International weekend gets underway at Seoul Racecourse on Saturday and while the Cup and Sprint are tomorrow, there’s still plenty going on. There are four exchange “Trophy races” with the Macau Jockey Club, Singapore Turf Club, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Horse Racing Ireland as well as the official launch of the new 127 metre-long screen. In total there are 13 races from 14:00 to 21:00. English racecards here, brief notes on races 1-10 below:
Race 1: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 60 Million / 14:00
Nine of the twelve debut here and trial “winner” (7) RAON QUANTUM is set to be the one to beat. He finished strongly in his trial, beating a couple who also debut here and should go well under the champion jockey. Among other debut makers, (6) MY VISION and (10) USEUNGUI CHUEOK caught the eye in trials, however the main danger is likely to be one of those with experience. (3) YEOKDAE CHOESANG was 3rd on debut at the end of July and can have come on for that.
|Selections||(7) Raon Quantum (3) Yeokdae Choesang (6) My Vision (10) Useungui Chueok|
|Next Best||1, 8, 11, 4|
|Outsiders||2, 5, 9, 12|
|Fast Starters||6, 8, 9|
Race 2: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:45
Big field and despite a trainer/jockey combination that isn’t in form (3) RECONQUISTA has to be slight favourite here. He beat three of these when running 2nd a month ago at this distance and can go one better today. (11) CALL ME JK comes in following a career best 2nd the same day and can come close once more as can (14) GANGJASEUNG, who improved under an apprentice jockey last time out and has the same rider returning today. Brian Dean’s (2) CALEDONIA can also improve on his debut run behind Reconquista while (1) WON AGAIN – yet to win – is the other one to consider.
|Selections||(3) Reconquista (2) Caledonia (11) Call Me JK (14) Gangjaseung|
|Next Best||1, 8, 5, 10|
|Outsiders||4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13|
Race 3: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 15:30
Another full field and this race is part of a brief challenge for some of the jockeys in town for Sunday’s international races. The Koreans have got the best of the draw with (6) DARK AMBER likely to be disputing favourite status with (10) MONDAY MONEY. Both look ready to win. (9) MENI VET has come close on each of her last four outings and should do so again while among the foreign riders, Abderahim Faddoul has perhaps the best draw with (7) YESANGBAEK SEUNG. Also in with a shout is (5) IBAEGJEOM.
|Selections||(6) Dark Amber (10) Monday Money (9) Menu Vet (7) Yesangbaek Seung|
|Next Best||5, 4, 14, 8, 3, 13|
|Outsiders||1, 2, 11, 12|
|Fast Starters||7, 9, 10, 12|
Race 4: Class 4 / 1700M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 16:15
The first of the trophy races so a big prize on offer here. (4) GWANGYANG DOLPUNG Is favourite to land it having been a close 2nd his first try at class and distance last month. He’ll settle handy and could have too much late on. (7) SUBAEKHYANG and (2) DIXIE PLOIT come in having run 2nd and 3rd respectively at this distance on August 20th and will be competitive again while (5) RAON NARA and (8) DEVIL MAN are both up in class and nicely in here.
|Selections||(4) GWangyang Dolpung (2) Dixie Ploit (7) Subaekhyang (5) Raon Nara|
Race 5: Class Open – The Singapore Turf Club Trophy / 1400M / KRW 150 Million / 16:45
Some of the visiting jockeys return here for this filly-only trophy race although again it’s a local who has the best of the draw with Kim Yong Geun pulling out (9) RAON AMOS. The filly has won her last four with varying degrees of ease and while she faces a stiffer test here, she should be on speed early and can win again. (7) BLAZING STAR gives Tadgh O’Shea an opportunity to show what he can do; the 3-year-old won three in a row between April and June and should also be on speed here. (4) OUR CAT, (5) REWARD HIGH and (8) JEWELRY PARK look best of the rest in a nicely competitive race.
