Busan Friday: Race-by-Race Preview

Busan shifts to its summer Friday timetable this week. First race is at 12:50 and the last is at 19:00.

Smarty Final

Busan punters will have a chance to bet on Moon Se Young on Friday (Pic: KRA)

Champion jockey Moon Se Young is in town ahead of the KRA Cup Mile on Sunday and he is in with plenty of chances.

English racecards can be found here. Here are notes on races 2-10

Race 2: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 40 Million / 13:25 (KST)

(8) INDIAN CHIEF has come home in 5th place in each of his three attempts so far, all of them at 1000M and he could be the one to make the breakthrough here. He’s shown the best finish of any of these and the extra furlong may be to his benefit. The one with the best result so far is (6) B.K. ONE, who was beaten three-lengths into 2nd at this distance on a sloppy track a month ago. That was much improved from his debut and he should go well again. The others do not excite. (10) BEST CHEONGCHUN was ok on debut and can be given another chance after a disappointing second start and we’ll expect improvement from (1) GEUMTE and (2) VICAR FAMILY. The one debut maker (7) STYLISH was hardly impressive in trials but must be given a chance against this average lot.

Favourites: (8) Indian Chief (6) B.K. One (10) Best Cheongchun (2) Vicar Family
Next Best: 5, 7, 9, 1
Outsiders: 3, 4,
Fast Starters: 1, 5, 8

Race 3: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:10 (KST)

This lot come in with 0 wins for 118 starts between them so something has to give. It’s tempting therefore to go with the ones who have done the least amount wrong so far. They would be (1) CAPE MAGIC and (7) OH MY CAPTAIN with the latter the more favoured of the two. He runs best when he can get forward early and should be able to here. Best at this distance is (4) CHEONGMA DAEJANGUN. He tends to go back at the start and close and against this calibre of opposition, should be going very well. The other one to consider is (3) EUNGDAPARA, who does at least have a 3rd place to her name.

Favourites: (7) Oh My Captain (4) Cheongma Daejangun (1) Cape Magic (3) Eungdapara
Next Best: 6, 5
Outsiders: 2, 8
Fast Starters: 7

Race 4: Class 5 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 15:00 (KST)

Just fillies and mares and (1) GOLDEN KINGS is up in class following her maiden victory on her 2nd start on March 4th. She’ll need to find some more here but will go forward early and has good claims. Also up in class in (2) BLUE CAT. She has finished 2nd in both her two starts to date but shouldn’t be overwhelmed by anything here. She will also go forward. There are a couple of big dangers among the more experienced runners. (6) ULTRA MAGIC looks the best of them, 3rd last time out and perhaps ready to win again. Seoul’s champion jockey Moon Se Young is in town to ride in the KRA Cup Mile on Sunday and he takes the mount on (7) KWAEHAN MYEONGPUM who has come close in both her starts so far this year. (4) DAMYANG CHEONSA, (5) CHOEGANG TUHON and the up in class (11) MAIN VICAR are others capable of finding the money in this competitive event.

Favourites: (1) Golden Kings (2) Blue Cat (6) Ultra Magic (7) Kwaehan Myeongpum
Next Best: 5, 4, 11
Outsiders: 3, 8, 9, 10, 12
Fast Starters: 2, 11

Race 5: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 15:50 (KST)

(5) YEONGGWANGUISINHWA made all to get her maiden victory over 1200M on March 4th. She’s up in class today but must be given respect. She’s from the track’s top stable and has a chance of repeating. (1) SUNGANUI BEOPCHIK was considered sufficiently talented to be sent to Seoul for the nation’s top juvenile race last November. That didn’t go well and nor did his next two starts but he returned to form with a good 2nd place at 1200M last start and will be backed here. (10) CLEAN CHOEGANG has come close recently and comes close again while (3) LADY CHARTERED can match or better back to back 5ths in her last two starts. Among the others, (6) DONGGWANG JEIL and (7) SHARP WIN look best placed for improvement.

