Day: March 1, 2019

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 2)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are 12 races from 10:45 to 18:00:


It’s been a long time since Choinma won – can he return to the winner’s circle at last on Saturday? (Pic: KRA)

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

Three-year-old maidens to get us underway with six first-timers and six who have raced at least once before. (1) GEUM ROYAL was a rated 75/1 chance on debut on January 27th but ended up coming home in 2nd place. He’ll be much shorter today and can go one better. (5) PRIME QUEEN was much better-fancied in the same race but got a bad trip and raced greenly too. Hopefully she’s learned a bit and should be better today. (10) BLACK PUPIL is the only one of these who has raced twice and she improved last time. Of the debut-makers, (8) GABO PULL QUEEN and (4) FLYING THOR look most likely to make an impact first-up.

Selections (1) Geum Royal (8) Gabo Pull Queen (4) Flying Thor (10) Black Pupil
Next Best 5, 2
Fast Start 2, 5, 10

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

(6) COLORFUL JOY has finished 3rd on both starts to date and in the latest of those he just came off the worst in a very tight three-way finish. Even a place today will see him up in class next time, but he should exit class 6 with victory here. (3) ENDURANCE was much improved on his third start a month ago and looks to be figuring things out. He’ll be the main danger. (5) KKAEUCHIM also seems to be on the correct trajectory and can continue to improve. As for the rest of them, (4) NONSTOP WINNING and (8) KING OF EAGLE perhaps have the best chance of improving on indifferent debuts.

Selections (6) Colorful Joy (3) Endurance (5) Kkaeuchim (4) Nonstop Winning
Next Best 8, 2
Fast Start 5, 10

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

(7) VICAR BRACING is the one to beat here. He was favourite at this distance on February 2nd but was slow out of the gates and lost ground. He’s not a front-runner anyway but that did seem to do his chances in, and he ultimately finished 5th. Moon Se Young’s on today and he gets another chance. (9) WHITE FLOWER finished 6th in that race and is one of those who may challenge here while (10) DAEJI GONGJU and (11) SONGAM BARBIE came home 5th and 6th in a slightly stronger race than this last month and should be in the placing hunt. (5) LADY DIA best of the rest.

Selections (7) Vicar Bracing (11) Songam Barbie (9) White Flower (10) Daeji Gongju
Next Best 5, 6
Fast Start 5, 9

Race 4: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) FIRENZE HILL got his maiden win at this distance in December and then beat two of these on his way to 3rd place on his first try at this class on January 27th. He’ll be favourite. (6) WINNER BROWN has a 2nd and a 4th from two goes at this class so far. He should be on pace early and is one of two principle dangers. The other is (2) RICH RULES. A winner on debut in January, he is up in class here and while he will need to improve, he’s had seven weeks off and could go well. (4) EOMJI YEOWANG and (12) BANGTANMA, the latter up in class following back to back runner-up finishes, are others who can go close.

Selections (5) Firenze Hill (2) Rich Rules (6) Winner Brown (12) Bangtanma
Next Best 4, 1
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Competitive looking filly-maiden. (4) DANGDAE JILJU comes in off the back of consecutive 3rd place finishes over 1000M. She’s run on very nicely both times and the step up in trip today may be what she needs to make the breakthrough. (1) IRON HEART was 3rd at this distance last time, an improved performance which she can build on today and she is set to be a big danger. (2) REIGN has been inconsistent but does have a 2nd place to her name and can be considered while (9) BLUE MEGA ELLA has run 6th in both outings to date, the most recent being at this distance and she should be on pace from the start. There are two first-time starters and of them, (5) DIA ROAD is from a top stable and trialled nicely four weeks ago.

Selections (4) Dangdae Jilju (1) Iron Heart (5) Dia Road (9) Blue Mega Ella
Next Best 2, 6
Fast Start 5, 6, 8, 9

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(9) SUN OF THUNDER is up in class and despite being winless, looks nicely in here. He’s finished 2nd in in two of three starts to date and missed out by only a neck last time despite getting a challenging trip. He can win. (1) SHADOW MONEY and (7) CHANGSEONG LUCKY came home 5ht and 7th respectively when they raced each other at class and distance. Shadow Money was exceeding expectations that day while (more…)