The final leg of the 2019 Korean Triple Crown, the Minister’s Cup, takes place at Seoul this Sunday but the weekend’s action gets underway on Friday at Busan with 9 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
An inexperienced field of eleven will go over the five furlongs to get things underway at Busan. (5) QUEEN OF ADELE brings the dominant form lines into the race finishing in the top three on two occasions from her past three starts. Expect polished jockey Seo Seung Un to position the Colors Flying filly close to the speed. (9) STOLEN BEAUTY showed early speed last time out over the five furlongs when managing to settle second from the outside gate. Her draw is marginally better and this looks a slightly weaker assignment. (3) CHODONG JINJU is having her fourth start after finishing well back last time out. Her performance two starts back was good when producing a nice turn of foot. (10) DARUI BADA passed a few in the straight last start and appears a place chance at best.
|Selections||(5) Queen Of Adele (9) Stolen Beauty (3) Chodong Jinju (10) Darui Bada|
|Next Best||4, 6, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 9, 11|
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
There is a lack of exposed form in the second with the field having a collective twenty-nine starts between them for just five top three finishes. The lack of form suggests that debutant (10) PARADISE KING can figure in this event after a handy trial. The Hansen colt finished second in the trial when ridden hands and heels through the line. The trial time was 1.02.6 which will see him be competitive. He showed early speed in the trial so expect him to sit in the first half of the field. (7) TOHAM IMPACT has placed on two occasions from four career starts. He was slightly disappointing last time out when sent out at short odds and only beating a few home. Look for him to bounce back in this event where he drops back to the 1000m. Seo Seung Un will ride (3) CHODONG YEOSIN for the first time today after she finished second (2.5L) behind Goldui Inyeon. (6) SPICE ROCK has shown she can run home well and appears a place chance on recent runs. (2) BEAUTIFUL KOREA was much-improved last time and can build on that run here.
|Selections||(10) Paradise King (7) Toham Impact (3) Chodong Yeosin (6) Spice Rock|
|Next Best||2, 4, 1|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 10, 12|
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
First starter (4) WONDERFUL COUNTRY has had two trials as he comes into his debut preparation. The three-year-old ran 1.03.2 when winning a barrier trial on 19/06/01. The Menifee chestnut was asked for an effort but still appeared to have plenty in the tank. He will most likely jump at an each-way price in a wide open field. (5) ZET KING appears the main danger with the drop back in distance to 1300m looking ideal. Trainer Kim Byung hak has engaged Seo Seung Un for the ride and from barrier five it is expected he will work forward early. (8) DONGBANG NARAE has been sent out at reasonably short odds at her first two career starts. She has only managed to finish midfield and both runs have been on wet tracks. Look for her to improve. (3) BAEDARI CAPER has been around a while having twenty starts and yet to finish closer than third. He is a place chance at best.
|Selections||(4) Wonderful Country (5) Zet King (8) Dongbang Narae (3) Baedari Caper
|Next Best||2, 10|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 7, 12|
Race 4: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
Three-year-old Officer filly (3) MAJOR PUNCH looks as if she will appreciate the mile as she lines up in race four. She was last on the turn at her most recent run and finished off well to finish fifth. If she gets away well at the start she will take some beating. (7) PARTY WINNER is having start six in this event and has managed to finish in the top five on three occasions from his five starts to date. (6) CHEONNYEONUI ULRIM showed early speed last time when finishing fifth behind Karin who has gone on for successive victories. Expect him to sit just behind the speed and look for improvement at start four. (8) YEONGWON CHAMP appears the best of the rest and is a place chance. (1) GRAND CAPTAIN has hinted at improvement recently and can also be a threat for the money.
|Selections||(3) Major Punch (7) Party Winner (6) Cheonnyeonui Ulrim (8) Yeongwon Champ|
|Next Best||1, 4, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 4, 7|
Race 5: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
A field of ten will go over the mile in the fifth of the day. Three-year-old (10) DAEHO JILJU looks as if he will appreciate stepping back up to the mile after winning two starts back over the distance. He has been consistent since starting his career in December. He has shown he is versatile in his short career after settling both on speed and midfield. (7) YEONGGWANGUI CHEER was sent out favourite by punters last time out and won by a head. He has to carry the 55kg in this but is considered an each-way chance. (1) URANUS J has been consistent at this level at his past few starts and will be aided by an inside draw. He worked overtime last time out with a wide draw but will have an economic run in this event. (4) ALBERT KING took ten starts to break maiden status two starts back. He followed it up with a midfield performance behind Bobae Dream last time out. He looks one to include in your exotic bets.
