International Jockey Challenge

International Exchange Race / YTN Cup Round-Up

No International jockey Challenge this year – we’ll have 6 visiting jockeys in town for the Asia Challenge Cup later this month – but the annual international exchange races went ahead at Seoul Racecourse this past weekend.

Pinot Noir and Park Hyun Woo win the Horse Racing Ireland Trophy (KRA)

Pinot Noir and Park Hyun Woo win the Horse Racing Ireland Trophy (KRA)

Four exchange races were held on Saturday(the Singapore Turf Club Trophy will this year be run on August 30, the day before the Challenge Cup) while the YTN Cup, traditionally the finale of the Jockey Challenge took place on Sunday.

First up was the Macau Jockey Club Trophy. Three-year old colt Clay Shot (Wildcat Heir), 5/1 chance, took the honours by just under a length under jockey Choi Bum Hyun.

Next came the Horse Racing Ireland Trophy which saw odds-on favourite Sun Gear beaten into fourth place in a tight finish where 7/1 shot Pinot Noir (Capital Spending) just got the better of Revereduction (Revere) right on the line.

On a blustery day where national flags were hoisted and lowered over the racecourse at a speed greater than that of some of the runners, the VIP balcony groaned under the strain of a procession of visiting dignitaries that included the Ambassadors of Turkey and Ireland.

One race later, Choi Bum Hyun made his 2nd visit of the day to the Presentation stage after guiding Ganghae (Didyme) to victory in the Selangor Turf Club Trophy. Ganghae’s victory came at the expense of the much vaunted Raon Morris who despite being sent off at long odds-on following a very easy win last time out, faded in the home straight as Ganghae came past to record his 4th win from 13 starts.

The feature race of the day, however, was the Turkey Jockey Club Trophy, the only class 1 event on the program. And in what was a very open betting race, 50/1 outsider Seoul Jeongsang (Capital Spending) swooped late to claim a narrow victory, giving jockey Lim Gi Won his biggest race win to date. It was also the biggest win in 6-year-old Seoul Jeongsang’s career, and only his 5th from 36 starts.

Stakes action returned to Seoul on Sunday in the shape of the YTN Cup, one of very few televised live races in Korea (by virtue of it being sponsored by the YTN Cable News Channel).

Run under the floodlights and in a torrential downpour, 5-year-old American-bred mare Big Power (A.P.Warrior) beat out Dragon Hill and Strong Wind to win by a length under Ham Wan Sik.

YTN Cup – Seoul Racecourse – 1900M – Aug 10, 2014

1. Big Power (USA) [A.P.Warrior – Dixie Satin (Dynaformer)] – Ham Wan Sik – 7.4, 1.9
2. Dragon Hill (USA) [Afleet Alex – Caracara (Nashwan)] – Seo Seung Un – 1.6
3. Strong Wind (NZ) [Duelled – Seams Of Gold (Made Of Gold)] – Moon Se Young – 1.1
Distances: 1.25 lengths/1 length – 13 ran

Riding the third horse home was Moon Se Young. The champion jockey rode six winners across the weekend and moves onto 999 for his career. Next weekend, he’ll bid to become only the 2nd Korean jockey in history to ride 1000 career winners.

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Noel Callow Wins Seoul International Jockey Challenge

Fausto Durso won the series finale YTN Cup on Choichoro but a 2nd place finish was more than enough to secure overall victory for Australian Noel Callow.

Noel Callow was the emphatic winner of the Seoul International Jockey Challenge (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow was the emphatic winner of the Seoul International Jockey Challenge (Pic: Ross Holburt)

“King” Callow won the Macau Jockey Club Trophy yesterday and added the Selangor Turf Club Trophy to his haul this afternoon to amass 51 points and take home the $15,000 bonus.

He looked set to add a third victory as Dongseo Daeryuk had the lead in the final furlong of the YTN Cup, until Choichoro (Concept Win), under Brazilian jockey Fausto Durso came through on the outside to snatch the win.

Fausto Durso wins the YTN Cup on Choichoro ahead of Noel Callow but the Australian came out on top overall (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Fausto Durso wins the YTN Cup on Choichoro ahead of Noel Callow but the Australian came out on top overall (Pic: Ross Holburt)

With his YTN win, Fausto Durso finished 2nd overall in the challenge on 35 points while Moon Se Young was 3rd with 25.

YTN Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1900M – Aug 11, 2013

1. Choichoro (KOR) – Fausto Durso
2. Dongseo Daeryuk (USA) – Noel Callow
3. Dragon Hill (USA) – Seo Seung Un
Distances: 0.75 lengths/1.75 lengths – 12 ran

Noel Callow Wins Selangor Turf Club Trophy To Lead Jockey Challenge

Noel Callow made it two Stakes wins in as many days as he partnered Incheonui Vision to win the Selangor Turf Club Trophy at Seoul Race Park.

