SBS Espn Goodwill Cup

Tosen Archer Wins SBS Goodwill Cup For Japan

Tosen Archer made history today as the first ever foreign-trained horse to win a race in Korea as his veteran jockey Fumio Matoba produced a perfectly timed ride to win the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup at Seoul Race Park.

Fumio Matoba and Tosen Archer in the SBS Cup Winner's Circle

Fumio Matoba and Tosen Archer in the SBS Cup Winner’s Circle

Sent off as the least favoured of the three visiting Japanese horses, Tosen Archer (Barathea), a 9-year-old gelding, was kept at the back of the field by verteran jockey Fumio Matoba in the opening stages of the 7-furlong race.

As the field rounded the top of the home turn, Matoba started to bring his mount forward but still had plenty to do as Pureun Miso (Malibu Moon) and Watts Village (Forestry) led the field into the home straight.

Tosen Archer poses for the cameras after winning the SBS Goodwill Cup

Tosen Archer poses for the cameras after winning the SBS Goodwill Cup

Pre-race favourite Tough Win struggled to get into gear but there were no such problems for Tosen Archer, who flew down the outside to hit the front 20 metres from the line and extend to win by a length.

Watts Village hung on well for 2nd while filly Indian Blue scored a very creditable 3rd. Tough Win, Korea’s best hope pre-race, was relatively disappointing 4th. The remaining two Japanese challengers, Big Gulliver and Final Score finished behind those in 5th and 6th respectively.

A lot of Japanese photographers were on hand to welcome Tosen Archer back

A lot of Japanese photographers were on hand to welcome Tosen Archer back

It was a hard-fought race and a great occasion for Korean’s first experiment with true international racing. The winner was a worthy one but the home team was in no way disgraced.

SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – September 1, 2013

1. Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea – Interruption (Zafonic)] – Fumio Matoba – 12.8, 3.2
2. Watts Village (USA) [Forestry – Edey’s Village (Silver Deputy)] – Seo Seung Un – 2.9
3. Indian Blue (USA) [Henny Hughes – Gambler’s Passion (Prospector’s Gamble)] – Ikuyasu Kurakane – 3.2

Distances: 1 length/1.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Tough Win (USA) 5. Big Gulliver (JPN) 6. Final Score (JPN) 7. Nolbu Manse (USA) 8. Mari Daemul (USA) 9. Pureun Miso (USA) 10. Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) 11. Sydney Jewelry (AUS) 12. Celebrate Tonight (USA) 13. Gold Big (USA) 14. Remember Bulpae (USA).

The return leg is at Ohi Raceocurse in Tokyo on November 26.

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SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup – Final Preview

The horses have arrived, the draw has been made and everything is set for history to be made on Sunday afternoon as Tosen Archer, Big Gulliver and Final Score become the first foreign-trained horses to run in Korea.

From left: Final Score, Tosen Archer and Big Gulliver

From left: Final Score, Tosen Archer and Big Gulliver

They are accompanied by three Japanese jockeys; Daisuke Mashima, Takehiro Kashiwagi and the veteran 57-year-old Fumio Matoba. Delegations from the Singapore Turf Club and the Dubai Racing Club are also in Seoul for the event.

From left: Daisuke Mashima, Fumio Matoba, Takehiro Kashiwagi

From left: Daisuke Mashima, Fumio Matoba, Takehiro Kashiwagi

Ultimately it comes down to a horse race though and it is an intriguing one. The Japanese trio have impressed all who have seen them in morning workouts since they arrived in Seoul just over a week ago.

Tough Win, seen here w Home hope: Tough Win (KRA)

Tough Win, seen here w Home hope: Tough Win (KRA)

However, the confirmation that Tough Win, considered to be the best horse in training in Korea, will run has given a huge boost to local hopes of a Korean win in the event.

Here is a full run-down on the field of 14 that will contest the big race, shown live on SBS-ESPN at 4:20pm:

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

1. Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon] 3 Filly (10/4/1/3) – Jun Duck Young
A nice looking filly who looks set to improve more in future. She has, however, been beaten by a number of her rivals here this year.

2. Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours] 3 Colt (9/5/2/0) – Moon Se Young
Flopped last time out over this distance in his class 1 debut. Hopefully that was a one-off as he had been showing a lot of promise up to that point. He has the champion jockey on board but it would still be a surprise if he was troubling the places.

3. Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea] 9 Horse (47/5/2/5) – Fumio Matoba
Looks like there is little to choose between him and Bug Gulliver as the best of the Japanese visitors, the 9-year-old has been very impressive in trackwork this week and his seemingly unimpressive 5 wins from 47 starts may not mean much.

4. Mari Daemul (USA) [Go For Gin] 4 Colt (17/5/3/2) – Shin Hyoung Chul
Well beaten when finishing 2nd to Tough Win last time out, even though this is a much shorter distance, that will probably happen again. Having said that, he won’t be far off the pace.

5. Sydney Jewelry (AUS) [Lion Heart] 4 Colt (13/6/2/1) – Oh Kyoung Hoan
The only Aussie-bred in the race has come close but has never won since reaching class 1. He should enjoy dropping down in distance and could be an outside bet for a place.

6. Celebrate Tonight (USA) [Songandaprayer] 5 Horse (24/5/2/4) – Jang Chu Youl
Not in the best of form and while he is another who should enjoy a rare opportunity at running in a one-turn race, it would be a surprise to see him challenge here.

