Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (November 22)

There are full cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:00) on Sunday. Both meetings are open to the public but advance reservations must be made using the “MyCard” app. Here are previews for both tracks:

Morfhis just got up in the SBS Sports Sprint in July and returns to action at Seoul on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Two-year-olds to kick off proceedings with just two runners previously lining up in the race. (11) GUEOKMAAL looks to one to beat based on trial performances. The Officer filly clocked a very quick time in comparison to her opponents here. She showed plenty of speed in her trial, we think she will work forward at all costs and find the fence. (8) GEOSEN DOLPUNG is another that was impressive when winning his trial. The Take Charge Indy colt worked forward with Lee Hyeok asking him to keep his mind on the job at the furlong pole. (7) CHANGI CHARM looks capable of figuring on debut. The filly looks to be best drawn of the pacemakers, she should be able to work across from a central draw early and sit prominent in the run. (9) LAGERTHA looks next best in a race with plenty of unknown factors.

Selections(11) Gueokmaal (8) Geosen Dolpung (7) Changi Charm (9) Lagertha
Next Best3, 5
Fast Start7, 8, 11

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s hard to see (1) DDAENGBEOL being beaten here. The Rock Hard Ten colt ran 3rd in what was an admittedly slowly run race on debut back in June but returned to win a trial in a fast time at the end of October. From the inside Antonio Da Silva is unlikely to waste too much time getting to the front and he should win. That’s primarily because the rest aren’t up to much. (8) SEONBONG GOLD ran a semi-creditable time on debut at the distance last month – faster than any of the others have managed – and that’s probably enough to make her second-favourite. (4) GANGHAN YEOJEONSA didn’t show much during the summer season but has at least got a runner-up finish to her name and has placing chances here. Of the two first-timer starters, (10) HAWK QUEEN has the best chance of making an impact first-up.

Selections(1) Ddaengbeol (8) Seonbong Gold (10) Hawk Queen (4) Ganghan Yeojeonsa
Next Best3
Fast Start1, 4

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maiden galloper to line up over the 1300m in the third. There is no standout in the race but (10) MIR SKY looks to be one of the main chances on her performances back in July. The Federalist filly comes off successive placings when hitting the line strong on both occasions. She’s unlikely to show early speed but will be doing her best work late. (6) SAND POWER is never too far away and has each way claims in the event. The Rock Hard Ten colt’s most recent run was back in August when fourth behind Korean Pearl in a better field than this. (9) K N WONDERFUL reeled off a good final sectional last time out when finishing second behind Mussang Hwanghu. The gelding is likely to settle well back, Antonio Da Silva cannot let him get too far back otherwise minor money may be best case scenario. If (7) BRAVO MAY can improve on his debut performance, he looks another that is capable of collecting a cheque.

Selections(10) Mir Sky (6) Sand Power (9) K N Wonderful (7) Bravo May
Next Best3, 8
Fast Start5, 6

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) WILD KINGDOM has shown plenty of speed across his six starts so far. True he has just the solitary win to his name, an all the way emphatic score over 1400M in June, nut there looks to be more to come. Draw a line through his latest 6th place in October. (9) RAPIDO ARES has also caught the eye over her three outings. Her win came at 1200M and she ran on well for 2nd on her first try at this class back in August. She is versatile having performed well when on pace and from when coming from further back and she should go close today. Both (6) CAPTAIN BRAVO and (7) GANA PARK struggled a little on their respective first tries at this class but both have the potential to improve and along with (3) GIVEN RUNNER look the most credible options for the minor money.

Selections(11) Wild Kingdom (9) Rapido Ares (6) Captain Bravo (7) Gana Park
Next Best3, 12
Fast Start3, 4, 11

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another maiden event for the Korean-breds where a compact field of ten line up over the seven furlongs. (4) WHITE WING is the on top selection as she lines up for her second career start. The Concord Point filly overcame a wide draw on debut before sitting midfield, running through the line strong to finish third. With a better draw today, Park Eul-woon can let her find her feet naturally before settling her just of speed. If she finishes off in similar fashion to last start she can take out the event. (3) SHINY QUEEN brings some good formlines into the race finishing third and fourth respectively to Goldilocks and Never Walk Alone. She seems to have improved with a few more starts under her belt, treat her as a winning chance. (6) MENI STORM looks a place chance if she can improve a couple of lengths. The filly ran through the line well last start when she was tried over this distance for the first time. (7) THUNDER WIND looks next best after finishing fourth behind Alchan Nuri last month.

Selections(4) White Wing (3) Shiny Queen (6) Meni Storm (7) Thunder Wind
Next Best2, 9
Fast Start3

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The Class Five gallopers line up in the fifth event over 1600m. (6) BORNE MATTA comes off a good performance last start when second behind Ultra Phoenix. The Testa Matta showed good early speed before finishing off well over 1400m. You Hyun-myung will partner the four-year-old and is likely to settle him in the forward half of the field. (7) B.K. EUAN is an eleven start maiden but has shown some promising performances. The three-year-old finished fourth three weeks ago behind Speed Kingdom when sitting in the leading division. He will get the claim of Mo Jun-ho once again and should take improvement from the last run. (8) MAGIC HORSE has been thereabouts at her past few starts including a last start fourth behind B.K John over 1400m. She has previously placed over the Busan mile and appears an each-way chance. (2) ACE JILJU lines up for his second-up effort after finishing midfield behind the promising Fantastic Man last time out. His strike rate is poor but if he were to collect a minor cheque it would not surprise.

Selections(6) Borne Matta (7) B.K. Euan (8) Magic Horse (2) Ace Jilju
Next Best11, 4
Fast Start3, 4, 7

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(5) ROCKUI JEWANG beat a couple of these on his way to 4th place at class and distance on October 16th. He came from off the pace to record what was his best finish to date and he looks nicely in here again to this time come out on top. (4) JEOLYE is a proven winner and has posted the fastest time of any of these over this distance. She has mixed her form and has been beaten by a couple of these in recent outings but has some quality about her and should be heavily involved. One of those to have finished ahead of Jeolye is (3) ECHO FIRST ON. She is yet to win in thirteen starts and is another who mixes her form, but she has tended to go well when drawn inside and can get forward early. (8) DOLGYEOK APEURO and (10) ROAD BLACK are others in at least the placing hunt.

Selections(5) Rockui Jewang (4) Jeolye (10) Road Black (3) Echo First On
Next Best8, 1
Fast Start3, 5

Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(1) GEUMA NIPPY obliged at the second time of asking on October 23rd with a front-running win over class and distance. That was during the period of reduced prize money racing so he gets no penalty for it and there is no reason why he can’t repeat today. He’ll be close to the pace from the start and is likely to be the prohibitive favourite. (7) SMART MOD is a locally bred galloper who has won his way up to this level. His first crack at it back in June didn’t go especially well but the extended break may have done him some good. He certainly knows how to win at this distance. That layoff may also have worked out for (10) K.B. BOSS who was losing his way somewhat in the summer. He trialed up very nicely at the beginning of this month and can be given another chance today (although a word of warning – he trialed up well before his last preparation too. Aside from the favourite, it isn’t a daunting race so there could be an opportunity for the solitary debut-maker (5) MR. SSAK THREE to go well first up.

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 21)

There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. The meeting is open to the public but attendance must be booked in advance through the “MyCard” app. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

We’ve watched plenty of trials putting together the preview for the first event as all twelve runners are on debut! (10) ILHANG DALMA goes on top on the strength of her trial. The Simon Pure two-year-old jumped well out of the gates and was not pushed out entirely, just hands and heels from Kim Ok-sung who will partner her on debut. She clocked a good time and she was professional in her actions. Gyeongbudaero filly (3) GLORY KHAN clocked a good time when qualifying, she was green up the straight with her rider having to change hands with the whip as she had a tendency to lay in. If she puts it all together she looks a winning chance. (6) LONDON QUEEN looks to stride out nicely and responded to the persuader in good style in her heat. She is another each way chance based on her trial performance. (7) TEUKGWON was another who looked good in her trial and a forward showing would not surprise.

