Just Seoul today and it’s full fields for almost all 15 races as the capital track prepares to take a break next week. There are 15 races from 10:50 to 18:00 with the feature being the Ilgan Sports Cup.
English race cards are here. Notes on selected races below:
Race 5: Class 5 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 13:00 (KST)
Competitive race and dropping back to 1000M following a couple of months off after a good 2nd place at 1200M is (6) ONGNYEOBONG and she has as good a chance as any here. She’ll be off to a fast start along with (5) GANGHO CHEONNYEON, who should build on his 5th from last time. (12) MASANG GWIJAE is yet to win in six outings but comes in after back to back 2md places and could make the breakthrough here despite the unfavourable draw. (1) CHOROK YEOLMAE and (8) BALGEUN NAEIL best of the rest.
Selections (6) Ongnyeobong (12) Masang Gwijae (5) Gangho Cheonnyeon (1) Chorok Yeolmae
Next Best 8, 7, 3, 9
Outsiders 2, 4, 10, 11
Fast Starters 2, 3, 4, 6
Race 6: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 13:30 (KST)
Just fillies here and another really competitive event. (3) MORNING SKY and (8) SEOUL QUEEN have both come close to adding to their solitary wins in recent starts and both will be expected to go well here. They will both look to come from just off a pace that could well be set by (1) CLEANUP SEED, beaten two lengths by Seoul Queen last start and who should look to get closer today. (10) CHERRY PICKER was another also-ran that day who can improve while (7) SILVERGRAY CAT is back up to this distance following a pair of decent results at 1000M.
Selections (3) Morning Sky (8) Seoul Queen (1) Cleanup Seed (10) Cherry Picker
Next Best 7, 4, 12, 6, 5
Outsiders 2, 9, 11
Fast Starters 1, 4, 5, 7
Race 7: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 14:00 (SIN)
(1) DANGCHANBISANG beat (12) DIDORPHIN by just over two lengths as the pair raced 2nd and 4th over 1300M on June 26th. The latter has four 2nd places from nine outings but will be well backed once more to finally make a breakthrough. A big danger is class winner (11) BEST TAKER, who came very close to adding another victory in a narrow finish at 1400M last month. Those three should be market leaders although (4) BOM DONG I and (7) TWO KAY also have claims.
Selections (11) Best Taker (12) Didorphin (1) Dangchanbisang (7) Two Kay
Next Best 4, 9, 2, 5
Outsiders 3, 6, 8, 10
Fast Starters 2, 3, 7
Race 8: Class 4 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 14:30 (KST)
With four wins from six so far, all of them at this distance and most recently at this class, (4) MIDAS ROAD is very much the one to beat here. He looks a talent at this minimum distance. Main danger is (7) GEUMA BALIOS, who drops back to 1000M for the first time since last year and looks an intriguing entry. (8) OUR CAT was 3rd to Midas Road last time and can match that here while (3) MUHANDOMA and (10) FORESTRY, the latter last in that race behind Midas Road, needing what was his first start of the year, the others with scope for improvement.
Selections (4) Midas Road (7) Geuma Balios (8) Our Cat (3) Muhandoma
Next Best 6, 10, 12, 9
Outsiders 1, 2, 5, 11
Fast Starters 3, 4, 6
Race 9: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 15:00 (KST)
A long-shot winner over 1000M on June 26th, absolutely flying home from off the pace, (10) CHUGJE HANMADANG requires more respect today and has every chance of making in two in a row. (6) CITY WOLF is yet to win in nine but has two 2nd place finishes from his last three and should set the pace here. (5) FINE TODAY looks capable in this company with (3) PRO MATHEUS looking best of the rest.
Selections (10) Chugje Hanmadang (6) City Wolf (5) Fine Today (3) Pro Matheus
Next Best 2, 9, 1, 11
Outsiders 4, 7, 8, 12
Fast Starters 2, 6
Race 10: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 15:30 (KST)
(9) HOMERUN MAKER won her first two all the way back around the turn of 2014/2015. Since retuning in March this year she’s been 2nd in three of four starts and looks poised to return to the winner’s circle here. If it is to be another 2nd for Homerun Maker then (6) SWEEP TROPHY looks the one to take advantage. He comes in following solid placings in his last two and he should go well in this company. (2) YONGCHONG is up in class following a good win at this distance in June and can be considered as can (5) PRIME GOLD and (7) CHEONGCHUN YEOLCHA.
Selections (9) Homerun Maker (6) Sweep Trophy (2) Yongchong (5) Prime Gold
Next Best 7, 11, 3, 8
Outsiders 1, 4, 10, 12
Fast Starters 1, 2, 3, 4
Race 11: Class 4 / 1700M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 16:00 (KST)
Another very competitive race to conclude and (2) SPECIAL RUNNER, up in class following victory at 1400M on June 25th can be considered for an immediate impact at this level. It won’t be easy. (4) TOTAL WALKER and runner-up specialist (6) IGWANGSASEOK have strong claims too with both proven money winner at this level even if they have just one win between them prior to today. (3) WHIZ BROWN and (5) JWACHEONGNYONG are others who can go close.
Selections (2) Special Runner (4) Total Walker (6) Igwangsaseok (3) Whiz Brown
Next Best 5, 11, 12, 7
Outsiders 1, 8, 9, 10
Fast Starters 3, 11