Day: April 25, 2019

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 26)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 10 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(2) USEUNG STORY has been close in each of his latest three, running on well for 3rd last time out in a slightly stronger race than this. He can set up camp behind the early speed here and come through strongly late on. (4) GRAND JILJU will be on pace from the start. He was an improved 2nd at this distance last time out a month ago and should be dangerous today. (3) FUNKY steps up in trip following some near-misses at 1000M while (8) GIDAEHAE and (9) HAPPY GATE are others who have shown some competency and can be in the hunt for money here.

Selections (2) Useung Story (4) Grand Jilju (8) Gidaehae (3) Funky
Next Best 9, 11
Fast Start 3, 4, 12

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

(7) NUMBER ONE STAR ran 2nd on debut at this distance on March 22nd. He’s from the track’s top stable, should have come on for the run, and is the one to beat here. (9) MATCH WINNER has a 3rd and a 2nd from two outings so far, both at this distance and both times in reasonably company. He’ll be on speed from the gate and can go close again. (12) NAEGA SAEGANGJA has finished no worse than 4th in four starts to date. He ran 4th behind Number One Star last time out and while he has a bit to find if he is to win, he can maintain his record today. (8) TWO TWO SIMON and (10) TURBO SPEED are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (7) Number One Star (9) Match Winner (12) Naega Saegangja (8) Two Two Simon
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 8, 9, 11, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here with five first-time starters among the field. (4) MAJOR PUNCH has raced just the once, all the way back last September. She ran well too, finishing 3rd and did enough to be entered for a big juvenile race later in the month. She didn’t make it there but returns today having won a trial in good order at the end of March and could well be the one to beat. (2) TOHAM IMPACT ran well at this distance in February and while she had a hard time at 1300M on her return last month, should be better today. (10) RAINBOW PARK has run 4th in both outings so far and can aim to match or better that here. Of the first-timers, (7) FAMILY SONG and (8) TOHAM STAR look the best at this stage.

Selections (4) Major Punch (2) Toham Impact (8) Toham Star (7) Family Song
Next Best 10, 6
Fast Start 4, 6, 8, 11

Race 4: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(8) RAON TOWN ran 2nd on debut over 1300M on March 29th, running on nicely. The extended trip today should suit and he’s the one to beat. (2) DANDI QUEEN was 3rd in that same race. She was a full five-lengths adrift but came from well back and is another who may well appreciate the opportunity to stretch out in distance. (6) ROYAL TICKET has only narrowly missed out in his latest two, both at the distance and he should be close again while (9) SINHEUNG BULPAE was a much improved 2nd when stepped up to this distance last start and while this is tougher, can run well once more. (4) HAENGBOK KOREA looks best of the rest.

Selections (8) Raon Town (2) Dandi Queen (6) Royal Ticket (9) Sinheung Bulpae
Next Best 4, 10
Fast Start 5, 6

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

(5) MUJEOK VETERAN is two starts into a comeback and showed enough when 5th in stiff company last time out to suggest his form is improving and he’s not far away from (more…)