Month: October 2016

Busan Friday: Race By Race Preview (October 21)

The weekend’s racing gets uunderway at Busan on Friday. 10 races from 14.20 to 21.00. Notes on races 1-7 below:

Race 1: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 55 Million / 13:20 (SIN)


Kim Young Kwan’s (1) GABO QUEENS was beaten five lengths on debut last month but led briefly and showed enough to suggest she will be strong favourite to go one better here. She should lead from gate to wire. (2) BEONGGEULBEONGGEUL has also shown potential in two prior outings with a 3rd and a slightly disappointing 5th after getting a poor start last time. She looks the main danger here. (8) SINBIHAN JILJU debuted badly in August but looked much better in a trial earlier this month and should improve. Among the debut-makers, (12) PRIZE KING and, to a lesser extent, (11) SHARP KING look the ones to watch.



(1) Gabo Queens (2) Beonggeulbeonggeul (8) Sinbihan Jilju (12) Prize King

Next Best

7, 11, 3


Fast Starters



1, 3, 6, 7, 2


2, 6, 1, 7, 8


Race 2: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 55 Million / 13:45 (SIN)


More competitive here but we’ll go with experience again and put (5) TWO TWO RAPTOR on top. He was 2rd on debut last month and while he may eventually prefer slightly further, should be capable of winning in this company. Behind him that day was (3) JOYFUL STORY and he too can improve here. Among the others with prior experience, (11) UJU JEONGBEOL was a bit one-paced on debut but can build on it here. Bart Rice sends out (2) KKEUTPAN AERO for her debut here. She beat (12) WRECKING BALL and (1) PERFECT DIVA when winning a trial at the beginning of this month and should debut positively.



(5) Two Two Raptor (2) Kkeutpan Aero (11) Uju Jeongbeol (3) Joyful Story

Next Best

8, 10


Fast Starters

2, 6


6, 11, 7, 10, 5


3, 5, 10, 11, 4


Race 3: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:30 (SIN)


After back to back 3rd place finishes, most recently at this distance, (2) MAJOR DANCER looks ready to win at what will be the fourth time of asking. He’ll be handy early and can finish strongly. Similarly (10) RECHAE beat two of these when racing 3rd at this distance on September 23rd when coming from well off the pace and will be a danger again. (12) MISWICK MYEONGUN has shown potential in three starts since a lengthy lay-off. She’s a strong finisher and the outside gate should pose no problems. Among the rest, (7) DESTINY and (9) HAESEONG STAR look most likely make their breakthrough.



(2) Major Dancer (12) Miswick Myeongun (10) Rechae (7) Destiny

Next Best

9, 3, 4


Fast Starters

8, 9


9, 3, 7, 1, 6


10, 9, 7, 5, 4


Race 4: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 15:15 (SIN)


Banker favourite of the day here in the shape of Peter Wolsley’s (11) ROYAL RUBY. He was beaten seven lengths into 2nd on debut at this distance last month but should have far too much for this indifferent lot. The inconsistent (7) MAGIC WINNER is perhaps the main danger. He was a narrowly beaten 3rd two weeks ago and should be looking for a career best finish here. (1) QUEEN STEALTH showed signs of improvement last start and can continue here while (8) NAMBANG JEONSEOL, who debuted all the way back in December last year, finally returned to action at the end of last month in encouraging style and can place here. (6) PUREUN GANGJA and (10) CHEONJI CHAMP best of a limited rest.



(11) Royal Ruby (7) Magic Winner (8) Nambang Jeonseol (1) Queen Stealth

Next Best

6, 10


Fast Starters



12, 8, 7, 6, 10


11, 4, 7, 9, 6


Race 5: Class 5 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 16:00 (SIN)


(3) DAEBOREUMDAL and (1) MACHO MYEONGUN were 9th and 11th respectively in the betting at class and distance on September 23rd. They defied that to finish 3rd and 4th and both will be much shorter today. Bart Rice’s (10) RACHEL was much more fancied in that race but only managed 6th, weakening late on. Nevertheless, she’s shown enough in her two outings to date to suggest she can overturn that here and despite the wide draw, she’s the slight pick. (9) HUIMANG CHANGA went badly in that race but also gets another chance today while (5) HANNAM ROOKIE is yet to win in eleven but is usually close and should be once more.



