Day: October 27, 2017

Seoul Saturday: Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup Race-By-Race Preview (October 28)

Seoul’s top Juvenile will be decided on Saturday afternoon as fourteen two-year-olds line up for the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup. The winner will look to go on to emulate Final Boss by becoming overall Juvenile Champion at the Breeders’ Cup next month before heading to the Triple Crown trial in 2018. Full preview of that – and all of Saturday’s 12 races (10:45 to 18:00) are below:

Choinma Gyeonggi

Choinma won the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup last month and goes for a repeat in the Gwacheon Mayor’s on Saturday (Pic: KRA)

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

Two first-time starters join ten who have each run just once before for the opener and as none of those ten particularly caught the eye on debut, we’re going to give a chance to (5) FUNKY TRAIN to score at the first time of asking. He trialled up well and there’s no reason why he can’t win this. The other debut-maker, (7) GANADORA is not without claims either while among the ones who have already raced, (3) DAE BYEONHWA, (8) BANGGEURI and (11) MERLIN look best.

Selections (5) Funky Train (11) Merlin (3) Dae Byeonhwa (7) Ganadora
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 1, 2, 5, 6, 12

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

(1) K.N. BLUE has come close in two outings to date, including 2nd place last start over this distance and he looks hard to oppose here. (5) ÉCLAIR BEAUTY has taken part in three tough races so far and can be forgiven her latest effort. She looks second choice here with (3) BULSA BULPAE, (6) MAIN EVENT and the more experienced (10) WIND POWER others who have claims on getting into the places.

Selections (1) K.N. Blue (5) Éclair Beauty (3) Bulsa Bulpae (6) Main Event
Next Best 10, 8
Fast Start 2, 5, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(5) ALL OF ME was a creditable 2nd on debut, four-lengths adrift of a good winner and she has strong claims to go one better here, likely leading from the start. Seven of the twelve race for the first time and it’s among those we encounter the main dangers. (2) PALDO DAEJANG looked very sharp winning a trial last month while (3) BIG EAR put in a very fast time in a competitive heat. Both have top jockeys on board and will be backed while similarly (10) RAON DOLPUNG should also go well first-up. Among the others with experience, (8) MAX THUNDER, the only one with two starts behind her, looks best.

Selections (5) All Of Me (3) Big Ear (2) Paldo Daejang (10) Raon Dolpung
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 2, 5, 8, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

Tricky contest this especially with all but one of them racing at the distance for the first time. That one (5) FIRE didn’t go especially well at it but did improve in one start since and may be considered for the minor money. Favourites look to be (3) BEST MISSION and (12) NEULPUREUN CHEONHA. They were both 3rd in their latest efforts but it’s the latter (more…)