Selections(10) Ilhang Dalma (3) Glory Khan (6) London Queen (7) Teukgwon
Next Best1, 5
Fast Start1, 7, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Competitive looking maiden but (4) THE KING BLADE did enough on debut when 2nd behind a very fast looking Oxford King to warrant top pick here. That was all the way back in July but he looked in good shape when trialing up two weeks ago and the additional furlong may benefit. After an inauspicious debut in February, (5) SAENAMUI BYEOL seemed to benefit from the enforced hiatus as he returned for the summer season looking much more like a racehorse and recorded a 2nd and 3rd. The latter was at this distance and he led until the closing stages. He’ll be on pace again and should go close. (8) ACE PRINCE also had a promising summer campaign and looks nicely in to at least challenge for the places here. (9) ROSEDAY MARINE and (12) GEUMA COLOSSAL are others who can go close.

Selections(4) The King Blade (5) Saenamui Byeol (8) Ace Prince (9) Roseday Marine
Next Best12, 6
Fast Start4, 5, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The Korean-bred maidens will line up over the 1200m in the third event. The improvement from (5) GRAY CAT was noticed last start when sitting closer to speed before finishing third clocking a good time for this grade. Song Jae-chul can navigate from a suitable gate, position him in the first few in running before unleashing at the top of the straight. (10) MYEONGJIN DAY debuted in good style last month finishing third behind Grand Castle. The Any Given Saturday colt has been dealt a blow with a wide draw, with some natural improvement however he should be treated as a winning chance. (3) MILLENNIUM POWER finished third on debut when trying to lead throughout. The three-year-old looks the likely leader and it will be a case of whether there’s enough improvement to allow him to hold on. (4) NONSTOP WINNING has the five starts under his belt, yielding two minor placings including a third at his last start. He gets some relief in the weights with Lim Da-bin being legged aboard on Saturday. 

Selections(5) Gray Cat (10) Myeongjin Day (3) Millennium Power (4) Nonstop Winning
Next Best2, 11
Fast Start3, 4, 6

Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) TANK SOCKS receives no penalty for her win at class and distance back on October 16th and looks nicely in to score again. That win had been coming with two runner-up finishes preceding it and she can come from off the pace and finish strongly here. (11) RAON BLOOD is also a class and distance winner having led from gate to wire back in August. She was a bit ordinary when 7th of 14 a month ago but if she can overcome the wide draw to get to her favoured forward position today, then she is in with a shout. (5) SUPER LUCKY BOY has already shown that he can be competitive at this level and is likely to be on speed early from a good draw. (7) HANIL MOA is up in class following a fast win on what was a wet-assisted track. She will need to improve if she is to challenge for the win here but could aim for some minor money.

Selections(3) Tank Socks (11) Raon Blood (5) Super Lucky Boy (7) Hanil Moa
Next Best6, 1
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 10, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maidens once again in the fifth where they will go over the 1300m. (9) MORNING NEWS is the on top selection after finishing second on debut. The Federalist filly exhibited a good turn of foot on debut coming from a midfield position to finish second behind Mir Captain. The extra half-furlong should be beneficial to her chances. (5) EUNHYE PADO showed improvement at her third start back in August. She hit the line strong over the 1200m with Park Eul-woon in the saddle, he will partner the daughter of Tiz Wonderful once again. (3) GANGHWA CHEONYEO had had six starts to date yielding just the one minor placing, which came last start back in August. She was given time to find her feet on that occasion before hitting the line in good style. There are quite a few backmarkers in this race who wouldn’t want to get too far back. (4) SUN WINNER looks next best after finishing fourth last time out back in August when one paced through the line.

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Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 20)

For the time being racing can continue in Korea and can continue with racegoers in attendance. Over the past week the government has raised the social distancing requirements to “level 1.5”. At this level, fans can continue to attend sporting event but attendance is capped at 30%. However, the number of new virus cases per day has already reached the number at which “level 2” will be activated, so when the government makes its next announcement – possibly over this weekend – it seems likely that once more fans will be locked out.

This weekend should be completed without issue. Reservations must be made through the MyCard App. There is an 11-race card at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens to start the day with and seven of the twelve are racing for the very first time. One of those, (2) FIRST EDITION is set to be hot favourite. He made all for an emphatic trial win back in the summer and while quite a bit of time has passed since then, he won’t need to do too much to win here. From gate 2 he should lead from the start and he probably won’t be caught. Fellow first-timer (5) NAMDO QUEEN also won her trial. It was considerably slower than that of First Edition but it does have the benefit of being recent, having come at the end of October. She carries a light weight and should go close. (12) YEOSU TORNADO looks like the best of the rest of the debut-makers at this stage while among those with experience, (6) BEAUTIFUL KING perhaps has most scope for immediate improvement.

Selections(2) First Edition (5) Namdo Queen (12) Yeosu Tornado (6) Beautiful King
Next Best1, 10
Fast Start2, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The maiden gallopers line up over the short course in the second. (9) THALE NOI lines up for start five after a lackluster performance mid-October. The filly looked as if she will benefit from the run, and the drop back to the 1000m looks to be in her favour as well. Djordje Perovic has been named on the galloper which is a plus as well. (2) B.K. POWER lined up for her debut last start when capitulating in the run home over 1200m. She trialed up in good style over 1000m in September, with the run under her belt and the drop back to 1000m, she may be well suited. (1) ANGEL WIND comes off a fifth last start when sitting on speed in the early stages. Mo Junho will take 4kg off her back, she looks an each-way chance. (5) ROYAL CHANT lines up for his debut after winning his qualifying trial. The Chapel Royal colt was not fully asked for in his trial when leading throughout, going on to win by two and a half lengths.

Selections(9) Thale Noi (2) B.K. Power (1) Angel Wind (5) Royal Chant
Next Best8, 6
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

First-time starters from Kim Young-kwan’s stable always attract plenty of attention and (7) SPEED MATCH is likely to be no exception. The Shackleford colt won an October trial in good fashion, a big improvement over an effort earlier in the month, and he if he continues to improve then he should be a big player here. He’s not necessarily the winner though. (2) HAPPY WIND beat three of these on her way to 2nd place at this distance on October 23rd. It’s true that she has been inconsistent across her six outings to date but that performance last time was encouraging and a similar run today will see her go very close. (4) RAON THE MILLION was 7th in that same race on what was his racing debut and he can build on that solid effort today. (10) ETERNAL HERO also enters following a pleasing enough debut in July when 4th over 1000M. He trialed up adequately in September and can play a role here.

Selections(2) Happy Wind (7) Speed Match (10) Eternal Hero (4) Raon The Million
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start7, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s fair to say the fourth on the card is a rather weak maiden event. (4) INDIAN PARTY goes on top on the basis of his successive placings at his last two starts. He’s a speedy type who should benefit dropping back to the 1200m after finishing third over the 1400 at his past two starts. Expect a positive ride from Djordje Perovic. (2) LUCKY MAGIC is yet to place from seven starts but did clock a relatively quick time last time out when finishing fourth behind Good Socks. From barrier two expect him to camp on the leaders’ coattails before being asked for at the top of the straight. (11) RAPIDO QUEEN lines up for her third starts after a disappointing effort last time out when last in a field of fourteen. She missed the kick before being urged along by Lee Hyo-sik and never looking comfortable in the run. Her debut in August was much more encouraging, when sitting in the first half of the field before plugging away to finish fourth. (7) HAVE A GOOD TIME rounds out the top four after finishing eighth on debut. This assignment looks easier but he would still have to improve significantly to be a winning chance.

Selections(4) Indian Party (2) Lucky Magic (11) Rapido Queen (7) Have A Good Time
Next Best8, 9
Fast Start4, 8

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(6) HANEUL ULLIM gets another crack at class 6 despite having won at it back in October when the stakes money was reduced across the board. He came from well back that day, running on pleasingly and the additional half furlong today shouldn’t be a factor. He will be the strong favourite. Both (7) A ONE PLUS and (10) DONGNAM BULPAE come in off pleasing debuts in which they finished 4th and 5th respectively, both of them over this distance. Both should be in the hunt for at least a place finish today. (1) SEUNGNI TOUT has a runner-up finish to his name from back in June. He struggled when sent up to a mile the following month but is capable of getting closer today. He may well lead in a race with little early speed.