(10) Rachel (3) Daeboreumdal (1) Macho Myeongun (5) Hannam Rookie

Next Best

9, 7


4, 3, 1=9=10

Fast Starters

3, 5, 9, 10


10, 9, 5, 3, 6


10, 1, 9, 8, 3


Race 6: Class 5 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 16:50 (SIN)


Tricky race this with any number in with a chance. (2) ARIKKARI enters in the most promising form though, with a 2nd and a 3rd in his most recent two outings, both times at this distance and both times in reasonable company for this level. He should sit handy early and could come very close. (8) AREUMDAUN YEOWANG and (9) GANGHO IRON have just one win between them but both look very nicely in here. The former will be slowly away but finishes well. (4) WONDER BOY failed to get a mile last start but should be much happier back at 1200M today while the up in class (10) LADY LUCK may also be considered.



(2) Arikkari (4) Wonder Boy (8) Areumdaun Yeowang (10) Lady Luck

Next Best

9, 3, 1


4, 3, 9, 1=2

Fast Starters

1, 4


1, 2, 4, 5, 8


9, 8, 7, 2, 3


Race 7: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 17:30 (SIN)


(10) INDIAN KING beat Royal Ruby, who we saw in race 4, by seven lengths over this distance on September 23rd. He is up in class here but he’ll be on speed early and he looks the one to beat. His main rivals are up in class too. (7) CHOEGANG OFFICER was 3rd to Indian King’s 2nd when the pair raced in August and went on to beat (1) PARK MAN by a length to score his maiden win last month. Both have claims here with Choegang Officer’s marginally stronger. He’ll be on speed early. As for those with prior experience at this level, (4) SUNGANUI BEOPCHIK was a much improved 2nd a month ago and can aim to match it here while (5) FIRST SUN also showed signs of improvement.



(10) Indian King (7) Choegang Officer (1) Park Man (4) Sunganui Beopchik

Next Best

5, 8


4, 10, 3, 2=7

Fast Starters

3, 5, 7, 10


7, 10, 3, 5, 4


1, 6, 5, 7, 10


Japan-Raced Stallions Biwa Shinseiki & Eagle Cafe Have Died

Biwa Shinseiki, sire of three-time President’s Cup winner Dangdae Bulpae, has died aged 18. The Japanese-bred stallion was standing privately in Korea. Eagle Cafe, winner of the NHK Mile in 2000 and Japan Cup Dirt in 2002, also passed away on Jeju Island in September.

Dangdae Bulpae Jo SUng Gon

Biwa Shinseiki’s best was Dangdae Bulpae, seen here on one of his three visits to the President’s Cup winner’s circle

Bred by Hayata Farms, Biwa Shinseiki [Forty Niner – Oceana (Northern Dancer)] was a very good racehorse in Japan landing 10 wins, 7 places and 8 shows from a total of 33 starts in a career lasting from 2001 until 2004. Those wins included two big Stakes races as well as five consecutive victories between May and December in 2002.

That winning streak came to an end when he was 2nd in that year’s Tokyo Daishoten at Ohi, a race in which he would finish 3rd in 2003. Also in 2003, he was 2nd in the February Stakes, one of the few Grade 1 races in Japan to be run on dirt. Usually run over a mile at Tokyo Racecourse, in 2003 it was held at Nakayama over 1800M.

Due to its dirt and its distance, the February Stakes is a popular race among Korean breeders with past winners Meisei Opera (1999), Admire Don (2004) and most recently Testa Matta (2012) all going on to stand at stud in Korea. Following a racing career in which he earned in excess of 370 Million Japanese  Yen, Biwa Shinseiki was purchased by Korean interests in 2005 to stand at Pureun Farm.

For a privately standing sire, he got plenty of mares but it was in his very first season at Stud, in 2006, when he covered the Alydeed mare Indeed My Dear. She had produced some very average racehorses beforehand but the resulting foal would become one of the best horses Korea has seen.

Dangdae Bulpae would win 19 of his 32 races between 2009 and 2013. He was quite a late-developer as a three-year-old only managing 3rd in the 2010 Korean Derby but he won the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Minister’s Cup, in October and a month later returned to Seoul the following month to claim Korea’s joint-richest race, the President’s Cup, something he would go on to do for the following two years.

