Weekend Preview: Two Derby Winners In Action

We’re just 2 weeks away from the first leg of the 2013 Korean Triple Crown and, while the contenders for the KRA Cup Mile will most likely have already made their final appearance before the big race, former Korean Derby winners are on show at both Busan and Seoul this weekend.

Jigeum I Sungan will be favourite at Seoul on Sunday

Jigeum I Sungan will be favourite at Seoul on Sunday

Ebony Storm (Buster’s Daydream) was the longest shot on the board when he won the 2008 Derby.

While he’d never win another Stakes race, he’s gone on to become a solid handicapper over the years and, now 8 years old, will make his 50th start in Busan’s feature race on Sunday.

He’ll have his work cut out to win the 1400 metre contest but few would back against him getting in the money.

One horse that will be favourite this weekend is 2012 Korean Derby and Minister’s Cup winner Jigeum I Sungan (Ingrandire) as he heads the field in Seoul’s Sunday feature, the Listed Sports Donga Cup.

The double-Classic winner won’t have things all his own way against a line-up that includes competent performers such as Magnifique (Menifee) and Singgereounachim (Exploit) but should be seeing them off.

Here’s what’s happening where and when:

Friday March 22

Busan Race Park: 11 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday March 23

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:00 to 17:40
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:20

Sunday March 24

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:00 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:50 to 17:00


  1. If only we could find a market to place bets on the Korean racing in the UK. I feel it could be an interesting opportunity to make some money.

    Love the blog, be lucky, Si

  2. I’m not sure about that though it would be interesting. Not sure UK bookmakers will set up their own odds or follow KRA parimutual odds. If they do the later there wont be any value since I can say that most of the punting here heavily relies on quinella and exacta bet. Somehow win, place and each way bet is less than 5 perecnt of overall pool.

    1. I get a lot of emails from people wondering how they can bet into the pools from overseas – given that the quinella pool is so big, people assume (correctly) that there is a lot of “mug money” in there and a serious player would be able to make serious money. Of course, once they hear them 100,000 limit and the takeout rates, they change their minds.

      Personally, I simply don’t have time to handicap races properly in order to confidently go for quinellas so I bet win and place just for fun.

  3. People get around of the 100 k limit. Simply they put the multiple tickets in different windows or same automated machine. Takes a little more time and a bit annoying. I’ve personally witnessed people putting upto million in front of my eyes albeit they had to put 10 times 100 k bets.
    What really bothers me is 22 % tax for any dividend paying more than 100 k. It really pisses me off. It’s a total rip off cause the gov already takes its share from the initial pool. Punters are already screwed for punting just 70 % of the total pool(average). Other 22 percent is not double tax but double screwing.

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