Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 19)

Saturday at Seoul sees 11 races from 14:00 to 21:00. Notes on all are below:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

1. JEONGSANG GADO – Sole start in February. Re-qualified behind some very quick ones last month. Not yet.
2. CUPID DOCTOR – 4th of 12 ahead of Jeonsin Mukyang on promising debut on July 23rd. In the hunt.
3. BROWN BOMBER – First-time starter. Trialed up ok although others favoured.
4. MALAKAS – Debut-maker. Won his trial in good fashion. First foal out of his dam, who ran very well in Korea. Interesting.
5. CHEONGUN ILHO – Finish in midfield in all of five starts last autumn and winter. First appearance since February. Looked ok in trial.
6. JUNGDONG JIJON – 4th on debut on July 22nd. Can get closer today.
7. BLUE SHARK – Sent back to trial after woeful debut over 1300M. Was entered at that distance because of hanging inwards in training. Drops back today. Trialed ok.
8. CHOWON YEOJEONSA – 10th behind Argo Unique last time. Lots to find.
7. ARGO UNIQUE – Shown some promise in four starts so far although disappointed when odd-on favourite in June. 6th last time ahead of Chowon yeojeonsa and in the frame today.
8. SACHEON DAESEONG – Best from seven outings is a 5th of 11 back in April. Last of 10 on latest at 1300M on July 16th.
9. MAJJABEUN SON 0 7th of 10 on debut on July 15th. Failed to quicken.
10. JEONSIN MUKYANG – 8th of 12 on debut behind Cupid Doctor on debut on July 23rd.

Verdict: The interestingly named (4) MALAKAS looks an interesting prospect. First foal from a dam who was a very good racehorse in Korea and a good looking trial winner, he can win first up. (2) CUPID DOCTOR was an encouraging 4th on debut and can build on that today. At the opposite end of the scale (7) BLUE SHARK was dreadful on debut but having had a couple of months off, looked a much better proposition when trialing up. (6) JUNGDONG JIJON best of rest.

Selections (4) Malakas (2) Cupid Doctor (7) Blue Shark (6) Jungdong Jijon
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 4, 7, 8

 

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

1. ONE LEADER – Improved 2nd at this distance two weeks ago although well back behind a good winner. Chance here.
2. INCITATUS – 5th behind Chodong Race on July 15th although he did beat that one when running 4th the time before. Placing chance.
3. MUPAE MAMA – Generally beats a few but has shown little signs of troubling the judges in 23 attempts so far.
4. KWAEDO YEOWANG – Has come close a few times but getting a little colder of late. 7th behind Jeong Sampum last start.
5. JEONG SAMPUM – a 5th and two 6th from three outings so far. Can improve here.
6. CHODONG RACE – Not far off in all four so far. 2nd last time ahead of Incitatus and in the frame here.
7. NAEGA JAL NAGA – 6th of 9 last time, equaling his best finish to date. Not shown much in the way of speed.
8. YEONGLAK TAEWANG – Has a pair of 4ths to his name but was 7th of 12 behind Incitatus last start.
9. NAMSAN PARTY – Last of 11 and 11th of 12 on two outings to date.

Verdict: (1) ONE LEADER was well-beaten into 2nd over this distance two weeks ago but could well have too much for this field and is the slight pick. The concern is he isn’t a fast starter and if he leaves himself too much to do, (2) INCITATUS and (6) CHODONG RACE look most likely to take advantage. (4) KWAEDO YEOWANG and (8) YEONGLAK TAEWANG others in the hunt.

Selections (1) One Leader (2) Incitatus (6) Chodong Race (4) Kwaedo Yeowang
Next Best 8, 5
Fast Start 6, 9

 

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

1. FIRST QUEEN – Much improved 2nd at odds of 150/1 on July 8th. Chance here.
2. CLAY JANGGUN – Getting closer culminating in a 2nd place at 1300M on July 8th. Also has a 3rd at this distance and this could be her day.
3. SHARP RUBY – 5th of 9 last start on what was first try at 1300M. Can match that.
4. LITTLE WING – 4th behind Special Big C on July 16th. Can get close again.
5. SPECIAL BIG C – Much improved 2nd on July 16th ahead of Little Wins and Mighty Cool. Big chance here.
6. HAPPY HONEY – 5th and 4th in two outings so far, both at 1000M. Up in distance for the first time and not impossible.
7. FIORE – 5th on debut on July 22nd and can build on that here.
8. MIGHTY COOL – Not shown much in five outings so far but stable on the improve recently so could get better.

