Weekend Preview: Ikuyasu’s Last Stand

Seoul’s Jockey of the Year for 2014 as called time on his second sojourn in the country as Ikuyasu Kurakane will return home following this weekend’s racing. And the Japanese rider has plenty of opportunities to add to his remarkable 288 winners in the country before he heads to the airport.

Bowing out (Pic: Hiromi Kobayashi)

Bowing out (Pic: Hiromi Kobayashi)

Kurakane rides plenty of faovurites across the weekend, especially on Saturday, as connections look to make use of his services one more time. There’e plenty more happening too on a busy three days of racing.

Both Seoul and Busan host class 1’s. Things get underway at Busan on Friday when Hangangui Gijeok will be favourite for the big handicap over a mile. Ghost Whisper and Grand Teukgeup look to have the best chance of stopping him.

There is another big race at Busan on Sunday when the pair of Gamdonguibada and New York Blue face each other yet again. They’ll be joined by Heba and Lion Santa, anong others for the 1800M test.

Seoul’s class 1’s include a competetive 7-furlong sprint on Saturday with Mirae Yeongung looking the pick while on Sunday Unbeatable and Big Curlin will be top-rated in the final event of the weekend over 2000m.

It’s set to be a chilly but dry and bright weekend, so with big competitive fields, it’s a great time to come racing!

Full racecards are available at the KRA’s website. Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday January 30
Busan Racecourse: 11 races from 11:40 to 18:00 (full simulcast preview of races 4-11)
Jeju Racecourse: 9 races from 13:20 to 17:20

Saturday January 31
Seoul Racecourse: 12 races from 10:50 to 18:00 (full simulcast preview of races 4-12 to follow)
Jeju Racecourse: 9 races from 12:20 to 17:10

Sunday February 1
Seoul Racecourse: 11 races from 10:50 to 18:00
Busan Racecourse: 6 races from 12:45 to 17:00

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