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Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 15)

There are meetings at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:00) on Sunday. Both meetings are open to the public with attendance capped at 30% of the indoor capacity, however, advance reservations must be made through the MyCard app. Here are the race-by-race previews for Seoul with Busan selections at the bottom:

East Jet (minus Alan Munro) goes around in Sunday’s Seoul feature (Pic: KRA)

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maidens kick of proceedings Sunday morning where the majority of the field is on debut. We are excited to see (3) RUNNING KING line up for his first race start after some handy trials. The two-year-old’s most recent trial had him hard held winning a trial and clocking a very respectable time. Moon Se-young will ride the promising type. (11) GRAND STAR is another who trialed up well leading into his first start. He has drawn wide which may prove problematic over the short course for Lim Gi-won. (4) M J BEST is another on debut coming off a fair trial when clocking 62.2 seconds for the 1000m on a good track. Whilst he brings the fastest trial time into the race he was put under full pressure by Song Jae-chul who will ride him today. (5) GREAT HANSEN looks another who is capable of performing well at her first start. Kim Yong-geun will partner the filly from a central draw.

Selections(3) Running King (11) Grand Star (4) M J Best (5) Great Hansen
Next Best2, 1
Fast Start3, 6

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(2) ADAMS APPLE ran a good 4th on debut back on August 1st He showed decent speed in a front-running performance and has as much chance as any of making the breakthrough today. The main danger looks to be (8) CAREER HIGH who, one slightly disappointing showing aside, has shown speed and ability with a 3rd and a 2nd, the latter of which was over 1300M. She’ll aim to come from just off the pace and should be going very close. (6) WONDERFUL MAGIC was an improved 3rd at this distance back in August. The First Dude colt led for much of the way around that day and is nicely drawn to get to the lead again here. (11) SONGAM PLAYER began her career pleasingly and while she hasn’t races since June and offered few clues in a trial last month, can be considered for a place in this company. (3) KKANGDORI finished back in the pack on debut in August but it was a fast run race and she had previously looked good in trials.

Selections(8) Career High (2) Adams Apple (6) Wonderful Magic (3) Kkangdori
Next Best11, 7
Fast Start2, 6, 7, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Not the most inspiring maiden you will see with a few of these gallopers well tried. (1) MAX DAERO lines up for her sixth starts and gets a good opportunity to breakthrough with the inside draw. The filly has an abundance of early speed and looks a big chance to jump and lead all the way. Choi Bum-hyun will ride the three-year-old for the first time. (5) ABOUT SOMETHING brings form lines into the race that suggest the filly can win. She comes off a last start third behind A. P. Patek which reads well for an event such as this. Expect her to keep in touch with the leading division before being present at the top of the straight. (6) GLOBAL SUN comes off a midfield performance where she got shuffled back from a wide draw before making up late ground. She looks capable of running into some minor money. (8) GO GO GO lines up for his third start after finishing fifth at both outings to date. He has hit the line strong at both starts and will need to be positioned closed to the speed to be considered a winning chance when they swing for home.

Selections(1) Max Daero (5) About Something (6) Global Sun (8) Go Go Go
Next Best4, 3
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Not the strongest of maidens this. The jockey/trainer combination will probably be enough to make (5) BLACK CHARM the favourite. He hasn’t been especially exciting, but his form has been adequate enough and he’s been making ground at the end of all three of his races so far suggesting that the additional trip today can be to his benefit. (11) RUFFIAN PARK already has experience of this distance and comes in off a 3rd and a 4th place finish. He tends to come from well back and so long as he doesn’t leave himself too much to do, he looks right in this. (9) GONGJAK WANG has been inconsistent across seven starts so far but the 4th place he scored at this distance in August was the fastest time for any of these over 1400M and he needs to be taken seriously. (1) BEST STORM and (6) AMAZING QUEEN are others who should be aiming to at least place. There isn’t much in the way of early speed in this race (to put it mildly) so the latter may well get a soft lead.

Selections(5) Black Charm (11) Ruffian Park (9) Gonjak Wang (6) Amazing Queen
Next Best1, 3
Fast Start4, 6

Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Plenty of chances in the fifth where a field of twelve will line up over 1400m. (5) ONE AND ONLY looks a main player based on the filly’s recent runs. She finished fourth last time out behind a handy one in George Queen. This looks an easier assignment, combine that with the claim she may be able to sit on speed and hold on. (2) K. N. POWER comes off a good maiden win at her second start. She takes the dramatic step up to 1400m at her third start which appears to be the query hanging over her. In saying that, if she can settle on speed and produce a similar spring home, she will be hard to beat. (11) RAIN K has had five starts spaced apart since debuting mid-2019. The Lion Metal filly has finished in the top four on four of her five starts and comes off a third behind Arirayo back in August. With the wide draw she may be forced to settle further back than where Shin Hyoung-chul would like to position her. (3) BOMNALUI GIEOK finished second in this grade also back in August. The three-year-old is yet to break maiden status but has finished in the money seven of his nine starts to date.

Selections(5) One And Only (2) K. N. Power (11) Rain K (3) Bomnalui Gieok
Next Best4, 9
Fast Start2, 5

Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(4) SPEED HEUKRYONG beat a number of these on his way to an excellent class and distance win back on August 22nd in a fast time. Just last month he could only manage 6th at the same distance but once more in an extremely swift time. If he runs to that mark again, he can win here. He is though carrying a full 5kg more than that August victory. (5) FEDERAL CAT was 5th in that race and followed up with a 2nd place at 1200M in October. He continues to benefit from a light weight with an apprentice jockey knocking off 4kg and he could take advantage here. (7) WHITE COMET was 4th in the August race but similar to Speed Heukryong, has plenty of weight to carry again. Of those who didn’t go in the August race, (6) YEOLRIN MUN is up in class following a good win over 1200M in August. He has previously shown ability at this distance and should be competitive today. Draw a line through the performance of (3) BIG FACE when only beating one home last month. He’s better than that and should be closer today.

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 14)

There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10.45 to 18.00. The meeting is open to the public but advance reservation must be made through the “MyCard” app.

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

We kick the program off with an 1000m event for the Korean-bred maidens. (5) DREAM PELLA trialed up in good style clocking a quick time when compared to his counterparts engaged here. The Take Charge Indy gelding was somewhat green in his trial, he should be able to get on speed from a central draw and be in the finish. The trial of (1) RAON PINK was encouraging when working through the line in good fashion. The Park Jong-kon trained filly will line up for her first start with an inside draw. (4) SPRING COME drops back to the 1000m where he has previously placed. The chestnut should bring some residual fitness into the race from his three starts back in the mid-part of the year. (7) GEUMGUKHWA trialed up fairly and looks a rough place chance with not much separating the remainder of the field.

Selections (5) Dream Pella (1) Raon Pink (4) Spring Come (7) Geumgukhwa
Next Best 8, 12
Fast Start 4, 5, 8

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Having won a trail, (8) YEONGGWANGUI MISO put in a strong effort for 3rd on debut over 1000M on August 22nd. She ran through the line strongly that day and with the additional trip looking set to suit, the Hansen filly looks the one to beat here. (2) FEDERAL STRONG was a much improved 2nd on what was his second career start at the end of August. He once again benefits from an apprentice jockey giving him a nice allowance and should go close once more. (7) BLACK SILVER has shown at the front in both her latest two appearances. She should be on speed again here and can hold on for at least a place. (1) USEUNG HWANHUI and (11) AROMA are among others with potential to improve.

Selections (8) Yeonggwangui Miso (2) Federal Strong (7) Black Silver (1) Useung Hwanhui
Next Best 11, 9
Fast Start 4, 7, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another maiden event where winning chances look limited. Debutant (6) HI HI trialed up in good style and is the on top selection. The Tourist colt clocked 61.1 seconds in his heat when showing early speed. Lim Da-bin will take 4kg off his back on debut suggesting he can jump, lead and potentially win. (9) MAD BLADE showed improvement at his second start when finishing fourth over this distance. This field looks no stronger than his most recent assignment back in August suggesting he can fill a place. (3) RAON THE FIGHTER trialed up fairly in September and lines up for his first race start today. The Bayern colt has drawn well and he looked as if he had more to give in his trial. (1) GABO SARANGHAE has finished just behind the placegetters at his past two starts. From the inside, Jo Jae-ro can grab onto the leader’s coattails and get a nice trail into the race.

Selections (6) Hi Hi (9) Mad Blade (3) Raon The Fighter (1) Gabo Saranghae
Next Best 7, 12
Fast Start 6, 7, 9

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky little maiden this with plenty coming on off encouraging performances in their respective latest starts. (5) FLYING STEED has recorded the fastest time of any of them at this distance and has been consistent across his two starts to date finishing 5th and 4th. He’s come from off the pace both times and if Choi Bum-hyun can get him into a position within striking distance at the top of the stretch, he has a good chance of taking the honors here. (1) FINAL ACE similarly ran on well for 3rd place over this distance last start and can be a placing threat again. (2) DREAM FASHION capitulated early at his latest effort at 1400M but back down in trip is probably worth another chance here – he has the second fastest time among these for the distance. (9) PERFECT POWER was a much improved 2nd back in August and can build on that today while (6) ETERNAL MEMORY is another in the hunt.

