Noel Callow

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

Noel Callow Among 6 Riders Headed For Seoul International Jockey Challenge

While Seoul is dark this weekend, next week sees the first of two big events with an international flavour at the capital track.

On September 1, the SBS Goodwill Cup will involve 3 horses visiting from Japan – the first time foreign trained horses will have run in Korea. First up though on August 10 and 11 is the annual Seoul International Jockey Challenge when 6 visitors will take on 6 locals in the Jockey Challenge over 4 races culminating in the YTN Cup.

A strong line-up has been secured this year. Here is a run-down of the international team:

Niall McCullagh

Niall McCullagh

Niall McCullagh (Ireland) – Returning to Seoul after taking part in the 2010 event, the 44-year-old has been a consistent performer in his native Ireland for over 20 years.

Since his last trip to the Korean capital, he has secured the biggest prize of his career, guiding Royal Diamond to victory in the 2012 Irish St.Leger. Watch the race here.

Noel Callow

Noel Callow

Noel Callow (Australia – representing Malaysia) – A prolific winner whose big race victories include the 2005 Victoria Derby and the 2008 Singapore Derby, the globe-trotting Aussie Noel “King” Callow will be in Seoul to represent the Selangor Turf Club.

While successful at home, primarily on the Victorian circuit, it is in Asia where Callow is best known with a number of stints in Singapore – where he was leading Jockey in 2007 – and Malaysia. He has also ridden in Mauritius where he became something of a folk-hero among local racing fans.Here he is winning the 2008 Emirates Singapore Derby on Top Spin.

Fausto Durso

Fausto Durso

Fausto Pinto Durso (Brazil – representing Macau) – The Sao Paolo native, with nearly 700 wins in his homeland has been a long-term fixture in Macau where he has racked up over 600 winners.

His biggest triumphs came in 2010 when, among other Group 1’s, he won the Macau Derby.

He has also ridden in Dubai and Malaysia as well as the occasional weekend in Hong Kong. Here he wins the 2010 Macau Hong Kong Trophy on Viva Hong Kong.

Raymond Danielson

Raymond Danielson

Raymond Danielson (South Africa) – Qualifying in the same class as Richard Fourie and Muzi Yeni – both alumni of this event – Raymond Danielson has ridden nearly 500 winners in South Africa.

Danielson rode the winner of the Group 1 Champions Cup at Greyville in 3 consecutive years from 2009-2011.

Here he is winning the 2011 edition on The Apache.

Yucel Bilik

Yucel Bilik

Yucel Bilik (Turkey) – Turkey always sends one of its top jockeys to this event and this year is no exception.

Only last month, 29-year old Yucel Bilik landed the biggest win of his career, guiding Divine Light to victory in Turkey’s richest and most prestigious race, the G1 Gazi Derby. Watch the race here.

Shinichiro Akiyama

Shinichiro Akiyama

Shinichiro Akiyama (Japan) – This year, the JRA sends a 16-year veteran with nearly 800 winners to his name.

Lightweight jockey Shinichiro Akiyama has a number of big wins under his belt but is best known in his homeland for victories in the NHK Mile Cup and the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Here he is winning the 2012 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Robe Tissage

We’ll have more on the build-up to the event – including a look at the home team – over the next few days.

All jockeys will compete in 4 races; 2 on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday. Mounts will be drawn on Thursday.

The same weekend will also see exchange races sponsored by racing authorities from Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Ireland and Macau.