The 2014 racing season gets underway in Korea this weekend, headlined as always by the New Year’s Commemorative Race at Seoul.
That race is the feature of a lengthy 14-race card at Seoul on Saturday while Sunday sees three class 1 races on the peninsula; two at Seoul and one at Busan.
The New Year race, sponsored as usual by Herald Media, brings together a group of horses who didn’t quite make the class 1 breakthrough last year and gives them an early chance to do so this time around.
It’s notoriously difficult to punt on but Blue Camp, Geumbit Mannam and Last Mudae come into the race with the best recent form while Like The Sun and Bulkkot Daewang are proven winners over the distance.
The pony racing on Jeju Island takes a weekend off after running right through the holiday period. Here’s what’s happening where and when:
Friday January 3
Busan Race Park: 12 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Saturday January 4
Seoul Race Park: 14 races from 11:00 to 18:00
Sunday January 5
Seoul Race Park: 10 races from 11:00 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:50 to 17:30
2014 is the Year of the Horse. Come Racing!