Selections (5) Flying Steed (1) Final Ace (2) Dream Fashion (9) Perfect Power
Next Best 6, 3
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The fifth is a maiden event for the Korean-breds who will take on the 1300m. (1) HAECHAN looks a big chance for Moon Se-young to notch another winner. The three-year-old handed in a good performance last start in August when second behind Chotoma. The Federalist colt has early speed, from barrier one it may be a jump, run and win affair. (9) CHEONGDAM YEOGEOL looks one that can potentially improve today. The filly finished just behind the placegetters last time out back in August. She may have to settle rearwards before improving her position in the mid-stages. (11) ANYANG HORANGI handed in her best performance to date last time out when third behind Cupid Bisang over the six furlongs. She looks best suited to work forward and sit in the leading division. (6) CHEON CHONG is another who had his most recent run back in August. The three-year-old finished second behind Potential

Energy over this distance. A similar performance to that of last start will see him in the money once again.

Selections (1) Haechan (9) Cheongdam Yeogeol (11) Anyang Horangi (6) Cheon Chong
Next Best 3, 5
Fast Start 1, 6, 9, 11

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) KING ACE began his career in fine style at the start of this year with a 2nd place and a win, the latter and all the way effort over today’s distance. That was on February 15th and while he hasn’t raced since, he did look very sharp in a late September trial. The draw may not be ideal today but he could well have too much for this field. (3) BAEKDUWA HALLA is up in class following a good win at 1200M back in August. The time wasn’t especially quick but after taking command late on she ran on for a very comfortable victory and should be competitive at this level. (9) BAEKSAN THUNDER is yet to win in eight attempts but come sin off back to back 3rd place finishes and has claims to match that again here. (1) ATHENA V and (12) LAST MAGIC are others who should be firmly in the hunt for prize money.

Selections (11) King Ace (3) Baekduwa Halla (9) Baeksan Thunder (1) Athena V
Next Best 12, 7
Fast Start 3, 6, 7, 11

Race 7: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The Class 4 gallopers will line up over the two turns in the seventh event where there is minimal early speed suggesting a muddily run race. Expect a positive ride from Moon Se-young aboard (10) JANGSAN TANK. The chestnut performed well last time out when motoring home in good time to finish third behind Global Socks last month. He should take improvement from the run and it looked as if he is ready for the two turns now. (4) STRONG QUEEN has previously shown a liking for the two turns, she could be the improver here after a lackluster performance last month. The Colors Flying filly is yet to break maiden status but has placed on five occasions from nine starts. (12) FANTASTIC COMBI drops back in class and will carry top weight. The five-year-old has run some honest races over the two turns previously and should be considered in your wider selections. (9) HANSEN BAROWS is somewhat of a non-winner but on his day can run into the money. Ueda Masashi is likely to be forced to settle him towards the rear from a wide draw.

Selections (10) Jangsan Tank (4) Strong Queen (12) Fantastic Combi (9) Hansen Barows
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 1, 5, 9

Race 8: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) LUCKY JAESAN was a super impressive winner on debut, completing the five-furlongs in a sub one-minute time. She’s up in class today as well as in distance but neither should be a worry and from gate five she should be on top early and lead all the way. (12) MENI STAND and (11) LUCKY CLUB came home 3rd and 4th respectively when they raced each other at class and distance on August 2nd. Both should be competing for the minors today with Lucky Club perhaps likely to overturn that form. (1) DALRINEUN BITKKAL remains a maiden but has shown himself capable of competing at this level and is another who can place, while (4) SOSEONO LEGEND is up in class and while less than impressive in an October trial, should be able to handle herself at this level.

Selections (5) Lucky Jaesan (1) Dalrineun Bitkkal (4) Soseono Legend (11) Lucky Club
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 4, 5

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The ninth on the card is a competitive affair for punters to dissect. (10) COMPLETE CAPTAIN is establishing himself as a nice galloper. The Forest Camp three-year-old has won three and placed on three occasions from six starts. The Park Jae-woo trained galloper sits on speed in his races so look for Lim Gi-won urging his mount forward as soon as the gates fly back. (1) P.K. JEONSA comes off successive placings in this grade over sprint distances. He’s a consistent type who should be able to kick up from an inside draw and sit in the first half of the field. (4) CHOIN GANGJA lined up in the Korean Derby last time out when well beaten over the two turns. He drops back to the six furlongs and should account for himself well. He was always a couple of lengths behind the topline two-year-olds but should be one who goes through the grades as he gets deeper into his racing career. (7) SIMPLE STYLE has won his past two starts which have been over 1300m. He wasn’t knocked about in a September trial and it will be interesting to see what he can do race day. Punters should treat him as an each-way chance.

Selections (10) Complete Captain (1) P.K. Jeonsa (4) Choin Gangja (7) Simple Style
Next Best 3, 11
Fast Start 10

Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(2) BLUE MACARON made all for an excellent win at this distance on August 22nd in a time that, track condition aside, would be competitive in a Korea Sprint. That was her second win in her last three starts and she looks to have more in the tank. If she runs anywhere close to that performance from last time, she won’t be beaten. (11) LOOKING FIRST is up in class after a pair of solid wins over 1200M. His times haven’t been especially fast but he’s done what he has needed to do with plenty in hand and can go close here. (4) CLEAN UP BELLA is a front-runner who has done most of his recent work at 1400M. He will likely challenge Blue Macaron for the early lead and is certainly capable of running a time. Joining them on the early speed could also be (9) SINGSING MARY, a winner at class and distance in July and who also warrants some respect here.

Selections (2) Blue Macaron (11) Looking First (4) Clean Up Bella (9) Singsing Mary
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 9

Race 11: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The imports line up in the eleventh where the majority of the small field are still awaiting their first win. (8) GLOBAL SOCKS looks hardest to beat coming off a last start win in good time. His win was over the 1400m and there was no penalty as part of the Covid relief arrangement. Moon Se-young will be legged aboard once again and is likely to sit just off speed in the small field. (3) JANGSAN GOLD put the writing on the wall last start that she is close to breaking through. The Goldencents filly clocked a quick time when finishing second behind Echo Victor over the 1200m. She carried just the 52kg and should sit prominent in the run from gate three. (2) GANGNAM MAN has placed at his past two starts including a run over this distance. He produced a fast sectional last time out, he will be aided if the pacemakers clap the pace on early. (1) SARYEONI WINNER looks next best with the good draw. The filly has finished in the top four on four occasions from the five starts.

Selections (8) Global Socks (3) Jangsan Gold (2) Gangnam Man (1) Saryeoni Winner
Next Best 5, 4
Fast Start 3, 5, 6

Race 12: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Classic form has held up well this year so far and that bodes well for (12) WHITE QUEEN. She won the Luna Stakes, the principle Korean Oaks trial over a mile and while she weakened in the fillies’ classic at 1800M, dropping back to 1400M today should be in her favour and she can return to winning ways. The main danger is (9) RIDE LUCKY. The Forest Camp gelding has won three of four starts so far and while he is up in both class and distance today, he is extremely well weighted and should be going close. Similarly carrying a light weight is (10) ALL BAEK, who has made all to win her latest two and steps up in class today. (3) GEOMPO and (8) MUDO are other capable animals in what looks like a very solid affair.

Selections (12) White Queen (9) Ride Lucky (10) All Baek (3) Geompo
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 13)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. The meeting is open to the public but reservations must be made one day in advance via the “MyCard” app. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens kick things off with five of the eleven racing for the very first time. Among those with experience, (4) ALPHA AGAIN looks the best. He’s led in all three of his races so far only to be passed on each occasion with a best finish of 3rd. The drop back in trip may be to his benefit and he could make the breakthrough here. It won’t be easy though as there are a few first-timers with potential. (1) COOL GUY was the best in trials, putting in a competent front-running performance and registering a good time. If he gets to the front, he may be hard to beat. (3) YEONGGWANGUI POWER and (11) HAEUNDAE BADA likewise impressed in their heats and should go well first up. Returning to the experienced ones, (9) SIMON LADY has been inconsistent but has proven capable of finding some money in similar company to this.

