Seoul Racecourse’s racehorse ‘Heart of God’ (male, 8 years old, ridden by Oh Jong-hwan, Korea) will make his first overseas debut with jockey Crown Prince Moon Se-young on Friday, December 12 at 8:25 p.m. local time in a six-race, 2000-meter race at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse.
Carrying on the pedigree of domestic stallion ‘Now is the Moment’, ‘Heart of God’ has won every race since his debut in Seoul in 2019. In his debut year, he won the Daily Sports Boat (L, 1800m), finished second in the Korean Derby (G1, 1800m) and third in the Presidential Boat (G1, 2000m). The following year, in 2020, he showed his all-weather racing ability by winning the World Ilbo Prix (L, 1200m), and in 2021, he won the Presidential Prix to claim the title of the strongest domestic racehorse. Despite entering the ranks of the elderly, he has demonstrated his ability to perform at the highest level by finishing second in the 2022 Presidential Boat and fourth in the 23rd Presidential Boat.
With 1,879 career wins, Moon is a fan-favorite jockey nicknamed the Crown Prince. Moon, who made his debut in 2001, is a living legend with an unrivaled list of accomplishments, including being named Best Jockey eight times and winning 43 grand prix races. In 2019, Heart of Gold and jockey Seyoung Moon teamed up for the first time to win the HRI Trophy Special Race. Since then, they have teamed up a total of 13 times, including the last time they won the President’s Cup.
Jockey Moon Se-young arrived in Dubai on the 8th of this month and began acclimatization training with Heart of Gold at Meydan Racecourse. “I’m worried about whether ‘Heart of Gold’ will be able to recreate the form he had in his prime due to his age, but I will do my best to prepare him to prove the potential of Korean horses in Dubai, where world-class racehorses gather,” Moon said.
The quality of horses competing alongside Heartbeat is also considerable. BOOK REVIEW, a 7-year-old British-bred gelding with four wins at Meydan Racecourse alone, is a strong favorite. Also attracting attention are HERO MO (USA) and KABIRKHAN (USA), two horses who have won eight of their nine starts in Russia, who will be making their Dubai debut together.
Meanwhile, VULMARSTAR (gelding, 5yo, Korea, ridden by Jonghoon Lee), who made his Dubai debut with Seungwoon Seo on May 5, had a shaky start and was last to cross the line. Since the race, he has shown good adaptation and is regaining his form, and will try again in the 1200-meter race on Friday, May 26, in an attempt to restore the pride of Korean horses.