Noel Callow goes clear in the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow goes clear in the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Callow was in Seoul representing Malaysia’s Selangor Turf Club and he won his home club’s race with a fine ride as, after settling the 15/1 Incheonui Vision (Pollard’s Vision), towards the back of the field, he made up ground through the field around the home turn. He collared the leader as they entered the home straight and strode to a 5-length victory.

With Moon Se Young, who was 2nd into the challenge going into this race, seeing his mount scratched, the win all but assured Callow of the Jockey Challenge title with one race still remaining.

Noel Callow with "My Boss" after the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow with “My Boss” after the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Selangor Turf Club Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – August 11, 2013

1. Incheonui Vision (KOR) – Noel Callow
2. Brig (KOR) – Jo In Kwen
3. Sang Jjang (KOR) – Niall McCullagh
Distances: 5 lengths/4 lengths – 11 ran

International Jockey Challenge: Day 1 Review – Callow and Moon Winners

Noel Callow won the Macau Jockey Club Trophy while the Horse Racing Ireland race went to Moon Se Young

Noel Callow Dismounts from Victory Dancer

Noel Callow Dismounts from Victory Dancer (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow on Victory Dancer edges out Fausto Pinto on Blue Camp to win the MJC Trophy

Noel Callow on Victory Dancer edges out Fausto Pinto on Blue Camp to win the MJC Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Macau Jockey Club Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1400M

1. Victory Dancer (KOR) – Noel Callow
2. Blue Camp (KOR) – Fausto Durso
3. Geomtan (KOR) – Raymond Danielson
Distances: 0.5 lengths/2.5 lengths
Also ran: 4. Last Mudae – You Hyun Myung (KOR) 5. Sen Tank – Jo In Kwen (KOR) 6. Daebagyeonchul – Shinichiro Akiyama (JPN) 7. Black Swan – Park Tae Jong (KOR) 8. Hayan Nuri – Niall McCullagh (IRE) 9. Changcheon – Moon Se Young (KOR) 10. McKenzie Boy – Yucel Bilik (TUR) 11. Cheolli Gisang – Seo Seung Un (KOR) 12. S-Way – Jo Sung Gon (KOR)

Eutteum Khan (far side) and Moon Se Young, win the HRI Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Eutteum Khan (far side) and Moon Se Young, win the HRI Trophy (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing's Mark O'Hanlon presents Moon Se Young with the winner's...vase (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing’s Mark O’Hanlon presents Moon Se Young with the winner’s…vase (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Horse Racing Ireland Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Aug 10. 2013

1. Eutteum Khan (KOR) – Moon Se Young
2. Yeoui Gold (KOR) – Jo In Kwen
3. Blue Band Zet (KOR) – Jo Sung Gon
Distances: Neck/4 lengths
Also ran: 4. Suho Cheonsa – Park Tae Jong (KOR) 5. Chongal Gongju – You Hyun Myung (KOR) 6. Dangchan Miso – Yucel Bilik (TUR) 7. Chiming Vicar – Raymond Danielson (SA) 8. Bukdaepung – Fausto Durso (BRZ) 9. Victory Camp – Shinichiro Akiyama (JPN) 10. Onnuri Plaza – Niall McCullagh (IRE) 11. January Queen – Seo Seung Un (KOR) 12. Geuma Queen – Noel Callow (AUS)

The challenge concludes on Sunday when there are 14 races at Seoul from 13:00 to 19:40. On show in other races will be Jiegum I Sungan and Fly Top Queen on a massive day of racing in the capital.

Noel Callow Wins Macau Jockey Club Trophy

Noel Callow has won the first leg of the International Jockey Challenge at Seoul Race Park (Pictures: Ross Holburt)

Noel Callow Dismounts from Victory Dancer

Noel Callow Dismounts from Victory Dancer

Macao Jockey Club Cup Presentation

Macao Jockey Club Cup Presentation

Noel Callow on Victory Dancer edges out Fausto Pinto on Blue Camp to win the MJC Trophy

Noel Callow on Victory Dancer edges out Fausto Pinto on Blue Camp to win the MJC Trophy

Macau Jockey Club Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1400M

1. Victory Dancer (KOR) – Noel Callow
2. Blue Camp (KOR) – Fausto Durso
3. Geomtan (KOR) – Raymond Danielson
Distances: 0.5 lengths/2.5 lengths – 12 ran

Seoul International Jockey Challenge: Day 1 Preview

Macao Jockey Club Cup and Horse Racing Ireland Trophy Feature on Day 1

The 2013 Seoul International jockey challenge gets underway at Seoul Race Park on Saturday. Of the 9 races on the card, two are part of the challenge; the Macao Jockey Club Cup and the Horse Racing Ireland Trophy. Here is a run down of the fields for those races:

Macao Jockey Club Cup – Seoul Race Park (Race 6) – 1300M – Aug 10, 17:40

1. Victory Dancer (18/2/3/1) – Noel Callow
2. Hayan Nuri (14/2/3/0) – Niall McCullagh
3. Sen Tank (9/2/2/4) – Jo In Kwen
4. Blue Camp (8/3/2/1) – Fausto Pinto
5. Daebagyeonchul (13/3/0/1) – Shinichiro Akiyama
6. Black Swan (15/3/2/2) – Park Tae Jong
7. Changcheon (11/2/3/2) – Moon Se Young
8. Geomtan (9/3/2/1) – Raymond Danielson
9. S-Way (11/3/1/0) – Jo Sung Gon
10. Cheolli Gisang (19/1/5/3) Seo Seung Un
11. McKenzie Boy (11/3/1/2) – Yucel Bilik
12. Last Mudae (16/2/4/2) – You Hyun Myung

No stand-outs in this competetive opener although Geomtan comes into the race with the best recent form. Black Swan beat a number of his rivals here when winning last time out, while there should also be support for Blue Camp, S-Way and Derby also-ran Last Mudae.