Selections(1) Cool Guy (3) Yeonggwangui Power (4) Alpha Again (11) Haeundae Bada
Next Best9, 5
Fast Start1, 4, 6, 9

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A small field of nine will face the starter in the second where the Class 6 gallopers will go over the six furlongs. (1) YEONGSEONGTEUKGEUP effectively gets a second chance in this grade after winning a Class 6 event when there were no penalties for winning, as result of covid relief racing organized by the KRA. The Old Fashioned colt clocked a good time for this grade, he lines up with the same weight over the same distance and we predict the result will be the same as well. (6) DAMYANG DOLPUNG lines up for his second start after finishing third on debut back in July. The Purge colt finished off strong on debut and should appreciate the extra furlong. (4) CAPTAIN GIRL is on debut from the Kim Young-kwan stable. The Menifee filly clocked a fair time but there appeared to be more in the tank. (3) SMART YEONGUNG has had a handful of starts and whilst is yet to place, based on previous runs he looks capable of collecting some minor money.

Selections(1) Yeongseongteukgeup (6) Damyang Dolpung (4) Captain Girl (3) Smart Yeongung
Next Best2, 9
Fast Start2, 4

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another horse who can take advantage of the temporary relaxation in the class 6 rules is (7) GREY ANGEL. She came from well off the pace to score on debut a month ago, winning very handily indeed. Carrying the same weight again today and at the same distance, it’s hard to see her being beaten. (3) WONDER RUNNER was a useful 3rd on debut on October 16th having briefly led late on. She should be prominent again and should be at least placing once more. (2) TWO TWO CHALLENGER has improved over three starts so far. The apprentice jockey knows the filly very well and she shouldn’t be too far away here. There are two first-time starters, both of them with eye-catching jockey bookings. Of the pair, (4) GWANGDAESEUNGCHEON showed the most in trials and should be in the placing hunt.

Selections(7) Grey Angel (4) Gwangdaeseungcheon (3) Wonder Runner (2) Two Two Challenger
Next Best8
Fast Start2, 3, 4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The maiden gallopers go over 1300m in the fourth where there looks to be limited early speed engaged. (4) PEACE BAEK looks ready to win coming off successive placings including one just four weeks back. The filly lacked early speed last time out before reeling off a good sectional. Kim Myoung-sin gets a good opportunity to break a run of outs. (11) DAESAN GAPBU looks an each way chance in the event albeit still a maiden after thirteen starts. The filly finished fourth late October behind Gold Magic when hitting the line in fair style. You Hyun-myung will be legged aboard for the first time. (8) GEUMA GOOD POINT lines up for his fifth start with Lee Hyo-sik staying aboard. The Peace Rules gelding finished fourth last time out when running on well. (9) DIVINE QUEEN was somewhat disappointing last time out when well beaten over the 1200m. She has finished third on two occasions from the six starts and should take improvement out of the recent run.

Selections(4) Peace Baek (11) Daesan Gapbu (8) Geuma Good Point (9) Divine Queen
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start8, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(3) SUN ALPHA is another one who benefits from being allowed another crack in class 6 despite already having broken his maiden last month. That win had been coming too, following on from a runner-up finish in August and there is no reason why he can’t repeat today. He does like to come from off the pace though so there is always a danger of him being left with a little too much to do. If this happens then (7) ALPHA STAR is perhaps the one to take advantage. He too would normally be up at class 5 by now with two solid runner-up finishes to his name. He should be on pace from the start and can go close. (8) KING OF JOY passed plenty late on last time and should be in the placing frame again here while (4) CHEONMA HASEO and (5) PILSEUNG IJI are others in the hunt.

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Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (November 8)

Sunday sees full cards at Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:00). Cheongdam Dokki headlines Seoul’s class 1 feature race. The race meeting is open to the public, however, there is an attendance cap of 20% and seats must be reserved in advance through the “My Card” app – there is no admission on the gate. Here are the previews:

Cheongdam Dokki goes at Seoul on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of twelve to line up in the first where all but two runners are on debut. Watching the vision of (12) LONDON ACTIVE suggests the Colonel John filly is ready to perform at her first race start. The two-year-old bounced out of the gates in good style in her trial before running through the line in good fashion. The outside draw is a concern, but she should be able to muster quickly and sit on speed. (4) K N MAGIC is another debutant that trialed up in good style. The Kantharos filly clocked a good time on a rain affected track. She is drawn well and should be able to sit just behind the leading division. (5) RAON GARAM appears to be an each-way chance in a field with plenty of unknown ability. She is by the progressive stallion Musket Man whose progeny have been performing well early on in their careers. (8) CHEROKEE MARINE is one of just two gallopers engaged that has had a previous run. The Thunder Moccasin gelding finished fifth behind the very talented East Jet on debut but was beaten from here to Gangnam. 

Selections(12) London Active (4) K N Magic (5) Raon Garam (8) Cherokee Marine
Next Best10, 3
Fast Start8, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens go around here with four of the twelve racing for the first time. We’re going to stick with experience though and (3) HAPPY SOCKS perhaps has the edge. The Tiz Wonderful filly ran on very nicely for 3rd behind a couple of promising ones on debut over 1000M in August and the additional furlong should suit. It’s a similar story with (8) LUCKY WORLD who ran very similarly for his own 3rd place on debut and can be expected to run on strongly again and go close. (1) MAGICUI HAMSEONG could only manage 6th but nevertheless put in a fast time on a sloppy track on his August debut and is another who may have some promise. (9) GO GO STAR has raced twice with solid 3rd and 4th place finishes to her name, each time with a contrasting running style and she should be there of thereabouts again.

Selections(3) Happy Socks (8) Lucky World (9) Go Go Star (1) Magicui Hamseong
Next Best7, 10
Fast Start6, 9, 10

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of twelve lightly raced maidens will take to the track in the third event. (10) LEGEND WIN is the on top selection albeit he has had six previous attempts to break maiden status. The Old Fashioned colt comes off a last start third when sitting on speed and being passed by a couple quicker in the run home. His opposition today is not overly strong, and he looks like an each-way chance who will get every chance sitting on pace. (12) CHEONJI ULLIM has finished close up at his two starts to date. The three-year-old hasn’t raced since February when he finished fourth behind Ice Punch. He trialed up in a few weeks ago and clocked a good time. The draw is a concern, but he needs to be treated as a winning chance. (5) SPECIAL STORY has notched placings at his past two starts. The filly’s time wasn’t overly fast in these performances, but her competition today looks even. (1) SPEED FLYING comes off successive minor placing during the mid-part of the year. The filly is likely to settle closer to the speed as per last start, from the good draw.

Selections(10) Legend Win (12) Cheonji Ullim (5) Special Story (1) Speed Flying
Next Best3, 7
Fast Start1, 10

Seoul Race 4: Class 4 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(1) UNCLE BELL made all for a commanding maiden win at start number five back in August with a couple of these a long way back down the track behind him. He’s at the same class today and although he carries a whopping additional 5kg he remains hard to bet against. There are a couple who could beat him though. (4) PINE TOUCH has come close on a number of occasions over his five starts so far and has shown he has a strong finish. The slight step up in trip today may suit. (11) FULL BOOSTER comes in off a last start runner-up finish and if jockey Ueda Masashi can overcome the wide draw to get him close to the pace, he could be in with a shout. (2) SIRIUS A and (8) EAGLE EAGLE are among a number of others who could aim for the places, the latter a strong contender to challenge the favourite for the early lead.

Selections(1) Uncle Bell (11) Full Booster (4) Pine Touch (8) Eagle Eagle
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start1, 8, 11

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The maiden gallopers go over the seven furlongs in the fifth event on the card. (9) POWER MUSIC has shown enough previously to suggest she can figure. The Winchester filly has settled both rearwards and on speed in her past couple of starts, from barrier nine she may have to settle midfield or worse. She has placed at two of her past three starts including a last start second over this distance. (7) ONE PUTT handed in a better performance last start back in August when finishing second over this distance. The three-year-old hit the line with gusto and is likely to settle towards the tail once again, before reeling off a good sectional. (8) ACE HAMSEONG is another who has finished close up at his past few starts. His times have been competitive enough to suggest a forward showing, he should be benefited from a lack of early speed engaged in the event. (4) TRUE looks best of the rest in a race where there is no standout.

