Month: January 2019

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (February 1)

There are 12 races at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


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

(10) TWO TWO SPINO was a considerably improved 2nd on his second career start on January 4th. He led for much of the way around and while drawn quite wide here, he has solid claims to go one better this time. (11) YEONGGWANGUI KISS was an encouraging 5th on debut in December and van build on that here while (12) LISTEN TO ME ran well for 4th last start and can continue to improve here. (9) KINGSTON HARBOR did little on debut in December but looked considerably better when trialing up again at the end of the month and will be backed here. Among the four debut-makers, (8) BEYOND trialed nicely and can go well first-up.

Selections (10) Two Two Spino (11) Yeonggwangui Kiss (9) Kingston Harbor (12) Listen To Me
Next Best 8, 4
Fast Start 5, 8, 9, 10

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

Maiden fillies here and plenty in the hunt. (10) BEAUTIFUL MARINE has raced twice before, finishing 3rd on both occasions. She’s shown some decent speed and has as much chance as any here. (1) TWO TWO WAY was an improved 2nd three weeks ago and is well drawn to get to the lead from the inside. (9) JUNGKKOT was a good 3rd on debut earlier this month and looks to have ability too. (8) WONDERFUL IJI ran a couple of times last summer without impressing but following a few months off come back in here having looked significantly more competent in a trial. (12) MABEOP CHEOREOM similarly has had almost three months off since debut and is another who can go well.

Selections (10) Beautiful Marine (1) Two Two Way (9) Jungkkot (12) Mabeop Cheoreom
Next Best 8, 4
Fast Start 1, 4, 8, 12

 Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(10) MISS FACT has a 4th and two 3rd place finishes from three outings so far and she’s the marginal top pick in what is a competitive maiden. (4) SECRET LEGACY has improved across three starts and is likely to be on pace early from a good draw. She can go close. (5) CHEONJI KINGS has also shown ability and won’t be far away – he beat three of these on his way to 3rd place last start and can at least match today. (8) VERYVERYTHANK YOU and (12) WILD CASH are others in at least the placing frame.

Selections (10) Miss Fact (4) Secret Legacy (5) Cheonji Kings (8) Veryverythank You
Next Best 12, 7
Fast Start 3, 4, 5, 12

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(9) YEONGGWANGUIFORCE is the one to beat here. He raced once without distinction last summer but returned after five months off at the start of this month and ran a good 2nd over 1000M. He steps up in trip for the first time and won’t need to improve too much to win. (7) YEONGBONGSAN was a much improved 3rd last start and can continue his progression today. (He beat (10) GASOK BULKKOT, who also should be looking to go closer this time. (11) FUSION PARK and (12) FINAL FRONT, the latter a distance 2nd in an odd affair last time out, are others to consider.

Selections (9) Yeonggwanguiforce (7) Yeongbongsan (10) Gasok Bulkkot (11) Fusion Park
Next Best 12, 5
Fast Start 3, 8, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(10) MARU JJANG stepped up to this trip four weeks ago and raced competently enough. He can be ridden patiently here and can make his breakthrough. The main danger is (3) ULSAN JANGGUN. He tried this distance last October and didn’t go well but has seemed to come on since and ran a good 2nd last start at 1000M and looks ready for another crack. (1) CRYSTAL ROSE enters following back to back 3rd place finishes and should be in the hunt here while (4) CHOEGANG SEONBONG and (8) SEORABEOL BULKKOT are others who can be considered.

Selections (10) Maru Jjang (3) Ulsan Janggun (1) Crystal Rose (4) Choegang Seonbong
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 2, 3

Race 6: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

It’s time (2) GWONTOJUNGLAE returned to the winner’s circle. He ran a huge race in 6th in the Breeders’ Cup in December but was a touch disappointing on reappearance at the end of last month. Likely to be ridden a little closer this time, he should have too much. (4) IGGYDA though is still a slightly unknown quantity. He was a five-length (more…)

Mask & Antonio Da Silva Land Segye Ilbo Cup

Mask ran out a dominant winner of the Segye Ilbo Cup, landing Korea’s first Listed race of 2019 by a commanding two-and-a-half lengths under a fine ride by reigning champion jockey Antonio Da Silva at Seoul Raceourse on Sunday afternoon.