Dangdae Bulpae’s exploits helped Biwa Shinseiki to 8th place on the Leading Sire list on 2010, to 10th in 2011 and 12th in 2012. None of his other foals would be anything like as good although he produced many winners even if few made it up to class 1 level. Biwa Shinseiki died on September 28. Cause of death is yet to be officially confirmed.

Also passing away in September was Nokwon Farm’s Eagle Cafe (Gulch), another horse who raced in Japan. He was the winner of just five races, however, they included the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo in 2000 and then in 2002, the Japan Cup Dirt (now known as the Champion’s Cup) under Frankie Dettori.

Eagle Cafe [Gulch – Net Dancer (Nureyev)] was bred in the US but trained in Japan. He also raced in Dubai and France. He came to Korea to stand at Nokwon – a farm with close Japanese ties – in 2011 but covered few mares and was to all intents and purposes retired in 2014. His gelding Honey Butter Nino is the first Korea-based horse in training for Japanese owner Shigeo Kadono. Eagle Cafe died from colic aged 19 on September 30.

Clean Up Joy Romps Home In KRA Cup Classic

Clean Up Joy today showed why he’s the highest-rated horse at Seoul with an easy win in the KRA Cup Classic on a rainy afternoon in the Korean capital.

Jockey Ham Wan Sik departed from his normal tactics on Clean Up Joy and despite 5-year-old leaping rather awkwardly out of the gate opted to push forward to join the early leaders. On a wet track, it paid off handsomely. Clean Up Joy hit the front as the field entered the home straight and ran on to win by a comfortable seven-lengths on the line.

Clean Up Joy (Purge) was recording his 10th win on what was his 20th career start. He was 3rd behind Bold Kings in last year’s Grand Prix Stakes and 4th in this summer’s Busan Mayor’s Cup, beaten only by Beolmaui Kkum, Triple Nine and Success Story. Despite a reverse at the hands of Winning Andy – who also tried his luck here – when conceding 8kg in August, he fully vindicated punters who sent him off at long odds-on today.

Running 2nd was the ever-reliable Unbeatable (Eddington) while long-shot Cheonjeok (Shakespeare) got up for a very creditable 3rd place.

Clean Up Joy was a $14,000 purchase from the OBS two-year-old sale in Florida in June 2013. He’s now won in excess of $800,000 in prize-money.

KRA Cup Classic (KOR G2) – Seoul Racecourse – 2000M – October 16, 2016

1. Clean Up Joy (USA) [Purge – Greta’s Joy (Joyeaux Danseur)] – Ham Wan Sik – 1.3, 1.1
2. Unbeatable (USA) [Eddington – Baxter Hall (Rahy)] – Song Jae Chul – 3.2
3. Cheonjeok (USA) [Shakespeare – Celtic Song (Giant’s Causeway)]
Distances: 7 lengths / 3 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Clean Up Cheonha (USA) 5. Dynamic Jilju (USA) 6. Bichui Wangja (USA) 7. Areumdaundonghaeng (USA) 8. Winning Andy (USA) 9. Chief Red Can (USA) 10. Damyang Chukje (USA)

KRA Cup Classic Day Preview

KRA Cup Classic day has dawned overcast in Seoul. Ten runners will go to post this afternoon for the 400 Million Won race with Clean Up Joy, 4th in this summer’s Busan Mayor’s Cup likely to be the favourite.


Chief Red Can and Park Eul Woon won the KRA Cup Classic last year. They return for another try today (Pic: Ross Holburt)

The KRA Cup Classic is the highlight of an 11 race card at Seoul which runs from 10:40 to 18:00. There are also 6 races at Busan from 12:50 to 17:05. English racecards are here. Notes on the three Sky Racing races, including the Classic are below:

Race 8: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap: Horses which are imported to Korea have to start at class 4 whereas those bred domestically can begin at class 6. Therefore Korea-bred horses who have made it up to this level are generally proven winners. That’s the case with (4) SUBAEKYANG, who has a 2nd and a 3rd from her last two and is favoured to score here with a late run. On speed will be (2) GYODUBO and (11) FLY WING. Both have won at this distance already and they look the main dangers. Also on speed early should be (1) KKUMUI CLUB who tries this distance for the first time and can go well. Also attempting the 1700M for the first time is (7) WANGUI DAERO, who is yet to score in eleven but has often come close and can beat plenty of these.

