June gets underway with a 10-race program at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(8) CLEAN UP TRIO has been knocking on the door for some time and while he was slightly disappointing in a tougher race at this distance last time out, his could be his day to make the breakthrough. There are plenty of others in with a chance though. (3) FIRST THUNDER has looked promising since returning from ten months off in April. He was a solid 5th last start at the distance and can get closer today. (1) WONDERFUL HEELS and (5) FLYING BULLET have also hinted at ability and this is a very good opportunity for them to improve. (6) CHEONJI POKPUNG looks best of the rest.
|Selections||(8) Clean Up Trio (3) First Thunder (5) Flying Bullet (1) Wonderful Heels|
|Next Best||6, 4|
|Fast Start||3, 8|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Ryan Curatolo made his Seoul breakthrough last week and the French jockey has an excellent opportunity to add another with (8) STRONG VULTURE, a much-improved 3rd last start. He should be on pace early and can win. (9) YEONGGWANGUI BEAT looks the main danger having finished 3rd on debut over 1200M, running on well. (5) IRON HEART was favourite for her latest start back in March but raced ungenerously throughout ultimately finishing in 5th place. She had shown ability prior to that and if she fixes her manners, she has a real chance. (3) COMPLETE MOTION and (4) JIOBANA are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(8) Strong Vulture (9) Yeonggwangui Beat (5) Iron Heart (4) Jiobana|
|Next Best||3, 6|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 8|
Race 3: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(9) CUPID GUY was a brisk winner at class and distance on April 27th, coming from just off the speed to win by half a length over decent opposition. He carries an extra couple of kilos today but can win again. (11) CHOEGANG STAR is up in class having secured an equally impressive victory at this distance four weeks ago. The Midshipman colt will need to overcome the widest draw but looks to also have potential for more improvement. (3) MUNHAK FIRE enters after back to back 4th place finishes and could go closer here while (5) K.N ACE and first-time starter (6) MOONHAK EKATI are others to keep an eye on.
|Selections||(9) Cupid Guy (11) Choegang Star (5) K.N Ace (3) Munhak Fire|
|Next Best||6, 1|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 7, 11|
Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
Back to maidens here. (2) NAE GIRUI BIT finished off very nicely for 4th over 1000M on May 11th. He steps back up in trip today looking ready to go very nicely from a similarly off the pace run. (1) J N LEE ran 5th that day, half a length behind Nae Girui Bit. That was an uptick in form and while the distance is more of a question for him, he can go close again. (3) RECOVERY TAP has been a little one-paced so far but offered some evidence of improvement which she can maintain here, while (7) MACH CHEONHA too showed promise when stepped up to this distance for the first time three weeks ago.
|Selections||(2) Nae Girui Bit (7) Mach Cheonha (3) Recovery Tap (1) J N Lee|
|Next Best||6, 4|
|Fast Start||3, 6|
Race 5: Class 4 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
(12) TOHAMSAN POWER was a very solid winner over 1200M at this class last time out on May 4th. He’s carrying an extra 4kg here and has the widest gate, but both can be overcome, and he can win again. (10) HWANG GEUM SAJA also needs to defy a wide draw and get to the front early but if he can do that, he has a very good chance as his recent form reads well. (3) SENSE JAENGI can have a line drawn through his latest and given another chance today while (1) GOOD CAIRO improved when tried at this trip for the first-time last start and can continue to make progress here. (8) PRETTY ODD BOY looks best of the rest.
|Selections||(12) Tohamsan Power (10) Hwang Geum Saja (1) Good Cairo (3) Sense Jaengi|
|Next Best||8, 6|
|Fast Start||3, 10, 12|
Race 6: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Both (1) FEATHER LIGHT and (5) QUEEN OF CAMP have had a number of near-misses across their respective starts. Both have gone well over this distance already and both look to have an excellent chance to finally make the breakthrough here. It’ a toss-up but (more…)