Overnight on Thursday, Simon Foster saddled Dolkong to by no means disgraced 6th in the 1st Round of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan in Dubai. With a bit more distance to get stuck in – and bearing in mind the race was though nominally a Group 2, of Group 1 standard – the five-year-old looks to have every chance of pushing on in his Carnival campaign. Meanwhile, Aussie trainer Foster now dashes back to Seoul where he will saddle a couple of live contenders on Saturday’s 13-race card in the Korean capital (10:45 to 18:00):
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens her with four of the eleven racing for the first time. The debut-makers look promising. (3) TIMING GOOD did indeed post a very good time when winning a December trial and he’ll be well backed first-up. (7) DELTA BROTHER and (8) EX BLADE too have every chance of going well having put in positive trial performances. As ever with the first-timers, keep an eye on the market for additional clues. Of the experienced ones, (4) WHITE VELVET didn’t run especially fluently last time but did get a best finish to date o f 3rd. Moon Se Young stays aboard. (5) BARAMEUL GEURIDA and (10) SEMYEONG GISANG are two others who also improved last time and should be in the hunt.
|Selections||(3) Timing Good (4) White Velvet (10) Semyeong Gisang (5) Barameul Geurida|
|Next Best||8, 6, 7|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 7, 9|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(9) STRIDE UP has finished no worse than 4th across four outings so far. His times have been nothing special, but he’s done little wrong and won’t need to improve much to win this, likely coming from off the pace. (1) PUNGMUNEURO’s manners were poor last time but she still managed to finish 5th. She’s finished between 4th and 6th in each of her latest six outings and if she races a bit more generously today, should be improving. (6) JEOKTO BIMA can get off to a fast start and hold on to play a role in the finish. (8) MEGA CITY and (12) DAEJI GONGJU are others in the placing hunt.
|Selections||(9) Stride Up (1) Pungmuneuro (6) Jeokto Bima (8) Mega City|
|Next Best||12, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 6|
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(9) PRIVATE MAN has been getting progressively closer, culminating in 2nd place last time out in a decent event at this distance and today he really should go one better. He’ll be strong favourite. The main danger to the favourite is (1) QUEEN OF CAMP, who will attempt to join him on the early speed. She comes in off a close 2nd and then a slightly further away 3rd and a win is surely in her near-future at this level. (2) CHEONJI GISANG comes in off the back of a good 4th last time and seems to suit the distance well. (5) GEUMBIT TANHWAN was an improved 3rd on his first try at this distance in early December and is another who can compete for at least the places along with (10) CLEAN UP TRIO.
|Selections||(9) Private Man (1) Queen Of Camp (2) Cheonji Gisang (5) Geumbit Tanhwan|
|Next Best||10, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 9, 10|
Race 4: Class 4 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
A winner on debut over 1000M, (10) MEDICI GLORY’s only subsequent start came in the Nonghyup Chairman’s Trophy, Seoul’s top race for imported juveniles, at the end of November. He led early but faded a little late on ending in a by no means disgraced, 6th place. The company is much more amenable today and he surely returns to winning ways. (3) GOLDEN DIAL has shown promise across two starts so far and can continue his improvement here while (7) JIANIGA ran a good 4th last time and should be looking for more today. He’s the most likely to challenge the favourite for the early lead. (4) KING MESSENGER and (5) DAESEONG MALLI are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(10) Medici Glory (3) Golden Dial (7) Jianiga (5) Daeseong Malli|
|Next Best||4, 8|
|Fast Start||7, 10|
Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(11) GEUMA ANNUITY beat a couple of these on his way to a career-best finish of 2nd at this distance on December 2nd. He managed to get to the front early that day and while that won’t necessarily be easy from gate 11, he is the one to beat today. (1) PRIMO was 5th in that race, a slight dip from what had been very consistent form leading up to it. He doesn’t lead but finishes strongly and surely gets closer today. (2) ROYAL FAVOR also had a slightly disappointing day at the office in that race and is another who can improve (more…)