Selections: 4, 2, 11, 1
Next Best: 7, 6, 12, 3
Rating: 12, 2=4, 11, 7
Fast Starters: 2, 9, 11, 12
Start-200M: 12, 10, 1, 9, 11
200M-Finish: 12, 2, 7, 4, 1

Race 9: Class Open – The KRA Cup Classic (KOR G2) (2000M) Weight for Age: Big prize money on offer here and (9) CLEAN UP JOY is favoured to take it home. He’s the top-rated horse at Seoul and won his first three races this year before refistering a by no-means disgraced 4th place in a very tough Mayor’s Cup at Busan in July. On his return to the capital in August he was somewhat surprisingly beaten by (6) WINNING ANDY over 1400M but he was giving 8kg away and should overturn that under weight for age today. Clean Up Joy is expected to drop right to the back of the field early and then close strongly. His stablemate (2) CLEAN UP CHEONHA is two races into a comeback following a lengthy spell. Neither suited and he is expected to improve today. (3) BICHUI WANGJA was a gate to wire winner over this distance in July and while he disappointed, he should get an uncontested lead here and can be considered to stay all the way. (1) DYNAMIC JILJU, an also-ran in the Korea Cup last month and (10) CHIEF RED CAN, winner of this race in 2015, are others to be respected.

Selections: 9, 3, 1, 2
Next Best: 6, 1, 7, 5, 8, 4
Rating: 9, 2, 1, 10, 5
Fast Starters: 3
Start-200M: 2, 3, 5, 1, 9
200M-Finish: 9, 6, 5, 2, 4

Race 10: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap: Competitive race to finish with. (4) GAIA THUNDER looks to be the pick, having been a class and distance winner in August before going on to beat four of his rivals here when running 2nd over 1700M a month ago. He’ll settle just behind any early leaders and has a strong finish. (3) CHOWONUI CHANGA was 4th in that race, just under a length behind (10) MIRACLE CAT – who was over-performing – and will be a danger today. (11) GEUMGANGJEGUK was a surprise winner over 1200M on August 27th beating (1) LAST CODIE and (9) BEST ROAD. All three of them find themselves up in class here and Last Codie especially, with three wins from five outings to date, looks set to overturn that form today.

Selections: 4, 1, 3, 9
Next Best: 2, 7, 11, 10
Rating: 4, 2, 5, 11, 7
Fast Starters: 1, 2, 6, 7
Start-200M: 1, 9, 6, 2, 7
200M-Finish: 4, 10, 3, 11, 9

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (October 14)

Friday racing is about to get underway. Here’s the preview of the simulcast races:

Race 1: Class 6 / 1000M / Allowance / KRW 40 Million / 13:20 (SIN)

Second on debut, Peter Wolsley’s (1) DINAH should be making the breakthrough here in this all-filly event. (9) BLUE TIME looked good on debut and while she was a slightly disappointing 5th when well backed on her re-appearance, she looks the main danger here. (10) QUEEN’S BULLET was a much improved 2nd a month ago and can go well once more while the only debut-maker (3) FRENCH GIRL and the most experienced filly in the race (4) AQUA QUEEN look best of the rest.

Selections: (1) Dinah (9) Blue Time (3) French Girl (10) Queen’s Bullet

Next Best: 4, 6

Race 2: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 55 Million / 13:45 (SIN)

Trainer Kim Young Kwan gives Francisco Da Silva a good opportunity to score here on (4) FOUR NINES. The colt showed improvement with a 3rd place two weeks ago and can win this. Also much improved last start was (5) KING SIMON who appreciated the slight additional distance and should be competitive again here. (6) OPEN THE SKY didn’t impress on debut but should be given another chance to show what he can do here with (1) KING ICE, (8) TRIPLE KING and first-timer (9) GOLDEN TROPHY among others to note.

Selections: (4) Four Nines (5) King Simon (6) Open The Sky (9) Golden Trophy

Next Best: 8, 1

Race 3: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 14:30 (SIN)

(3) RED YOUNG MYEONGUN has been close on both his last two starts and in more modest company today, will be strong favourite to make the breakthrough. Bart Rice’s (4) SILENT LAGO returns for the first time since May. She looked sharp in a September trial and should go well under an apprentice jockey who is flying at the moment. (5) SWEET WHY should be on speed early and can at least match her best finish to date of 3rd while (2) GOLDEN BULLET and (6) MACH IMPACT are others to watch.

