Day: January 4, 2019

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (January 5)

There’s a bumper 15-race card at Seoul on Saturday. Moon Se Young may be the man to follow with plenty of fancied mounts. The action starts at 10:45 and continues until 18:00:


Moon Se Young looks the man to follow on Saturday at Seoul

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

(3) USEUNG MACHA ran 4th at the distance last time and Moon Se Young’s booking is sure to tempt plenty. (11) IL MARE ran 4th on debut on December 8th. The time wasn’t quick, but the track was slow that day and he can compete here. (10) BIG PRO has run well both times so far for 4th and 6th in similar company and should have come on following seven weeks out. (1) BETTINA is one start into a comeback following four months off and can improve here. (2) DURI did nothing too wrong on debut and can is another who should get better.

Selections (3) Useung Macha (10) Big Pro (11) Il Mare (1) Bettina
Next Best 2, 8
Fast Start 3, 5, 8, 10

Race 2: Cass 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(5) TOUR BROTHER wasn’t really ready on debut back in August but after a couple of months off and another trial he returned much better and has been no worse than 4th in three recent efforts. He led until the closing stages last time just two weeks ago and returns quickly here with solid claims to make the breakthrough. (1) LADY DIA was a much improved 2nd on her second outing at the beginning of December and she can continue her development today. (8) FINAL CAPTAIN drops back in trip after a solid 3rd place over 1300M last time and can be considered. (3) ULTRA MISSILE and (12) DALLYEORA GWANGSAN look best of the rest.

Selections (5) Tour Brother (1) Lady Dia (8) Final Captain (3) Ultra Missile
Next Best 12, 11
Fast Start 3, 4, 5, 12

Race 3: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(6) TAP MAGIC MASTER has been getting closer across four starts so far and was a front-running 3rd last time. Moon Se Young rides for the first time today, he should get on pace early again, and he can win. It’s a competitive race though. (5) LITTLE BOY FLASH ran a good 4th in stiffer company than this last time out four weeks ago and should be a threat, as should (2) HWANG GEUM SAJA, who was a very close 5th at the distance at the end of November. (11) SEOUL SIDAE can have a line drawn through both his latest two, which were in much tougher races and be given another chance. There is one debut-maker and Verazano colt (8) DAEGUN CHEONHA looked sharp in a trial just before Christmas and can go well first-up.

Selections (6) Tap Magic Master (11) Seoul Sidae (5) Little Boy Flash (2) Hwang Geum Saja
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 2, 4, 6

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maidens who have just turned three-years-old here and (3) WONDERFUL HENNESSY looks the one to beat. She’s raced three times so far and as an improved 2nd last time. It was at 1000M, but she looks ready to go back up in trip and it could be her day. (12) SPEED HEUKRYONG was 5th behind Wonderful Hennessy in that race (having finished ahead of her the time before) and looks to be on the improve as well. (9) SOUTHERN MAN ran creditably enough for 4th on debut but it wasn’t an especially strong race and he will need to be better here. There are five first-timer starters and a number have a chance. (6) ACE TRIPLE looks the most promising following a very positive trial performance two weeks ago. (10) SINGSING JANGSU and (11) WINNER CROWN the others who have shown positively in the mornings. As ever, watch the market for clues with these.

Selections (3) Wonderful Hennessy (12) Speed Heukryong (6) Ace Triple (10) Singsing Jangsu
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 3, 6, 8

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

More three-year-old maidens and (3) FULL MOON SKY is the one to beat. He has a 4th and a 2nd from two starts so far and while he hasn’t raced since being beaten seven-lengths by a potentially useful type in mid-November, he should have too much here. (7) DONGYANG TEUKGEUP and (4) YEOKDAE CHOEGO finished 3rd and 5th when they raced each other on December 2nd. That was the latter’s debut, and both should be in the hunt here. (8) LA VIE EST BELLE and (9) WONDERFUL BRAVO are others to consider.

Selections (3) Full Moon Sky (4) Yeokdae Chogo (7) Dongyang Teukgeup (9) Wonderful Bravo
Next Best 8, 10
Fast Start 2, 7, 9, 12

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

Fillies only and it’s open to imports as well as locally-bred contenders. (8) HAE NARAE could be the one. She’s shown improvement over three starts so far and ran a good 3rd last time. She may not lead from the gate but can finish strongly. (11) HWA GI and (1) COVERGIRL JUSTICE were both also-rans last time out in what was a stronger race than this. While a long way behind the winner, they weren’t too distant from the places and both are likely to improve, especially Covergirl Justice, who was making her debut. (3) (more…)