A typhoon is due to slam into the Korean mainland any time now. Busan should get plenty of rain but the worst could well be over before Friday racing gets underway (though there is likely to be a lot of water on the track). There are 11 races from 14:30 to 21:00 and Minister’s Cup winner World Sun is due to return to his home track for the first time since winning the final leg of the Korean Triple Crown at Seoul last month.
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
Maidens to kick things off as usual and (8) B.K. UNO will be hard to beat here. True, we said that last time when she was sent off favourite in a similar race on July 27th only to lead until close to home but eventually get overhauled, but she surely makes no mistake today. She is the only one who enters with any form of note although (5) THE FACT managed a 3rd place at 1300M back in May and is likely to be second-favourite. (1) YEONGGWANGUI STAR and (4) ON DAY too have shown some glimpses of ability. The other one that jumps out though is (3) YEONGWON CHAMP. One of two debut-makers in the field, she’s a half-sister to a couple of useful performers and the trainer/jockey combination is to be noted as well. She trialed up adequately and this is a great race to debut in.
|Selections||(8) B.K. Uno (3) Yeongwon Champ (5) The Fact (4) On Day|
|Next Best||1, 6|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 8|
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
This looks a trickier maiden. (5) TAMNA MENTOR just about gets the verdict having shown a little more than most in her latest two efforts, running 4th and 5th at the distance in competitive times and a similar performance should be enough to win. (7) CHEONJI KINGS drops back to the minimum trip for the first time after three encouraging performances at further and he’s next best. (2) MUJEOK BEAT was an improved 3rd last time and while he hasn’t demonstrated much in the way of speed, can look to repeat here. (1) ALPHA RUNNER and (6) SMART CHOICE have both only run the once with neither offering many clues, but improvement is certainly possible from one or both of them.
|Selections||(5) Tamna Mentor (7) Cheonji Kings (2) Mujeok Beat (6) Smart Choice|
|Next Best||1, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 6|
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(8) P.K. NINE enters having run 2nd and 3rd in his latest two outings, at 1200M and this distance respectively. That leaves him requiring just one more finish inside the placings to be promoted to class 5 and he can exit the bottom level with victory here, most likely looking to lead from gate to wire. After an inauspicious debut, (9) TIME SPEC has been consistently close across five subsequent starts with two 3rd place finishes followed by three consecutive 4ths. He is a bit one-paced but he can join P.K. Nine at the front early and can beat most of these. (6) PEACE RIDER was a touch disappointing when well backed at this distance on July 13th but his form prior to that was good and he’s worth another placing chance here. (3) GURI TOWER and (7) BAENGNICHONG look best of the rest.
|Selections||(8) P.K. Nine (9) Time Spec (6) Peace Rider (7) Baengnichong|
|Next Best||3, 2|
|Fast Start||4, 8, 9|
Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(2) TONGIL HANGUK debuted very encouragingly back in April running a good 3rd in a very similar strength contest to this. He has had a couple of setbacks since including some mild lameness and a brief crush with colic but he makes his return here looking very much the one to beat. He led in that debut race and could well get an uncontested lead today. They could have a very hard time getting past him. (4) BIG FOOT also debuted well, in his case all the way back in January. He looked sharp in a trial at the end of July and can be a danger first-up here. (6) FIRST VICTORY ran a good 2nd over 1300M four weeks ago suggesting that a first victory is not impossible either. (9) SERENDIPITER came even closer last time, just going down a head over this distance. That marked a big uptick in form and he can build on it today. (11) SWEEP MAN has been consistently close across his latest few starts and shouldn’t be too far away again today.
|Selections||(2) Tongil Hanguk (4) Big Foot (6) First Victory (9) Serendipiter|
|Next Best||11, 5|
Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(3) QUICK MOVE was a two-and-a-half length winner on debut on July 27th. He’s up in class here but drops back slightly in trip and is well drawn to get on the early pace. It won’t be easy but he could win again. (1) BAENGYEON DAERO ran a good 4th on her first try at this level on June 29th following her maiden win a month earlier. She’s had eight weeks off since and should be a big danger here. (10) FASHION OF MARINE comes in having won his latest two, the most recent of them being at this class on July 22nd. All three of his outings to date have been at 1000M so he’s into unchartered territory today but he’s run on well in all of his races so far and should still be a factor. (2) USEUNG TICKET is another up in class, in her case having got her maiden win at the fourth time of asking four weeks ago. She’ll take a sit behind the early lead and can finish strongly. (4) BUGYEONG BOLT was a winner on debut last New Year’s Eve and after a bit of a wobble looks to be coming back into form with a solid 3rd place at class and distance at the end of July.
|Selections||(3) Quick Move (1) Baengnyeon Daero (10) Fashion Of Marine (2) Useung Ticket|
|Next Best||4, 6|
|Fast Start||3, 6, 7|
Race 6: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Can (10) GANGHAN JILJU finally get his maiden win at what will be the fourteenth time of asking? He’s come desperately close in his latest two attempts, beaten a nose and half a length into 2nd place at this class, over 1300M. He races at 1400M for the first time today although he has a 2nd place over a mile to his name as well and it could be his day. (1) WONDERFUL STORY is also in search of his first win. He’s up in class following back to back 2nd places at 1300M and should be very competitive here as he goes an extra half (more…)