Selections(9) Power Music (7) One Putt (8) Ace Hamseong (4) True
Next Best5, 12
Fast Start3, 9, 11

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The speed map for the second looks to be sluggish suggesting riders that wish to work forward should be able to do so. (7) HAPPY WITCH lines up for her third start after a good start to her career in the mid-part of the year. The Officer filly won on debut in June in good time before finishing second over the six furlongs in July. She looks to be one of a few runners who can work forward and sit in the first few in running. (11) DOCTOR GREY has shown that he is capable of reeling off a good sectional. He finished off strongly last time out running into third behind VIP King last time out in August. He looks one to watch as he steps out over a long journey down the track. (10) PARTY LION has not raced since January but trialed up in good style in August. The filly has finished in the top three on three occasions from eight attempts but is yet to break maiden status. The horse looks best suited if Jo In-kwon can get her to work forward early. (4) QUEEN OF ADELE looks next best and one worth including in your novelty bets.

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 7)

There is a big 12-race card at Seoul on Saturday running through from 10:45 to 18:00. Attendance is permitted but must be pre-booked through the My Card app. Here are the previews:

There will be punters- though not this many and not like this – in Seoul Racecourse this Saturday

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The Korean-bred maidens line up in the first over the short course where the main chances appear to have drawn wide. (10) CHEONGDAM WICKED was good on debut when finishing third behind White Queen over this distance. Connections then elected to place the filly in an open class race for the two-year-olds where she found the task far too hard. She looks a very good chance to notch her first win in this easier company today. (12) TOUGH MAN lines up for his first run after trialing up in good style. The Take Charge Indy colt trialed up in good style when clocking 62.2 seconds for the 1000m on a dry surface. (5) CHEONSANGUI YEOIN was disappointing last time out when well beaten but it was the filly’s first attempt over 1200m. She drops back to the 1000m where she has placed on both attempts over the short course. Debutant (4) LEAD VOCAL looks capable of a minor placing based on her trial performance. She will have her first career start and jump from a good draw.

Selections(10) Cheongdam Wicked (12) Tough Man (5) Cheonsangui Yeoin (4) Lead Vocal
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start5, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens tackle the 1200M here. (7) SUPER CHAMPION looks to be superior. He ran a good 2nd in a decent time on debut over 1000M and the additional furlong shouldn’t be too problematic. (4) BLACK CAR weakened a little on debut in August but previously posted a fast time in a trial. He could well have come on for having some racing experience and should improve today. (9) GREEN CHOEGANG and (10) FIGHTING GIRL have faced each other twice already with little between them on either occasion. The latter posted a fast time in an October trial and may be the one to improve a bit more here. First-timer (5) SMART PINK looked much better in the second of two October trials she undertook. She is well drawn to get forward early and can go close.

Selections(7) Super Champion (4) Black Car (10) Fighting Girl (5) Smart Pink
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start4, 5, 7

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The third on the card is a tough race for punters to digest with no standout selections. (7) SINUI ADEUL goes on top based on his effort last start when running home fairly over the 1000m. He was beaten a long way when finishing fourth on that day but this looks an easier assignment. (8) CHEONGSAN GANGHO looks an each-way play after settling well back last time out and hitting the line fairly. Rider Victoire will need to bustle his mount out of the gates to sit closer to the speed if he wants the two-year-old to be a winning chance. (3) JEONGMUN POKJU lines up for his second start after a midfield performance when debuting over this distance. His debut was back in August and it is fair to say you can expect some improvement at his second start. (1) DANANEUN SUCCESS did place at his last start when second over 1300m. The query is the time away from the track as his last start was back in October of last year. He showed us nothing in his recent barrier trial but we will include him on the effort of his last start albeit quite some time ago.

Selections(7) Sinui Adeul (8) Cheongsan Gangho (3) Jeongmun Pokju (1) Dananeun Success
Next Best9, 10
Fast Start1, 3

Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

A really good looking race for the level with very few of the twelve being easy tosses. (1) CHOTOMA is perhaps the one to beat. A good winner on debut, he ran 3rd on his first try at this level on August 22nd, recording the fastest time among these at this distance by some margin. From the inside he can sit handy and could be too strong. (11) P.K. DOLPUNG got his maiden win at this class over 1300M on August 29th with a front-running performance. He’s drawn a bit wider today but he still has claims. (7) NEVER WALK ALONE ran well for 4th on his first try at this class and is already a winner at the distance while (9) ROYAL GHOST remains a maiden but already has two 3rd place finishes at this class and won’t be overawed here. (5) RAON DIA found herself overmatched against the track’s best juveniles last start but showed plenty of speed on debut and can be a factor here. Among those up in class, (2) SUN OF STORM, (4) WIND HILL and (12) BOBBY BLADE were all good winners last time out and none would be a surprise.

Selections(1) Chotoma (12) Bobby Blade (4) Wind Hill (7) Never Walk Alone
Next Best11, 5, 9
Fast Start3, 4, 5, 10, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another maiden for punters to dissect but this time the Korean-bred gallopers will go over 1300m. (5) SEONGSIL MONEY looks hardest to beat and will likely start favourite. The Dialed In filly has never finished worse than fourth including a last start second when clocking a quick time on a good track. Expect rider David Breux to settle in the first three and finish the race off strong. (11) GRACE QUEEN is another that has performed good enough to suggest she can run into the money. She has finished in the top four at all three starts. The downside is her wide draw but with the extra half furlong today she will have more time to wind up. (9) HEUNG DREAM looks to be the likely pacemaker and this looks his easiest assignment to date. The Testa Matta two-year-old is expected to cross early and may take some running down. (3) CHEONDUNG GISE comes off a last start placing in July over 1200m. The chestnut finished off strong on that occasion and another forward performance would not surprise.

Selections(5) Seongsil Money (11) Grace Queen (9) Heung Dream (3) Cheondung Gise
Next Best7, 6
Fast Start4, 8, 9

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

No fewer than four of these are up in class having recorded their maiden wins on their respective latest starts. (10) UNPARALLELED was always prominent but took things up late and ran on pleasingly on debut over 1200M on August 29th. The gate is only one wider than last time and he has every chance of maintaining his 100% record. (5) SANTTEUTHANSEUCHIM excelled when finally given a bit of distance to play with and over the same trip today can be a danger again while (6) AMAZING WHIZ also won impressively at this trip las start and if Kim Jeong-jun can get him on or close to the speed again, he will be in the frame. As for those with experience at this level, (1) GOOD WONDER can perhaps be forgiven her latest effort. She is much better drawn today and is capable of good times. (8) CHALLENGE SOCKS another who should be in the hunt.

Selections(10) Unparalleled (6) Amazing Whiz (5) Santteuthanseuchim (1) Good Wonder
Next Best8, 4
Fast Start1, 6, 10

Race 7: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The seventh will see some progressive types go over the 1300m at Class Four level. (8) RAON FASHION obliterated a Class Five field last time out when winning by a massive margin. He proved on that occasion that he can carry weight when he lumped 57kg to victory. He will have to carry 57.5kg in this event but based on the last start effort that should not be an issue. (6) DREAM PO RE is another progressive type who has won two from three with a minor placing as well. The Shackleford colt has sat on speed at all three starts to date and from barrier six he is likely to find the rail before Raon Fashion. (3) WONDERFUL STORM has won two from three and is proven over this distance. The Menifee colt was a last start winner on a sloppy rated track but also clocked a good time when debuting over 1000m on a dry track. With a good draw he needs to be treated as an each-way prospect. The US bred (10) OKRYONG looks next best after some reasonable performances in this grade in the mid-part of the year.

Selections(8) Raon Fashion (6) Dream Po Re (3) Wonderful Storm (10) Okryong
Next Best5, 1
Fast Start1, 6, 8

Race 8: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(1) SUN BOOM made all to score his maiden win at class and distance last time out in August. He has a similarly tough impost today but if he can get away well from the inside, he has every chance of repeating. After doing very little on debut, (4) MUNHAK ZENYATTA came out to record a very good 2nd place on her reappearance. She was a long way behind an excellent winner but still managed to record a very fast time and if she brings that form to the races today, will go very close. The biggest threat, however, could well be the only first-time starter. (5) MEDICI STORY has been through two race trials and has won both of them with ease in competitive times. The Song Moon-gil/Kim Yong-geun combination will tempt many and the More Than Ready colt could well score first up today. (7) LEVEL TAP and (11) MAX RUN, the latter a very good 2nd on debut, although somewhat unfavorably drawn today, are others who should go close.