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Mask beat Sinui Myeongryeong to win the Segye Ilbo Cup (Pic: KRA)

Second in last year’s Korean Derby, Mask was dropping back to six-furlongs for the first time since he was a juvenile but having ended last season strongly, the Testa Matta colt was sent off as co-favourite alongside Cheonji Storm, 3rd in this race a year ago.

It wasn’t to be for Cheonji Storm, who scarcely threatened, and nor was it for third-favourite Gasokbulpae, for whom the wide draw led to him using up too much energy in getting to his favoured forward position; once he finally made it there, his race was done. Instead it was left to Hansen filly Sinui Myeongryeong, well drawn on the inside to set the pace with while Da Silva had the luxury of dropping Mask in just behind.

That set the race up beautifully for Mask and with Da Silva operating at his fluid finest, the Lim Bong-chun trained colt struck the front just inside the furlong pole and he ran clear for a comfortable win. Sinui Myeongryeong had enough in her to stay on for 2nd place while City Star, runner up last year was a fast finishing 3rd.

For Mask it was a fifth win in fifteen career starts and his second in Listed company. A Group win still eludes him, but he’ll get a chance to rectify that when most of the top place-getters reconvene in the G3 Owners’ Cup in March over the same distance.

Next weekend at Seoul it’s the turn of the fillies and mares to get in on the Listed action in the shape of the Donga Ilbo Cup over 1800M. Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup winner Sky Bay is expected to be among the runners.

Segye Ilbo Cup Sunday: Seoul & Busan Race-By-Race Preview (January 27)

It’s the first Listed race of the year in Korea in the shape of the Segye Ilbo Cup at Seoul. There are 11 Sunday races in the capital from 10:45 to 18:00 and 6 at Busan from 12:40 to 17:05. Here are the previews:

FInal Boss Segye

Final Boss won a crowded finish to the Segye Ilbo Cup last year (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

 Six of these raced each other over class and distance on December 23rd. (3) LIVINGSTONE came home the best of them that day in 2nd place, a length ahead of (8) L CHOICE in 3rd. Those two could well be fighting it out for top honours this time. On the same day but in a different race, (11) RAISING ANGEL raced greenly but still did enough to win. She’s up in class but should be competitive. As should (7) FIRENZE HILL, who also steps up in level following her maiden win a month ago. (2) BLUE ANNA, 4th behind Livingstone and L Choice in that race just before Christmas, looks best of the rest although (9) MATCH QUEEN can have a line drawn through her latest effort and can be a factor too.

Selections (3) Livingstone (11) Raising Angel (8) L Choice (7) Firenze Hill
Next Best 9, 2
Fast Start 5, 9, 10, 12

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

Only two of the twelve have raced before and (7) RAON STORM raced rather well, leading for much of the way around on December 2nd, ultimately finishing 2nd in a fast-run race. That experience should serve him well here and he is the one to beat. As for the first-timers, (9) PRIME QUEEN was a trial winner and will be well-supported first-up with Moon Se Young aboard, while (6) YULONG FLYING also caught the eye in heats. (2) GEUM ROYAL and (3) SIMJANGUI GODONG are others who could go well first-up.

Selections (7) Raon Storm (6) Yulong Flying (9) Prime Queen (3) Simjangui Godong
Next Best 2, 4
Fast Start 7, 12

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

Three-year-old maidens here with four of the twelve racing for the first time. (1) SUN OF THUNDER ran 5th on debut in November and then improved to 2nd on reappearance just before Christmas, the latter over 1300M. He drops back to the minimum here and should have too much. (8) MUNG CHI put in a decent effort in 5th on her debut a month ago and can build on that here while (6) TANTAN WINNER was slightly disappointing on his second start but had previously shown promise first-up and can be given another chance here. Among the debut-makers, (4) GEUMA INVINCIBLE’s trial time was slow but the performance was good enough and he will be expected to hold his own. (5) VALLEY QUEEN too is another to keep an eye on.

Selections (1) Sun Of Thunder (8) Mung Chi (4) Geuma Invincible (6) Tantan Winner
Next Best 11, 12, 5
Fast Start 1, 4, 6, 9

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) HAENGBOK STAR and (8) ARES THUNDER came home 3rd and 4th when they raced each other at class and distance on December 23rd. They both look nicely in here to challenge again with Haengbok Star marginally favoured to prevail. The one they’ll both need to beat is (2) HANEULEUL DALRIDA. He ran well for 5th in a stiff 1300M contest last month and tackles this distance for the first time today. It may well suit and he’s likely to be ridden forward. (5) TAEPUNG EYES and (7) KAILASH DANCER are others who can come under consideration.

