Month: December 2019

Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 29)

The final day of racing in Korea for 2019 sees a bumper standalone meeting at Busan with 15 races from 10.45 to 18.00. All the fields are big and there are some really competitive races. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of lightly raced Korean-breds will kick off proceedings on a bumper Busan card with fifteen races. (6) PINEUI KKUM looks the goods in the first and should get punters off to a winning start. The Old Fashioned colt lines up for his fourth start coming off a fourth in relatively quick time on a dry-rated track. Leading Busan rider You-Hyun-Myung will jump aboard the juvenile for the first time and is likely to work forward on him early. He comes out of a much stronger event and will appreciate the lack of depth engaged in this race. (11) FUTURE KING drops back to the five furlongs after finishing midfield over 1300m last time out. He did run well two starts back over this distance, he is likely to settle further back in this due to a wide draw. (10) GABO TODAY lines up for his second start after finishing midfield on debut. The Ecton Park colt drops back to the 1000m after failing to make an impression over the 1300m. He is worth including in your wider selections as he performed fairly in a soft trial over 1000m. (1) ZENITH POWER looks best of the rest after a midfield performance on debut.

Selections (6) Pineui Kkum (11) Future King (10) Gabo Today (1) Zenith Power

Next Best 7, 8

Fast Start 6, 7

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

An absolutely wide-open maiden is second up on the card. We’ll go with (14) HAPPY YOJEONG, who did nothing wrong when 2nd on debut over 1000M on October 25th. She ran on strongly, improving through the line against a set of opposition at least as good as this one and while being drawn in the car park may not be ideal, she should be able to overcome it. (6) NAMYANG SEUNGNI ran well for an improved 4th on what was his second start three weeks ago and should be a danger. (4) POWER TRAIN failed to quicken when well fancied on his second outing earlier this month but saw out the trip ok and can be competitive coming from off the pace here while (12) BUGYEONG MISO has shown slow but encouraging improvement across three starts so far and can continue to get closer today. The wildcard is (2) FUSION PARK. He hinted at some ability in six starts up to May this year with a best finish of 3rd coming at a mile. He’s been off since then but returns today having been adequate if unspectacular in a trial a couple of weeks ago.

Selections: (14) Happy Yojeong (4) Power Train (12) Bugyeong Miso (6) Namyang Seungni

Next Best: 2, 3

Fast Start: 8, 9, 12, 14

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of fourteen maidens will take to the track in the third over 1300m. (12) BURNING STAR lines up for his third career start after handing in a solid performance last start when second behind Yeongseong Victory last time out. They ran a good time on that occasion, and he settled off the speed which is an important trait as he may be forced to settle further back in this assignment. (2) MONOPOLY was sent out favourite at his most recent start when he only managed to finish third. He was somewhat one paced to the line, but he looks to have a maiden victory in him soon. (7) GOLDEN RAIN is third-up in his current preparation. The chestnut comes off a fourth over the same distance behind First Star. He should be at peak fitness for this, so punters can expect further improvement. (8) SMILE WINNER has been sent out at rather short odds his last two starts and managed to finish second and fourth most recently. The Color Flying filly retains the services of You Hyun-Myung which should be seen as a good lead.

Selections (12) Burning Star (2) Monopoly (7) Golden Rain (8) Smile Winner

Next Best 1, 10

Fast Start 2, 7, 12

Race 4: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(7) TOP BEST has run twice and finished 3rd twice, at 1000M and 1300M respectively, both times finishing off well. He steps up to a mile for the first time here and it’s possible that could be what he needs in order to make his breakthrough. This time he’ll most likely be ridden closer to the pace from the start and he can go all the way. Four of these raced each other over the distance on December 6th, a race emphatically won by the promising Blue Power. The best of those who go here was (9) BAEDARI CAPER in 3rd. He performed above expectations that day but can go well again although that day’s 4th placed (8) TWO TWO DAY may be able to overturn the form. The latter will join the favourite in making the early running. (1) CHEONNYEONUI GIL has a best of 2nd in three starts so far, all of them at 1300M. He achieved that on debut in September and steps up in trip for the first time today. (13) JEONSEOLUI FIGHT has been beaten by both Top Best and Cheonnyeonui Gil but is another who may appreciate trying the mile for the first time.

