Month: August 2013

Korean Oaks 2013 Full Race Preview: Derby Winner Speedy First Heads Field

Korean Derby winner Speedy First heads a field of fourteen in the Korean Oaks at Busan Race Park this Sunday.

Oaks Favourite: Derby winner Speedy First

Oaks Favourite: Derby winner Speedy First

She will be looking to go one better than the last filly to win the Derby, Sangseung Ilro, who was just beaten on the line as she attempted to complete the double in 2009.

Four fillies will travel down from Seoul and despite the absence of Joy Lucky, the track’s best performing filly, it looks like there are two credible challengers among them in the shape of Cheonnyeon Dongan and Dewma.

Joe Fujii gets the ride on Speedy First while Darryll Holland will be on the dark-horse of the field Raon Bally. If Fujii wins the race, even though he hasn’t matched Toshio Uchida’s total number of race wins, he will surely go down as the most successful foreign jockey in Korea ever.

The Korean Oaks is race 2 of a 6-race “twilight card” at Busan.

Here’s a full list of runners and riders with pedigrees and race records (Starts/1/st/2nd/3rd):

Korean Oaks (KOR GII) – Busan Race Park – 1800M – Aug 28, 2013 – 17:35

1. Yuseung Hero (KOR) [Vicar – Angel Party (Elusive Quality)] (9/1/3/2) – Lee Hee Cheon
Landed her only win to date over 1500 metres last time out although the company was nothing special and there’s little suggest she’ll find the necessary improvement here.

2. Miss Quick (KOR) [Menifee – Regal Heir (Regal Intention)] (12/4/1/0) – Kim Dong Young
She has two 4th places over this distance at Class 2 level which suggests that she is talented but that despite her name, she tends to always find a couple quicker than her. That will probably be the same here although she has a faster time over the distance than Speedy First.

3. Wind Leto (KOR) [Vicar – Kongnoja (Mr. Adorable)] (7/3/0/1) – Song Keong Yun
A Class 3 winner last time out and has never finished worse than 4th. Distance is a concern but she’s by no means alone in that regard.

4. Sand Quick (KOR) [Ft.Stockton – Ascend The Throne (SIlver Charm)] (7/4/1/0) – Lim Sung Sil
Impressive record but her wins have come at 6 furlongs and she found things tough over a mile last time out.

5. Raon Bally (KOR) [Pico Central – Thunder By Night (Thunder Gulch)] (4/2/1/0) – Darryll Holland
Very much a dark horse here, Raon Bally hasn’t run for 6 months and only race-trialed to qualify here last weekend. Before her lay-off, she was tipped to be quite a talent and with Darryll Holland on board, could be very interesting.

6. Hurricane Jump (KOR) [Commendable – Jenny Tudor (Gulch)] (7/3/1/0) – Ham Wan Sik (Seoul)
Was well beaten by fellow Seoul entrants Dewma and Cheonnyeon Dongan in the Sports Seoul Cup over the same distance and despite bouncing back with a win on her return, will have to improve a lot more to overcome that form. She is a half-sister to 2011 Oaks winner Useung Touch.

7. Meru Shine (KOR) [Perfect Vision II – Telequential (Kuetch)] (12/0/2/0) – Lee Ah Na (Seoul)
Took her eleven races to graduate from class 6. She’s not stopping anything else from running so there’s no problem with her being here, but she’ll not be in contention.

8. Speedy First (KOR) [Menifee – Speedy Deedy (Victory Gallop)] – (7/5/0/1) – Kanichiro Fujii
The Korean Derby winner and the obvious favourite. In her only appearance since the Derby, she was interfered with just after the start and unseated her jockey. There will be many who believe that’s the only way she’ll lose here. However, they said the same about Sangseung Ilro, who was pipped on the line in 2009. Nevertheless, a worthy favourite and very hard to beat.

9. Cheonnyeon Dongan (KOR) [Ecton Park – Honeycakes (Hennesey)] (8/4/2/0) – Cho Kyoung Ho
One of few fillies in the race with a proven record over 1800 metres. Cho Kyoung Ho coming down to ride her is a big point in her favour too as Cho is not the kind of man to travel to Busan for the nightlife. A contender.

