Key Races

The first race in Korea open to overseas-trained horses was the SBS Goodwill Cup in 2013 which featured horses from Japan and was won by Japan’s Tosen Archer. In 2014, the Goodwill Cup became the Asia Cup Challenge and included horses from Singapore, who provided the winner in the shape of El Padrino.

The race would be run again as the Asia Challenge Cup in 2015 when the locally trained Choegang Schiller stopped El Padrino from completing a double, before evolving into the Korea Sprint in 2016 when the Korea Cup was also added. Initially local Group 1 races, the Korea Cup (1800m) and Korea Sprint (1200m) were first run as International Group 3 races in 2022 when they returned to the program for the first time following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 7th editions of the Korea Cup and Korea Sprint will be held at Seoul Racecourse on 8 September 2024. They present an enticing challenge for international competitors, with total prize money of KRW 3,000,000,000 (USD 2.27 Million).

Please see the KRA website for more information.

*Last updated in March 2024.

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