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The SBS Sports Korea/Japan Cup 2016: Full Preview

Sunday sees the running of two group races at Seoul and first up is the SBS Sports Korea/Japan Cup, the first international race in Korea this year. Three Japan-trained horses have traveled over to participate in the race, which will be screened live on the SBS Sports channel.

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Choegang Schiller and Lee Chan Ho won the Asia Challenge Cup last year. He goes in the SBS Korea/Japan Cup this time (Pic: Ross Holburt)

The first Korea/Japan race took place in 2013 and was won by the visiting Tosen Archer. The race evolved into the Asia Challenge Cup in 2014 when it was won by Singapore’s El Padrino and remained that way in 2015 when Choegang Schiller, who runs this time around, took the honours. This year it is back as a straight contest between Korea and Japan and Dreadnought, Kimon Avalon and Best Wish, all from the NAR’s Ohi Racecourse in Tokyo, will be flying the Japanese flag in Seoul.

Dreadnought looks to have the best chance among them but all three are going to be up against it in the 1200M sprint. 2012 Grand Prix Stakes, 2015 Busan Mayor’s Cup and 2016 Busan Ilbo Cup winner Gamdonguibada has come back to the capital to lead a very strong home challenge which along with Choegang Schiller, also features the exciting up and comers Perdido Pomeroy and Tongil Sidae and the experienced Mirae Yeongung.

The SBS Sports Korea/Japan Cup is live on SBS Sports on cable and satellite in Korea from 3:50pm on Sunday afternoon. Here is a full run down of the field (Name [Pedigree] Age Sex (Starts/1st/2nd/3rd) Trainer – Jockey:

SBS Sports Korea/Japan Cup (KOR G3) – Seoul Racecourse – 1200M – June 5, 2016 (16:05)

1. Best Wish (JPN) [White Muzzle – Cross My Heart (Special Week)] 7 H (58/3/10/11) K Arayama – Ryuji Tatsushiro
Managed a 2nd place over this distance at Ohi at the beginning of April but only beat a couple home last time out. Not generally a fast starter and he looks to be up against it here.

2. Mirae Yeongung (KOR) [Aragorn – Willing Miss (More Than Ready)] 5 H (24/11/6/0) MG Son – Moon Se Young
He comes in having beaten OS Hwadap and Cheongu when winning over 1400M on April 24th having been 2nd to Clean Up Joy, perhaps Seoul’s best current horse, the time before over this distance. HE comes from off the pace and while regular jockey DJordje Perovic is suspended, he has an adequate replacement in the shape of champion Moon Se Young.

3. Tongil Sidae (USA) [Munnings – American Tradition (Quiet American)] 3 C (7/4/2/0) YK Kim – You Hyun Myung
He’s burst onto the Busan scene this year, winning his class 1 debut over 1800M on April 1. He was downed by a neck last start at the same distance. He races at 1200M for the first time since his winning debut and at Seoul for the very first time. A stablemate of Gamdonguibada, he will be on the early speed here and has every chance.

4. Perdido Pomeroy (USA) [Pomeroy – Boldest Of All (Bold Executive)] 3 C (6/4/1/1) JB Mun – Kim Yong Geun
A real potential talent and potential winner of this race. He was beaten by Gamdonguibada in the Busan Ilbo Cup last month but beat Success Story by three lengths. Another who will be on the early speed here, he could turn the tables on Gamdonguibada this time.

5. OS Hwadap (USA) [Friesian Fire – Meg’s A Lady (Menifee)] 3 C (7/5/0/2) IS Seo – Jo Sung Gon
Another up-and-comer, he was 3rd behind Mirae Yeongung and ahead of stablemate Cheongu on his first attempt at class 1 in April. HE is another who goes forward from the gate and while this is his toughest assignemnt to date, he can find the money.