Selections: (3) Red Young Myeongun (4) Silent Lago (5) Sweet Why (2) Golden Bullet

Next Best: 6, 1

Race 4: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 15:15 (SIN)

Kim Young Kwan and Francisco Da Silva partner once more, this time with (3) PINK BLADE, who just came up short as favourite three weeks ago at this distance but will be strong favourite to put things right today. (4) CAPI RUN showed good potential with a 3rd place on his first try at the distance and comes back after three months off to be the main danger here while (5) MAPLE CLASSIC put in a solid debut at the end of August and can build on it here. (7) ARMAGEDDON had shown little in the way of talent before a shock 3rd place last start and punters will be more mindful of him here while (6) YES QUEEN too put in a career-best finish on September 23rd and can follow up today.

Selections: (3) Pink Blade (4) Capi Run (5) Maple Classic (6) Yes Queen

Next Best: 7, 9

Race 5: Class 5 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 16:00 (SIN)

The first of the handicaps and Peter Wosley puts apprentice Choi Eun Gyeung on (3) MACHEON CHIRON, who was just beaten into 2nd on his first try at this class last month and he is the one to beat today. There’s plenty of talent here though and (9) DANCING STAR was 3rd on her own first attempt at the level and dropping back to 1000M today will be a danger. Since winning on debut in July, (1) SUPER JJANGJJANGI hasn’t quite got to grips with the stiffer competition at class 5 but can’t be ruled out while (5) MADEIN MYEONGSEONG returns to action for the first time since January and looked decent when requalifying. Disappointing behind Macheon Chiron last time (7) MOMENT can be given another chance today.

Selections: (3) Macheon Chiron (9) Dancing Star (5) Madein Myeongseong (7) Moment

Next Best: 1, 8

Race 6: Class 2 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 88 Million / 16:50 (SIN)

Good line-up here but Bart Rice’s (6) BUHWARUI BANSEOK should have too much for them. He’s won his last two well, most recently at class and distance and will be strong favourite to complete a hat-trick here. Also on a hat-trick and winner of five from seven to date is (9) LUCKY TIME. He can go well but is up in class and does have something to find here. Instead the main danger may be (2) TARIAT TALE, 2nd at this class behind the very good Tohamsan last month and tries this distance for the first time. (5) BAEDARI BOBAE was 3rd in the final leg of the Triple Crown in July and while up in class here, can place again while as indeed can (8) GOSOK JILJU, who beat him last month. (7) CHOEGANG PLUS looks best of the rest.

Selections: (6) Buhwarui Banseok (5) Baedari Bobae (2) Tariat Tale (9) Lucky Time

Next Best: 7, 8

Race 7: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 17:30 (SIN)

Big competitive field to finish with and with a 3rd and a 2nd from his last two, we’ll go with (10) INDIAN CHIEF to take the honours. (7) SHNE STAR won on debut and while he was a little lacklustre last time out gets another chance here while (3) BONGHWANGUI KKUM won at this class in September and despite carrying an extra 4kg here, can be competitive. (6) YAKSOKUI SIGAN and the usually fast finishing (11) BIGBANG BID are next best.

Selections: (10) Indian Chief (3) Bonghwangui Kkum (7) Shine Star (11) Bigbang Bid

Next Best: 6

Power Blade Pushed But Prevails On Busan Homecoming

Down in Australia on Saturday, only two showed up to face the phenom that is Winx. Korean Triple Crown winner Power Blade didn’t quite command that amount of respect on his return to his home track of Busan on Sunday but he came close with only four rivals venturing out against him – one of them a stablemate – in the Kookje Sinmun Cup.

In fairness, this has never been hugely supported race, despite its hefty prize money – boosted even further this year – but the whole day was very much billed as the Power Blade celebration day. This would be the first time the Busan-trained colt had races at his home track since winning the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the KRA Cup Mile, all the way back in April.

