Christmas Day Racing At Seoul: Race-By-Race Preview (December 25)

Christmas Day sees a bumper day of racing in Seoul with 15 races from 10:40 to 18:00. English race cards can be found here.

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Notes on races 6-15 are below. It’s going to be cold and crisp but dry day. Christmas Day at the races in Seoul is surely something everybody should do once!

Race 6: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 13:30 

(1) DREAM SUN was a creditable 4th behind three decent ones over 1300M at the end of last month and should have too much here. (3) HAWK EYES, who returned from a lengthy spell to run 2nd over 1000M on December 3rd, can go close again while (2) GONSEOL and (11) CLAY SHOOT are also capable of going close while (4) HWANGGEUM NEUGDAE returned from six months off in the race behind Dream Sun last month, looked like he needed the race and can go better here.

Selections: (1) Dream Sun (3) Hawk Eyes (2) Gonseol (4) Hwanggeum Neugdae
Next Best: 11
Rating: 1, 12, 3=6, 4
Fast Starters: 4, 11
Start-200M: 11, 4, 12, 7, 6
200M-Finish: 1, 3, 6, 5, 9

Race 7: Class 5 / 1300M / Handicap / KRW 40 Million / 14:00 

(1) SIMCHEONG SADAL got his maiden win at the third attempt last start. He’s had two months off since and is up in class today but will be favourite to score once more. (8) DAEJANGGEUM has come close in several tries at this level and should be looking to get close once more while (9) GIANT TEUKGEUP may be up in class despite being without a win but can get among the places again after consecutive 2nd place finishes. (3) FLYING STORM and especially (10) SPASTAR have too proven their competitiveness at this level and are not to be discounted.

Selections: (1) Simcheong Sadal (10) Spastar (8) Daejanggeum (9) Giant Teukgeup
Next Best: 5, 3, 11
Rating: 10, 1, 7, 5, 8
Fast Starters: 1, 7, 8
Start-200M: 1, 7, 8, 9, 2
200M-Finish: 3, 5, 10, 11, 12

Race 8: Class 4 / 1700M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 14:30 

This looks a competitive affair but we’ll go for (9) HURRICANE BLUE, half-brother to a Korean Derby winner, to continue his development here. He’s won two of three since returning from ten month off and while up in class and significantly in distance, can win again. Also trying the distance for the first time is (4) SILVER HERO, who is yet to finish any worse than 5th in six outings and should go well. Among those who have tried the distance before, (3) CHEOLLI, a strong 2nd at it three weeks ago is a strong contender as are (8) RAIN SKY and (10) J.S. ONE, both of whom are distance proven.

Selections: (9) Hurricane Blue (3) Cheolli (8) Rain Sky (4) Silver Hero
Next Best: 10, 7
Rating: 2, 5=7, 9, 3
Fast Starters: 2, 4, 9
Start-200M: 2, 9, 4, 3, 1
200M-Finish: 8, 9, 3, 10, 7

Race 9: Class 4 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 15:00 

Probably best to favour one of the Korean-breds here and (4) CHEONGCHUN YEOLCHA has been competing in some tough domestic class 4 races recently and should go well in this company today. She’ll look to lead from the start. Among the imports, (5) HWANGGEUM SORI and (10) DAE JYUSIN have both shown promise in two starts so far, both of them finishing 4th both times and can improve today. (6) BROADWAY SIN and (7) SAEJAE SARANG are others with claims for improvement.

Selections: (4) Cheongchun Yeolcha (5) Hwanggeum Sori (10) Dae Jyusin (7) Saejae Sarang
Next Best: 6, 3, 2
Rating: 12, 1, 4, 6, 3
Fast Starters: 1, 3, 4, 8
Start-200M: 8, 12, 1, 6, 5
200M-Finish: 10, 4, 5, 6, 8

Race 10: Class 4 / 1700M / Handicap / KRW 60 Million / 15:30

Just two of these have wins to their name and one of those, (2) CHEONJI SEONGGONG is favoured to strike again here. She’s come close in recent starts and was 3rd over this distance last time out. She’ll look to be on pace early and make all. (3) IM WELL ARMED didn’t impress on his one previous try at this distance but comes in following a career best 2nd last time out and can improve here while similarly (1) ECO BOOSTER and (5) GOOD TO YOU look ready to attempt 1700M again showing good form in recent outings. (4) DEVIL MAN has already managed a 2nd place at the distance and could provide some value.

