Day: December 21, 2018

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 22)

There’s a big day of racing at Seoul on Saturday with 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00 and the feature is arguably the strongest class 1 handicap of the year. Silver Wolf, Shamrocker, Winner Gold, Cheonji Storm, Mighty Ssing and Cheongdam Jewang are among 12 horses lining up for a top class 1800M test. Here are the previews: 

Silver wolf Gyeongnam

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(6) TOUR BROTHER is the likely winner here. He’s shown more than the rest of them in his 2nd and 4th place finishes leading into this and a similar performance today should be enough to come out on top. (2) TANTAN WINNER ran well for 5th on debut four weeks ago and is likely to join Tour Brother on the early speed. He’s one of two main threats along with (12) DAESEONG HANEUL, who struggled a little over 1300M on his second start last month but was beaten less than a length when 3rd at this distance on debut in October. (4) RECOVERY TAP and debut-maker (3) KAIZEN SILVER are others to look out for.

Selections (6) Tour Brother (2) Tantan Winner (12) Daeseong Haneul (3) Kaizen Silver
Next Best 4, 10
Fast Start 2, 6, 10, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with only four of the twelve having raced before. (12) CHEONROK finished 2nd on debut three weeks ago, briefly touching the front not far out. He ended up going down by four-lengths, but it was encouraging enough to give him a big chance here. (7) MONEY BLUE was 4th and even further behind the winner on his own first start a month ago but the time was creditable, and he should come on for it. (3) WONDERFUL DIXIE hasn’t done anything wrong across two starts so far and could improve here. Of the first-time starters, (11) P.K. GUNJU made all to win a November trial and so long as he can overcome the outside gate to get on speed, should have a big chance first-up. (1) COLORS DE LAGO also ran well in trials and is another one to consider.

Selections (1) Colors De Lago (11) P.K. Gunju (12) Cheonrok (7) Money Blue
Next Best 3, 9
Fast Start 1, 4, 10, 11

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

More juvenile maidens and once more only four of the twelve have previous racing experience. The only one of those to catch the eye even briefly so far is (7) SLING STONE, who ha run in a 5th and a 4th in two outings to date. He’s well drawn to lead here and if it’ experience you value, he’s the pick. (8) MISS SUNSHINE did nothing too wrong on debut and previously impressed in a trial so may improve. Other than those it’s to the debut-makers we turn. (3) SMILE GIRL is the pick from trials, making all to win a tune-up only last week having previously run a decent time a month before. If she gets away well, she’ll be the one to beat. (5) GENERAL ROSE and (9) SPEED BELLE are two others who recorded impressive times in morning trials and can go well first-up. As ever in races such as this, watch the market.

Selections (3) Smile Girl (7) Sling Stone (9) Speed Belle (5) General Rose
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 3, 5, 7, 9

Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Fillies only here. (1) LUCAS comes in after back to back runner-up finishes in similar races and while she’s been well-beaten by the winner both times, she has as much chance as any of going one better in this ultra-competitive contest. (2) HEUNG KKAEBI ran a close 3rd over 1200M last time and steps up to this trip for the first time. She was the beaten favourite in that race but ran on well and the slight increase in distance may suit. (8) DAMON ANGEL is another stepping up in trip for the first time and should be able to cope with it. Draw a line through (4) BARAMUI SORI’s last outing, she’s shown much better than that and already has two 3rd place finishes at this level. (11) MONEY POCKET is up in class after a four-length score at this distance on what was just her second career outing last month and she’s sure to be a threat. (10) FAPP CAT was a good winner last time and is up in class too but likely to find it much harder.

Selections (1) Lucas (2) Heung Kkaebi (11) Money Pocket (8) Damon Angel
Next Best 4, 10, 6
Fast Start 3, 4, 6, 9

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

A few of these come in off the back of near-misses but the recent form of (9) SKY MARINE looks the most convincing. True she’s had nine weeks off since her last outing, but she looks nicely in here and can win. (12) UP LIGHT ran a good 2nd over this distance on his first try at this class a month ago. He’s proven tactically versatile so can overcome the wide draw and can match or even better today. (1) CHANGSEONG LUCKY and (5) DAE BYEONHWA both enter after very solid showings last time and can compete for at least places. (10) SHADOW MONEY was 5th last time over 1200M but the margins were tight, and he has every chance of getting closer today.

Selections (9) Sky Marine (12) Up Light (1) Changseong Lucky (5) Dae Byeonhwa
Next Best 10, 4
Fast Start 1, 6

Race 6: Class 4 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

All of these are imports and all are maidens. (8) CHEUNGDAM GENIE and (4) PHEONIX WOLF are the two who have the best chance of shedding that tag here having finished just half a length apart when 2nd and 3rd at this distance on December 1st. That was Cheungdam Genie’s debut while for Phoenix Wolf it was a third effort. Phoenix Wolf (more…)