There are 12 Sunday races at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00 and 5 at Busan from 13:45 to 17:05. Here is the race-by-race for Seoul (Busan selections below):
Race 1: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(11) RAON SERENA is yet to win in five attempts but has never been worse than 3rd. She overcame a heavy bump at the start last time and still ran a good 2nd, beating a couple of these in the process and today can be her day in this filly/mare maiden. (10) HOMECOMING has had a similarly good start to her career with a pair of runner-up finishes and a 3rd place and she looks to be the main danger. (8) EOMJI YEOWANG has finished 4th behind Raon Serena in both her latest two outings and while she will need to improve to overturn that, she looks good for a potential place here. (7) ROMAN BLADE seemingly lost her way a little last autumn but should be better here for an eight-week break. (4) QUEEN FORCE ONE and (6) DASANUI CHODAE others to look out for.
|Selections||(11) Raon Serena (10) Homecoming (8) Eomji Yeowang (4) Queen Force One|
|Next Best||7, 6, 3|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 7, 10|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Time for (3) MAMMA ROMA to win. Luigi Riccardi’s filly has improved across three starts so far culminating in 3rd place last time and today can sit just behind the early speed and finish strongly in this maiden which is restricted to three-year-old fillies. The other top contenders are the ones likely to be on that early speed. (1) BLACK WINGWING ran reasonably well for 3rd on debut at the beginning of November and can improve while (2) NEW PARADIGM has had six weeks off since a solid effort at 1300M. Biggest danger though may be (4) WONDERFUL MARIA. Both her starts so far have been at 1300M with a 5th and a 2nd. She’s drawn well today to get that early lead and could go all the way. (11) SSOARAUTS, an improved 2nd at the distance a month ago, looks best of the rest.
|Selections||(3) Mamma Roma (4) Wonderful Maria (2) New Paradigm (1) Black Wingwing|
|Next Best||11, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 4|
Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(1) DAE UNHA remains a maiden after eight attempts but has been consistently close and it would be no surprise if he to make the breakthrough here. He likes the distance, has drawn well, and can win. The big danger is (4) BEST EVER. A winner on debut in October, he ran a good 2nd (behind a shock winner) four weeks ago, overcoming a poor start, and looks to have more in him. (3) SKY MARINE can get a pass on her latest effort in tricky company and should go much better today. (6) DIA PUNCH and (10) MISS PYEONGCHON are others who may be considered for places, the latter likely to try to lead early.
|Selections||(1) Dae Unha (4) Best Ever (3) Sky Marine (6) Dia Punch|
|Next Best||10, 2|
|Fast Start||5, 10|
Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Only eight runners here and (3) MYEONGJIN MAN is the one the rest will need to beat. His solitary win came at this distance last July and after a couple of shaky attempts at this level, he ran well for 3rd last time despite getting a huge bump at the start. He’ll sit behind an early pace set by main rivals (4) INDY LADY and (7) STAR LIST. Indy Lady is up in class having won by three-lengths over 1300M on December 1st, while Star List remains a maiden but recent form reads well, and this company should suit. (5) NAEGA KKEUTPANWANG and (6) SPECIAL LIGHT are others with claims on at least a place.
|Selections||(3) Myeongjin Man (4) Indy Lady (7) Star List (6) Special Light|
|Next Best||5, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 8|
Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(7) THE QUEEN GRACE has run a good 2nd in both her latest starts, both at this distance. She’ll be looking for a fast start here under David Breux and if she gets it, she’ll be hard to beat. (2) GIVEN WEEKEND is up in class after winning two of his last three. The most recent was a seven-length score at the distance on December 1st in a fast time and he’ll surely be competitive at this level too. (11) TOHAMSAN POWER comes up in class too and drops back in trip after a very good 2nd over 1300M last time. (1) GEOSEN MAPUNG and (4) JEJUI BARAM are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(7) The Queen Grace (2) Given Weekend (11) Tohamsan Power (1) Geosen Mapung|
|Next Best||4, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 7, 8|
Race 6: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(4) WONDERFUL TRUTH is two for two and is up in class as she seeks her hattrick. She should complete it too with her four-length win over this distance on November 11th suggesting there is much more to come. She hasn’t raced since then but should be on (more…)