Selections(5) Medici Story (1) Sun Boom (4) Munhak Zenyatta (11) Max Run
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start1, 3, 5, 10, 11

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

An extremely tough race to assess with many live chances in the ninth. (6) MENI CHAMP goes on top coming off a good performance in this grade back in August. The Menifee colt should be able to sit behind the leading division as per previous runs and let down with a solid burst in the straight. He looks for his third win at start number nine. (7) HAEK SOCKS is building a nice record winning two of his three starts to date. This is a step up in grade but he’s a bombproof horse who does everything right. He will give you a good run for your money if you like him. (2) JEONGMUN SUMMIT finished second last start in this grade over the same distance. There is a slight query with the extra 2kg he carries today putting him at the top of the weight scale with 57kg. He has drawn well and should be able to kick up early on and hold a prominent position. (3) YEONGHWA FLYING has won three from five but struggled at his most recent effort back in August when capitulating in the run home. She will appreciate the 4kg claim of Lim Da Bin.

Selections(6) Meni Champ (7) Haek Socks (2) Jeongmun Summit (3) Yeonghwas Flying
Next Best5, 4
Fast Start3, 7, 8

Race 10: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Trainer Song Moon-gil and jockey Kim Yong-geun team up once more and they really should be winning here. (6) BLUE K was a good maiden win over 1300M two starts back before running a strong 2nd over this class and distance behind Jangsan Bada. She’s not been seen since July but the Testa Matta filly looks a cut above her rivals here. (7) GEUMSEONG ACE steps up in class and slightly in distance following a good maiden win at start number four over 1300M. She’ll need to improve significantly if she is not beat the favourite but has claims over all the rest. (8) DONGJJOK GLORY and (10) FEDERAL KING both come in off useful 2nd place finishes at this distance and can be aiming to hit the board once more. (1) MANSE has been knocking on the door of the places at this level and could sneak some money too.

Selections(6) Blue K (7) Geumseong Ace (10) Federal king (8) Dongjjok Glory
Next Best1, 2
Fast Start6, 7

Race 11: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

The eleventh on the card is a brilliant race for Korean racing fans to watch as there are plenty of up and coming types. The ever-impressive (12) LEGEND STORM is first up over 1400m after a dominant victory back in June. He is a versatile type and there is a lot to like about the Officer colt who is likely to work forward early from the outside gate. The three-year-old has won four from six and with just 52kg on his back he a looks a good bet in a market where there should be some value on offer. (10) MIGHTY GO is another building a good record winning four of his five race starts. The US import is another that likes to race on speed and Ham Wan-sik will get the plum steer with no Alan Munro available. He won over this distance last time out back in late August and must be considered a winning chance. (7) MUNHAK ARIARI should be considered in your selections on the basis of his last win albeit back in February. He is a class and distance winner which is in his favour compared to the aforementioned horses who line up in this grade for the first time. (6) WANG BEOTKKOT is another impressive last start winner in this grade who clocked a very good time. The Discreet Cat gelding will have to lump 58kg as a result and there is a slight query with the 1400m.

Selections(12) Legend Storm (10) Mighty Go (7) Munhak Ariari (6) Wang Beotkkot
Next Best2, 8
Fast Start7, 8, 12

Race 12: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(2) HAENGBOK WANGJA registered his maiden win at the eighth time of asking on his latest start in August and it had been coming. The Daredevil colt had previously finished runner-up to a couple of very useful types and he looked very good in victory. He steps up to 1800M today but has run well at 1700M before and he is the one to beat. (9) SURISURIMA came from off the pace for a good win 1300M on her latest start. She was previously beaten by Haengbok Wangja over 1700M but the only filly in the race has solid placing chances here. (11) MOONHAK EMPIRE beat a couple of these last start over 1700M and looks nicely in again today. (3) FLASH JET and (1) MALIBU GINGER are others who can at least aim for the placings.

Selections(2) Haengbok Wangja (9) Surisurima (3) Flash Jet (11) Moonhak Empire
Next Best1, 12
Fast Start1, 5, 6

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 6)

Punters returned to the racecourses in limited numbers last weekend and this week, with prize money restored to normal levels, Busan begins the weekend’s proceedings on Friday with an 11-race card from 11:30 to 18:00. The races will be on overseas simulcast in the usual places:

It’s Friday. It’s Busan.

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A maiden to kick things off with two colts taking on nine fillies. Seven have raced before with (3) HAPPY SECRET having posted the fastest time among them at this distance. That was back in January but while she has neither raced nor trialed since August, the featherweight she carries on her back today should put her right into contention. (10) WORLD REMEMBER ran 6th of 14 over 1200M three weeks ago but led for much of the race. The drop back in trip plus the jockey booking means we can have some confidence of improvement here. (9) WONDERFUL SMARTY too has tired late on in her past two and should appreciate the shorter distance. Of the four first-timers, (7) YEONGGWANGUI ROAD looked sharp if a little green when positing a decent time in his trial while (1) MYEONGSEONG MAGIC also looks set to go well first-up.

Selections(7) Yeonggwangui Road (3) Happy Secret (10) World Remember (9) Wonderful Smarty
Next Best1, 6
Fast Start5, 7, 9, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The second event on the card is an all-aged maiden over the short course. (9) MAGICAL SONG will line up for her debut run after an encouraging trial. The daughter of Purge showed early natural speed and coasted through the line in good style. The time for her trial was good and to the eye she looked as if she had more to give. (1) ICE DANCE is another debutant who trialed up in good style. The Thunder Moccasin filly jumped away only fairly in her trial before quickening and running through the line in good style. When comparing her trial time to her opposition here, she looks to be one of the main chances engaged. (6) SINBARAM GIL will line up for her third start after some reasonable performances back in the mid-part of the year. She hasn’t had the early speed to match the leaders in her races to date, expect her to finish off strong. (4) BAEDARI SUNSHINE is looking to break maiden status at start number six. He placed in similar company back in May but the two runs since then have only been fair. 

Selections(9) Magical Song (1) Ice Dance (6) Sinbaram Gil (4) Baedari Sunshine
Next Best11, 2
Fast Start4, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(6) GOOD SOCKS ran 3rd on debut in a fast time over 1000M back in July. She’s not been seen since and today’s conditions will be very different. However, the Kim Young-kwan/Djordje Perovic combination is a difficult one to overlook and she is the pick here. (11) GALAXY ROAD debuted in the same race running 6th. The step up in trip may suit and the only colt in the race can improve here. (1) NEW LUX has shown improvement across three outings so far. She came from well off the pace to run 4th last start recording the best time at this distance of any of these and look for her to run on strong late once more. (2) LUCKY MAGIC backs up quickly having put in an indifferent run two weeks ago but can improve here. (10) MAGIC STEALTH too has been knocking on the door of the places for a while and is another who should finish strongly.

Selections(6) Good Socks (1) New Lux (2) Lucky Magic (10) Magic Stealth
Next Best11, 9
Fast Start3, 5, 6, 7

Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The fourth event is a competitive maiden event where a case can be made for many runners. (5) PERDIDO FASHION has had four trials before lining up in his debut race. He has been prepared to debut twice this year but has been denied his chance due to the Covid hiatuses. His most recent trial was very good when clocking a fast time, coasting through the line with minimal urging. Two-year-old (3) BANJIUI GIJEOK finished off in good style at her debut run over the 1000m. It looks as if she will appreciate the step up to the six furlongs and should be considered a winning chance. (11) CATCH THE VICTORY debuted back in August in a two-year-old event where the Hansen colt finished third. He looks another that should appreciate the extra furlong today. Djordje Perovic will have to produce a gem of a ride to overcome barrier twelve. (2) BABY LINE has had the two starts for two minor placings. The Officer colt is likely to sit in the first couple or runners early in the race, he should have every chance as they turn for home.

Selections(5) Perdido Fashion (3) Banjiui Gijeok (11) Catch The Victory (2) Baby Line
Next Best1, 4
Fast Start1, 2

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky race this with plenty looking ready to step up. There is just the solitary debut-maker here but it does catch the eye. (4) ENDLESS RUNNING ran 2nd in a trial in a good time just a couple of weeks ago and with Perovic aboard will warrant consideration. (1) WONDERFUL SECRET ran 4th on debut just two weeks ago leading in the early part of the race before running on adequately enough. He should have come on for the run and can go closer today, most likely leading again. (8) TRIPLE STORM has given himself too much to do on each of three appearances to date but has run on strongly each time. He has an additional half furlong to play with today and can get closer. (10) MOVIE BROTHER has a 2nd and a 3rd to his name already and should be at least aiming for another place here. (9) TOHAM STRONG is the most experienced in the race and while that’s not really a good thing in a maiden, should have enough about him to get close.