|Selections||(9) Raon Amos (7) Blazing Star (8) Jewelry Park (5) Reward High|
|Next Best||4, 2|
|Outsiders||1, 3, 6|
|Fast Starters||4, 7, 9|
Race 6: Class Open Allowance / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 200 Million / 17:15
The inaugural Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy is for 2-year-olds who passed through local sales and there’s a huge prize on offer. (10) ROCKET QUEEN didn’t impress on debut last month but went back to trail just last week and absolutely flew through and Brian Dean’s filly comes into contention as a result. (3) CLEAN UP SKY and (9) LEAD MONEY were perhaps the most impressive on their debuts with (2) PHILLANIKE and (8) NEW WHY FI also showing potential for improvement.
|Selections||(10) Rocket Queen (3) Clean Up Sky (9) Lead Money (2) Phillanike|
|Next Best||8, 11, 1, 5, 12|
|Outsiders||4, 6, 7|
|Fast Starters||3, 5, 9, 10|
Race 7: Class Open / 2000M / Weight for Age / KRW 150 Million / 17:55
(5) SUN STRONG and (1) GASOKBULPAE ran 1st and 2nd over this distance in the Sports Chosun Cup in June. While Sun Strong struggled on reappreance at class 1 in July and Gasokbulpae han’t raced since, both look strong here. Gasokbulpae will try to lead from gate to wire. (2) CHEONJI STORM was a good 2nd in the Ilgan Sports Cup at the end of July and should be competitive on his first try at this distance while (3) ROYAL VICTORY and (7) HOWIMUSA look best of the rest.
|Selections||(1) Gasokbulpae (5) Sun Strong (2) Cheonji Storm (7) Howimusa|
|Next Best||6, 3, 4|
Race 8: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 18:35
Back to the big fields. (10) WANJEON MULGYEOL provided trainer Kim Dong Chul with his first ever winner last month and it is possible he could provide him with his 2nd here. It won’t be easy though. (13) HAPPIEST was beaten by Wanjeon Mulgyeol last time but should get closer today while (2) CUPID PARK and (4) GEUMBIT SONATA can both improve on slightly disappointing outings last time while (12) CHOWON BOLT can build on a 3rd and a 2nd in his last two starts. (6) GWACHEON WONDER is up in class following a 2nd place over this distance and while he is yet to win in ten attempts, he looks nicely in here.
|Selections||(6) Gwacheon Wonder (10) Wanjeon Mulgyeol (12) Chowon Bolt (2) Cupid Park|
|Next Best||13, 4, 1, 8, 5|
|Outsiders||3, 7, 9, 11|
Race 9: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 19:00
(10) SILLA HWARANG is up in class following his maiden win on his second start and he is favoured to keep improving her. He should come from just behind an early pace that could be set by (11) PINK STAR, who has just the one win in 25 races but has been coming close recently. (2) DRAGON SPEED comes in following an improved 3rd in July and then ten weeks off and can go well while (3) HWANHUIUISUNGAN and (8) HWANSANGUI DOYAK look best of the rest.
|Selections||(10) Silla Hwarang (11) Pink Star (2) Dragon Speed (3) Hwanhuiuisungan|
|Next Best||8, 7, 1|
|Outsiders||4, 5, 6, 9|
|Fast Starters||5, 6, 11|
Race 10: Class 4 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 19:25
Two standouts here with (3) VIVA TRINITY a class and distance winner on August 20th. He carries more weight today but can follow up. (6) SEONGBULOREUM’s recent form is better than 6th and 5th from her last two suggest – both were tight and with more luck she could have got closer coming from off the pace. (7) PRO MATEUS is inconsistent but can improve here while (2) SHINE CLOVER and (12) INDIE RUNNER are others to take into account.
|Selections||(3) Viva Trinity (6) Seongbuloreum (12) Indie Runner (7) Pro Mateus|
|Next Best||2, 10, 5, 8|
|Outsiders||1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14|