The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 9 races from 14:30 to 21:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
The first race to get us underway has a field of ten two-year-olds with eight of them having their first start in a race. It seems hard to go past the runners with experience here and (8) TWO TWO FAIRY looks the one to beat coming off a good performance when fourth behind Top Ace. The Hansen filly was beaten less than two lengths when having her first start and should take improvement from the run. (3) YEONGGWANGUI TIME comes out of the same race when finishing sixth. The filly should be able to get an economic run from barrier three with Choi Si-Dae taking the reins. (6) DOCTOR CARSON was good in his trial when running 1.03.2. Whilst not the fastest time on a wet track he was not fully extended by Jin Kyum. (5) WONDERFUL FLASH is another that trailed well and can figure with the right run.
|Selections||(8) Two Two Fairy (3) Yeonggwangui Time (6) Doctor Carson (5) Wonderful Flash|
|Next Best||7, 9|
|Fast Start||3, 6|
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
A compact field of eight will line up over the 1300m in the second. (3) MERCI CHERIE brings the strongest form into a race that lacks depth. The Colors Flying colt finished second last time out in similar company when running on well from a midfield position. If he can sit in the first half, he should take some beating. (7) THUNDER BAY is still early in his career and showed improvement last time out. He ran on well last time out and he will get longer to wind up as he steps up to the 1300m for the first time. (2) BICHUI HOWI drops back from the mile where she placed last time out. That was her first top three finish from seven starts. (4) ANGEL KING STAR will have his second career start after finishing fifth on debut. He is another that can improve.
|Selections||(3) Merci Cherie (7) Thunder Bay (2) Bichui Howi (4) Angel King Star|
|Next Best||5, 1|
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
A field of eight lines up in the third once again over the 1300m. (5) PARADISE KING was promising on debut when finishing third behind Spice Rock. The three-year-old placed third in a blanket finish last time out when beaten less than two lengths. Top rider Choi Si-Dae will partner the chestnut once again. (8) MENI QUEEN was good in a recent trial when winning the event over 1000m. She coasted through the line in the event when running a fair time. (2) DARUI BADA ran on well last time out over the 1000m and will appreciate the step up to the 1300m. (3) PARTY WINNER drops back from the mile to line up in this event. The four-year-old has finished in the top five on four occasions from six starts.
|Selections||(5) Paradise King (8) Meni Queen (2) Darui Bada (3) Party Winner|
|Next Best||1, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 8|
Race 4: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The fourth on the card is by far the hardest race on the card to assess. With Seo Seung-Un suspended You Hyun-Myung has picked up a handy ride on (4) YEONGGWANGUI CHEER. The three-year-old has been racing well of late and backed up his maiden win with a runner-up performance in Class 5 company last time out. He has to carry the 57kg but he looks one of the main chances in a wide open race. (5) ROSE BULLET is another that backed up his maiden with a good performance when second behind Karin. Iaonnis Polluis will pilot the three-year-old from gate five which will suit his racing pattern. (7) PEACE RIDER placed last time out when third behind Daeho Jilju. He is yet to break maiden status but looks an each-way chance. (10) BAENGNICHONG was racing well before a break in weaker grade. The four-year-old has had a trial coming into this preparation.
|Selections||(4) Yeonggwangui Cheer (5) Rose Bullet (7) Peace Rider (10) Baengnichong|
|Next Best||6, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 10|
Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
The fifth on the card has several chances with a field of eleven to line up over the six furlongs. (7) ULSAN JANGGUN has been thereabouts in this company at his past few starts and comes off a good performance behind Vega Thunder last time out. You Hyun-Myung will ride the three-year-old who should be an each-way price. (1) NAEGA SAEGANGJA goes into this race after trialing mid-June. The Hansen gelding won a Class 6 event last time out in good fashion and has never finished worse than fourth. (11) BAEJJANG saluted in similar company last time out and as a result has been elevated in the weight scale. He is every chance of winning again but the outside draw may prove problematic. (6) NEW JACK SWING retains the services of Choi Si-Dae after finishing fourth last time out. He looks a place chance at best.