Verdict: Fillies only here and (2) CLAY JANGGUN, who’s been getting closer, should surely make the breakthrough today. That means (5) SPECIAL BIG C may have to settle for another 2nd place while (1) FIRST QUEEN, who defied long odds to improve last start and (7) FIORE can bid for the places.

Selections (2) Clay Janggun (5) Special Big C (1) First Queen (7) Fiore
Next Best 4
Fast Start 2

 

Race 4: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

1. LITTLE ANGELS – Just beaten a head running 2nd to Pureun Jilju on July 16th. May have to settle for yet another place.
2. SMART BOBAE – Up in class following eye-catching 10-length win over 1300M on July 16th. Big chance again.
3. BOLD NINER – 5th last time was her best at this class although there were only 8 runners. Beaten by Little Angels in both previous two.
4. LUXURY HAPPY – Still a bit to find at this level.
5. PUREUN JILJU – Won a tight finish last time beating Little Angels by a head. Repeat not impossible but plenty of competition.
6. NORTH WEST – Up in class having come close too many times at class 6. Can come close again today.
7. GAMGYEOGUI SUNGAN – Winner on debut in a fast time at this distance on July 8th. Up in class but can win again.
8. ROYAL BRONZE – Hasn’t found it easy in two tries at this level.

Verdict: Just fillies again here. (2) SMART BOBAE and (7) GAMGYEOGUI SUNGAN are up in class here following good wins, the latter on debut, and they look to be the picks. (1) LITTLE ANGELS always goes close at the moment and should again while there will be support to for (5) PUREUN JILJU, a narrow winner last time.

 

Selections (2) Smart Bobae (7) Gamgyeogui Sungan (1) Little Angels (5) Pureun Jilju
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 2, 7

 

Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

1. POKPUNG JEONYA – Well back behind Choinma last time.
2. CHEONHA JEWANG – Close in all recent starts. 3rd last time at 1300M and can repeat.
3. SUN PLAZA – No worse than 6th in five outings so far. 3rd of 12 over 1000M last time puts her up in class. Went well at this distance before.
4. TRUE TIMBER – Finished strongly to run 2nd at class and distance on July 1st. Seven weeks off and in the hunt here.
5. LITTLE LIGHT – Enters off back to back 6th places and a bit to find here.
6. EVER A ONE – Mildly surprising 2nd of 11 on July 9th. Could go close again.
7. OPTIMUM RUDY – 3rd of 10 when favourite over 1300M on July 16th. A chance once more.
8. CHOINMA – Easy winner on debut and then 3rd on first try at this level over 1200M ahead of Pokpung Jeonya. The favourite.
9. MAHA HUIMANG – Only beat a couple home in first try at this level last time. Class 6 winner at this distance.
10. LIM FARM – 4th in tight race at this distance last start but a bit to find today.
11. CLASS SHOT – Up in class following a surprise win over the distance on July 2nd. That was her first good performance and she’ll not be well backed to repeat.
12. SWEETLY HUMOR – Up in class following maiden win over the distance last time on just second start. Not impossible.

Verdict: (8) CHOINMA came up short when favourite on his first try at this class last time but he’s worth another chance here. He should go all the way. Plenty of others in the hunt in a competitive race though. (7) OPTIMUM RUDY could also only manage 3rd place as favourite last month and he too can go closer here. (4) TRUE TIMBER, (2) CHEONHA JEWANG and (3) SUN PLAZA are among a number of others with genuine chances.

 

Selections (8) Choinma (7) Optimum Rudy (4) True Timber (3) Sun Plaza
Next Best 2, 6
Fast Start 2, 6, 8, 11

 

Race 6: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

1. EOUL DEOUL – 3rd at class and distance on July 8th. Not impossible here.
2. SOKBO GANGJA – Offered little in six outings this year.
3. SUPER TRICK – A 3rd and a 2nd in two tries class 5, last time at this distance. Up in class but the one to beat.
4. HWANGGEUM GASOK – 40th start today, coming no closer to maiden victory.
5. BORN WARRIOR – Managed 2nd at class and distance in May but 6th in both starts since.
6. GEUM BONGHWANG – Two 3rds and two 5ths at this level so far. Worth another chance here.
7. SIMBA THE NEXT – Sharp step up in trip after a couple of promising runs to start his career. May suit.
8. WHANGHORAN JILJU – Distinctly average in recent starts but goes up in trip today and may improve.
9. READY TO BUST OUT – Yet to win any prize money in seven starts. Up in trip today.
10. JWACHEONGNYONG – Only beat one home at the distance last time. Top jockey booking but not favoured here.
11. KKUMUI CLUB – Only beat a couple home last time but has gone ok at the distance before.

