04/07/2019. KOREA, Summer Racing Schedule To Begin Friday 5th – Dolkong Back In Korea And Back On Top In Mayor’s Cup // MOONLIGHT CLOUD SISTER SHINES IN DEAUVILLE // Goffs Sportsman’s Sale extended due to unprecedented demand for places


KOREA, Summer Racing Schedule To Begin Friday

by gyongmaman

The 2019 Summer Racing program begins this weekend with Friday and Saturday cards set to begin mid afternoon and end at 9pm. Sunday racing will continue to follow its usual program.

Night Barrier

During July and August the racing schedule will typically be as follows:


Busan: 9 races from 14:30 to 21:00
Jeju: 9 races from 14:55 to 20:45


Seoul: 10 races from 14:50 to 21:00
Jeju: 8 races from 14:00 to 17:45


Seoul: 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00
Busan: 6 races from 12:40 to 17:05

There are exceptions though as during this period, each track will take one weekend off with the other two tracks picking up the slack with additional races. Jeju will be off on the final weekend of July meaning that on Friday July 26th, there will be a 14-race card at Busan and on Saturday July 27th, a 15-race card at Seoul.

Seoul will take the first weekend in August off and Busan the 2nd week meaning that on Friday 2nd and Friday 9th August, there will be no thoroughbred racing in Korea as Jeju will be the only track in operation.


Dolkong Back In Korea And Back On Top In Mayor’s Cup

by gyongmaman

Dolkong returned in sensational style last Sunday, storming home late to win the Busan Mayor’s Cup (KOR G2), his first race back in Korea since his Dubai World Cup Carnival heroics earlier this year.

The five-year-old only returned to full training earlier this month but having looked well when winning a trial in Seoul last week, Dolkong was able to travel to Busan to take his chance in the race that’s often referred to as the “Summer Grand Prix”

And take his chance he did, as Dolkong, sent off as second-favourite, produced a final furlong burst to deny YTN Cup winner Moonhak Chief another big race win.

Pre-race favourite was Cheongdam Dokki, so disappointing in the YTN last month, blew his chances at the start, stumbling and almost falling as he exited the gate – he would recover but was never a factor.

It was left to World Day to set the early pace and the four-year-old led the field into the home straight.

Once World Day was headed by stablemate New Legend, with Moonhak Chief in close attendance before Dolkong showed the acceleration that saw him win the Listed Curlin Handicap at Meydan and passed them all to win with just under a length in hand.

It was Dolkong’s first start for trainer Bae Dae-Sun and he was partnered for the first time by Johan Victoire, the French jockey scoring his biggest success in Korean racing to date.

Next assignment for Dolkong is expected to be the International G3 Korea Cup at Seoul on Sunday September 8. (fonte : KRA)


Moonlight Cloud Sister Shines In Deauville


Floret (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 210) was the standout of the Arqana Summer Sale catalogue, being a half-sister to the fourtime Group 1-winning miler Moonlight Cloud (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), and she fulfilled her potential in the ring when scooped up by Tony Nerses on behalf of Imad Al Sagar for i380,000 on Wednesday. Offered by Charles Briere…



Goffs Sportsman’s Sale extended due to unprecedented demand for places 
The Goffs Sportsman’s Sale will be held over two days in 2019 following an unprecedented application for places.  It will take place on Thursday and Friday 3 – 4 October, immediately following the two day Orby Sale.
The Sportsman’s Sale enjoyed a vibrant trade last year with an 85% clearance rate and buyers from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA etc.  This led to an increase in nominations for 2019 and a far higher take-up of yearlings that met the Sportsman’s Sale selection criteria.  The result of this demand is an even two day sale, catalogued alphabetically from the start of Thursday through to the end of Friday, which will deliver a catalogue of consistent quality following the market leading Orby Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1st and 2ndOctober.
The Sportsman’s Sale will benefit from its close association to Orby which proved to be the most successful of the European Yearling Sales last year attracting a large and diverse audience of international players, and potential purchasers will have the opportunity to inspect the Sportsman’s yearlings whilst Orby is taking place.
Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:
“The Goffs Team, including our network of international agents and our friends at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, will travel the globe between now and the end of September to deliver the largest possible group of buyers for every yearling catalogued by Goffs.  Last year we welcomed our most diverse international group of purchasers to the Goffs yearling sales and we have already confirmed an unparalleled number of overseas buyers and have many more promotional trips planned between now and the sale.
The extension of the Sportsman’s means that we can accommodate a higher number of yearlings that meet the strict criteria we set out for this sale, resulting in a simply unmissable week of yearling sales in Ireland at Goffs.  We will have a specific marketing campaign for the Sportsman’s Sale alongside the Orby, and vendors can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to deliver the best result for every yearling entrusted to us”.
Goffs 2019 Yearling Sales Programme:
Doncaster Premier Sale  27-28 August
Doncaster Silver Sale  29 August
Doncaster September Sale  17 September
Goffs Orby Sale  1-2 October
Goffs Sportsman’s Sale  3-4 October
Goffs Autumn Sale  21-22 October