Selections(1) Wonderful Secret (4) Endless Running (8) Triple Storm (10) Movie Brother
Next Best9, 5, 3
Fast Start1, 3, 4, 7, 11

Race 6: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of twelve maiden gallopers will line up over 1400m in the sixth event on the card. (6) CHEONGDAM DRIVE lines up for his first run since August when finishing third over the same distance. The Rock Hard ten colt looks as if he will be one of the pacemakers in the race, showing plenty of early speed last time out. Expect the three-year-old to cross in the early stages and take some running down. (2) INDIAN PARTY improved at his most recent effort back in August when settling in the leading division and eventually running third. From barrier two rider Jo In-Kwon may should be able to kick up and hold a prominent position. (4) STAR EYE lines up for his second start after rattling home on debut in a race over the six furlongs. The Violence colt will naturally appreciate the step up to the 1400m. Lee Hyo-sik needs to ensure the deficit at the top of the straight is not too great to reel in. (11) ADELE FIRST is yet to place after four career starts but looks capable of running into some minor money. The Bob And John filly will line up over the 1400m for the first time today.

Selections(6) Cheongdam Drive (2) Indian Party (4) Star Eye (11) Adele First
Next Best9, 3
Fast Start2, 6

Race 7: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Another race with plenty of live chances. (2) TOP LUCKY was a front-running 2nd at class and distance three weeks ago and is nicely drawn to get on speed again. She has been a touch inconsistent over five starts so far but should be close. A wide draw doesn’t harm the prospects of (12) MAGIC PARTNER. The Tapizar gelding has the best time of any of these at this distance and should run on strong late on. (1) TOP MATE is up in class following back to back runner-up finishes from his first two runs. He takes a considerable step up in trip too but looks to have scope for more development and should be a factor. Also up in class is (10) DOCTOR KHAN. He was indifferent on debut at this trip in July but looks ready for another crack following a 3rd and then a maiden win back at 1200M. (9) BEAUTIFUL GALLOP is another serious contender having run on well for 2nd place at 1300M last start and is nicely in the weights today.

Selections(10) Doctor Khan (2) Top Lucky (12) Magic Partner (1) Top Mate
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start2, 7

Race 8: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The eighth race will a very competitive Class Five event take place. (3) PAI BLADE is the on top selection after backing up his maiden victory with a good performance to finish second over the 1400m. The four-year-old is yet to finish worse than third from four starts and should handle the step-up to the mile with ease. (2) JEONSEOLUI FIGHT handed in a good performance last time out to finish runner-up to Sky Win over the mile. The galloper’s consistency sees him line up in Class5 company without a maiden win yet. He gets a great chance to sit just off speed and run over the top of his rivals in the final stages. (6) MISS ADELE is another yet to win but has shown glimpses of promise in her eleven start career to date. She lined up in the inaugural running of the Luna Stakes last start for the fillies, where she was severely outclassed. With fresh legs she is capable of running into the money. (4) PORRIMA has broken the heart of many punters in her six start career to date. The Old Fashioned filly has placed on four occasions and with just 51kg on her back she must be considered.

Selections(3) Pai Blade (2) Jeonseolui Fight (6) Miss Adele (4) Porrima
Next Best7, 8
Fast Start3, 4

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(9) NICE ONE steps rapidly up in class having won his latest two in fine style. Today sees a significantly stiffer assignment but the manner of his last start win at this distance suggests he needs to be taken seriously. Four of these raced each other at class and distance back on August 28th. (4) GOOD THUNDER came out the best of them that day with a good 2nd place. He has won over this distance and has never finished worse than 5th in seven outings. While he carries an additional 2kg today, he still has solid claims. (8) ACE BOOM ran 4th in that race and can aim to match or better that today. (11) VEGA THUNDER has just the one win from nine starts but has finished runner-up on no fewer than six occasions. The win might be beyond him again but don’t rule him out of going close once more. (1) DAEDONG GISANG and (3) FINE TRUMPET are others in the hunt while (6) QUEEN OF THE WORLD was overmatched in the Oaks but should find today’s company more amenable.

Selections(4) Good Thunder (9) Nice One (11) Vega Thunder (8) Ace Boom
Next Best3, 1, 6
Fast Start6, 3, 9

Race 10: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

A field of twelve will face the starter in the tenth where there appears to be a handful of chances. The win of (3) AKER’S DREAM back in August was very good. The Discreet Cat colt clocked a good time when taking up the lead and never being caught. He stays in the same grade but will carry an additional 4kg. He goes over the same distance once again and looks a great chance of back to back wins. (6) CHEAT KEY comes off a last start second in this grade behind Black Eagle Wind back in August. The import normally races in the first four or so runners and he should get the chance to do so once again with limited pace engaged. A maiden win does not look too far away. (10) HANBIT YEONGGWANG has finished second at her past three starts. The consistent type has shown a liking for the sprint distances. She gets in well in the weight scale with just the 54kg on her back. (9) ROCKY SKY will line up for his first run since January. The Sky Mesa gelding trialed up in September clocking a good time. Keep the three-year-old safe in your novelty bets.

Selections(3) Aker’s Dream (6) Cheat Key (10) Hanbit Yeonggwang (9) Rocky Sky
Next Best8, 2
Fast Start3, 6, 10

Race 11: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(2) RETURN OF SUBSIDY ran a useful 5th on his first try at this distance in August. He doesn’t win out of turn but the booking of a promising apprentice jockey takes 4kg off his back this time around and he has claims here to go very close. The experienced pair of (6) GANGHAN JILJU and (4) GYEONGJUUI DUREBAK came home 3rd and 4th when they raced each other at class and distance at the end of August. Both are very capable and despite the weights they carry, they should both be competing here. (1) GWANGHWAMUN SIDAE was a touch disappointing on his latest appearance back in August but he has won at this distance in the past and is worth another chance here. (9) ORYONG has plenty of quality and while he hasn’t been at his best in his recent appearances, is a very capable type and can’t be discounted. (8) CURLIN TIME and (12) MALIBU BYEOL are among others in the frame.

Selections(2) Return Of Subsidy (4) Gyeongjuui Durebak (1) Gwanghwamun Sidae (6) Ganghan Jilju
Next Best8, 12, 3, 10
Fast Start1, 4

Take Two: Limited Number of Spectators To Be Admitted To Korean Racecourses From Friday

A second attempt at admitting a small number of racegoers to Korean racecourses and off-track betting centers will begin this weekend. Permission was previously granted in late July for a partial reopening but was rescinded one day before the scheduled start date.

Could closed-door racing finally be coming to an end?

While new COVID-19 cases in the country continue to hover between 50-120 per day, Korea nevertheless lowered its social distancing guidelines to the lowest level in mid-October as it seeks to manage the virus while enabling parts of the economy that have been shuttered, to reopen.

Fans were immediately admitted to football, baseball and basketball stadiums. Two weeks of attendance at those sports have now passed without incident and permission remains in place for a partial re-opening of the racecourses.

From Friday, up to 20% of the average attendance will be permitted to enter the Seoul, Busan and Jeju Racecourses while 10% of capacity will be allowed at Off-Track Betting Centers (OCBs). The exception is the OCBs at Bucheon and at the Walker Hill in Seoul, both of which will remain closed for the time being.

All seating will be allocated and punters must make a reservation one day in advance using the “My Card” betting application. No walk-up admission will be available at either the racecourses or OCBs. Masks will be mandatory.

It it goes ahead it will mean that Friday’s card at Jeju will mark the first legal betting on horse racing in Korea since February 22nd. Only horse owners were permitted to enter the track during the behind-closed-doors summer meeting. Permission was granted in late July for a partial reopening but was rescinded one day before the planned start.

This weekend, racing will be conducted at Jeju on Friday, Busan on Saturday and Seoul on Sunday for the same reduced prize money that has been raced for at the closed-doors Friday meetings over the past two weeks. Thoroughbred races will be run only over 1200M, 1400M and 1800M. It is hoped that a more normal schedule, as well as international simulcasting, will be permitted from one week later.