The weekend’s racing in Korea gets underway on Friday with a ten-race card at Busan. Busan will also hold a card on Sunday while Seoul runs Saturday and Sunday.
See below for notes on simulcast races 4-10:
Race 4: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 13:40
Top trainer and jockey combination on (1) CHALLANHAN ACE, who has come close on both his last two starts and is favoured to make all and score here. (5) GORYEOUI KKUM was 2nd on his debut, well beaten by a good winner but ahead of three of these rivals and can be competitive. One of those beaten ones was (3) SMART KING, who has finished 4th of 5th in each of his five starts to date and can look to improve. (7) TAMNA CHEONHA and (10) RAON BENTREE are the others to look out for. (6) NOBLE WARRIOR makes just his second start after a fill six months out but will obviously need this race.
Favourites: (1) Challanhan Ace (5) Goryeoui Kkum (3) Smart King (7) Tamna Cheonha
Race 5: Class 5 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 14:25
(6) MAD POWER was a good winner on debut last month and while up in both class and distance today, will be among the front-runners here. (9) GOLD SUN and (7) HUIMANG QUEEN were both 4th on their first tries at this level on February 14th and may also be considered; the former was beaten by (14) BYEOLMURI and that one too can overcome the outside gate to be involved. More experienced is (5) SUNDAY ROYAL, who was only beaten a nose having almost made all over 1300M on February 19th and must be respected today.
Favourites: (6) Mad Power (7) Huimang Queen (5) Sunday Royal (9) Gold Sun
Race 6: Class 5 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 15:15
A small field but a number have chances. They’re headed by (4) BLACK TETRA, a two-length winner on debut at the end of February and who is up in class here. Going forward out of the gate will be (2) MAGIC LINE and that one is the main danger; he was just beaten a neck over this distance last start and will be strong once more. (6) MAYA COUNTRY has looked much improved since returning from six months out and can go well. (3) DAMYANG CHEONSA and (8) KKEUTPAN JILJU are also ones likely to attract backers.
Favourites: (4) Black Tetra (2) Magic Line (6) Maya Country (3) Damyang Cheonsa
Race 7: Class 4 / 1600M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 16:05
Another open contest with (7) BRAVO MARINE looking ready to win after a 2nd and three 3rd place finishes in his four starts to date. Main danger (10) SUPER CHEOLIN is already a winner and while he was beaten by (2) MAERYEOK DEONGEORI on January 31st, he can overturn that form today. (9) IRON TRAIN finished behind both of them that day but back up at a mile here, a distance he won over on Christmas Day, improvement is expected. (5) ACE SINHWA, 5th in that Christmas race and a creditable 6th at 1800M last start, may also be involved.
Favourites: (7) Bravo Marine (10) Super Cheolin (2) Maeryeok Deongeori (9) Iron Train
Race 8: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 17:00
(5) TOHAMSAN steps up in class following his second win in three starts; a five-length triumph over this distance a month ago. He led almost the whole way that day and has every chance of being successful with similar tactics today. (6) WONIL ROOKIE, half-brother of a winner of some of Korea’s biggest races, returned from eight months out on February 12 to beat (3) GUMPO MIREU by a neck. That was a well-run race and they both step up in class too. Both are likely to also go forward early. If we are looking for something to beat those likely pace-setters, (1) NURI BULPAE is the best contender. He was a class and distance winner a month ago. (4) POKPUNG SINHWA, disappointing last start, can be given another chance here.
Favourites: (5) Tohamsan (6) Wonil Rookie (3) Gumpo Mireu (1) Nuri Bulpae
Race 9: Class 3 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 72 Million / 17:30
Two standouts here but (4) MAIN STAY is the pick on his first try at this distance. He beat three of these over a mile on February 19th and should have little difficulty with the extra furlong. The main danger is (7) SAEMSONNEEUNENERGY, who comes in following back to back 2ndplaces at this distance. He will go right back early but has a strong finish. (2) RISING BRAVO was 2nd to Main Stay last month and can push him again while (8) USEUNGIJI, who didn’t go well in that race, can improve today. Wildcard is (1) PILKKOT, down in class after being out of his depth at class 2 but a proven winner at this level.
Favourites: (4) Main Stay (7) Saemsonneeunenergy (2) Rising Bravo (8) Useungiji
Race 10: Class 2 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 88 Million / 18:00 (SIN)
Good race this but (2) APPROACH should have too much. (9) CHEONJI PARK was 4th behind Approach last time and while the weights are further in his favour this time, he will have to improve to overturn that form. A danger is (8) DIFERENT DIMENSION, who looked lively running 2nd when back from a lengthy spell and tries this distance for the first time. (4) SAEROUN BEOPCHIK won a weak class 3 in January and followed it up with a 2nd place to get bumped up in class here but needs to find plenty. (1) WILD BURNING and (7) NOT ANYMORE are the others with hopes of placing.
Favourites: (2) Approach (8) Diferent Dimension (9) Cheonji Park (4) Saeroun Beopchik