The first racing of the year in Korea gets underway this weekend with an unusual set of cards. As Jeju Island takes the week off, Busan will host 12 races on Friday and 5 on Sunday while Seoul run 14 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday.
The big race of the weekend is the New Year’s Commemorative Stakes at Seoul on Saturday afternoon. The 1800 metre race sees Sand Jjang (Forest Camp) with 5 wins from 6 starts head a competitive looking field of 13.
On Friday at Busan, My Key (Macho Uno), half-brother to Game On Dude, makes his first appearance since breaking his maiden a month ago. He steps up in class in race 6. Busan’s feature races of the weekend are on Sunday with a pair of class 1 handicaps.
It’s been a bone-numbingly cold week on the Korean peninsula with temperatures averaging around -14C since Christmas. However, while it is still set to be below freezing throughout the weekend, it shouldn’t be quite as bad as it has been.
Here’s what’s happening when and where:
Friday January 4
Busan Race Park: 12 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Saturday January 5
Seoul Race Park: 14 races from 11:00 to 17:45
Sunday January 6
Seoul Race Park: 10 races from 11:00 to 17:50
Busan Race Park: 5 races from 12:50 to 16:50
* A few people have been in touch asking about 2013 race fixtures. They have been published and I’ll be updating the fixture list as soon as I get a chance. In the meantime, the calendar can be downloaded direct from the KRA website for Seoul and for Busan.