Selections (3) Haengbok Star (8) Ares Thunder (2) Haneuleul Dalrida (5) Taepung Eyes
Next Best 7, 1
Fast Start 2, 3, 5

Busan Race 1 Selections: 11, 1, 8, 8

Seoul Race 5: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(2) BURUI GORI comes in following two consecutive wins, both at this distance and the most recent at this class. With an apprentice on board, he’s nicely weighted and the only concern is he comes in after twelve weeks out and may need this run. The big danger is (8) GEUMA KINGDOM. He’s never been worse than 3rd in five starts to date and enters having finished in that position in a strong contest at 1300M just before Christmas. He’s up to this trip for the first time today and looks to have good potential. (9) EAST KWAENAM too is up in trip for the first time – he beat a couple of these over 1300M last start, and the extra distance may benefit. (10) MAJJABEUN SON is a two-time winner at this trip and must be respected while (11) MR. TURNER, a maiden after twelve attempts, enters with recent form reading well and can go close.

Selections (8) Geuma Kingdom (2) Burui Gori (11) Mr. Turner (10) Majjabeun Son
Next Best 9, 4
Fast Start 8, 9, 12

 Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) SAMBA RHYTHM was a six-length winner over this distance on what was just her second start on December 30th. She’s up in class today but looks to have more to come and she can win this all-filly event. (8) RAON ARES is also up in class after getting her maiden win three weeks ago. It was at 1000M, but she has previous experience of this distance and has a chance here. (2) HWANSANG DOKJU has had an interrupted career so (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (January 27)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul and the capital hosts a bumper 13-race program from 10:45 to 18:00:

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Dae Wan Ma (far side) makes her season debut on Saturday (Pic: KRA)

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

Maiden fillies to kick things up with five debut-makers and the other seven having raced once apiece. Of the experienced ones, only (1) NONSTOP FLYING emerged from her debut with much credit, leading before ultimately finishing 5th of 12 over this distance on December 15th. She should go all the way this time.  There’s not much to say about the others who have raced except that (6) ALL MY QUEEN probably has the best chance of improving at this stage. The first-timers are likely to provide the most credible challenges. (5) QUEEN STREET went through two trials and improved in the latter though it was in November. Jockey booking is encouraging. (3) BEST BUDDY and (11) JAENEUNG CHUNGMAN didn’t exactly pull up trees but looked to have some potential ability.

Selections (1) Nonstop Flying (11) Jaeneung Chungman (6) All My Queen (5) Queen Street
Next Best 3, 9, 8
Fast Start 1, 4, 5, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies here. (11) M.J. TOWN has been getting closer and was less than a length away when 2nd in a good race at this distance on December 15th. She comes from behind anyway so the wide draw shouldn’t be an issue and she can go one better this time. (12) GEOM HONG was 3rd in that same race, just half a length further in-arrears. She’s finished no worse than 4th in three efforts to date and should continue that record today. (2) GAL IP also comes in off the back of two consecutive 3rd place finishes and will be a threat here while (7) DIA STORM ran a useful 3rd herself on debut over 1000M a month ago and can benefit from the additional trip. (8) HAMYANG SANSAM another promising one in a decent looking race.

Selections (11) M. J. Town (7) Dia Storm (2) Gal Ip (12) Geom Hong
Next Best 8, 4
Fast Start 5, 8, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Weak stuff here to the extent that while (2) K ZONE didn’t go especially well last time finishing 6th in a race that was marginally stronger than this one, but he showed enough in his prior two outings to suggest he has a win in him. He can settle just behind the early lead and today could be his day. That pace is likely to be set by (6) BLACK POKKYEOKGI, a much improved 4th last time out – and very close to 2nd – and who steps up in trip for the first time with claims to go even better. (7) EVERYTHING WIN has done almost everything except win in twelve attempts so far. He probably won’t win this either, but he can go close. (4) SUPER CREED and (12) KAIZEN SILVER are others in the hunt.

