The Varsfontein Stud bred Need To Know is one of 16 thoroughbreds entered in the inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup, which is set to be run at Seoul racetrack this Sunday.
The Korea Cup, which will be run over 1800m on sand, will be run for a purse of 1 Billion Korean Won (approximately $855 000) and forms part of a strong international card, which also features the Keeneland Korea Sprint.
The race has attracted horses from all over the world, with the UK, France, UAE, Japan and Singapore are likely to be represented in the event.
Need To Know, the soul representative in the race for the UAE, was a R950 000 purchase from the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Currently owned by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the gelding has won four times in Dubai, with his victories coming over 1200-1600 metres.
A son of the now deceased sire Western Winter, a former triple Champion Sire in South Africa, Need To Know is out of former Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart.
One of six winners for his now deceased dam, Need To Know is a half brother to G2 Premier Trophy hero, and Varsfontein sire, Master Of My Fate (Jet Master) and to Listed Spook Express Handicap winner Justthewayyouare (dam of G3 World Sports Betting East Cape Derby hero Captain Splendid).
This is the same family as former Horse Of The Year London News and last season’s G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Hack Green.