Horse Racing Ireland Trophy – Seoul Race Park (Race 8) – 1400M – August 10, 19:10

1. Bukdaepung (13/4/2/0) – Fausto Durso
2. Geuma Queen (17/3/2/3) – Noel Callow
3. Chongal Gongju (15/2/4/0) – You Hyun Myung
4. Onnuri Plaza (15/4/0/4) – Niall McCullagh
5. Victory Camp (37/4/1/3) – Shinichiro Akiyama
6. January Queen (18/5/1/0) – Seo Seung Un
7. Eutteum Khan (16/4/2/1) – Moon Se Young
8. Chiming Vicar (14/4/2/1) – Raymond Danielson
9. Blue Band Zet (35/3/3/3) – Jo Sung Gon
10. Suho Cheonsa (31/2/4/4) – Park Tae Jong
11. Yeoui Gold (15/5/3/1) – Jo In Kwen
12. Dangchan Miso (23/5/2/1) – Yucel Bilik

A lot of horses here who have struggled to really make an impression since reaching class 2 and many will welcome dropping back in distance to 7 furlongs. Dangchan Miso holds a recent victory over many of those who run here but finished behind probable favourite Yeoui Gold last run. Eutteum Khan, Bukdaepung and January Queen will also have backers.

There are 9 races in total at Seoul on Saturday with the first at 13:00 and the last at 19:40. There is also racing on Jeju Island. On Sunday only Seoul runs with 14 races from 13:00 to 19:40.

Seoul International Jockey Challenge 2013: The Home Team

We’ve already taken a look at the jockeys who will be visiting Korea to make up the Rest Of The World team in this weekend’s Seoul International Jockey Challenge, now it’s time to examine the home team.

Moon Se Young

Moon Se Young

Moon Se Young: The reigning champion jockey at Seoul, Moon has won just about every big race going in his 12-year career to date including the Korean Derby and Grand Prix Stakes.

Second on the all-time Korean winners’ list with nearly 900 wins. Earlier this year, Moon spent a successful 3 months riding in Macao and despite giving his rivals such a head start, is already up to 3rd in the 2013 championship at home

Park Tae Jong

Park Tae Jong

Park Tae Jong: The only jockey to have ridden more winners than Moon Se Young, Park is also perhaps the only jockey to be known by the wider Korean public.

In his 26 years in the saddle, he’s ridden nearly 2,000 winners (from just 11,000 rides) and has won pretty much all there is to win in Korea. Korean Oaks aside, if he’s not won it, no-one has.

Jo In Kwen

Jo In Kwen

Jo In Kwen: One of the new generation of jockeys who benefitted from the KRA’s improved training during the last few years, Jo In Kwen debuted in 2008 and currently leads the 2013 standing with 62 winners.

Only three Stakes wins to date but very talented and is expected to go on to become one of the dominant jockeys of the next decade in Korea.

Seo Seung Un

Seo Seung Un

Seo Seung Un: He burst onto the scene in 2011 riding 2 winners on his debut weekend. He then went to the USA for further training, riding 2 winners in the process. He participated in the Asia Young Guns Challenge in Macao last year.

Seo rode out his apprentice claim in a Korean record time and, while yet to secure the really big rides, currently lies 2nd in the 2013 championship.

Jo Sung Gon

Dangdae Bulpae and Jo Sung Gon will look for a 2nd consecutive Busan Metropolitan

Jo Sung Gon: Busan’s champion jockey will travel to Seoul for the event and when he comes to the capital, Jo Sung Gon usually wins. That’s because he’s usually partnering Dangdae Bulpae, who’s won more Stakes races than any other Korean horse.

He won’t be on him this time but Jo is considered by some observers to be the most talented local jockey at either Seoul or Busan and is currently running away with the 2013 Busan championship.

Yoo Hyun Myung

Yoo Hyun Myung

Yoo Hyun Myung: Another Busan jockey completes the home team. Yoo Hyun Myung won the Grand Prix Stakes on Mister Park at Seoul in 2010 and has been consistently among Busan’s top riders for the last few years. He comes into the event in good form.

All jockeys will compete in four races over the weekend, culminating in the YTN Cup on Sunday evening. Rides will be allocated by a draw which will take place at Declarations on Thursday afternoon at Seoul Racecourse.