Selections (2) K Zone (6) Black Pokkyeokgi (7) Everything Win (4) Super Creed
Next Best 12, 5
Fast Start 6, 10, 11

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(10) LUMINESCE has finished 3rd in both his races so far, both at this distance. He’s a front-runner and if he can overcome the wide draw, he can make it third time lucky and win today. (2) MUDO was 5th in that race on what was his second outing. He ran extremely greenly though and if he can fix his manners today, he should be closer. (5) COLORFUL JOY started dreadfully before making up a lot of ground in the closing stages on debut last month. Over 1000M, he simply ran out of track and should appreciate the step up in trip today. (6) YAHO M J CAT ran 2nd last time at 1000M and should join Luminesce on pace early as should (7) WONDERFUL BRUSH, who has hinted at ability across three attempts so far.

Selections (10) Luminesce (5) Colorful Joy (2) Mudo (6) Yaho M J Cat
Next Best 7
Fast Start 1, 6, 7, 10

Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) MUNHAK ARIARI comes in off the back of two 3rd place finishes and a 2nd from his latest three and while it’s true he’s been a fair way behind the winner each time – and that he has been the favourite each time – he is probably worth one more go today. From gate 3, he should get to the early lead and this can finally be his day. (4) PHOENIX WOLF has a similar record and can continue her run of placing finishes. She’ll challenge Munhak Ariari for the early lead as will (6) DAEGUNUI CHANG, who led for much of the way over 1300M last time out only to ultimately finish 2nd. Back in trip, he can be dangerous. (2) AMAZING SOCKS was a class and distance winner last start and while he carries an additional 4kg today, must be respected. (5) THE SPIKER ran a creditable 2nd on debut and is another in contention.

Selections (3) Munhak Ariari (6) Daegunui Chang (4) Phoenix Wolf (2) Amazing Socks
Next Best 5, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 5, 6

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

A five-length maiden winner over this distance in a fast time in November, (9) DADDY GLORY followed up by running 2nd in a strong race at this class just before Christmas. She is likely to be ridden on or very close to the pace today and should have too much. (5) SMILE GIRL is up in class and distance having won well on debut at 1000M. She has a (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview

Firday racing is at Busan with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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Jo Sung Gon and Jo In Kwen are both aboard fancied runners at Busan on Friday

Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maiden fillies to begin with. (2) SHE JUST QUEENDOM ran 2nd on debut in November and was well-backed on her return at the end of December but began poorly and showed little interest throughout ultimately finishing 7th. She’s bumped up in trip for the first time today and with extra time to settle, she gets another chance. (6) AMAZING WINNER ran 3rd on her only previous try at this distance on November and should be at least matching that here while (5) QUEEN OF ADELE and (7) HAPPY KOREA have offered glimpses of ability. (9) YAKSOKDAERO makes a quick return having improved to 4th place on her third career start two weeks ago. She’s not shown much in the way of speed so far, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if she were to go even closer here.

Selections (2) She Just Queendom (6) Amazing Winner (7) Happy Korea (5) Queen Of Adele
Next Best 9, 4
Fast Start 3, 4, 9

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

More maiden fillies. (1) ROSA has improved across three starts so far and last time ran 2nd to the highly anticipated debut-maker Success Party at this distance. She couldn’t get close to that one, but she’ll likely get it right today and will be a strong favourite. (5) ARA MYUNGMA beat a couple of these on her way to 3rd place on her second appearance on December and steps up in trip today. She should be at least matching that 3rd. (9) FANTASTIC GIRL ran a creditable 5th on debut four weeks ago and can build on it today. (2) HARVEST SEASON and (6) TRUE SIGNATURE are others who can challenge for a place, if not the win.

Selections (1) Rosa (5) Ara Myungma (9) Fantastic Girl (6) True Signature
Next Best 2, 4
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(8) TRUE VALOR was well-backed on debut back in November but after getting hampered at the start, never really fired. He’s had a couple of months off since and it’s a fresh start today in what looks a winnable race. (5) NAEGA SAEGANGJA and (7) WONDERFUL MORNING came home 2nd and 3rd in what for both was a debut outing on December 29th over 1000M. The increased trip today can suit both and they should be involved at the business end. (9) ROCKHARD FORCE made his own debut at this trip that same day and finished 2nd. He was beaten five lengths and will need to improve but he shouldn’t be too far away.

