Day: April 10, 2014

Weekend Preview

Last week saw the KRA Cup Mile and next week is the Seoul Owners’ Cup. No Stakes this weekend – not for the thoroughbreds anyway – but still plenty to keep us occupied.

Springtime - hopefully we'll have some sunshine this weekend. Wouldn't bet on it though

Springtime – hopefully we’ll have some sunshine this weekend. Wouldn’t bet on it though

Seoul’s weekend feature is the Sports Donga Trophy on Sunday afternoon. KRA Cup Classic and Ttukseom Cup runner-up Indian Blue heads a competitive looking class 1 field over 2000 metres. Fellow 4-year-olds Double Shining and Kentucky Galloper will also be there.

Busan hosts class 1 fields on both Friday and Sunday. Old favourite Ghost Whisper goes in Friday’s contest which also features up-and-comer Smile Again making his debut at this level.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Lion Santa and Viva Ace – both winless for a long time – renew hostilities. They’ll be hard pressed to break their streaks here.

The one Stakes of the weekend is on Jeju Island on Saturday, where the ponies will be running for the cutely titled “Blossom Stakes”. Speaking of blossoms, it’s the final weekend of the Cherry Blossom festival at Seoul Racecourse.

Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday April 11
Busan Race Park: 10 races from 13:00 to 19:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:25 to 17:40

Saturday April 12
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 10:50 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 12:30 to 17:15

Sunday April 13
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 10:50 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:45 to 17:00