6. Kimon Avalon (JPN) [South Vigorous – Grand Heat (Special Week)] 7 H (53/9/7/7) K Arayama – Daisuke Mashima
This is jockey Daisuke Mashima’s fourth visit to Seoul but he’s likely to return empty-handed once more. Kimon Avalon comes in following a 2nd place at this distance at Ohi on April 19th but will have to find plenty here if he is to aim for anyting more than the minor money.

7. Cheongu (USA) [Old Fashioned – So Much Fun (Speightstown)] 4 H (13/5/1/4) IS Seo – Yoo Seung Wan
Globe-trotter Cheongu was a slightly disappointing 6th on his return to KOrea from Dubai at the end of April; beaten by Mirae Yeongung and stablemate OS Hwadap. 3rd in last year’s Asia Challenge Cup, if he can get to the front straight out of the gate, anything can happen.

8. Rise And Shout (USA) [Utopia – Ooh Yeah (Dismissed)] 6 H (35/4/6/2) SG Kim – Lee Hyeon Jong
An outsider, he enters in little form having beaten few home in four starts so far this year. Eleven weeks since his last start, when he was a long way behind Mirae Yeongung, there’s not a whole lot to recommend here.

9. Choegang Schiller (USA) [Artie Schiller – Changeable (Miswaki)] 5 G YH Ji – Lee Chan Ho
He won the Asia Challenge Cup last August but has only run twice since then due to various issues. His only tart so far this year was in February at 1800M and didn’t go well (although Mirae Yeongung had an off day too thenbut he is reportedly fit now and a fit Choegang Schiller has every chance here.

10. Yuseong Fighting (KOR) [Didyme – Maggie’s Prayer (Songandaprayer)] 4 C (18/6/3/3) KH Choi – Lim Sung Sil
A pure sprinter, his win record would be much better had he not run so many times at unsuitable distances. Comes in following a 2nd place at this distance at class 2 at Busan, he has plenty to find here but he is capable of the money.

11. Dreadnought (KOR) [Meisho Odo – Bonnes Mare (Starborough)] 8 G (32/7/2/1/4) K Hashimoto – Takayuki Yano
Looks to be the best of the Japanese visitors with a 1400M Ohi win to his name this year. He is likely to look for a fast start and if he can get o the front, there is no reason why he can’t get home.

12. Gamdonguibada (USA) [Werblin – Radyla (Country Pine)] 7 M (34/15/5/7) YK Kim – Choi Si Dae
Likely to be the betting favourite, she just keeps going and going. She enters here having been a five-length winner of the Busan Ilbo Cup on May 1st, beating Perdido Pomeroy into 2nd. Stablemate of Tongil Sidae, the general rule in Korean racing is that whatever happens, Kim Young Kwan wins in the end. Gamdonguibada is the form horse and she can win this.

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Korean Horses Try Hard But Found Wanting In Interaction Cup

There was to be no repeat of Watts Village’s sensational 2013 win for Korea in the latest edition of the Japan/Korea Interaction Cup at Ohi Racecourse in Tokyo on Tuesday night.

Here He Comes and Moon Se Young in the Ohi paddock (Pic: KRA)

Here He Comes and Moon Se Young in the Ohi paddock (Pic: KRA)

Three Korean trained horses made their way to the Japanese capital to take their chances in the 1200M race. However, they were to come up short against a strong line-up of local sprinters, with the race won by the favourite, 6 year-old US-bred Satono Daytona (Tapit).

Here He Comes, ridden by Moon Se Young, came home in 9th, with Parang Juibo in 11th under Kim Ok Sung and Useung Iyagi, who set the early pace under Ikuyasu Kurakane, finishing last of the 13. All horses and riders finished safely and will return to Korea later this week.

Jockey Kim Ok Sung explains what went wrong to the media after Parang Juibo finished 11th (Pic: KRA)

Jockey Kim Ok Sung explains what went wrong to the media after Parang Juibo finished 11th (Pic: KRA)

Regardless of the result, the successful running of the race was another step forward as Korean racing, after decades of isolation, finally starts to establish its presence internationally.

