Long Shot Yeouiju Takes Donga Ilbo Stakes

Sydney Jewelry on target again / Schlechter and Fujii score at Busan

20/1 outsider Yeouiju upset the favourites to take a narrow victory in the 16th edition of the Donga Ilbo Stakes at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.

Yeouiju and Oh Kyoung Hoan in the Donga Ilbo Winner’s Circle

The four-year old filly got the best of a tight finish to claim the prize ahead of fellow unfancied runners Chowon Yeoje and Cheondungbeonjjeok in the nine-furlong all filly and mare Stakes race.

Yeouiju now has four wins from eighteen career starts while it was a fifth Stakes victory for trainer Woo Chang Gu and a ninth for jockey Oh Kyoung Hoan who won this race last year riding Sen Girl.

Donga Ilbo Stakes – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – September 23, 2012

1. Yeouiji (KOR) [Revere – Chayu Mankkik (Pro For Sure)] – Oh Kyoung Hoan – 21.6, 4.4
2. Chowon Yeoje (KOR) [Forest Camp – Navigation (Big Sur)] – Cho Kyoung Ho – 3.3
3. Cheondungbeonjjeok (KOR) [Capital Spending – Whosis (Trempolino)] – Yoo Seung Wan – 4.3

Distances: 0.5 lengths/Nose – 14 ran

In other races at Seoul, there was another impressive win for young Aussie import Sydney Jewlery (Lion Heart-Rivendelle. The three-year old landed his fifth victory in eight career starts by taking out the 1900 metre race 10 in style.

Hitting the front on the home turn, Sydney Jewelry stretched away for a six length win in the class 2 handicap to confirm his position as one of the most exciting imports of the year.

It may be slightly too late for him to make the big end of season races – although he will surely be on the ballot paper for the season ending Grand Prix Stakes (in which the runners have to be voted in by the punting public) but if he stays sound, next year he surely will be.

Down at Busan,
US four-year old Viva Ace (Macho Uno-Dancing Lake) led from gate to wire to win the feature race while earlier in the card there were wins for jockeys Gerrit Schlechter and Joe Fujii.

South African Schlechter won race 1 on debut making filly Fine Gongju (Tiz Wonderful) while Japanese rider Fujii was on target in race 3 on Marina’s Boy (Ecton Park) which, owned by Isidore Farm and trained by Peter Wolsley, was pretty much a 100% foreign winner.

Racing in Korea takes a break next weekend for the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holiday and returns on October 5.

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5 comments

  1. its not related to the topic but can u give a bit of update to suspended jockeys…i heard kim chol ho’s license has been revoked kim ok seong coming back soon (he must be the one losing his license ’cause he’s a chronic cheater) and other dude suspended last year ki yeong (not sure his surname, jung or jeong)

  2. Sure, Kim Cheol Ho got a six month ban back in May for a shocker of a ride – horse was inexplicably slow into stride -they couldn’t prove it was anything other than a bad ride so he got away with 6. Judge for yourself: https://korearacing.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/queen-beats-ace-as-favourites-fold/

    Kim Ok Sung got a three month ban at the end of June for another bad ride. You are right, he’s been in trouble before and previously served a nine month ban. Unless something else has come up, he should be eligible to ride at the next meeting.

    Jung Ki Yong’s was more serious as there were allegations of passing information on – he is still suspended as the investigation hasn’t finished and until it does he officially remains on the list of jockeys though obviously can’t ride. It’s been over a year now.

    Yoo Sang Wan was the most recent to have his license totally cancelled (as opposed to suspended) – a whole litany of charges “bribery and horse racing information” being the main one against him and three track riders were upheld.

    There was a big scandal in Jeju a few months back too which saw a couple of jockeys and a KRA employee banned/fired. I think I wrote about it at the time.

  3. thanks a lot for the update….yep i read the blog about jeju….i shun away from jeju racing anyway ’cause simply i can’t handicap them….my racing logic doesn’t work for jeju…..
    i think yoo sang wan doing tipping job for raceform magazine
    thanks again

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