Verdict: Competitive race and despite being up in class (3) SUPER TRICK could have enough to score having been beaten by a stablemate over this distance last time. (1) EOUL DEOUL comes in following a class and distance 3rd a month ago and is in the frame as are (6) GEUM BONGHWANG and (7) SIMBA THE NEXT.

 

Selections (3) Super Trick (1) Eoul Deoul (7) Simba The Next (6) Geum Bonghwang
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 2, 8, 9

 

Race 7: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

1. STRONG SHINE – Comes in off three consecutive 4th place finishes and could well be 4th again.
2. FOREVER QUEEN – Improved 4th of 9 last time showed some signs of returning to form.
3. CONTRAIL – Easy 10-length winner on debut over 1300M on July 8th. Up in class and distance but the one to beat again.
4. REAL GULCH – Yet to win in 13 but has gone close many times. No worse than 4th in her latest six and while she is up in distance today, can maintain that run.
5. TONGIL DAERO – Two length winner over 1300M last time puts him up in class today. Up in distance too but not impossible.
6. MUPAEDONGJA – Managed a couple of 4th places at class and distance in May and June but 8th of 11 last time. Behind Speed Core and Strong Shine.
7. PRINCEPS – Class and distance winner in June and 5th of 8 last time when well backed. Not impossible.
8. ROYAL MATTHIAS – Recent form is cold.
9. BAEKDU GWANGJANG – Has found things tough at this level.
10. LUCKY MISTER – Got back to back 3rd places at this distance in March and April but well back behind three of these latest.
11. SPEED CORE – 3rd of 11 ahead of Strong Shine, Mupaedongja and Lucky Mister last start. Could place again.
12. CHIU YEOJE – good 3rd over class and distance in June but couldn’t follow up on reappearance.

Verdict: (3) CONTRAIL won so easily over 1300M on debut that he looked like he had another lap of the track in him. He gets to go further for his second start here – and is up in class – but he has every chance of winning again. Perennial minor-money winners (1) STRONG SHINE and (4) REAL GULCH are in the frame as usual while (7) PRINCEPS and (11) SPEED CORE can’t be ruled out.

 

Selections (3) Contrail (1) Strong Shine (4) Real Gulch (11) Speed Core
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 3, 5

 

Race 8: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

1. YOUNG STORM – 4th and 5th in two tries at this class. Up in distance today.
2. RAON NARA – Only beat one home on return from five months off on July 30th. Not yet.
3. TEUKBYEOL STAR – Managed a shock 3rd in the Korean Oaks at Busan in June before having a go in the Minister’s Cup last month. That didn’t work but should be better here.
4. NEW WHY FI – Comes in off back to back 3rd places and can get another here.
5. STRONG FIELD – Occasionally sneaks some minor money but any more would be a surprise.
6. NALSSAEN GANGHO – Inconsistent. Beat Seungnisarang and Saryeoni Healing when 3rd on June 24th but then beaten by Saryeoni Healing and Eonje Eodiseona last time.
7. EONJE EODISEONA – 5th between Saryeoni Healing and Nalssaen Gangho on latest start. Could match here.
8. KING PLUCKY – Up in class following a 6-length win over 1300M on July 1st. Two turns for the first time. Not impossible.
9. SARYEONI HEALING – Winner at this distance at class 5 and three solid runs since. A chance.
10. YES YOU CAN – Up in class following a 7-length win at 1300M on July 9th. Up in distance as well with a bit to find.
11. SEUNGNISARANG – Narrowly beaten by New Why Fi in May and Nalssaen Gangho in June, he could well get it right today.

Verdict: Evenly matched field and both (9) SARYEONI HEALING and (11) SEUNGNISARANG come in with consistent performances behind them making them favourites to get the job done today. It won’t be easy though. (4) NEW WHY FI is also consistent and can cause problems while (3) TEUKBYEOL STAR has to be respected after her Oaks 3rd place.