Since then, Power Blade has gone on to romp both the Derby and the Minister’s Cup, becoming the first horse to sweep the K-Triple Crown in its current format and then, despite looking as flat as a pancake in the build-up, registered a hugely creditable 4th place in the Korea Cup at Seoul last month.

A jaunt around seven furlongs at Busan was never going to be too taxing but Power Blade’s neighbour from a few boxes down in Kim Young Kwan’s barn is an interesting talent himself. As a juvenile, Seoul Bullet was part of the KRA’s “maybe the horse isn’t the problem” program, which involved sending Korean-bred horses overseas for early training and racing. He went to Florida where he actually managed to get claimed out of a race at Gulfstream Park (the KRA claimed him back the next time he was entered) and recorded one 3rd from 4 outings.

On his return from Korea Seoul Bullet joined some of the other returnees in proving that no, the Korean-bred horse isn’t the problem, winning 6 out 6 starts, including the 2015 Gold Circle Trophy ahead of a young Macheon Bolt, before injury intervened. He would be off for more than a year and finally returned in inauspicious fashion in August.

Today was expected to be better for Seoul Bullet. It was. Under Seo Seung Un, he hot the front three furlongs out to get first run in the straight. Kim Yong Geun quickly brought Power Blade alongside and for a moment the battle was joined. Power Blade quickly got the best of it and Kim’s whip use was sparing, the Triple Crown winner always in command but only winning by half a length on the line.

So Seoul Bullet is back as a force in the Busan ranks but Power Blade retains his star status.  A good day all round. A journey back to Seoul for the President’s Cup next month is possible but his stable has an embarrassment of riches for that race including Triple Nine, who bested Power Blade to finish 3rd in the Korea Cup. By virtue of their in-the-money finishes in the Cup, both Power Blade and Triple Nine can receive international ratings enabling them to be considered for the Dubai World Cup Carnival and there is no denying it would be wonderful to see a fit Korean Triple Crown winner lining up at Meydan in the New Year.

For now though, Power Blade is back home.

Seoul Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (October 9)

While at Busan, Power Blade is the main attraction on Sunday, there’s a big card at Seoul too with 11 races from 10:40 to 18:00

English racecards can be found here. Notes on all Seoul races below:


Rating Top five official rated
Fast Starters Expected to lead the race early
Start-200M Fastest average time for the first 200M (up to 6 most recent races)
200M-Finish Fastest average time for the final 200M (up to 6 most recent races)

Race 1: Class 6 / 1200M / Allowance / KRW 60 Million / 10:40

 (8) CLEAN UP SKY was 3rd in the valuable HKJC Trophy on September 10th and would probably have won had he not been one of two who shifted outwards abruptly away from the whip in the closing stages, losing a lot of ground. The other who did that was a winner last week and in Korea, Clean Up Sky will be odds-on to follow suit here. Next best is (3) YEOKDAE CHOESANG who closed strongly for 2nd last start and will appreciate the extra furlong today. (5) RULE OF SUM was an encouraging 5th on debut in August and can come on here while (4) PHILLANIKE and (12) JEULGEOUN HAMSEONG are perhaps best of the rest although (11) MEGA CHAMP won his trial and will have some backing.

Selections (8) Clean Up Sky (3) Yeokdae Choesang (5) Rule Of Sum (12) Jeulgeoun Hamseong
Next Best 11, 4, 9
Fast Starters 4, 6, 8
Start-200M 8, 4, 12, 2, 3
200M-Finish 5, 3, 12, 7, 9

Race 2: Class 6 / 1300M / Allowance / KRW 20 Million / 11:05

The market will be slightly more balanced in this one with all except (5) HALO TIME likely to have at least some support. (2) QUEEN PRINCESS and (7) EUNBIT NARAE recorded 3rd places at 1200M and 1300M respectively in August and while both struggled on reappearance last month, they can return to some semblance of form here. It’s similar for (1) GANGJASEUNG, the most experienced one in the race, who failed to follow up on an August 2nd place. (3) YEONGUNG GEONMA’s best I three outings so far came at this distance and will benefit from the services of Djordje Perovic, while (6) GOLDIE EARTH finally showed some improvement in a weak race last month and carries the lightest weight here.

