Aussie jockey Dean Holland rode his first Korean winner at Seoul Racecourse this afternoon. It arrived on his tenth mount in the country and his first well fancied one.
The first week can often be somewhat of an ordeal for foreign jockeys in Korea and while Holland got a decent number of rides last weekend, none of the six he was legged up onto had anything remotely resembling a chance. Observers noted, however, that he put each of them into the spot they needed to be before their limitations prevented them from going any further.
Today, Holland rode six more horses. Four of them had no chance, one of them an outside chance of some minor prize money and one of them a good chance. The good chance was Seungjahwanhui (Exploit), sent off as second-favourite in race 9. Having drawn the inside gate, the 27-year-old rider took Seungjahwanhui straight to the front and never looked like being headed as they made all to win by over two lengths on the line.
Hopefully that will be the first of many. Holland has six more rides on the Sunday card at Seoul.
Aussie jockey Dean Holland has made his first win with Seungja Hwanhui(Exploit). We look forward for improvements!👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/rPzHp7pyFS
— KRA International (@krapresenter) April 2, 2016