There is a new trainer from overseas at Busan Racecourse. Thomas Gillespie was granted a license effective from the beginning of June and is gradually building his stable up.
A native of Ireland, Gillespie has been training in his own right since 2010 in Malaysia after a spell as an assistant in Singapore. He arrives with a solid reputation. His father Declan, who was his assistant in Malaysia, will be familiar to Irish and British racing fans as he was a successful jockey.
Gillespie has received early support from owner Lee Won Tae, who has already sent three to his barn while Pegasus Stables have also supplied one.
Thomas Gillespie has been allocated stable number 8 and joins Peter Wolsley and Bart Rice, both also at Busan, as the only foreign trainers in Korean racing. The 33-year-old Gillespie will have the distinction of being the youngest trainer in Korea.
In other licensing news, several young jockeys have been newly apprenticed at both Seoul and Busan. There are five at Seoul and three at Busan and interestingly, the new jockeys for Busan are younger than than they are in the capital and closer in age to what one would expect of a newly apprenticed rider elsewhere in the world.
The quality of young apprentices coming through has been getting higher year on year so it will be interesting to see how they go.
Here is a list of the new riders along with ages and the trainer they have been apprenticed to:
Kim Do Jung – 23 (Woo Chang Ku)
Cho Jae Ro – 21 (Bae Hou Jun)
Jung Hyun – 28 (Park Dae Heung)
Lee Hyun Jong – 21 (Park Jae Woo)
Ha Jung Hoon – 24 (Shin Sam Young
Park Jae Lee – 19 (Mun Je Bok)
Lee Yong Ho – 18 (Kang Byeong Eun)
Jin Gyeom – 20 (Youn Joo Hyuk)