Selections (8) True Valor (5) Naega Saegangja (7) Wonderful Morning (9) Rockhard Force
Next Best 4, 1
Fast Start 3, 7

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Wide open maiden. (2) ACE CRUSH has been inconsistent across six outings so far, but he has posted some useful performances and looks to have as good a chance as any of scoring here. (7) GUKMIN STAR was an improved 2nd on a slow-running track on December 30th, with a couple of these well back down the track behind him. It was a big improvement and he can maintain that momentum today. (5) BAEJJANG was only beaten a nose at this distance on debut and ran 4th over 1300M on re-appearance at the end of December. He’s likely to be on pace early here and has a chance. (3) BAEKDU HERO and (8) BYEOLBIT OREUM are others with placing claims.

Selections (2) Ace Crush (7) Gukmin Star (5) Baejjang (8) Byeolbit Oreum
Next Best 3, 11
Fast Start 4, 5, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(4) KWAEHAN SINGANGJA remains a maiden after twelve attempts but has put in some decent performances along the way, not least last time out when he ran 2nd over this distance three weeks ago. He was beaten seven-lengths by a good winner, but he faces (more…)

Today Passes Weighty Test But Spring Back Stunned By 100/1 Shot At Seoul

Today was a revelation in the Grand Prix Stakes running a big – and unexpected – 3rd behind Triple Nine and Cheongdam Dokki. And at Busan on Sunday, the one-time confirmed sprinter burnished his two-turn credentials by winning the class 1 feature handicap over 2000M, despite carrying top weight of 60kg.

He was made to work for it though as under jockey Lee Hyo-sik, Today duelled for the entire length of the home straight with Great King, himself 5th in the Grand Prix and getting 4kg in weight from the favourite this time. Having come together with two furlongs to go they went back and forth all the way to the line. Neither Lee nor Great King’s partner Kim Hye Sun had any idea who had won but it was Today who had his nose down at the right time. A stride either side of the line, Great King was in front.

A winner of ten of his first twelve starts, Today went to Kranji in Singapore and ran 3rd over 1200M last July before being an also-ran in the Korea Cup in September. He ran 4th to Ace Korea in a Listed race in November before his unexpected appearance at the Grand Prix. It seems that at five-years-old, his near-future at least is at the further distances.

Up at Seoul, the banker favourite of the day was defeated as Spring Back went down as a heavy odds-on favourite in race 10. The three-year-old Gemologist gelding began his career so impressively last year but today couldn’t overcome 100/1 shot Super Socks who struck the front late and ran on to win by a length for Italian trainer Luigi Riccardi.

In the concluding feature at Seoul, another favourite was beaten as Panorama Show, a very solid winner last time out, had a poor day at the office. It was, however, slightly less of a shock than Spring Back’s reverse as the very good Gangtoma came on strong late to register victory. For the four-year-old Testa Matta gelding, it was a seventh win in thirteen career starts and his first at class 1.


Racing returns to Korea next weekend when the first Listed race of the year will be run. The Segye Ilbo Cup over 1200M will take place at Seoul on Sunday.

Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (January 20)

Sunday sees a big day of racing at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). Today, who ran so well for 3rd in the Grand Prix Stakes in December, headlines Busan’s feature, while Spring Back and Panorama Show are both in action at Seoul.


Today, seen here at the Korea Sprint – he’s since transformed into a stayer (Pic: Ross Holburt/KRA)

Today was thought of as a sprinter until that Grand Prix Stakes when over 2300M, he still looked like winning with just a furlong to go. He ultimately finished 3rd but it seems as though his immediate future lies at racing around two-turns. He headlines Busan’s Sunday Class 1 feature over 2000M but he is going to have to defy an impost of 60kg if he is to see off a very good looking field, that also includes Grand Prix 5th place-getter Great King (who Today is giving 4kg to) and Today’s own stablemate Baengmunbaekdap (who gets 8kg).