Selections (3) Yeongung Geonma (2) Queen Princess (1) Gangjaseung (6) Goldie Earth
Next Best 7, 4
Fast Starters 2
Start-200M 3, 2, 4, 6, 7
200M-Finish 5, 3, 1, 7, 2

Race 3: Class 5 / 1000M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 11:30

Another competitive race. Slight pick and likely favourite is (6) MABEOP TANHWAN, a class and distance winner on September 3rd when not fancied at all. He came from just behind the early leaders that day and beat (5) GALKKOTBI in 3rd by almost two lengths. This race isn’t significantly stronger although (2) DONGHAE VICAR and (3) KING LIGHT, both of whom struggled on their first try at this class and both should welcome the step down in trip today. That’s true too of (10) GANGNAMGUL while (8) JEOMIPGASOK returns for the first time since May and looked lively enough in a trial last month.

Selections (6) Mabeop Tanhwan (3) King Light (2) Donghae Vicar (10) Gangnamgul
Next Best 8, 1, 5
Rating 3=10, 6, 1=2
Fast Starters 2, 3, 10
Start-200M 7, 3, 10, 2, 6
200M-Finish 8, 6, 4, 1, 9

Race 4: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 12:10

After back to back 3rd places in all-filly races at this class and distance and prior to that a solid 2nd at 1400M, (11) BEST QUEEN looks ready to win again here. She’s usually steadily away so the outside gate shouldn’t be an issue. Finding one too quick once more may be an issue though and if that happens, the most likely is (8) NEULPUREUN KOKO. She was a well-beaten 2nd at this distance a month ago but is a winner at this distance and will be on speed early. (9) YONGDUSAN showed tentative signs of a return to form with a 4th place at class and distance in August and can go well here too while (6) EIGER and the oddly named (1) VET TIME look best of the rest.

Selections (11) Best Queen (8) Neulpureun Koko (9) Yongdusan (6) Eiger
Next Best 1, 10
Rating 5, 11, 7, 8, 6
Fast Starters 5, 8
Start-200M 8, 5, 1, 9, 6
200M-Finish 11, 3, 1, 2, 6

Race 5: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 13:15

Another competitive race and we’ll make (1) LAKE LOUISE, 3rd on her first try at this level on September 11th, the pick to score. She led until the closing stages that day and with half a furlong less to worry about today, can go all the way this time. (6) SUN MASTER was 5th, a length and a half behind Lake Louise that day and can go closer here. (7) LA FENICE was a winner at this class over 1000M last month and while that seems to be his ideal distance, he should be able to be competitive at 1200M and will challenge for the lead early. (4) SILVER HERO is up in class having won two of his first three outings and is to be considered while (8) SO ARA YEOWANG drops back to this distance for the first time since beating Lake Louise over it in July. Trainer and jockey combination is bang in form right now.

Selections (1) Lake Louise (4) Silver Hero (6) Sun Master (8) So Ara Yeowang
Next Best 6, 2
Rating 2, 7, 5, 1, 8
Fast Starters 1, 3, 7
Start-200M 7, 3, 1, 5, 6
200M-Finish 9, 5, 8, 2, 4

Race 6: Class 4 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 14:05

Since beginning his career with a pair of wins, (11) SIDAEUIYEOWANG has never finished any worse than 4th but has always managed to find at least one too quick. He can put that right today. The main danger looks to be the up in class (6) GWACHEONUI HAMSEONG who’s won two from four and attempts 1400M for the first time. He’s likely to try to make all while Sidaeuiyeowang will be ridden more patiently. Also on speed will be (8) EOJJUGURI, who should be close at the end although the distance may be a slight concern. (2) PRETTY BOY and the up in class (10) DIXIE SMILE, who landed his 2nd win at the 26th time of asking last month, are others in contention.

Selections (11) Sidaeuiyeowang (6) Gwacheonui Hamseong (8) Eojjuguri (10) Dixie Smile
Next Best 2, 5, 12
Rating 11, 3, 1, 8, 2
Fast Starters 4, 5, 6, 8
Start-200M 5, 11, 8, 4, 6
200M-Finish 6, 9, 2, 12, 10

Race 7: Class 4 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 14:55

There are three stand-outs here in a very average looking race and among them (5) NEW CITADEL, 2nd on debut over 1300M on August 27th, is favoured to take the honours. (7) BANYA DONGHAENG was an encouraging 5th on debut last month and can build on it here while (1) GOOD TO YOU is yet to win in eighteen outings but beat three of these when running 3rd over this distance last start in August and should beat plenty again. It’s slim pickings beyond those so well give a chance to debut-maker (8) HWAGANG, who was 2nd in a trial just last week and also to (12) USEUNG GONGGAM who has a strong of recent 4th places that he should be looking to match or better in this company.

