This week’s feature race in Korea is Sunday’s Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup at Seoul, which sees the nation’s top three-year-old fillies re-convene following last month’s Korean Oaks. That race’s winner, Deep Mind, heads the field. Before that though the weekend’s action kicks off at Busan on Friday with a nine-race card from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) 2YO Allowance / KRW 75 Million
The first bunch of Busan two-year-olds for the new season will take to the track in the first on the card. (2) TOP ACE showed early speed in his trial when going on for a solid victory. He ran a slick 1.02.0 and was not over exerted. Choi Si-Dae has been in good form and will partner with the son of Thunder Moccasin. (3) ACE JACKPOT hit the line strong in her trial. She was asked to extend at the top of the straight and ran home well when second in her trial. She ran a handy 1.02.5 in her trial. Francisco Da Silva will ride her after Choi Si-Dae who was aboard for the trial elected to ride Top Ace. (4) BLUE POWER jumped away well in his barrier trial. He was beaten by a big marking but ran through the line fairly. (8) ECHO SUN looks a place chance after finishing fourth in his trial running 1.03.4.
|Selections||(2) Top Ace (3) Ace Jackpot (4) Blue Power (8) Echo Sun|
|Next Best||7, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 4|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
There is a lack of speed engaged in the second which suggests that (11) BANJIUI JILJU will be able to pounce out of the gates and find the lead with ease. You Hyun-Myung should be able to dictate the speed in the affair and if she gets a cheap sectional she will take some running down. (9) SUN MOUNTAIN looks the main threat. The Simon Pure colt is coming off a solid performance when coming from well back and finishing third over the 1300m. (4) DANDI QUEEN ran home fairly last time out when finishing fifth in similar company. The Limitless Bid filly is having her eighth career start with Jung Do-Yun remaining aboard. (10) TURBO SPEED sat behind the leading division last time out and ran into third. Lee Sung Jae rides for the first time.
|Selections||(11) Banjiui Jilju (9) Sun Mountain (4) Dandi Queen (10) Turbo Speed|
|Next Best||1, 5|
|Fast Start||10, 11|
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
A field of ten three-year-olds go around in the third on the card. (4) MORNING TAEYANG performed well at his second career start when finishing second behind Perfect Ace. The Colors Flying colt will have the services of Choi Si-Dae who will benefit from a better draw in this event. (3) MILLION BEAT has run third at two of his three career starts. He was beaten a substantial thirteen lengths last time out but expect improvement at his fourth start. (1) CASTEL CORE improved last time out when midfield in a 1300m event. He has drawn the inside today for the first time so will be aided by and economic run. (8) NANSAN YEOJE is having her second start after running out of gas up the straight last time out. The Ecton Park filly originally trialed well and should be better for the run.
|Selections||(4) Morning Taeyang (3) Million Beat (1) Castel Core (8) Nansan Yeoje|
|Next Best||2, 6, 10|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 7, 8, 10|
Race 4: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
There appears to be plenty of speed engaged in the fourth and one of those with early pace is (5) OCEAN PHEONIX. The Menifee filly ran a strong second last time out behind the well-performed Brown Pie. She has been mighty consistent this preparation. The four-year-old should sit in the first three and prove hard to beat. In contrast (6) ORANGE MARINE is yet to break maiden status but has been consistent this preparation finishing in the top four at all four starts. The import has a solid turn of foot and can be considered an each-way chance. (9) YEONGUNG ILGI should settle rearwards and steam home late. The six-year-old produced one of the fastest sectionals in his race last time out when finishing third behind Nakita. (8) USEUNG TICKET saluted in Class 5 company last time out. She drops two kilograms on last run but may struggle from a wide draw.
|Selections||(5) Ocean Phoenix (6) Orange Marine (9) Yeongung Ilgi (8) Useung Ticket|
|Next Best||7, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 7, 10|
Race 5: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
A lackluster field of maidens go around in the fifth where (8) DOCTOR MIMI gets her best opportunity to break maiden status. The three-year-old has ran some respectable races this preparation including a last start fourth over the mile. The Colors Flying filly has settled both forwards and rearwards in her eleven start career so Jin Kyum will have options when she jumps. (9) HAENGBOK KOREA finished a distant third in his last race start over the 1600m. He has since had a trial at the start of the month when well back. The outside gate combined with the 56kg appears to be the hurdle but his competition lacks depth. (3) LISTEN TO ME showed speed last time out over the mile. The chestnut jumped well from the outside gate before taking up the early lead. The filly started to tire at the top of the straight and plugged away for fifth. She looks the likely leader. (1) WORLD SLAM looks next best coming off a fourth over the 1300m. The good draw won’t necessarily help the three-year-old’s chances as he is normally tardy out of the gates.
