Weekend Preview: KRA Cup Classic

Tough Win heads the line-up for the KRA Cup Classic, the pick of the action on a busy weekend of racing in Korea.

Tough Win heads the KRA Cup Classic field on Sunday(KRA)

Tough Win heads the KRA Cup Classic field on Sunday(KRA)

Now 6-years-old, Tough Win, who has 22 wins from his 30 starts including this race back in 2010, will likely start as favourite although will have some competition as he looks to bounce back from defeat in the SBS Korea Vs Japan Cup last time out.

Bichui Wangja and Remember Bulpae are among those who are no slouches. Here’s the full run-down of the runners and riders (with sire-dam and race records):

KRA Cup Classic (KOR G3) – Seoul Race Park – 2000M – October 27, 2013 (16:35)

1. Green Empire (NZ) [Bertolini-Kalapana Black] (36/3/6/6) – Lee Sang Hyeok
2. Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska-Maggie May’s Sword] (30/22/2/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho
3. Berongi (USA) [Action This Day-Hot Match] (24/5/5/3) – Park Tae Jong
4. Adam One (USA) [Sligo Bay-Toddles] (39/3/3/3) – Park Eul Woon
5. Bichui Wangja (USA) [Roman Ruler-Quiet Delight] (11/4/5/0) – Seo Seung Un
6. Mari Daemul (USA) [Go For Gin-Token Beauty] (19/6/3/2) – Shin Hyung Chul
7. Murangae (USA) [Sunriver-Merrill Gold] (28/1/6/5) – Fausto Durso
8. Damyang Chukje (USA) [Good Reward-Strategy] (17/3/2/3) – Moon Se Young
9. Haedongcheonwang (USA) [West Acre-Sienna’s Honor] (17/7/5/1) – Lee Joon Chel
10. Imperial Star (KOR) [Nihon Pillow Neil-Psychic Girl] (19/6/5/3) – Lee Chan Ho
11. Indian Blue (USA) [Henny Hughes-Gamblers’ Passion] (11/3/2/4) – Ikuyasu Kurakane
12. Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market-Arrested Dream] (9/4/1/1) – Choi Bum Hyun

At Busan, there is plenty to watch too. Beolmaui Kkum, runner-up to Tough Win in the Busan Metropolitan Stakes, and considered a potential future star, goes in the first of co-features on Sunday afternoon where he will carry a full 60kg with Wild Myeongun and Peter Wolsley’s Secret Whisper among his rivals.

Wolsley’s stable star Cheongchun Bulpae is in action in the 2nd of those features and despute giving the rest of the field a minimum of 5kg, should have enough to see off an uninspiring set of 6 others.

Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday October 25
Busan Race Park: 11 races from 11:50 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:10 to 17:40

Saturday October 26
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:20 to 17:10

Sunday October 27
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:00 to 18:00 including the KRA Cup Classic at 16:35
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:50 to 17:00

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