred filly Sangnyu was enough to secure himself an emphatic victory in the 2012 Seoul International Jockey Challenge.

Sangnyu and Soo Khoon Beng in the YTN Cup Winner’s Circle

Soo, who had a brief spell at Busan in 2008, was the joint-overnight leader in the Challenge along with Turkey’s Ozcam Yildirim. However, after a disappointing day yesterday, it was the Korean team who dominated the day’s opening event, Moon Se Young leading home a 1,2,3 for the home team on 13/1 chance Blue Band Zet.

While Korea’s Jo In Kwen was riding the favourite for the finale, the YTN Cup Stakes, Soo was not to be denied and, in atrocious conditions, guided 6/1 shot Sangnyu to a surprisingly dominant seven length victory. South Africa’s Karis Teetan finished second on Golden Socks while Moon secured second place in the challenge by riding Blueband Mama into third.

YTN Cup Stakes (International Jockey Challenge Race 4) – Seoul Race Park – 1900M – August 12, 2012

1. Sangnyu (USA) [Broken Vow-Midtown Miss (Yes It’s True)] – Soo Khoon Beng (Singapore) – 5.6, 2.2
2. Golden Socks (USA) [Dehere-Final Flag (Northern Flagship)] – Karis Teetan (South Africa) – 4.2
3. Blueband Mama (USA) [Purge-Meadowbryte (Meadowlake)] – Moon Se Young (Korea – 2.5

Distances: 6 lengths/7 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Raonjena – Kim Hae Sun (Korea) 5. Chowonuibyeol – Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) 6. Choichoro – Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) 7. Yongsan Hwangnyong – Hayato Yoshida (Japan) 8. Menifee Magic 9. Dangdae Jeonseung – Jo In Kwen (Korea) 10. Fortunata – Park Tae Jong (Korea) 11. Dashing Platinum 12. A Wanted Affair – Ham Wan Sik (Korea) 13. Haengun Party – Ben Curtis (Ireland) DQ. New Terracan – M. D’Silva (Brazil)

International Jockey Challenge Race 3 – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – August 12, 2012

1. Blueband Zet (KOR) [Didyme] – Moon Se Young (Korea) – 13.9, 2.5
2. Reverse Captain (KOR) [Exploit] – Ham Wan Sik (Korea) – 1.3
3. Time Zone (KOR) [War Zone] – Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) – 4.1

Distances: 0.5 lengths/2.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. See The Star – Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) 5. Seohaeachim – Park Tae Jong (Korea) 6. Mallu Homerun – M.D’Silva (Brazil) 7. Paxko – Hayato Yoshida (Japan) 8. Beongaedori – Kim Hae Sun (Korea) 9. Munhaguiyeowang – Jo In Kwen (Korea) 10. Uranus – Soo Khoon Beng (Singapore) 11. Nauichukbok – Karis Teetan (South Africa) 12. Jeongsangnarae – Ben Curtis (Ireland)

1. Soo Khoon Beng (Singapore) – 42
2. Moon Se Young (Korea) – 28
3. Ozcan Yildirim (Turkey) – 28
4. Jo In Kwen (Korea) 22
5. Karis Teetan (South Africa) – 20
6. Ham Wan Sik (Korea) – 13
7. Cho Kyoung Ho (Korea) – 11
8. Ben Curtis (Ireland) – 9
9. Manoel Nunes D’Silva (Brazil) – 9
10. Hayato Yoshida (Japan) – 8
11. Park Tae Jong (Korea) – 8
12. Kim Hae Sun (Korea) – 7

(where points were tied, higher placed finishes and then prize money were used to decide final order)

Final Team Score: Rest Of The World 114 – 89 Korea

YTN Cup winner Sangnyu (Broken Vow) is a three-year old filly and was recording her third career win from ten starts.

Ozcam! Turkey’s Ozcan Yildirim secured third place in the Challenge

It almost always rains on YTN Cup weekend, however, in place of the usual showers, this year we got an absolute deluge. While the rain wasn’t too hard during the penultimate stage of the challenge, by the time the YTN Cup got underway, the rain had been torrential for over an hour.

Fifth place in the YTN Cup on Chowonuibyeol was enough to secure the third-place prize for Turkey’s Ozcan Yildirim, while South Africa’s Karis Teetan’s strong finish ensured that he finished in the top half.

It was a tough day for Irishman Ben Curtis and Japanese Hayato Yoshida, neither of whom could add any bonus points today, while Brazil’s Manoel D’Dilva also had a better day yesterday.

As ever, the event was entertaining and it is always good to see visiting jockeys riding and winning at Seoul. Hopefully all six visitors will go on to have successful seasons and, with 2007 Challenge winner Gerrit Schlechter having spent the past four months riding at Busan, we may even see some of them again.

Ireland’s Ben Curtis

South Africa’s Karis Teetan won’t look at the camera!

Macau-based Brazilian Manoel Nunes D’Silva

Japan’s Hayato Yoshida

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