The second leg of the Sprint Series takes place at Busan on Sunday and it’s set to be a big one as New Legend, five-for-five in Korea, takes on Doraonpgyeongseon and a host of top sprinters in the Busan Ilbo Cup (KOR G3) over 1200M. It’s the first leg of the 2019 Sprint Series which concludes with the Korea Sprint International race in September. There are 6 races at Busan on Sunday from 12:40 to 17:10 as well as a full program at Seoul with 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00. Race-by-race is below along with horse-by-horse for the big race:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens to kick things off and nice and competitive it is too. The pick is (9) ROYAL GHOST, 3rd in both her starts so far and only narrowly defeated in a tight three-way finish last time out. (2) GEUMSUNI STAR has a 3rd and a pair of 4ths from his latest three and while all three times he’s been quite far back, his times at this distance have been decent and he has potential for more. (10) MANSEOK JIGI ran a couple of times at the end of last year and hinted at ability. He looked very solid when trialling up two weeks ago and can be considered first-up. As can the solitary debut-maker (11) CHUNGDAM HORANGI. He impressed in his heat and should do well here.
|Selections||(9) Royal Ghost (11) Chungdam Horangi (2) Geumsuni Star (10) Manseok Jigi|
|Next Best||4, 7|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 9|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(9) CHEONNYEONUI BI ran on well for an improved 3rd place over 1300M four weeks ago and steps up in trip to two-turns for the first time with solid claims to get her maiden win. She’ll go back at the start and the extra trip should suit. (1) LUCKY FACTORY, (11) INDIAN BOSS and (5) BINNANEUN RUBY filled out 3rd to 5th when they raced each other at this distance on March 23rd and all three will have placing designs here. (12) CHOEGANG PARTY looked good when trialling last week and is another who may appreciate the step up in trip.
|Selections||(9) Cheonnyeonui Bi (1) Lucky Factory (11) Indian Boss (12) Choegang Party|
|Next Best||5, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 11|
Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Four of these raced each other at class and distance on March 23rd and they filled out the top four places. (8) CHANGE MAKER was the one who came out on top that day, finishing well to score by half a length and he must accordingly be respected here. (5) HWANSANG STAR was 2nd, registering his third consecutive runner-up finish and he too should be in the hunt again. Favourite that day though was (1) MIGHTY M. It was his first try at the distance and he should have come on for having run well in 3rd. He is given another chance as top pick here. (2) PALA STAY was 4th in that race and can aim to match or better that here while among the ones who didn’t go that day, (7) DAEGUNUI GIL looks best
|Selections||(1) Mighty M (5) Hwansang Star (8) Change Maker (2) Pala Stay|
|Next Best||7, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Having scored his maiden win over 1000M in February, (3) BUCKETFUL GOLD ran a good 2nd on his first try at class and distance on March 24th. He should have come on for that and can go one better today. It won’t be easy though. (8) DIXIE AGAIN was an eye-catching winner on debut last month, scoring by six-lengths over this distance. He’s up in class today but looks very competitive. (2) EX BLADE also steps up after a gutsy win, again at this trip on March 31st and should be in the hunt as well. (9) VICAR BRACING was a mildly disappointing 4th when favourite two weeks ago but gets another chance here with Moon Se Young keeping faith, while (11) MAPAEBONG comes in with his most recent form reading well and can go close too.
|Selections||(3) Bucketful Gold (8) Dixie Again (9) Vicar Bracing (2) Ex Blade|
|Next Best||11, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 8, 10|
Busan Race 1 Selections: 1, 9, 2, 10
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(8) HORSE QUEEN led for much of the way around at class and distance on March 24th only to be denied by a nose on the line. The Testa Matta filly will be on pace again today and this time can get home in front. Joining her on the early pace is principal danger (5) SLING STONE. He too narrowly missed out last time but has won well at this distance before and should go close. (1) CHEON GOE SEONG remains a maiden but is up in class after a close 2nd place last start and should be competitive. (6) YEOKDAE CHOEGO, 4th behind Horse Queen last start, and (10) STRIDE UP, are others who should be in the frame.
|Selections||(8) Horse Queen (5) Sling Stone (1) Cheon Goe Seong (6) Yeokdae Choego|
|Next Best||10, 11|
|Fast Start||5, 8|
Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(5) SUCCESS PARTY won on debut at this distance the tail-end of last year but was disqualified when passing the line 1st on his second start in January. He ran 4th in Busan’s Classic trial in March and dropped back slightly in trip today, he’s going to be a strong favourite. (6) ROSA remains winless in six attempts but has plenty of near misses and should be aiming for at least a fourth runner-up finish today while (7) JUNGKKOT is an up and comer who should have progressed from a 4th place on her first try at this distance a month ago. (8) FOREVER NINE and (10) HAPPY KOREA are the others with serious placing claims.
|Selections||(5) Success Party (6) Rosa (8) Forever Nine (10) Happy Korea|
|Next Best||7, 3|
|Fast Start||5, 6|
Seoul Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Really competitive race with lots coming off last start maiden wins. (5) YEONGHWAS FLYING was perhaps the most impressive of them, although both (7) DIA STORM and (9) WINNER CROWN also have solid cases in that regard. All three should be firmly in the frame today. Winner Crown will aim to lead from the gate as will (1) ROYAL BRONZE, who already has experience at this level and ran a good 3rd second-up on April 7th. On the subject of experience, (6) PARTY POWER races for the fiftieth time today and while a win looks unlikely, the mare is more than capable of finding the money in this company.
|Selections||(7) Dia Storm (5) Yeonghwas Flying (9) Winner Crown (1) Royal Bronze|
|Next Best||6, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 9, 10, 11|
Busan Race 3: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(1) TOHAM ACE has finished no worse than 4th in six outings so far and is up in class having been on target over this distance last month. He made all that day and can do the same again here. (2) SANGSEUNG DAEHAN was a winner at this class and distance on March 24th. It was his maiden win on his twelfth start, and he is carrying an additional 3kg today, but he warrants respect. As does (11) EAST WIND, who was 2nd in that race, continuing a run of placing finishes. (6) VEGA KHAN and (9) MYEONGSIN POWER are others who can be expected to be close.
|Selections||(1) Toham Ace (2) Sangseung Daehan (11) East Wind (9) Myeongsin Power|
|Next Best||6, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 11|
Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Fillies and mares only here. (1) GONG SAN comes in off the back of two consecutive runner-up finishes, both at class and distance. She’s not a fast starter so she may need a little bit of luck in running, but she’s the class filly of the race and can win this time. (5) ACE SOLONGO beat a couple of these on her way to 2nd place at class and distance on March 30th and looks to be the main danger today although the up in class (8) MUNG CHI, (more…)