Selections (5) New Citadel (7) Banya Donghaeng (1) Good To You (8) Hwagang
Next Best 12, 3
Rating 5, 3=7=8, 1
Fast Starters 3, 5
Start-200M 3, 5, 10, 6, 7
200M-Finish 7, 5, 1, 12, 2

Race 8: Class 3 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 75 Million / 15:45

(4) SPIRIT OF HANSEN has been 2nd on each of his three outings so far and he should be close by once more. It’s possible though that he might have to settle for 2nd – or worse – as he finds himself up in class today in what is a competitive race. (9) DAEBAKIDA and (5) HWANGGEUM DEULPAN have both shown they can be contenders at this level and should go close while (2) DAEMA JIJON has already won at class and distance and can be dangerous. (10) EUNBIT HWANHUI has won two of her last three and is accordingly up in class here. She tries the distance for the first time and it should suit.

Selections (4) Spirit Of Hansen (9) Daebakida (10) Eunbit Hwanhui (5) Hwanggeum Deulpan
Next Best 2, 6, 3
Rating 3, 12, 1=2=5
Fast Starters 1, 2, 11
Start-200M 1, 3, 4, 11, 2
200M-Finish 6, 10, 4, 2, 9

Race 9: Class 3 / 1700M / Handicap / KRW 75 Million / 16:40

Both (1) CHEONHABI and (7) IGWANGSASEOK enter here having won their last two starts, the latest for each of them being at this class and accordingly both must be respected here. We’re going to make (2) SIMBA the pick though. His two latest defeats have been in tougher company than this and he looks very nicely in here. (8) LITTLE BROWN was 2nd, just over a length behind Igwangsaseok, at class and distance on August 28th and can go close again while (6) VALLEY STAR, last behind Cheonhabi last time out, can improve today.

Selections (2) Simba (1) Cheonhabi (7) Igwangsaseok (8) Little Brown
Next Best 6, 3
Rating 3=8, 1=2=5
Fast Starters 1, 8
Start-200M 8, 1, 7, 2, 4
200M-Finish 3, 1, 2, 7, 8

Race 10: Class 1 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 110 Million / 17:30

Seven of these raced each other at class and distance on August 28th and it was old-stager (8) GUMANSEOK who surprisingly got the best of them. He hasn’t been respected by punters in either of his last two races but has defied his odds both times to finish 2nd. He’ll be much shorter today. (1) SPACE PORT was just a neck behind Gumanseok in that race and may well start favourite here but the other likely fancies here didn’t go that day. (12) BRIG returned to form with a solid 2nd place over 2000M at the beginning of September and should be strong here while (9) MENI MONEY was 3rd over this distance in June’s SLTC Trophy and enters in good form. (10) HALLA CHUKJE, who will most likely set the early pace and (7) WOLRD JJANG are others to look out for.

Selections (12) Brig (1) Space Port (8) Gumanseok (9) Meni Money
Next Best 10, 7, 2
Rating 1, 3, 4, 10, 2
Fast Starters 3, 4, 10
Start-200M 3, 1, 7, 9, 6
200M-Finish 7, 2, 10, 8, 5

Race 11: Class 2 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 90 Million / 18:00

Two who are up in class look to be the ones to beat in the finale. (1) MENI MUSIC and (3) SNOW CHARISMA were class 3 winners at the start of September over 1200M and 1400M respectively, both of them making all and they will fight it out early in the race with one of them having the potential to go all the way. (4) SINGGEUREOUNBOM and (8) CUPID CHONGAL, have the best chance of stopping them with (10) KEUNBADA a longer shot in what is another competitive race.

Selections (3) Snow Charisma (1) Meni Music (4) Singgeureounbom (8) Cupid Chongal
Next Best 10, 11,
Rating 10, 1, 8, 2, 11
Fast Starters 1, 3
Start-200M 10, 4, 3, 8, 12
200M-Finish 1, 12, 2, 7, 6