At Seoul, Spring Back gets the chance to rekindle his early precocious form in race 10 while Panorama Show looks to make it six wins from nine starts in the class 1 finale. Here are the Seoul notes while Busan selections are below:

Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens to kick things off with and nine of the twelve have prior racing experience. Among them, (1) SANGGAM CHEONGJA ran 4th on debut in a decent time a month ago and from gate 1 can get away well with chances of going all the way. (3) BORN ANGEL and (12) CHAMP K have both raced three times and both have shown steady improvement to the point that a win would come as no great surprise, with Born Angel perhaps the more likely here. (8) SPEED BELLE did nothing wrong on debut either and can go close. For the pick though, we turn to a first-time starter. (2) CHOIN BOLT was all set to be well-backed on a scheduled debut last November but was found to be lame. He’s fit now and won a trial for the second time at the start of this month. Moon Se Young is aboard and there’s plenty to like.

Selections (2) Choin Bolt (1) Sanggam Cheongja (3) Born Angel (8) Speed Belle
Next Best 12, 9
Fast Start 1, 8, 12

Race 2: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

A maiden winner at this distance in November, (6) SATO ROYAL came out on the wrong end of a three-way photo-finish for 2nd place on her first try at this level on December 22nd. She’s well drawn to get on pace early today and if she runs to her best, the only photograph that will be required is the win picture. (12) KKEULEOJUNEUN SON stubbornly remains a maiden after fourteen attempts but is by no means a bad horse. She ran well for 3rd place over 1000M in early December looks ready to come back up to this trip today. (3) MAMKKEOT DALYEO was a winner over 1700M in November before running poorly at the same distance a month later. He’s inconsistent but capable. (4) AQUA STROM is up in class having come from behind to win over this distance on December 16th. He’s two starts into a comeback following five months out and looks to have more progress in him (2) BLESSING ROAD is getting to grips with this level and is another who can challenge for the places.

Selections (6) Sato Royal (12) Kkeuleojuneun Son (4) Aqua Strom (2) Blessing Road
Next Best 3, 10
Fast Start 2, 6, 11

Race 3: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(1) JILPUNGGACHI was an eye-catching five-length winner over this distance on just his second start a month ago. He is up in class here and will need to improve in what is testing company here, but he can step up and can win, almost certainly trying to make all. (2) TRI THUNDER was a winner on debut in September and has followed up with a 5th and a 3rd in two subsequent outings at this level. A strong finisher, he has claims here. As does (5) BACK TO BACK who is down in trop today having beaten four of these over 1300M last month. He was 2nd the last time he ran at this distance and can aim to at least match that today. (7) WINT SEVEN was one of those behind Back To Back last time and he should be better back down in trip here. (11) FINAL STORM perhaps best of the rest.

Selections (1) Jilpunggachi (7) Wint Seven (2) Tri Thunder (5) Back To Back
Next Best 11, 9
Fast Start 1, 3, 7, 10

Race 4: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) PRO HAMSEONG was the winner of a fast race at class and distance on what was just his second outing on December 16th. He made all and while he carries more weight today, should be repeating. Carrying the same amount of weight today and entering with almost identical form from two starts is (3) UNCLE OH. He was slightly less impressive when scoring his maiden win last time but did the job well enough an is the primary danger. (4) TOP BRAIN struggled on his first start after being gelded in early December, weakening badly late on to the extent he was sent back to trial He looked very good in that trial and can go much better today. (2) CUPID GUY and (8) MAGIC ROAD are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (1) Pro Hamseong (3) Uncle Oh (4) Top Brain (8) Magic Road
Next Best 2
Fast Start 1, 4

Race 5: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here with eight of the twelve having raced before. Of those, (3) SOMETHING NOBODYNO ran well for 2nd place on debut on December 15th and with a similar performance today, will be the one to beat. (9) DAECHEON VOW also came home as runner-up on her first start a day later and while she perhaps has more to find, can be a danger. (2) STORM FORCE has raced twice, registering 4th and 3rd place finishes, both at this distance and she can continue her solid start here. (12) BLADE STORM has also proved competent over two starts so far and is another who can place. Of the debut-makers, (10) GEUMA SUPREME “won” the slowest trial imaginable in December and could spring a surprise.

Selections (3) Something Nobodyno (9) Daecheon Vow (2) Storm Force (12) Blade Storm
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 3, 9, 12

Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) WONDERFUL DIXIE made all to score by four-lengths at this distance on his third career start on December 22nd. He’s up in class here but can get on top early and could well win again. (4) CHEONROK was the one who got closest to him that day and in recording his second runner-up finish, also finds himself up in class. There’s nothing to be too afraid of here and he should be competitive. (9) SA SA ran 4th on her first try at (more…)