Day: March 29, 2019

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 30)

Saturday at Seoul sees 12 races from 10:45 to 18:00. There’s a new overseas jockey in town too with Manuel Porcu making his Korean debut. Here are the previews:

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Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(5) FEDERAL CAT has a 2nd and 3rd from two starts so far, the latter of which was at this distance on March 3rd. He only needs a top-three finish to be up in class next time and he could exit the bottom tier of racing with a win today. (2) JEONGMUN SAI finished 3rd behind Federal Cat on what was both their debuts back in February and returns here for the first time since and should be close although a bigger danger may prove to be (3) GEUMSUNI STAR. It took him a couple of efforts to figure things out, but he comes in here with a 3rd and a 4th from his latest two and should go close here. (7) IL MARE stumbled at the start last time and may go better for the step up in trip today, but the most intriguing entrant is the sole debut-maker. (9) PLATINUM EURO. He’s won two trials and is the pick well first-up here.

Selections (9) Platinum Euro (5) Federal Cat (2) Jeongmun Sai (3) Geumsuni Star
Next Best 7, 4
Fast Start 4, 9

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

Three-year-old maiden fillies only here. (6) SAMAE JILJU has finished no worse than 4th in three outings so far. All have been at 1000M and she’s run on reasonably well each time suggesting she may appreciate the extended trip today. (9) BULUI QUEEN has made steady progress and got her best finish so far in 2nd when stepped up to this distance last time and can continue to progress here. Both of those should be on the early speed as should the other principal chance, (2) SENTOSA. She has demonstrated ability at 1000M with a best finish of 2nd and is another who tries this distance for the first time. (1) CHEONNYEONUI BI and (8) GREEN CINDY are others who may improve.

Selections (9) Bilui Queen (2) Sentosa (6) Samae Jilju (1) Cheonnyeonui Bi
Next Best 8, 3
Fast Start 2, 6, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Weak maiden here with only (9) JEONGMUN SARANG having experienced a top three finish to date and that’s probably enough to make him favourite here. He should be able to get to the lead early and potentially go all the way. (3) COMPLETE SHOCK and (11) GIVEN RUNNER have both performed well in trials, if not in actual races and could improve but we’ll look to the pair of (4) GOLD FIELD and (5) WANSEUNG MUPAE, neither of whom did too much wrong when running 7th and 6th respectively at this distance earlier this month and who look to have potential to improve. Wanseung Mupae bumped at the start last time and with a cleaner break, can get closer.

Selections (9) Jeongmun Sarang (5) Wanseung Mupae (11) Given Runner (4) Gold Field
Next Best 3, 2
Fast Start 4, 9, 11

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(9) GEUMA MAJESTY improved significantly at the third time of asking on March 3rd, running 2nd at this distance. It was the first time he’d managed to get off to a decent start and if he repeats that today, he can win. (6) BIG CLASSIC ran 3rd on debut back in January and returns here for the first time. He can set up camp just behind the early speed and can be a danger later on. (5) WINNER CROWN has been competent in his three starts so far, the best of them being 2nd place in an admittedly slow race at this trip in February. He’ll need to have a bit of improvement in him here but can get close as can (7) FLOWER ROAD, who similarly has done nothing too wrong in two efforts to date. (10) RAON JOY looks bets of the rest.

Selections (9) Geuma Majesty (5) Winner Crown (6) Big Classic (7) Flower Road
Next Best 10, 2
Fast Start 5, 9, 10, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(7) RED BLADE only missed out by half a length when a much-improved 2nd in a decent race at this distance on March 3rd. His stable is in good form at the moment, he should on pace early and he can win. (4) CHEONNYEON HAPPY ran a pleasing enough 4th over this distance on March 2nd and should be even more of a factor here while (1) TANTAN WINNER has been showing progress across his four outings so far and can build on the 3rd place he achieved on his first try at this distance last month. (8) CLEAN UP TRIO was 4th behind Red Blade last start and while he was a full twelve-lengths back in a strung-out finish, can get a little closer today. (12) KINGLY was a somewhat surprising 2nd on his return from a few months off over 1000M in a race that was admittedly run at glacial pace three weeks ago. Nevertheless, he provides jockey Manual Porcu with a decent opportunity on his first day riding at Seoul.

Selections (7) Red Blade (1) Tantan Winner (4) Cheonnyeon Happy (8) Clean Up Trio
Next Best 12, 11
Fast Start 7, 8, 11

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

(5) SUN OF THUNDER got promoted to this class with back to back runner-up finishes and continued that streak when 2nd over this distance on his first try at this level on March 2nd. True, he has been a beaten odds-on favourite on both his latest starts, but it should be third-time lucky today.  (3) FLYING JOY was just half a length back behind Sun Of Thunder in that same race. He remains a maiden after sixteen attempts but shouldn’t be far away once more. (6) STAR LIST was a class and distance winner as recently as (more…)