Sunday sees racing at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and at Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). Feature races are a pair of class 1 staying events over 2300M in the capital and 2200M on the South Coast. Here are the previeews (Busan selections below):
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(2) INDEPENDENCE came from off the pace to register a career-best 2nd place on March 17th, running on well when dropped back to this trip. He’ll be favoured to score here. (8) SEOUL MAGIC similarly scored on his return to this distance on March 30th, beaten in to 2nd at long odds by a good winner. That was a big uptick in form, and he can aim to repeat from the front under the same apprentice rider. (3) JIOBANA can perhaps have a line drawn through her latest having been bumped around at the start but ran well the time before and can come under consideration. (10) WANSEUNG MUPAE and (11) ANYANG LEOPARD come in off promising runs last start – the latter despite being later found lame – and either could run into a place here.
|Selections||(2) Independence (8) Seoul Magic (3) Jiobana (11) Anyang Leopard|
|Next Best||10, 7|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 7, 8|
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(2) CUPID CHOICE has been getting closer across five starts so far and was 2nd in a quick time over this distance on April 6th. From gate 2 she should be well positioned to come through strongly and go one better here. (7) PRIME QUEEN was a touch disappointing when favourite in a similar race three weeks ago but previously showed ability at this distance and can be given another chance today while (4) COMPLETE MOTION hasn’t shown an awful lot in the way of speed but did improve with 3rd last start and can continue to progress today. (1) CHEONJI POKPUNG and (12) JEONGSANG STAR are others to consider.
|Selections||(2) Cupid Choice (7) Prime Queen (4) Complete Motion (1) Cheonji Pokpung|
|Next Best||12, 11|
|Fast Start||3, 11, 12|
Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Small filly-only field but it’s competitive. (6) SINGGEUREOUN TIME, the latest out of one of Korea’s most successful broodmares, is the likely favourite having followed up her maiden win in February with a runner-up finish on her first try at this class on April 7th. Both were at this distance and she can come from off the pace to mount a strong challenge ger (1) TAP LINE is yet to win in three starts but finds herself up in class today after three near-misses. Alan Munro takes the mount for the first time and she looks nicely in here. She’ll be expected to be on pace alongside (4) LUCKY SOCHEON, who came home behind (2) AMARONE last time. Both of those two should be in the hunt as well.
|Selections||(6) Singgeureoun Time (1) Tap Line (2) Amarone (4) Lucky Socheon|
|Next Best||3, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 4|
Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(9) INGRAN QUEEN looks as though she is finally figuring things out and rana solid 3rd over 1300M four weeks ago. She drops back in trip here and with Moon Se Young riding for the first time, this could be her day. (11) SAMAE JILJU should appreciate stepping back in distance too here. She’s run well on all three of her previous tries at it and if she can get forward early from a wide draw, should have a chance. (5) BIG PRO didn’t really recover from some jostling at the start on his latest effort but has had over two months off since then and can go better today. (2) WONDERFUL HEELS and (12) BLUE MEGA ELLA are others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(9) Ingran Queen (11) Samae Jilju (5) Big Pro (2) Wonderful Heels|
|Next Best||12, 10|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 11, 12|
Race 5: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(8) MISTER HERO returned from six months off on April 6th to make what was just his third career start and it ended very well indeed as he recorded an eye-catching eight-length win. He is up in class today but with a good start once more, has every chance of backing up. (7) SA SA comes in off the back of a 3rd and a 2nd from her latest two efforts, beating a couple of these in the latest of the, and she should be a danger here while (2) THANK YOU MOTHER’s form reads similarly and she should go well from a nice draw. (4) ROYAL SHALOM is up in class after a somewhat unexpected maiden win last start and looks equipped to be competitive at this level. (5) CHOEGANG STAR returned from five months off in April, running a solid 5th which he can build on today.
|Selections||(8) Mister Hero (2) Thank You Mother (7) Sa Sa (5) Choegang Star|
|Next Best||4, 11|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 7, 8|
Race 6: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens and (3) BIG CLASSIC is set to be strongly favoured to make her breakthrough here. After finishing 3rd on debut, she was slow to begin and raced a touch ungenerously when 5th of 12 on her re-appearance at the end of March, but once she got going, she ran on really well and should thrive on the additional furlong today. It’s hard (more…)