Day: March 23, 2019

Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (March 24)

There are full Sunday cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). There’s no Group or Listed action but the “Good Luck Dolkong Handicap” race 9 at Seoul looks set to be interesting while New Legend, unbeaten in Korea, makes his fifth start at Busan in race 5. Also there is the ongoing saga of Moon Se Young’s attempt to reach 1500 winners. After scoring in race 1 on Saturday to reach 1499, he was beaten on three odds-on chances. He has eight more chances on Sunday. Here are the previews with Busan selections below:

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Surely Moon Se Young will make it to 1500 on Sunday

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

(11) P.K. JEONSA has been getting closer across four starts so far culminating in 2nd place at this distance last time out a month ago. He won’t need to improve much to win this and he is the one to beat. (5) GOLDEN JAY ran 3rd on debut last month and while it wasn’t an especially strong race, it gives her a firm foundation to build on here. (6) CHOWON MARU and (4) SEOUL CITY debuted together, finishing 4th and 7th respectively at this distance on February 23rd and they too can make progress here. The most experienced in the race is (9) DAEJI GONGJU and she has managed a 3rd place which she could repeat here.

Selections (11) P.K. Jeonsa (5) Golden Jay (6) Chowon Maru (4) Seoul City
Next Best 9, 1
Fast Start 5, 11

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

Weak maiden here and (10) UTGE HAEJULGE’s improved last start 4th should be enough to give him favourite status here. He’s not drawn especially well but should have enough about him to get to the lead and he can win. (6) SINUI CHUKBOK comes in having run 5th at this distance two weeks ago and looks to have more improvement in her while (4) JEOKTO BIMA raced ungenerously last time but still managed to finish 6th and drops back in trip today.  In such a race we have to give the first-timers a chance and (7) BLUE BAY looks to have the best chance of making an impression first-up.

Selections (10) Utge Haejulge (6) Sinui Chukbok (4) Jeokto Bima (7) Blue Bay
Next Best 9, 8
Fast Start 2, 4, 5, 6

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(7) HOPE KINGDOM was a close at hand 2nd at this distance on February 23rd, beating three of these in the process. That performance came out of nowhere, but a repeat can’t be ruled out. (3) SIMJANGUI GODONG was 3rd in that race, four-lengths behind Hope Kingdom. That was just his second start having also run 3rd on debut. He only needs to finish in the top three to go up in class and he can exit the bottom tier of racing with a win here. (8) SPADE MASHIE was 4th on his first start in that very same race and should come on for it too. Further back still in that race was (2) JEONGSANG STAR, who previously showed some ability in 3rd place on her first outing and can go better today. Among those who didn’t go in that race, (1) TO THE VICTORY should be on pace early and can be competitive.

Selections (3) Simjangui Godong (8) Spade Mashie (7) Hope Kingdom (2) Jeongsang Star
Next Best 1, 12
Fast Start 1, 2, 10

Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

A close at hand 2nd at class and distance on February 24th, (3) TRI THUNDER is the pick to go one better and win this nicely competitive handicap. He should be close to the early speed and could have too much late on. (5) YEOKDAE CHOEGO is up in class having won on his first try at this distance last month and should have more improvement in him here while (8) HORSE QUEEN was a close 4th on her first go in this class five weeks ago and steps up in trip for the first time today. She’ll join Tri Thunder in competing for the early lead and can go close.  (2) CHOWON GUNJU and the experienced (4) SSONSALGACHI, are others who are capable.

Selections (3) Tri Thunder (8) Horse Queen (5) Yeokdae Choego (4) Ssonsalgachi
Next Best 2, 6
Fast Start 2, 8, 10, 12

Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) GYORYONG UNU is a frustrating horse, tending to be either very good or very bad. Last time though he was just ok, running 2nd over 1200M. He’s back at the minimum today, the inside gate should help him, and he surely wins. (3) JILPUNG GANGJA was slightly disappointing on his first try at this class last time but gets another chance here. He won his previous two in fine fashion and potential for more. (10) DAESEONG MALLI and (9) HWANG GEUM SAJA came home 5th and 6th respectively when they raced each other over 1300M on February 16th and both can get closer today. (11) WHIZ REINA is (more…)

Alan Munro Rides 1st Korean Winner

Well done to Alan Munro, who has ridden his first winner in Korea. It came on 24/1 chance Elan (Ecton Park) in race 8 of Saturday’s card at Seoul Racecourse:

While it was Munro’s 50th ride since beginning last month, he has scarcely had an opportunity to get on a fancied mount. Nevertheless, he has been consistently getting horses to exceed expectations and he followed up on Saturday with a 25/1 3rd place finish and an 18/1 runner-up.