Verdict (11) Seungnisarang (9) Saryeoni Healing (4) New Why Fi (3) Teukbyeol Star
Next Best 8, 10
Selections 3, 7, 10

 

Race 9: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

1. SPECIAL ROAD HILL – 3rd and 2nd in latest two, really quick over 1000M last time. Could happen.
2. JURINGHEOU – 4th and a 5th in two starts at this level so far both at 1000M. Previous try at this distance didn’t go well.
3. SMART PARK – Missed out a couple of times when sent off odds-on favourite but handily beat a couple of these on his way to 2nd last time. Could win this.
4. YEOL QUEEN – Winner at this class over 1200M in June. 3rd of 9 last time. One of the faovurites.
5. SWEET ROCK – Won three in a row to get to this class in double-quick time. Seemed to have found her level with back to back 6th place finishes but could improve.
6. HELL CAT – 3rd, two and a half lengths behind Smart Park last start. Form to overturn.
7. GEOMJIN – Up in class having come close too many times at level 5. Can go close again.
8. HAYAN MINDEULRE – Won two of first three to get to this level. 4th of 8 on first try. Not impossible.
9. GWASOK DOLPUNG – 6th of 11 last time ahead of Mari. That would be a par finish again.
10. MARI – Found things tough at this class.
11. MAGIC QUEEN – 5th of 9 at class and distance on return from seven months off in July. Repeat would be a good result here.
12. SUN FLASH – Getting further away in his last couple.

Verdict: Another really open contest, this one just for fillies and mares, where over half the field have valid claims. We’ll go with (3) SMART PARK, who beat a couple of these on his way to 2nd place last time, to get the job done though. (1) SPECIAL ROAD HILL, (4) YEOL QUEEN and (5) SWEET ROCK are among the prime contenders to stop her.

Selections (3) Smart Park (1) Special Road Hill (4) Yeol Queen (5) Sweet Rock
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 2, 8

 

Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

1. VIVA TRINITY – 3rd of 10 at class and distance on July 23rd and can match or better today. Only concern is the start.
2. JJARIT – 2nd of 11 on sloppy track at class and distance on July 9th, beating Cheongsangui Byeol and has strong claims on a place again.
3. EUNBIT HWANHUI – Recent form cold.
4. JANGSAN CITY – 5th of 10 at class and distance last time. Could improve here.
5. DAESEONG MALLI – Up in class following really fast win over 1300M on muddy track three weeks ago. Will need to find a bit but should be competitive.
6. GRACE CITY – Comes in following creditable runs in tough company. Winner at this class over 1400M and strong claims today.
7. TODAY WINNER – Probably won’t be today’s winner. 6th of 9 last time.
8. GALACAT – Seems to have found his level at this stage of his career. Could sneak some minor money.
9. FIX TIME – Struggled in three outings this year.
10. CHEONGSANGUI BYEOL – Won at class and distance last year but recent form uninspiring.

Verdict: (1) VIVA TRINITY and (6) GRACE CITY look to be the standouts here, both coming in off the back of solid performances in decent company. We’ll go with Viva Trinity to just shade it. Aside from those two, (2) JJARIT and (4) JANGSAN CITY have the strongest claims.

Selections (1) Viva Trinity (6) Grace City (2) Jjarit (4) Jangsan City
Next Best 5, 8
Fast Start 2, 6, 10

 

Race 11: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

1. SIMBA – Beaten by a couple of these in May but returned to form last start with 3rd place. A chance.
2. GANGSEONG DAEGUK – Much improved 2nd of 7 at this distance last time. Could match that here.
3. KNIGHTHOOD – Comes in off back to back 5th places, beaten a head by Jeonmuhumu last start. Can match today.
4. CHEONNYEON YUSAN – Drops back in trip for the first time in a while but looks up against it here.
5. PERFECT SHINE – Latest two have been in big races at further distances. Steps back in trip for the first time in a year but not among the favourites.
6. JEOLMYOHANSEONTAEK – Beat Jeonmuhumu and Knighthood on his way to 2nd last start. Matching it not easy but not impossible today.
7. SPIRIT OF HANSEN – First start since running 2nd in valuable race at the start of June. Looks to have another win in him. Could be here.
8. JEONMUHUMU – Class and distance winner in May. 2nd and 4th in two starts since running with Jeolmyohanseontaek. Interesting outsider.
9. S ROSE – 5th behind Simba in June then 4th over 1200M on July 16th. Still a bit to find.
10. BOEUN YONGSA – First start since October last year. Trialed up well but tough ask first up.
11. TOUR ROSE – Up in class following three straight victories. Draw not ideal but she could make it four in a row on her first try at this level.
12. THUNDER CAT – Managed a 3rd place in May but otherwise recent form hasn’t been great.

Verdict: (11) TOUR ROSE has ascended rapidly through the classes and she could well keep her winning streak going here. (7) SPIRIT OF HANSEN looks the main danger although (1) SIMBA showed signs of returning to form last start and could go well too. Others in the frame include (2) GANGSEONG DAEGUK and (6) JEOLMYOHANSEONTAEK.

Selections (11) Tour Rose (7) Spirit Of Hansen (1) Simba (2) Gangseong Daeguk
Next Best 6, 8
Fast Start 3, 7, 8, 11

 

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