7. Watts Village (USA) [Forestry] 3 Colt (10/5/1/1) – Seo Seung Un
Very nice looking colt, especially over sprint distances. He won’t be favourite but he will have his supporters who believe he can pull off an upset. Worth watching the tote board for some value, be it to win or to show.

8. Gold Big (USA) [Henny Hughes] 4 Colt (24/5/1/1) – Yoo Seung Wan
A solid campaigner but is unlikely to have the turn of foot necessary to compete here. Unlikely to be in contention at the business end of the race.

9. Nolbu Manse (USA) [Simon Pure] 4 Colt (22/5/4/3) – Kim Ok Sung
At one time seen as future star, he has really struggled recently and was well beaten by Watts Village over the distance last time out.

10. Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market] 3 Horse (8/4/1/1) – Jo In Kwen
The JRA Trophy winner is in really good form and looks a really good prospect. He prefers longer distances but if there is an upset, he could be the one to pull it off. It’s unlikely but if it’s value you are looking for, he could well provide it.

11. Big Gulliver (JPN) [Tap Dance City] 5 Horse (28/8/8/2) – Takehiro Kashiwagi
Another who has really impressed in his trackwork this week, he won his last start last month over this distance and could well start favourite.

12. Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska] 6 Gelding (29/22/2/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho
The home team’s big hope. He has won at every distance from 1000M to 2000M and given the home bias of punters, he will probably be favourite. If he runs to his best, it will take an exceptional performance from one of the visitors to beat him.

13. Indian Blue (USA) [Henny Hughes] 3 Filly (10/3/2/3) – Ikuyasu Kurakane
Her jockey is in incredible form right now and although the filly hasn’t won since landing the Segye Ilbo Cup in February, she will love this distance and is not without a chance of good finish.

14. Final Score (JPN) [Fusaichi Pegasus] 8 Horse (40/6/7/4) – Daisuke Mashima
The least impressive of the Visitors since arriving in Koreaand also on recent form. However, that is not to say he will be too far out of touch. It would be a surprise if he was to win though.

Sunday September 1

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 13:00 to 18:00 including the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup at 16:20
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:45 to 19:40

Tough Win Heads Home Team as Korea Faces Japan in SBS Cup

Tough Win will give Korea a fighting chance of recording a home win when three Japanese horses come to town for the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup, the first of a two-race home and away series, at Seoul Race Park on Sunday.

Tough Win, seen here winning the Busan Metropolitan Stakes last month, heads the Korean challenge on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

Tough Win, seen here winning the Busan Metropolitan Stakes last month, heads the Korean challenge on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

The Japanese visitors; Tosen Archer, Final Score and Big Gulliver arrived in Seoul last week and have looked very impressive in morning trackwork, leading some on the backstretch to fear they may claim what would be an embarrassing 1,2,3 over the Koreans on their home soil.

They will be the favourites, but in Tough Win, a Grand Prix Stakes and Busan Metropolitan winner and former Horse Of The Year, who has won 22 of his 29 starts, Korea fields a horse who knows how to get the job done. He is joined by a few talented sprinters including some who have excelled at sprint distances, but it is Tough Win that the locals are most relieved to see lining up.

It's Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Cup

It’s Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Cup

The race is the first time that foreign-trained horses have come to Korea to run. They are joined by visiting Japanese jockeys Fumio Matoba, Takehiro Kashiwagi and Daisuke Mashima. Seoul’s resident Japanese rider Ikuyasu Kurakane rides for the home team on Segye Ilbo Cup winner Indian Blue.

The race will be screened live on SBS ESPN – Korea’s most popular sports channel in a short broadcast beginning

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

1. Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon] 3 Filly (10/4/1/3) – Jun Duck Young
2. Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours] 3 Colt (9/5/2/0) – Moon Se Young
3. Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea] 9 Horse (47/5/2/5) – Fumio Matoba
4. Mari Daemul (USA) [Go For Gin] 4 Colt (17/5/3/2) – Shin Hyoung Chul
5. Sydney Jewelry (AUS) [Lion Heart] 4 Colt (13/6/2/1) – Oh Kyoung Hoan
6. Celebrate Tonight (USA) [Songandaprayer] 5 Horse (24/5/2/4) – Jang Chu Youl
7. Watts Village (USA) [Forestry] 3 Colt (10/5/1/1) – Seo Seung Un
8. Gold Big (USA) [Henny Hughes] 4 Colt (24/5/1/1) – Yoo Seung Wan
9. Nolbu Manse (USA) [Simon Pure] 4 Colt (22/5/4/3) – Kim Ok Sung
10. Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market] 3 Horse (8/4/1/1) – Jo In Kwen
11. Big Gulliver (JPN) [Tap Dance City] 5 Horse (28/8/8/2) – Takehiro Kashiwagi
12. Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska] 6 Gelding (29/22/2/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho
13. Indian Blue (USA) [Henny Hughes] 3 Filly (10/3/2/3) – Ikuyasu Kurakane
14. Final Score (JPN) [Fusaichi Pegasus] 8 Horse (40/6/7/4) – Daisuke Mashima

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

Friday August 30
Busan Race Park: 11 races from 13:30 to 18:10
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 15:10 tp 19:40

Saturday August 31
Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 13:00 to 18:10
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 15:10 to 19:40

Sunday September 1
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 13:00 to 18:00 including the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup at 16:20
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 16:45 to 19:40

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).