|Selections||(8) Doctor Mimi (9) Haengbok Korea (3) Listen To Me (1) World Slam
|Next Best||4, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 3|
Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
A speedy bunch of gallopers go over the short course in the sixth on the card which appears a wide open affair. (2) SUCHEOJAKJU has finished runner-up at his past two starts. He goes up in weight for this assignment but he is drawn ideally to sit on speed and take some running down. (4) RAON ARES has been expensive for punters of late but has managed to pick up a cheque at his past four starts. He has struggled to match the early speed of his rivals in his recent runs so Choi Si-Dae may be forced to take a position behind the speed. (1) RACHEL looks an each-way chance in the field. The five-year-old is looking for her third win and will be aided by the inside draw. (12) BONINARA has placed twice for her four start career to date. She missed the jump badly last time out but if she can get away cleanly she is another each way commodity.
|Selections||(2) Sucheojakju (4) Raon Ares (1) Rachel (12) Boninara|
|Next Best||10, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 6, 9, 12|
Race 7: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
The seventh on the card looks the hardest race by far on the nine event card. Choi Si-Dae partners with (11) AMAZING WINNER who is still early on in her racing career. She got shuffled back last start and then sat three wide throughout before plugging away in the straight. She has to overcome a wide barrier once again but if she crosses early she will be there at the finish. (8) MATCH WINNER is not far away from breaking through for a maiden win. The Menifee colt went around in Class 4 company last time out and ran in respectable fashion. The drop back to Class 5 and the 1300m looks suitable. (5) SHARP BELL is a thirty-seven start maiden but looks to have each way claims based on his most recent run when second behind Ultra Power over the 1300m. (6) ECTON SMILE was a good last start winner in Class 6 company. She is lightly weighted in this race and Jeon Jin-Gu will partner the Ecton Park filly once again.
|Selections||(11) Amazing Winner (8) Match Winner (5) Sharp Bell (6) Ecton Smile
|Next Best||12, 2, 9|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 8, 9|
Race 8: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
The eighth on the card looks a race in two between the two pacemakers. (5) YEONGGWANGUIFORCE has finished second at his past two starts in similar company and looks ready to break through. He normally leads so expect him to be on the fence in front after the first furlong. (6) IGGYDA looks the main threat after also finishing second last time out over the mile. The Ecton Park gelding is building a nice record winning on two occasions and placing twice from just five starts. (1) TIZ POWER had her first attempt in Class 4 company last time out when finishing midfield. She has previously been well performed over the mile and looks a place chance. (9) BLUE DANCER ran home well last time out and looks one that can add some spice to the novelties.
|Selections||(5) Yeonggwanguiforce (6) Iggyda (1) Tiz Power (9) Blue Dancer|
|Next Best||4, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 6|
Race 9: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
The last on the card is a brilliant race with many chances engaged in the fourteen horse field. There appears to be a lack of pacemakers engaged so it’s fair to say you would not want your investment getting too far back in the run. (8) HIDDEN STAR looks one to follow as he continues to race well early on in his career. This looks his acid test but coming off a 2.5L win last start over the same distance he looks to be right in this. (4) TANGY BITE placed behind the impressive Blue Chipper two starts back and backed it up with a midfield performance last time out. He gets a perfect draw and Jung Do-Yun reunites with him as he steps back up to the 1400m. (10) ADELE STAR placed at odds last time out behind A Pure Good Man. He is normally sent out at a big price so he may add some value to your exotics. (7) WHISPER WISH has proven competitive in this grade from his three runs in similar company. Look for her to sit in the first half of the field.
|Selections||(8) Hidden Star (4) Tangy Bite (10) Adele Star (7) Whisper Wish|
|Next Best||9, 3, 14|
|Fast Start||6,7, 8|