Favourites: (5) Yeonggwanguisinhwa (1) Sunganui Beopchik (10) Clean Choegang (7) Sharp Win
Next Best: 3, 6, 2,
Outsiders: 4, 8, 9, 11, 12
Fast Starters: 5, 7, 11

Race 6: Class 4 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 16:40 (KST)

Small field but open race and (8) BRAVO MARINE is the pick. Peter Wolsley’s Aussie bred was 5th over a mile a couple of weeks ago and can go better back at 1400M today. Kim Yong Kwan’s (1) GUMALLI was 3rd on debut three weeks ago and will be well backed to follow up while (2) SINSEGYE SINHWA is sent in against imported opposition and should be competitive following a decent 3rd place behind two good ones last start. (7) GANGJA BONSAEK and (5) HWANHUIUI BYEOL, up in class following a four-length victory last time and likely to be the pace-setter here, are the others to consider.

Favourites: (8) Bravo Marine (7) Gangja Bonsaek (1) Gumalli (2) Sinsegye Sinhwa
Next Best: 5, 3
Outsiders: 4, 6
Fast Starters: 5

Race 7: Class 4 / 1600M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 17:20 (KST)

(1) STEAL THE SHOW WHY could only manage 4th of 6 in a Korean Oaks trial at the start of last month but should have too much for this field on what will be her first try at a mile. She will look to lead all the way. (3) PURPLE OCEAN and (5) HOT COMMEND both ran in last year’s Oaks and the former is better placed to stop the favourite here. She will though need to be forgiven for a poor effort at this distance two weeks ago. (8) WORLD QUICK has three 3rd places in three tries at this class and should improve. She was one place behind (6) MUBI SONATA back in January – the latter returns for the first time since here.

Favourites: (1) Steal The Show Why (3) Purple Ocean (8) World Quick (5) Hot Commend
Next Best: 6, 7
Outsiders: 2, 4, 9
Fast Starters: 1, 7

Race 8: Class 2 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 88 Million / 18:00 (KST)

A couple of good ones go here. (3) TONGIL SIDAE has won three of five so far including last start at this class over a mile. (1) WONDERFUL TODAY is up in class but comes in following back to back wins including last time at this distance. At this stage Tongil Sidae is favoured but both have every chance. Those two will be a short priced forecast. Ones with the potential to cause them some bother include (4) LAST TICKET, who is a reliable money winner and (5) CHOEGANGIJI, who was 5th behind Tongil Sidae last start. (7) JUNGANG DAEHAE and (8) FIELD SCAMPER are also capable on their day.

Favourites: (3) Tongil Sidae (1) Wonderful Today (4) Last Ticket (5) Choegangiji
Next Best: 7, 8, 2
Outsiders: 6, 9
Fast Starters: 2, 6

Race 9: Class 3 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 72 Million / 18:30 (KST)

(8) EVANGELINE didn’t get a great trip when well backed in the mud at the start of March but can be supported to get back to winning ways today with the Seoul champion jockey on board. Best placed to stop her is (1) SEORABEOL GONGJU, who beat three of these when a class a distance winner on March 11th. (12) GLOBAL KING was 3rd over 1800M first-up after a spell last month and is an interesting entrant at 1200M today. (6) SUPER STORM is up in class following victory over a modest set of imports and will need to find more here while (2) CHEONHA ULLIM disappointed over a mile last time but has had a couple of months off since and should be happier at 1200M today.

Favourites: (8) Evangeline (1) Seorabeol Gongju (6) Super Storm (12) Global King
Next Best: 2, 5, 4
Outsiders: 3, 7, 9, 10, 11
Fast Starters: 3, 12

Race 10: Class 1 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 105 Million / 19:00 (KST)

Nice competitive event to finish with and (4) MIRACLE LINE steps up to class 1 for the first time following a dominant six-length win over 1900M last start. This is his first time racing at this distance for over a year and it will be tough but he should be competitive. Also up in class and set to be competitive is (5) INDIAN STAR. She’s won seven of ten so far but is yet to strike at further than 1200M. Top-rated and therefore carrying top weight is (1) HIGH FIVE. He beat three of these when racing 2nd over 1400M on his last start and can go well once more. (7) WINNER’S MARINE was a class 1 winner last start at 1800M and will be shorter than the 19/1 she was sent off that day. (3) MAC AND CHEESE can also be dangerous with a top jockey booking today. All of the rest have some form of claim too but those are the top ones.

Favourites: (4) Miracle Line (1) High Five (5) Indian Star (3) Mac And Cheese
Next Best: 7, 2, 8,  9
Outsiders: 6
Fast Starters: 4, 5

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