Day: February 21, 2019

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (February 22)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

You Hyun Myung rides

You Hyun Myung has been in top form so far in 2019

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

Three-year-old maidens to kick things off with seven of the twelve having raced before. Of those, (3) FINAL RULES ran 2nd on debut on January 18th and the filly is the pick to go one better this time. A couple of the others have shown some ability too. (12) TWO TWO FIRE has a 3rd and a 4th from two starts so far and should be looking to place again while both (1) BROWN PIE and (9) TRUE SIGNATURE also put in useful performances when running 4th in their respective latest outings. There is one stand-out among the first-timers. (2) TOHAM IMPACT is a half-sister to Jeongan Kingdom, a solid campaigner at Seoul, and he went well in a trial, albeit all the way back in November. Jockey booking a plus too.

Selections (3) Final Rules (2) Toham Impact (12) Two Two Fire (1) Brown Pie
Next Best 9, 10
Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 9

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

More maidens although this time all but one have raced before. (8) NAEGA SAEGANGJA lines up for the third time and having run 2nd and 3rd in the prior two and should be the one to beat here. None of the others especially impressed although (1) B.K. LUNA didn’t do too much wrong when 4th of eight on debut six weeks ago and can build on that here. Likewise, (4) ACE CRUSH has been inconsistent across seven outings so far but has registered a pair of 4th place finishes and can be competitive here, while (7) QUEEN OF ADELE too has hinted at ability. One interesting entrant is (3) BONINARA. She offered little on debut in December but has since been back to trial and looked much better. She could go well.

Selections (8) Naega Saegangja (3) Boninara (4) Ace Crush (1) B.K. Luna
Next Best 7, 10
Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 7

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

(8) VERYVERYTHANKYOU was beaten half a length into 2nd by a nice-looking winner (Miss Fact) over this distance on February 1st. The pair were eleven-lengths clear of the rest of the field, which included a couple of those who go here too, and he really should be winning today. (3) HWANGGEUMBITMASENG looks the most credible challenger having run a solid 2nd last time out over 1000M and has previously gone well at this distance too. (5) HOT GIRL and (11) MAGIC FLYING are others who should be in the placing frame.

Selections (8) Veryverythankyou (3) Hwanggeumbitmaseng (11) Magic Flying (5) Hot Girl
Next Best 7, 2
Fast Start 1, 7, 8, 10

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

Yet more three-year-old maidens. (8) RAON CAESERS didn’t do much on debut in November but was a much improved 2nd at this trip five weeks ago. He’ll be on pace here and looks the one to beat. (10) HWARANGUICHAMPION ran a very solid 2nd on debut on December 30th and should have come on for it after eight weeks off while (11) HOLIDAY PARIS was 3rd on her first start a month ago and should benefit from the additional distance today. (There are four debut makers among whom (4) CHOEGANG BOSS looks the pick, however, the most intriguing entry is one who has already raced once, albeit unimpressively and a full seven months ago. That’s (3) FRIDAY, the first foal out of 2013 Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First. Last of seven on his only start last July, he’s not been seen since, but now returns, gelded, and having looked much more competent in a trial last month. He has a chance.

Selections (8) Raon Caesers (3) Friday (10) Hwaranguichampion (11) Holiday Paris
Next Best 4, 5
Fast Start 3, 5, 7, 8

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

(6) FIGHT MAGIC has run 5th and 3rd from two outings to date and steps up to a mile for the first time with solid claims of making her breakthrough. She’ll be on pace early as will potential dangers (8) DAEDONG MANSE, a much-improved 2nd when bumped up to this trip last time, and (9) GRAND JILJU, who has done all his work at shorter distances so far but may benefit from a step up in trip today. Another contender is (5) ROYAL TICKET, who has finished off well in both efforts over 1300M so far and is another who can appreciate the mile today. The other “royal”, (1) ROYAL BLUE, returned from six months off to run a decent 5th over 1000M last month and should have come on for it. He too tries the distance for the first time.

Selections (6) Fight Magic (5) Royal Ticket (9) Grand Jilju (1) Royal Blue
Next Best 8, 4
Fast Start 6, 8, 9

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

One of the trickier contests on the card but the recent form of (2) HAPPY DRAGON suggests he has a good chance of winning here. He comes in having run 3rd in a similarly strong race at class and distance on January 25th with a couple of his rivals here behind him. He’ll come from off the pace and with a bit of luck, can win. Plenty of others enter (more…)