There are 11 races at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(4) DAEDONG GISANG was a much improved 2nd when tried at this distance for the first time on December 22nd and shapes to figure here. (1) GHOST WARRIOR was well back in that race but got an unfortunate trip and can be given another chance having been close before. (5) SHARP BELL looked sharp when returning from six months out two weeks ago, running 3rd over 1000M. She’s back up to a distance at which she has performed well in the past and she looks in contention. (2) ADELE HERO steps back in trip and may improve after encouraging recent runs while (3) CHANGE KHAN raced three times without distinction last year and returns from six months off. Her barrier trial didn’t catch the eye, but the jockey booking does. There is one debut-maker, (6) GASOK SPEED. She was good in trials and has to be given a chance first up here.
|Selections||(4) Daedong Gisang (1) Ghost Warrior (6) Gasok Speed (5) Speed Bell|
|Next Best||3, 9|
|Fast Start||3, 6, 7|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(6) UNSEOK has improved over the course of three starts so far and beat a couple of these on his way to 2nd place over the distance last time. True, he was a long way back behind the winner that day, but that winner has gone on to strike again and Unseok looks the one to beat here. (3) WONDERFUL STORY and (4) YONGGU came hoe 5th and 6th that day and could improve but a bigger danger may be (7) BAEKDU JEONGGI. Thomas Gillespie’s colt has a 3rd and 4th from two starts so far and steps up in trip for the first time today and it may well suit. (2) I’M YOUR STAR will be expected to improve as well.
|Selections||(6) Unseok (7) Baekdu Jeonggi (2) I’m Your Star (4) Yonggu|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5|
Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Not a strong race this so we’re going to give another chance to (4) RARARA. She could only manage 7th of 12 last time but it was a significantly stiffer contest than this and she had plenty of bad luck along the way. With a better trip today, she can win. (7) KWAEHAN SINGANGJA overcame a slow start to run on pleasingly enough for 5th on debut last month and can continue to show promise here while (2) YUHWI has shown plenty of immaturity across two starts so far but can improve. There are three debut-makers. (9) MENIFEE HOPE was the most competent in trials but do watch the market with (1) BAEKDU MYEONGWOL and (3) SEUNGNI DAEJANG as well.
|Selections||(4) Rarara (7) Kwaehan Singangja (9) Menifee Hope (2) Yuhwi|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 6|
Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(7) LUCKY KOREA was favourite on debut on December 22nd but came up against a decent looking one and went down by half a length having made all until the closing stages. She surely gets it right this time. She’s the banker favourite of the day and it would be a big surprise were she to be beaten. Clear second-favourite is (2) ROYAL RIVER, who has shown good consistency across five starts to date, all of them over this distance and comes in following 2nd place last time. Similarly consistent has been (5) YEONGCHEON STAR, who has he not hung in for the majority of his latest outing, would probably have bettered his career-best finish of 4th. He gets the opportunity to do so today. The remaining ones with prior experience do not entice so to fill out the money well look to the first-timers. (1) BAENGNICHONG and (4) BAENGNYEON DAERO look the pick of those.
|Selections||(7) Lucky Korea (2) Royal River (5) Yeongcheon Star (4) Baengnyeon Daero|
|Next Best||1, 9|
|Fast Start||5, 7|
Race 5: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Really good race this for class 5 and any number could come out on top. (8) ORYONG was 2nd over 1300M on his first try at this level having been a good winner at the minimum on debut and looks as though he could benefit from the extended trip today and we’ll make him the slight favourite. He raced a touch ungenerously last time but had excuses throughout and he can win. Oryong is one of four who race at a mile for the first time and a couple of the others also have good claims. (4) CORE BLADE is up in class following her maiden win on New Year’s Eve and looks ready for a longer race as does (1) JEIL MUJEOK, 3rd at 1300M at this level last time and seemingly with plenty of potential too. At the other end of the experience scale, (10) BAENGMANDORI has only won one from twenty-six but enters in solid form with a strong 2nd place at class and distance on December 30th in a race that was of similar strength to this and is bound to be well-backed. If it’s a distance winner you want, then (2) VICAR OF THE SUN is the one having done precisely that in early December. Different tactics were employed on his reappearance two weeks ago, leading but then tiring in the closing stages. Look for better today.
|Selections||(8) Oryong (4) Core Blade (1) Jeil Mujeok (2) Vicar Of The Sun|
|Next Best||10, 9|
|Fast Start||2, 11|
Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(11) TANGY BITE beat Lucky Korea, who we saw in race 4, on what was his second start on December 22nd. He is up in both class and distance today but the way in which he finished suggests that should be a benefit and he is favoured to win again. It won’t be easy. (5) RAON POWER has been luckless in two efforts at this class so far but looks like he can come good again while (2) BIRYONGUI HUYE is up in distance today but should be able to get on the early speed and can potentially go all the way. He’ll be joined in seeking a fast start by the up in class (7) CHANG GONG, who also goes further than the minimum for the first time following a six-length score a month ago. (10) JIRANJIGYO has plenty of experience at this level and steps back in trip from a mile which may well be in her favour.