|Selections||(7) Ulsan Janggun (1) Naega Saegangja (11) Baejjang (6) New Jack Swing|
|Next Best||4, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 7, 11|
Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Spare a thought for the race caller in the sixth with the likes of Yeonggwanguiforce, Hwarangui Huye, Bundanuibyeokneome and Widaehangwanggyong going around in the same race. One of the easier names to pronounce is (4) HANSEN DREAM who looks one of the main chances in a race with plenty of exposed form. The ghostly grey put pay to his rivals at his first two race starts including an impressive four length win last time out. Another one that is two for two is (9) BUNDANUIBYEOKNEOME which leading rider You Hyun-Myung will partner with from an awkward draw. The three-year-old has sat on speed at both of his two wins so expect the Colors Flying gelding to charge forward straight after the gates open. (3) JANGSAN JOY comes back to easier company after going around in the Korean Derby last time out. (7) YEONGGWANGUIFORCE has placed at his past three starts and rarely runs a bad race. They should run a good time in this event.
|Selections||(4) Hansen Dream (9) Bundanuibyeokneome (3) Jangsan Joy (7) Yeonggwanguiforce|
|Next Best||6, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 9, 12|
Race 7: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
The seventh on the card is another tough race where if you land the winner you should get a good price. (4) THUNDER RAIN always attracts support due to his consistency. He has won up to 1300m and he ran through the line well last time out. He has finished in the top three on six occasions from nine career starts. (7) PERFECT SINHWA had his first run back last time out since July last year. He finished fourth behind I’m Your Lemon when settling midfield and running through the line well. It was quite some time between runs and he will be better for the run. (1) BAENGNYEON SIDAE is not necessarily advantaged from an inside draw but will be hitting the line strong. The lightly weighted four-year-old has previously shown a good turn of foot and should not be discounted. (10) UJU DAEWANG looks a place chance third-up in her preparation.
|Selections||(4) Thunder Rain (7) Perfect Sinhwa (1) Baengnyeon Sidae (10) Uju Daewang|
|Next Best||3, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 10|
Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
A handy bunch of gallopers will take to the track in the eighth over the two turns. (%) MALIBU BYEOL looks a nice galloper for trainer Bart Rice. The three-year-old import has won two from five and looks suited in this with a reasonable draw. Jin Kyum takes over from Franco Da Silva. (6) GYEONGJUUI DUREBAK was runner up behind outsider Sakisaki last time out. The filly is lightly weighted with just the 52kg and is a winning chance after running a good time on a dry track last time out. (10) CURLIN FANTASY is still a maiden after sixteen starts but has ran some good races behind some talented types. He will break through it is just a matter of when he does so. You Hyun-Myung will ride (2) I’M YOUR MOTHER and had to jump off a few others in this race to do so. The import finished third behind Alphaking Iji last time out and should be respected.
|Selections||(5) MALIBU BYEOL (6) GYEONGJUUI DUREBAK (10) CURLIN FANTASY (2) I’M YOUR|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 6|
Race 9: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
The last on the card is at Class 2 level and it is fair to say it’s not the strongest we’ve seen. (3) FIRST CHANGER looks a beneficiary of a weaker assignment today. The Kang Eun-Seok trained galloper has won three from seven and apart from a slightly disappointing performance last time out, he has been a good horse for punters in his seven start career to date. (4) DANGDAE ALPHA ran a handy third last time out over the six furlongs. He has been a good horse for connections to date and gets another chance to earn in this race. (1) UBAKI has finished behind the placegetters at his two most recent runs. The veteran nine-year-old will shuffle back and hit the line strong. (8) WHISPER WISH hasn’t saluted since mid-last year but is always a chance of bobbing up in the money.
|Selections||(3) FIRST CHANGER (4) DANGDAE ALPHA (1) UBAKI (8) WHISPER WISH|
|Next Best||2, 7|
|Fast Start||3, 8|