Day: April 13, 2018

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 14)

There are 11 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

Small field of three-year-old maidens but several have chances. (1) HALLA DAERO has shown progress in two starts so far. He led until the just over a furlong out last time before weakening and could well get a very soft lead once more today. (5) L CAR will be expected to do much better today than on his debut five weeks ago. That day he began badly and raced ungenerously to the extent he was ordered back to trial. He performed very well in that subsequent trial, putting in a fast time. (9) SO ARA DAEWANG wan a creditable enough 6th of 12 on debut a month ago and can build on it here. (4) GANGHO GAECHEOK similarly showed enough on his first try to suggest he has some ability.

Selections (1) Halla Daero (5) L Car (9) So Ara Daewang (4) Gangho Gaecheok
Next Best 7, 2
Fast Start 1

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maiden fillies only and it’s fair to say none of the eight will be expected in the Korean Oaks later this year. We’ll go with (7) HYEONGMA PUBU on the simple grounds that having run just the once, she’s done the least amount wrong. She actually ran reasonably well in a respectable time over the distance on March 11th and if she has come on at all, should beat most of these (3) YONGUI JUDO steps back in trip following some reasonable efforts at 1300M and should get close. (8) CHEONGDAM QUEENS was an encouraging 5th on debut all the way back last September and while she hasn’t come close to matching it in just three starts since, she does have the advantage of being quick out of the gates and should get the lead here. She’ll be challenged early by (5) SEOUL STAR who looks best of the rest along with (6) CHUKJE MAKIT.

Selections (7) Hyeongma Pubu (8) Cheongdam Queens (3) Yongui Judo (5) Seoul Star
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 5, 8

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The second division of the maiden fillies and it’s not much stronger than the first. It does involve one or two who have experience of finishing in the money though. Top choice is (1) SOKBO ONGJU, 3rd over 1300M on March 18th having led for part of race. Back in distance today, she’ll look to lead early again and won’t need to hold on for so long this time. (3) STAR SOCKS also has a 3rd to her name, achieved on debut on Christmas Eve. She followed it up with a 4th and while she was pretty poor last time, well back behind (8) CHAPEL QUEEN, she’s worth another chance today. Chapel Queen has actually raced once since then, just two weeks ago, but it was at 1200M and she never got involved. She too can get another chance back in trip here. (5) MJ JILJU improved slightly on her second career start last month and she can continue her upward trajectory today, likely looking to challenge Sokbo Ongju and Star Socks on the early speed.  (7) KAILLUM YEOJE is the sole debut-maker. She did nothing wrong in a March trial and has a top jockey on so watch the market with her.

Selections (1) Sokbo Ongju (5) MJ Jilju (7) Kaillum Yeoje (3) Star Socks
Next Best 8, 9
Fast Start 1, 3, 5, 6

Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The maidens keep coming thick and fast (although speed is perhaps something not in plentiful supply). (2) CHOIN DAEBO will be favourite and should win having run a good 3rd on debut despite not starting especially well. He’ll be close to the early pace here and the extra furlong should suit. The main dangers look like being a pair of first-time starters. Both (4) PALPAL VICTORY and (8) BURUI GORI trialled up nicely in March, (more…)

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