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Korea to host the Asia Challenge Cup

The Asia Challenge Cup, the first international invitational race in Korean horse racing history, is set to be held at Seoul Racecourse on Aug 31.

The race over 1,400 metres has attracted three runners from Singapore, one of the powerhouses of Asian horse racing, and three Japanese horses. The international horses will be pitted against eight Korean horses (six from Seoul, two from Busan).

It is anticipated that the Asia Challenge Cup will not only offer fans the highest quality of horse racing but will also attract the attention of the sport's leading owners, trainers and jockeys from around the world. The race will be telecast "live" to Singapore.

The KRA aims to host high-quality international races every year as part of its efforts to upgrade the quality of Korean races for inclusion in Part 2 of the International Cataloguing Standards.

The international horses are:

SINGAPORE:

EL PADRINO, TRUDEAU and SPEEDY CAT

JAPAN:

CHOCOLAT VERRINE, TOSHI GANG STAR and PIERRE TIGER