Selections: (2) Cheonji Seonggong (3) Im Well Armed (4) Devil Man (1) Eco Booster
Next Best: 4, 6
Rating: 1=5, 2=6, 10
Fast Starters: 1, 2
Start-200M: 2, 8, 11, 12, 6
200M-Finish: 5, 7, 1, 2, 8

Race 11: Class 3 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 75 Million / 16:00 

(2) REWARD HIGH is capable at this level. She was favourite last time over 1400M but while she led most of the way she weakened late on. Back at 1200M today, we’ll give her another chance. (12) HANBIT NARA was 3rd, a length behind Reward High in that race and she will be a danger again but more likely perhaps are (4) POWER BISEUL and (7) MR. CUPID, both of who have come close on recent starts and look to have wins in them at this level. (10) PENACOVA also looks promising and is up in class following his maiden win over 1300M on November 27th.

Selections: (2) Reward High (4) Power Biseul (7) Mr. Cupid (10) Penacova
Next Best: 12, 3
Rating: 2, 4, 7, 6, 8
Fast Starters: 3, 6, 7, 9
Start-200M: 6, 9, 10, 1, 3
200M-Finish: 10, 8, 4, 2, 1

Race 12: Class 3 / 1200M / Handicap / KRW 75 Million / 16:30 

(1) MUSIGNY was an eye-catchingly fast winner over 1000M last month, beating (11) LA FENICE by four lengths and while he is up in class and also in distance today, he has to be taken seriously. He will probably start as favourite along with (5) GOLD MUSIC, 2nd at class and distance last start, beating (2) GRIFFIN in the process and can challenge again today. (4) INTO THE WILD disappointed first-up after a three-month break last month when put under pressure in the early stages. (8) DAEHAN CHEONWANG also disappointed in the very same race. Look for improvement from both today.

Selections: (1) Musigny (5) Gold Music (4) Into The Wild (2) Griffin
Next Best: 8, 3
Rating: 3=12, 10, 9, 1
Fast Starters: 1, 4, 6, 10
Start-200M: 6, 5, 4, 8, 11
200M-Finish: 1, 4, 11, 7, 8

Race 13: Class Open / 1200M / Allowance (2yo) / KRW 150 Million / 17:00 

Valuable race restricted to imported 2-year-olds. (7) CHEONGDAM DOKKI was and outsider when he beat four of these to land a similarly rich race, the Munhwa Ilbo Cup, over this distance on November 6th, closing from well off the pace to win by half a length. He’ll be much better supported today but it won’t be easy for him. (8) DOLKONG was 2nd in that race and has every chance of overturning it today as does (2) NEW CITADEL who was a narrow 3rd. (6) SPIRIT OF HANSEN disappointed that day when favourite but gets another chance while (1) HEUNGRYONG and (3) INGWANGNO are the likely early pace-setters and both can go well in what is a very competitive race.

Selections: (8) Dolkung (7) Cheongdam Dokki (2) New Citadel (1) Heungryong
Next Best: 3, 6
Rating: 7, 6, 1=2=10
Fast Starters: 1, 3
Start-200M: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5
200M-Finish: 8, 7, 9, 2, 5

Race 14: Class 2 / 1800M / Handicap / KRW 90 Million / 17:30

Another competitive race with (7) LITTLE BROWN, 2nd at class and distance a month ago, the stand out. He beat two others who go here and showed he is capable at this level. Up to this level for the first time is (12) SIMBA. He is unbeaten at 1800M and comes in following a good victory over the similarly up in class (10) OCULUS on November 12th and there’s no reason for either to be intimidated in this company. Also with plenty of backers will be (2) THE QUEEN SILVER, back up to two turns following 2nd place in a decent 1400M race last month. (5) JEWELRY PARTY is best of the rest.

Selections: (12) Simba (7) Little Brown (2) The Queen Silver (5) Jewelry Party
Next Best: 10, 3
Rating: 2, 3, 8, 9, 1
Fast Starters: 4, 6, 7
Start-200M: 6, 7, 9, 11, 5
200M-Finish: 10, 8, 2, 12, 7

Race 15: Class 1 / 1400M / Handicap / KRW 110 Million / 18:00 

Nice class 1 to finish with and Canada-bred (4) GAENARI makes her top level debut after a really good looking nine-length win over 1200M at the end of October. It’s also her first try at 1400M but she has potential and is the pick. (10) DOUBLE DRAGON requires respect having upset the odds to beat no fewer than six of these at class and distance on November 27th. That overturned recent form and he can repeat. (8) BEST GUY, (5) RUSH FORTH and (2) CHEONMANG were the ones that got closest that day and may also be considered for improvement. (1) BRIG is unpredictable and is the wildcard pick. Merry Christmas!

Selections: (4) Gaenari (10) Double Dragon (2) Cheonmang (8) Best Guy
Next Best: 5, 1, 3
Rating: 3, 5, 2=9, 6
Fast Starters: 2, 4, 9
Start-200M: 4, 9, 2, 8, 5
200M-Finish: 6, 1, 5, 3, 7

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