10. Lady Medal (KOR) [Volponi – Lady Ell (Flying Spur)] (14/2/0/1) – Seol Dong Bok
An unexpected entrant and an outsider having only managed 3rd place at class 4 last time. Hasn’t impressed when asked to go around two turns

11. Miracle Wonder (KOR) [Menifee – Jeongbowang (Concept Win)] (8/4/2/0) – Jo Sung Gon
No ride of Jo Sung Gon’s in a big Stakes race can ever be discounted and this one is no exception. She was a well-beaten 5th behind the very promising colt Magic Dancer last time, but has every chance of competing for at least a place here.

12. Winning Streak (KOR) [Menifee – Black Shadow (Psychobabble)] (9/2/0/2) – Chae Gyu Jun
Her name might be Winning Steak but she’s certainly not on one as she’s not won since March. She won’t win this either.

13. Land Angel (KOR) [Forest Camp – Sheer Abandon (Peintre Celebre)] (9/2/1/2) – You Hyun Myung
Has a win over 1500 metres but that was at class 4 and she’s shown little to suggest that she will be able to compete with some her of her rivals here.

14. Dewma (KOR) [Forest Camp – Wild Cat Strike (Wild Again (8/3/3/1) – Oh Kyoung Hoan (Seoul)
A chance. Second only to Joy Lucky in her last three starts (a filly who would have rivalled Speedy First for favourite had she been entered here) albeit by substantial margins. Korea’s first female trainer Lee Shin Young has a fighting chance of saddling an Oaks winner.

Korean Apprentice Kim Hyun Joong Rides Winner At Asia Young Guns

Kim Hyun Joong returns from New Zealand with a win under his belt, having guided his mount to victory in the final race of the Asia Young Guns Challenge at Te Rapa Racecourse on Saturday.

Winner in New Zealand: Kim Hyun Joong

Winner in New Zealand: Kim Hyun Joong

Finishing among the also-rans in the first two heats of the three-race series meant Kim didn’t finish in the top three overall in the Challenge, which was won by Harry Kasim representing Singapore.

However, the Busan-based jockey made it a day to remember as he rode Aussie-bred Seams Like Magic (Duelled) to a narrow win by a head in the mile-long race.

Kim Hyun Joong qualified as a jockey last year and has ridden 16 winners at Busan from 269 rides.

It’s the second year in a row that a young Korean jockey has performed well at Asia Young Guns after Seo Seung Un’s overall third-place finish last year.

The Asia Young Guns Challenge, which brings together some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most promising young riders, will be held in Korea in 2015.

Korea vs Japan in SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup Set For September 1

Overseas-trained horses will run in Korea for the very first time as three Japanese runners will make the trip to Seoul for the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup on September 1. In November, three Korean horses will make the return trip to Tokyo.

It's Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup

It’s Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Cup

After what has been a long process to win government approval due to Korea’s strict quarantine rules, the Japanese entrants will arrive in Korea on August 22 and be transported directly to a special quarantine zone in Seoul Racecourse. Japanese jockeys will be in-town to ride in the race.

The visitors, 8-year old Final Score, 9-year old Tosen Archer and 5-year old Big Gulliver will line up against a maximum of 11 Korean-trained horses with Grand Prix Stakes and Busan Metropolitan Stakes winner Tough Win set to head the home challenge.

In a major coup, the 7-furlong race will be shown live on SBS ESPN, Korea’s leading cable and satellite Sports Network, who will also lend their name to the event.

The return leg, at Ohi Racecourse on Tuesday November 26 – the “Japan Collaboration Cup” – will be run over 6 furlongs and, like the first leg in Seoul, will have a prize fund approaching $250,000.