|Selections||(10) Daeho Jilju (7) Yeonggwangui Cheer (1) Uranus J (4) Albert King|
|Next Best||3, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 7|
Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(8) FINE TRUMPET has his second start this preparation after finishing fifth when resuming over the mile. The Hansen colt drops back to the 1300m which looks more suitable considering he won over this distance last preparation. He should be fitter after the first up run and expect Seo Seung Un to use his early gate speed and put him on speed in the first furlong of the race. (1) SEONGSAN POWER is yet to break maiden status but finds herself in Class 5 company due to her consistency. She drops back to the 1300m after three attempts over the mile. She has a fifty percent strike rate of finishing in the top three over the 1300m. (9) DODOHAN handed in a form reversal last time out when winning over the 1300m at big odds. Based on his most recent performance he is worth including but consistency appears to be the problem. (10) WANBONG has had a few starts in Class 5 company after saluting four starts back. Look for further improvement.
|Selections||(8) Fine Trumpet (1) Seongsan Power (9) Dodohan (10) Wanbong|
|Next Best||2, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 8|
Race 7: Class 4 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
The Korean-breds go around in the seventh where there are several different form lines to assess. (7) FIGHT MAGIC looks one with a big chance dropping back to Class 4 company. The Tiz Wonderful filly comes out of the Korean Oaks where whilst she looked outclassed, she was also given a torrid run when having to tramp wide throughout over the 1800m. Her form heading into the Oaks was good and the 1300m is much more suitable. She carries just 51kg and looks hard to beat. (2) IRON WARRIOR has drawn ideally for his style of racing. He has finished second at three of his past four starts with the most recent in similar company and demands respect in this field. (9) TRIPLE SILVER has finished midfield at his three starts to date in Class 4 company. Look for improvement as Seo Seung Un jumps aboard. (5) WINNING AGAIN has been thereabouts ironically without winning for quite a lengthy period but looks a place chance.
|Selections||(7) Fight Magic (2) Iron Warrior (9) Triple Silver (5) Winning Again|
|Next Best||10, 4|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 7|
Race 8: Class 2 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
Whilst we have had no standouts in the first half of the card (8) CHALLANHAN MISO looks one of the better bets on the day. Punters will most likely have to take the short odds but his performances of late have been good and he is looking for his sixth win at start twelve. He is not necessarily a fast starter so the draw should not affect his chances. (3) SMART PRINCE has had two starts in Class 2 and whilst he has not placed yet he looks a place chance with a good draw and a lightweight. (7) HIDDDEN CHAMP should be respected on recent performances when close up behind the likes of Muhan Yeoljong and Haneol Nuri. Import (5) WORLD NUMBER ONE was demoted to this class some time ago but based on recent performance can finish in the top four.
|Selections||(8) Challanhan Miso (3) Smart Prince (7) Hiddden Champ (5) World Number One|
|Next Best||2, 10|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 7, 9|
Race 9: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
The last on the card is a competitive affair with numerous chances. (5) SINBIHAN BARAM finished second behind I’m Your Lemon last time out when they ran a slick time. Kim Eu Soo should work forward early from barrier five and the Sharp Humor colt should take some running down. (11) SPOT looks one of the main chances coming off a second behind Hawk King over the same distance. The barrier is a concern for the speedy grey but if he can cross without using too much gas he will be right in the finish. (12) YEONGGWANGUISINHWA ran on strongly in the Hawk King race last time out. With the lightweight look for him to be doing his best work late. (9) MUJEOK YEONGUNG is second up after five months away from the track. He resumed in May when fifth behind I’m Your Lemon and should be respected with improvement to come out of that run.
|Selections||(5) Sinbihan Baram (11) Spot (12) Yeonggwanguisinhwa (9) Mujeok Yeongung|
|Next Best||3, 4|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 6, 11|