Two Korea trained runners are among the 181 horses who have been accepted to race at the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival which starts next month at Meydan.
Busan horse Success Story will travel to Seoul Racecourse on Tuesday to join capital-based Cheongu in pre-quarantine before the pair fly out to Dubai on December 23. The carnival starts on January 7th and while there, Cheongu is expected to race over 1200M with Success Story taking on a mile.
The acceptances come following a two-year process to establish quarantine protocols between Korea and the UAE which was concluded just in time to enable the horses to be nominated. In recent years, similar protocols have also been established with Japan and Singapore allowing Korean horses to race in those countries and vice-versa. Among three applications from Korean horses to participate at the carnival, two were accepted.
Cheongu (USA) [Old Fashioned – So Much Fun (Speightstown)] is a three-year-old colt who has won five of his eight starts in Korea. A sprinter, he also travelled to Kranji in Singapore in July and Ohi in Japan in October. He led both of those races before weakening in the closing stages. In between those trips, he finished 3rd behind Choegang Schiller and El Padrino in the Asia Challenge Cup in Seoul at the end of August.
Success Story (KOR) [Peace Rules – Power Pack (Lil’s Lad)] is a little bit of an enigma. A four-year-old, he has won ten of his eighteen races but has yet to score in a really big race although he hasn’t had the opportunity to go for one over his preferred distance of a mile. He put in an eye catching performance over that trip at Busan last month when he was just outside the track record when scoring the easiest class 1 win seen for some time.