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Dean an instant hit at Seoul barrier trials
Michael Lee

Former Kranji trainer Brian Dean was the talk of the town at Seoul Racecourse after his first three barrier trial runners all won on Friday.


One after another, Cheongchun Yeolcha in Trial 1, Jangsan Jewang in Trial 2 and My Blade in Trial 3 scored for a Dean trifecta that had Korean racing circles abuzz as the build-up towards the Australian’s first Korean runner on May 8 gathers momentum.


Dean actually flew Valevole to Seoul to run in the Asia Challenge Cup for Singapore last August, but Jangsan Jewang, the winner of heat 2 will be the 57-year-old jockey-turned-trainer’s first home-based runner.

Jangsan Jewang getting his gear adjusted before a workout at Seoul Racecourse (photo courtesy of
Brian Dean).


“I had my first trials today and all my three runners won, which got the locals talking a fair bit! It’s a great start,” said Dean.


“Hopefully I have the same luck on May 8 with Jangsan Jewang, my first runner. Just like the other two, he’s a stable transfer and Dean Holland will ride him.


“The other two will run one week later on May 14.”


Dean currently has 12 horses on his books for a full capacity of 18 at his new digs in Seoul. Though he only officially began his new Korean stint on April 1, after he brought an end to a successful 11-year-long Singapore training career, he has been tending to his new string of horses since January.

Brian Dean checks on his new Korean crew of horses at his Seoul racing stables (photo courtesy of
Brian Dean).

“I’m used to the system and the weather now. It was cold earlier in the year, but I’m from Bendigo and I’m used to that,” said Dean.


“It’s not as cold now and things are coming along really well. But of course the real acid test will be when my first runners hit the ground running.”


A journeyman as a jockey, then assistant-trainer on the Malayan Racing Association circuit, Dean sealed his Singapore tenure as a trainer with a healthy record of 438 winners, with 10 of them recorded at his final year. All his 34 horses have been rehomed with other trainers namely Sonny Yeoh, Alwin Tan, Kuah Cheng Tee and Daniel Meagher while his staff have found jobs elsewhere, including assistant-trainer Eddie Wong and apprentice jockey Zawari Razali who are now both with Yeoh.


“I’m glad to see my horses are going well and Eagle Storm even won for Sonny and (Erasmus) Aslam,” he said.


“As much as Singapore was good to me, I’m super focused on my new career here. It’s all very exciting and fingers crossed, things go all right.”