|Selections||(11) Tangy Bite (5) Raon Power (2) Biryongui Huye (7) Chang Gong|
|Next Best||10, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 7|
Race 7: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Just fillies and mares here and (5) QUEEN OF CAPTAIN drops back in trip having finished 3rd in a similar race over 1300M on December 22nd, beating a couple of these in the process. Her only win to date was on her only previous try at this distance and she could win here. Trying the minimum for the first time today is (8) HANEOL GONGJU. She was a winner over 1200M on debut last September and has held her own in two tries at this level since. We’ll expect her to be on the early speed today and look to go all the way. Three fillies step up in class for the first time here and all three have claims. The strongest belong to (6) UJU DAEWANG, a four-length all the way winner at this distance last time and another likely fast starter. Bart Rice’s (9) NINA made her breakthrough at the fourth attempt last month and while it wasn’t quite as eye-catching as Uju Daejang’s win, it was satisfactory enough and suggests more could follow. The remaining up in class one is (7) DYNAMIC RUN and although she remains a maiden, she looks to be on the improve and can compete for a place here.
|Selections||(5) Queen Of Captain (6) Uju Daewang (8) Haneol Gongju (9) Nina|
|Next Best||7, 2|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 8|
Race 8: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
After an indifferent 6th place on debut, (4) YEONGGWANGUI CHAMP won his next two in an extremely facile manner and despite being up in both class and significantly in distance today, he’s going to be the one to beat here. He’ll likely try to lead gate to wire. Employing the opposite tactics will be (3) INDIAN GANGJA. He’s come from behind to place in his latest two, both at this distance and so long as he doesn’t leave himself too much to do, he stands a good chance of reeling them in late in the race. Both (6) SEUNGSEUNG JANGGUN and (8) VEGA KHAN have won at the distance, both of them beating Indian Gangja in the process. The former is probably a better bet here but Vega Khan too could surprise. (1) SINBIHAN JILJU and (10) DAEHO CHUKJE are others to consider in another competitive affair.
|Selections||(4) Yeonggwangui Champ (3) Indian Gangja (6) Seungseung Janggun (10) Daeho Chukje|
|Next Best||8, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 8|
Race 9: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
One of those tricky races which sees a couple of inexperienced imports taking on some very experienced locally bred horses but with trainer Kim Young Kwan coming in double-armed here, we’ll go with his. (3) TEUKGEUP GAMDONG is the pick despite only running 5th of 7 after losing ground at the start last time. He was gong well before that and was a good winner at this distance in November. The trainer’s other entrant is (11) YEOSINUI PUMGYEOK. Her only prior outing was last August when she made little impact. She’s only trialled once since and that was back in October so she’s a bit of an unknown quantity – watch the market. (6) CHODONG TEUKGEUP returns for the first time since running 3rd at the distance at the beginning of November and with a good start, can be involved while (8) SEULVELY steps back in trip and into the frame for a place. (1) YEONGGWANGUISINHWA another to be considered.
|Selections||(3) Teukgeup Gamdong (6) Chodong Teukgeup (11) Yeosinui Pumgyeok (8) Seulvely|
|Next Best||1, 9|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 6, 11|
Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Another wildly competitive race. (3) BAEDARI HANI has been 2nd favourite for both her two most recent starts and has accordingly been 2nd, last time behind the very good Captain Blade. This time she has a very good chance of getting out of the gate best and going one better at the end. (2) KKEUTPAN AERO is an accomplished sprinter who showed great potential across six starts last year. He’s been off since August and while an indifferent trial (in terms of time anyway) two weeks ago suggests he may need this, he’s not to be ruled out. (1) SMART GENTLEMAN’s recent work has been at 1400M and the experienced five-year-old may benefit from being dropped back today. (6) MY ALICE enters off a strong 2nd place at class and distance on December 10th and is firmly in the frame. So too is (10) SINUIPUMGYEOK, who returned from six months out with a very close 4th place two weeks ago and should have come on for it.
|Selections||(3) Baedari Hani (2) Kkeutpan Aero (10) Sinuipumgyeok (6) My Alice|
|Next Best||1, 11|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 7, 8|
Race 11: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
Six of these raced each other at class and distance on December 22nd. That day, (7) BADA GANGJA, longest but one shot on the board scored an 86/1 victory bringing to an end the four-race winning streak of (12) RED SIREN, who raced awkwardly throughout but still came home in 2nd place. Not many will bet Bada Gangja to repeat that today although it is of course possible, but will Red Siren return to winning ways? It’s possible although 3rd place-getter that day, just a nose back, (5) SEONGSAN JILJU enters in good form and will be looking to lead from the gate. Among the others who went that day, (11) WORLD LOVE and (4) BOMHEMIAN may improve but we do have one more race of reference to consider. That was class and distance on New Year’s Eve when (9) ILLYU STAR ran 2nd with (8) CHEONHA TONGIL and (3) PHANTOM BLADE behind him. All three can make an impact here.
|Selections||(12) Red Siren (9) Illyu Star (5) Seongsan Jilju (4) Bohemian|
|Next Best||3, 8, 11, 7|
|Fast Start||5, 8, 10|