And while it was unquestionably disappointing for Korean racing fans that the best domestic sprinters were not put forward for the trip, especially after the unexpected win last year, sometimes it is the taking part that counts.

With this bilateral race with Japan set to continue, and the successful hosting of the Asia Challenge Cup earlier this year, “Interaction” is finally happening.

Japanese Horses Arrive In Seoul for SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup

The three Japanese horses who will make history as the first foreign-trained runners in Korea when they participate in the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup this coming Sunday, have arrived at Seoul Racecourse.

The plane carrying the Japanese visitors touched down last Thursday

The plane carrying the Japanese visitors touched down last Thursday

Tosen Archer, Final Score and Big Gulliver touched down in Korea on August 22 and were taken straight to a specially prepared quarantine zone at Seoul Racecourse.

Due to strict quarantine laws for any animals coming into Korea, they must be kept separate from the general horse population at the track until the day of the race and they are completing workouts in the very early mornings, before the track opens for normal training.

The word from those workouts is ominous for Korean racing fans: the 3 visitors look stronger and faster than our own.

The race will be run over 7 furlongs (1400 metres) and will be screened by Sports cable TV channel SBS ESPN. See our first preview here or go to our facebook page for more pictures.

The SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup is on Sunday September 1

The SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup is on Sunday September 1

Korea vs Japan in SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup Set For September 1

Overseas-trained horses will run in Korea for the very first time as three Japanese runners will make the trip to Seoul for the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup on September 1. In November, three Korean horses will make the return trip to Tokyo.

It's Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup

It’s Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Cup

After what has been a long process to win government approval due to Korea’s strict quarantine rules, the Japanese entrants will arrive in Korea on August 22 and be transported directly to a special quarantine zone in Seoul Racecourse. Japanese jockeys will be in-town to ride in the race.

The visitors, 8-year old Final Score, 9-year old Tosen Archer and 5-year old Big Gulliver will line up against a maximum of 11 Korean-trained horses with Grand Prix Stakes and Busan Metropolitan Stakes winner Tough Win set to head the home challenge.

In a major coup, the 7-furlong race will be shown live on SBS ESPN, Korea’s leading cable and satellite Sports Network, who will also lend their name to the event.

The return leg, at Ohi Racecourse on Tuesday November 26 – the “Japan Collaboration Cup” – will be run over 6 furlongs and, like the first leg in Seoul, will have a prize fund approaching $250,000.

A maximum of 14 horses will run in each race. Here’s a rundown of the entrants at this stage (Name [Sire] Age, Sex (Starts/1/2/3):

SBS ESPN Korea/Japan Goodwill Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – September 1, 2013 – 16:20

Japan

Final Score (JPN) [Fusaichi Pegasus] 8 Horse (36/6/7/4)
Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea] 9 Horse (47/5/2/2)
Big Gulliver (JPN) [Tap Dance City] 5 Horse (28/8/8/2)

Korea

Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon] 3 Filly (10/4/1/3)
Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska] 6 Gelding (29/22/2/1)
Sydney Jewelry (AUS) [Lion Heart] 4 Colt (13/6/2/1)
Sing Sing Cat (USA) [D’Wildcat] 5 Horse (26/10/3/1)
Maengsan Horangi (USA) [El Nino] 4 Gelding (12/5/3/1)
Nolbu Manse (USA) [Simon Pure] 4 Colt (22/5/4/3)
Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours] 3 Colt (9/5/2/0)
Murangae (USA) [Sunriver] 4 Gelding (25/1/6/4)
Celebrate Tonight (USA) [Songandaprayer] 5 Horse (24/5/2/4)
Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market] 3 Horse (8/4/1/1)
Stradiot (AUS) [Strada] 4 Colt (14/3/1/1)
Damyang Chukjae (USA) [Good Reward] 4 Colt (15/3/2/2)

(3yo’s will carry 55Kg and 4yo’s 57Kg. Fillies & Mares receive a 2Kg allowance).