Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 20)

Big fields are back at Seoul on Saturday with no fewer than 142 horses spread across today’s 12 races. First race is 2pm, last at 9pm.

English racecards are here. Notes on races 1-7 below:

Race 1: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 60 Million / 14:00 (KST)

(6) OJEI MYEONGDANG beat two of these on debut when running 2nd last month in a quick race at class and distance and is very much the one to beat here. Those two, (8) SUNKISSED and (10) ARGO AWESOME were 3rd and 5th respectively and both should also look to make progress today. (11) ROYAL PARK was 4th on her own debut last month and also looks to have potential. Among the debut makers, (4) CLEAN UP SKY and (9) MIDEUMUI BIT impressed in trials with the former likely to be well supported here.

Selections (6) Ojei Myeongdang (4) Clean Up Sky (8) Sunkissed (9) Mideumui Bit
Next Best 11, 10, 7, 3
Outsiders 1, 2, 5
Fast Starters 5, 6, 11

Race 2: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:45 (KST)

(10) LION WINNER comes in following a 2nd place at this distance having finished very strongly. She’s been getting closer and closer and while it won’t be easy to come from off the pace, this her best chance yet to get her maiden win. Main danger is (5) BOUNDING PARK. She disappointed when favourite in an all-filly race three weeks ago – her first try at this distance. She was slowly away and used up plenty of energy getting into a good position before fading and can be given another chance today. (3) WON AGAIN should be trying to go better than “fourth again” while (1) PUREUN SEDAE and (7) FIRE BALL look capable of the money. The sole debut-maker is (11) GOOD HEART. She took four attempts to qualify but looked good finally doing it at the end of July and she may be considered first up

Selections (10) Lion Winner (5) Bounding Park (1) Pureun Sedae (3) Won Again
Next Best 11, 7, 2, 4
Outsiders 6, 8, 9
Fast Starters 3, 4, 7

Race 3: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 40 Million / 15:30 (KST)

(7) DREAM SLEW, 3rd on debut and then 2nd on his reappearance a month ago, will be strong favourite to go one better this time. He’ll likely settle behind the early pace and should have too much in the closing stages. The rest look distinctly average so the danger may well end up being the only debut-maker (4) SAGYEJEOL. She was very quick in a trial (albeit on a fast running track) at the end of July and if she can translate that form to the races, should go well. (6) MIGHTY MAMBO has shown glimpses in three outings to date while (1) STAR GOLDEN and (2) COUNT DOWN also look to have potential for improvement.

Selections (7) Dream Slew (4) Sagyejeol (6) Mighty Mambo (1) Star Golden
Next Best 2, 9, 11, 12
Outsiders 3, 5, 8, 10
Fast Starters 4, 11

Race 4: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 40 Million / 16:20 (KST)

The last of the maiden races and a competitive one it is too. It’s just for fillies and (8) MINT is the slight top pick having been 3rd in a similar race last month when she led close to home. She could give apprentice jockey Lee Chel Gyung his first winner. 5th in that race last month was (3) MIRACLE GARDEN. She already has a 2nd place to her name at this distance and should be close by once more. (5) MENI VET is more experienced and enters following a 3rd place at this distance having led almost the whole way round last month. She will lead again here. Among the rest, (11) POKPUNG JEONYA has improved in each of three starts so far and the step up in trip may be beneficial with (9) DARK AMBER looking best of the rest.

Selections (8) Mint (5) Meni Vet (11) Pokpung Jeonya (3) Miracle Garden
Next Best 9, 6, 10
Outsiders 1, 2, 4, 7,
Fast Starters 3, 5 8

Race 5: Class 5 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 17:10 (KST)

Up in class following his maiden win on July 23rd, (6) DAEGI SOKDO is favoured to follow up here. He made all to win by six-lengths that day and will look to lead right from the gate here too. (4) SAETBYEORI will be on speed with him and looks most likely to run him close although the stable is not in form at the moment. (7) HANIL ENSEMBLE drops back in distance following a pair of 4th place finishes at 1300M and should be competitive. (2) VINCERO S is another who may welcome the drop back in trip as should (10) CURRICLE, yet to win in 17, but worthy of another chance here after some decent efforts at much further.

Selections (6) Daegi Sokdo (7) Hanil Ensemble (4) Saetbyeori (10) Curricle
Next Best 2, 8, 1, 3
Outsiders 5, 9, 11, 12
Fast Starters 1, 4, 6

Race 6: Class 4 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 17:50 (KST)

Big field here and (3) DEOKSAMHO is favoured, as Korean-breds who have won their way up to class 4 often are over the imported horses who have no option but to begin their career at this level. She’s won three of six so far, made all over this distance on July 10th and will look for similar today. Another Korean bred, (8) YEONGGWANGUIGEUNAL beat (4) SMART JOE and set a track record for this distance in the process last month. The conditions are likely to be different today and he carries 5kg more but he needs respect. Smart Joe too can be competitive. (2) BEONGAE FIGHTER has been steadily improving, culminating in a 2nd place on his first try at this distance last month and given a decent start, can match or even better today. Likewise (6) SEONJE ILGYEOK comes in following back to back 2nd place finishes and will be aiming to at least match them here.

Selections (3) Deoksamho (8) Yeonggwanguigeunal (2) Beongae Fighter (4) Smart Joe
Next Best 6, 7, 12, 11, 5, 9
Outsiders 1, 10, 13, 14
Fast Starters 3, 5, 8, 11,

Race 7: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 18:30 (KST)

Another competitive race and (8) JANGSAN ROCKY beat both (7) SONOGONG and (1) DANGCHANBISANG on a wet track at class and distance three weeks ago. Jangsan Rocky can make the breakthrough here but Dangchanbisang should also perform much better. (2) DUAL POKPUNG struggled in a decent event at 1400M last start but comes following two months off and gets another chance here. (11) EVER A ONE and (12) BEAUTIFUL DON are both winless yet both find themselves up in class following a few too many near-misses at class 6. They’ll find it challenging to make the breakthrough here but should still be competitive in terms of potential for money finishes. Up in class following a win, the modestly named (5) BORN WINNER, also has claims.

Selections (8) Jangsan Rocky (1) Dangchanbisang (5) Born Winner (2) Dual Pokpung
Next Best 11, 12, 14, 7, 13, 3
Outsiders 4, 6, 9, 10,
Fast Starters 4, 8, 14
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