A maximum of 14 horses will run in each race. Here’s a rundown of the entrants at this stage (Name [Sire] Age, Sex (Starts/1/2/3):

SBS ESPN Korea/Japan Goodwill Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – September 1, 2013 – 16:20


Final Score (JPN) [Fusaichi Pegasus] 8 Horse (36/6/7/4)
Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea] 9 Horse (47/5/2/2)
Big Gulliver (JPN) [Tap Dance City] 5 Horse (28/8/8/2)


Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon] 3 Filly (10/4/1/3)
Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska] 6 Gelding (29/22/2/1)
Sydney Jewelry (AUS) [Lion Heart] 4 Colt (13/6/2/1)
Sing Sing Cat (USA) [D’Wildcat] 5 Horse (26/10/3/1)
Maengsan Horangi (USA) [El Nino] 4 Gelding (12/5/3/1)
Nolbu Manse (USA) [Simon Pure] 4 Colt (22/5/4/3)
Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours] 3 Colt (9/5/2/0)
Murangae (USA) [Sunriver] 4 Gelding (25/1/6/4)
Celebrate Tonight (USA) [Songandaprayer] 5 Horse (24/5/2/4)
Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market] 3 Horse (8/4/1/1)
Stradiot (AUS) [Strada] 4 Colt (14/3/1/1)
Damyang Chukjae (USA) [Good Reward] 4 Colt (15/3/2/2)

(3yo’s will carry 55Kg and 4yo’s 57Kg. Fillies & Mares receive a 2Kg allowance).

Weekend Race Times

Busan is back so normal service is resumed at all three tracks this weekend. It is the last week of “twilight racing”:

Friday August 16

Busan Race Park: 11 races from 13:30 to 19:40
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 14:10 to 18:10

Saturday August 17

Seoul Race Park: 13 races from 13:00 to 19:40
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 14:20 to 18:10

Sunday August 18

Seoul Race Park: 10 races from 13:00 to 19:40
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 13:25 to 17:40

Noel Callow Wins Seoul International Jockey Challenge

Fausto Durso won the series finale YTN Cup on Choichoro but a 2nd place finish was more than enough to secure overall victory for Australian Noel Callow.

Noel Callow was the emphatic winner of the Seoul International Jockey Challenge (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow was the emphatic winner of the Seoul International Jockey Challenge (Pic: Ross Holburt)

“King” Callow won the Macau Jockey Club Trophy yesterday and added the Selangor Turf Club Trophy to his haul this afternoon to amass 51 points and take home the $15,000 bonus.

He looked set to add a third victory as Dongseo Daeryuk had the lead in the final furlong of the YTN Cup, until Choichoro (Concept Win), under Brazilian jockey Fausto Durso came through on the outside to snatch the win.

Fausto Durso wins the YTN Cup on Choichoro ahead of Noel Callow but the Australian came out on top overall (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Fausto Durso wins the YTN Cup on Choichoro ahead of Noel Callow but the Australian came out on top overall (Pic: Ross Holburt)

With his YTN win, Fausto Durso finished 2nd overall in the challenge on 35 points while Moon Se Young was 3rd with 25.

YTN Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1900M – Aug 11, 2013

1. Choichoro (KOR) – Fausto Durso
2. Dongseo Daeryuk (USA) – Noel Callow
3. Dragon Hill (USA) – Seo Seung Un
Distances: 0.75 lengths/1.75 lengths – 12 ran

Noel Callow Wins Selangor Turf Club Trophy To Lead Jockey Challenge

Noel Callow made it two Stakes wins in as many days as he partnered Incheonui Vision to win the Selangor Turf Club Trophy at Seoul Race Park.

Noel Callow goes clear in the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow goes clear in the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Callow was in Seoul representing Malaysia’s Selangor Turf Club and he won his home club’s race with a fine ride as, after settling the 15/1 Incheonui Vision (Pollard’s Vision), towards the back of the field, he made up ground through the field around the home turn. He collared the leader as they entered the home straight and strode to a 5-length victory.

With Moon Se Young, who was 2nd into the challenge going into this race, seeing his mount scratched, the win all but assured Callow of the Jockey Challenge title with one race still remaining.

Noel Callow with "My Boss" after the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow with “My Boss” after the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Selangor Turf Club Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – August 11, 2013

1. Incheonui Vision (KOR) – Noel Callow
2. Brig (KOR) – Jo In Kwen
3. Sang Jjang (KOR) – Niall McCullagh
Distances: 5 lengths/4 lengths – 11 ran