The weekend’s racing gets underway on Friday afternoon with an 11-race card at Busan. The first is at 2.20pm and the last is at 9pmEnglish racecards are here. Notes on selected races below:
Race 1: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 55 Million / 14:20
Ten of the twelve are first-time starters and of them, (1) QUEEN’S QUEEN showed the most in trials, comfortably defeating a couple of the others who debut here and she should go well. The other market leader is going to be (7) MORNING PARK. He’s one of the two who has raced before, finishing a creditable, if unspectacular 4th on debut last month and can push on from that. (10) FOUR NINES, from Kim Young Kwan’s stable will also be backed despite an average trial. Among the other debut-makers, (2) HWANHUIUI BARAM, (6) NAMYANG QUEEN and (9) RICH BOLT look most promising at this stage.
|Selections||(1) Queen’s Queen (7) Morning Park (10) Four Nines (9) Rich Bolt|
|Next Best||2, 3, 6, 5, 8|
|Outsiders||4, 11, 12|
|Fast Starters||1, 9|
Race 2: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:45
Third on debut at the minimum distance last month, (9) GASOK ACE is likely to be strong favourite to strike here. He should lead all the way. This is a big field though and there are dangers. (1) SAMHYEONGJE comes in following consecutive 2nd places and while apprentice jockey Jung Do Yun is yet to ride his first winner, it could come here. He’ll be on speed early too. (6) ISIDAE YEONGGWANG and (7) DON’T STOP are both more experienced and both have recent 2nd places to their names and can repeat while (11) MISWICK MYEONGUN is two starts into a comeback following a lengthy absence and can build on a much improved 3rd place last start.
|Selections||(9) Gasok Ace (1) Samhyeongje (6) Isidae Yeonggwang (11) Miswick Myeongun|
|Next Best||7, 8, 10, 12|
|Outsiders||2, 3, 4, 5|
|Fast Starters||1, 8, 9|
Race 3: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 15:10
(7) FERNANDO has been close on a number of occasions and back from three months off during which time he was gelded, is one of a number who can win this modest contest. Similarly (9) BAROGA has shown potential in this type of company before and can be close for an in-form stable. (1) GREAT PEARL is generally badly behaved but is quick and if jockey Seol Dong Bok can channel her energy in the correct direction, she has a chance; she will be on the early speed. (2) SEUNGNI JEONGSEONG was a much improved 4th last time out while (5) IGIPPEUM GEUDAERO is unlikely to get a maiden win on her 35th start but can compete for the placings.
|Selections||(7) Fernando (9) Baroga (1) Great Pearl (2) Seungni Jeongseong|
|Next Best||5, 10, 8|
|Outsiders||3, 4, 6, 11, 12|
|Fast Starters||1, 3|
Busan Race 4: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 40 Million / 15:55
The last of the maiden races and (8) DANCING STAR, who led for much of her last start in a similar all-filly race on August 12th only to be comprehensively beaten by a good winner in the final furlong, looks to be the one to beat here. (10) DESTINY enters following a solid 3rd place (beating Baroga, who we saw in race 3) and should be competitive here too. (6) DORAON GASOKDO struggled in that same race but gets another chance here. (3) LOOK AT ME and (9) NANDANALA look best of the rest.
|Selections||(8) Dancing Star (10) Destiny (6) Doraon Gasokdo (9) Nandanala|
|Next Best||3, 11, 2|
|Outsiders||1, 4, 5, 7|
|Fast Starters||1, 2, 8|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 16:40
(6) DONGBANG BULPAE was just beaten a nose by a long-shot last start on July 22nd. That was his second attempt at this level and he is favoured to go one better here and is likely to try to lead from the gate. (5) SUPER SWEET won on debut back in April and showed he too is getting to grips with this class following a solid 2nd place just two weeks ago while (3) MINIME comes in following back to back 3rd place finishes which she should be looking to at least match here. (9) BONGHWANGUI KKUM and the up in class (10) GEOWIUI KKUM, the latter of whom beat a number of horses who we have seen earlier today, are the others to consider.
|Selections||(6) Dongbang Bulpae (5) Super Sweet (10) Geowiui Kkum (9) Bonghwangui Kkum|
|Next Best||3, 1, 4|
|Outsiders||2, 7, 6, 78|
Busan Race 6: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 17:25
Competitive race this. (7) SUPER BLADE looks the likely favourite having been narrowly defeated at class and distance on August 12th after leading until close to home. (3) PANGPANG LEGEND, a prolific placer and (4) SUPERNOVA IJI, a strong 3rd in a good race for this level on August 7th, will also be well backed. (8) DAESTAR and (5) JEOKDOUI HWASIN are up in class having finished 1st and 2nd on the former’s debut on August 7th. Both will need to find a bit more here but can’t be completely ruled out. (9) SHARP QUEENS was an easy winner of an all-filly race three weeks ago and up in class, will also need to find more today.
|Selections||(7) Super Blade (4) Supernova Iji (8) Daestar (9) Sharp Queens|
|Next Best||3, 5, 1, 2, 6|
|Fast Starters||6, 7, 8|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 18:05
Thomas Gillespie’s (9) JUNGANG YEOJE suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of a dark-horse debut-maker on August 7th but should have enough to get back to winning ways here. She’ll be on the early pace along with (1) DIVINE TOUCH, who showed promise with a 2nd place on what was just his second start three weeks ago. (5) GOLDEN QUEEN was 4th behind Jungang Yeoje last time and can get close once more with (7) JEONSEOLUI SIJAK and (3) WIRYEOKGIMA also having potential to improve.
|Selections||(9) Jungang Yeoje (1) Divine Touch (5) Golden Queen (3) Wiryeokgima|
|Next Best||7, 11, 6, 4, 10|
|Outsiders||2, 8, 12|
|Fast Starters||1, 9|
Busan Race 8: Class 4 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 55 Million / 18:45
(6) SONATA ZONE recorded a really good win, closing late to score by a nose in a decent race at this class over 1400M last month. She’ll need respect here too but we’ll go for the up in class (7) CAPITAL GANGJA to get the job done today after a pair of 2nd places in good company at class 5. She’ll be on pace early whereas Sonata Zone is likely to try to do it the hard way again today and may run out of track this time. (3) VALKYRIE has finished no worse than 3rd in each of her last four outings and can extend that run today while Bart Rice’s (8) KKEUTPAN BOOSTER is up in class and should be competitive.
|Selections||(7) Capital Gangja (6) Sonata Zone (3) Valkyrie (8) Kkeutpan Booster|
|Next Best||5, 9|
|Outsiders||1, 2, 4|
|Fast Starters||3, 7|
Busan Race 9: Class 3 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 72 Million / 19:35
(8) STEALTH’s last three races have been the three legs of the Triple Crown. He finished 3rd, 3rd & 5th in them respectively. Back in this company and at this distance, he has to be strongly favoured to return to winning ways. (7) YUSEONG TIGER was 2nd in Busan’s Oaks Trial in March although she didn’t run in the filly Classic itself, instead struggling against older fillies and mares in July’s KNN Cup. She is another who will be much happier dropped back in trip and should be competitive. (3) STEAL THE SHOW WHY did make it to the Oaks. She was 6th of 9 and has won since. She is likely to get a comfortable early lead here. (Among the older contenders here, (6) SANGSEUNG JUNIOR and the up in class pair of (5) BIO BLUE and (9) PRIVATE DANCER look capable of going well.
|Selections||(8) Stealth (7) Yuseong Tiger (3) Steal The Show Why (6) Sangseung Junior|
|Next Best||9, 5, 1, 10, 2|