Selections: (7) Top Best (8) Two Two Day (1) Cheonnyeonui Gil (13) Jeonseolui Fight

Next Best: 9, 5

Fast Start: 5, 7, 8, 11

Race 5: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

There’s an abundance of speed engaged in the fifth on the card where a field of twelve will line up over the five furlongs. (8) NANSAN YEOJE won in good style last time out when settling just off the speed. The chestnut goes up 2.5kg on her last win but she still looks a good chance based on her last start performance. The face that she has won in this grade goes a long way in this race as there is a lack of depth. (4) TOP ACE has placed on two occasions in similar company since breaking maiden status mid-year. The juvenile has speed to burn early in his races, with barrier four Jeong Dong-Cheol will have every chance to sit on speed and hold on for some cash. (3) PULL OFF went off the boil for quite some time after his maiden win. His last two starts have been better and she has clocked some reasonable times. (2) BYEOLBIT OREUM is lightly raced with just the five starts under her belt. She has managed to win once and finish in the top five on two other occasions from five career starts. She is unlikely to match the early dash of her counterparts here, but she should park behind them and run on late.

Selections (8) Nansan Yeoje (4) Top Ace (3) Pull Off (2) Byeolbit Oreum

Next Best 5, 11

Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 12

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

With three runner-up finishes and a 3rd from four starts so far, it’s time that (3) BANJIUI JEONSEOL registered a win. In that time, he’s found himself up in class and has finished behind good horses, most recent Daemangui Gil just two weeks ago. There are some decent opponents here too but from gate 3, Seo Seung-un should make the front early and lead all the way. (1) WONDERFUL PEACE weakened badly late on when tried around a mile a month ago. She is a winner at this distance though and should prove a much different prospect today. (14) JEONSEOLUI BULKKOT has drawn wide but if he can overcome that to get a decent position, then he should go well – he led until the closing stages, ultimately having to settle for a close 3rd at class and distance four weeks ago. (4) FIRST STAR and (5) MASTER KING both step in class following their respective maiden wins at this distance and both have the tools to be competitive at this level.

Selections: (3) Banjiui Jeonseol (1) Wonderful Peace (14) Jeonseolui Bulkkot (4) First Star

Next Best: 5, 2

Fast Start: 3, 12, 13, 14

Race 7: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The main chances in the seventh appear to be back markers suggesting tactics early in the race will likely decide the race’s outcome. (13) TWO TWO FAIRY won in good style last time out with a perfect rails-hugging ride by Jung Do-Yun. The Hansen filly looked dour running through the line which is a good indication as she steps up to the mile for the first time in her short career. (1) ECHO WHITE backed up her Class 6 victory with a second last time out when behind King Dombo over 1600m. She’s drawn the inside and sits on speed in her races, several of the other galloper’s connections will be hoping she goes helter-skelter early on setting up a genuine speed in the race. (10) NAGWON DAERO comes out of the same race as Echo White where he finished fourth. The son of Menifee broke through over this distance two starts back and followed it up with a fair performance. (14) QUEEN UP has improved at her past couple of starts with a placing and a win in Class 6 company. She seems to have clicked when it comes to racing, displaying a good turn of foot at her past couple of starts. Given she settles back, barrier fourteen should not be too much of a problem.

Selections (13) Two Two Fairy (1) Echo White (10) Nagwon Daero (14) Queen Up

Next Best 5, 9

Fast Start 1, 2, 4

Race 8: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(14) RAON TOWN got his maiden win in May since when he has specialized in near-misses, including three consecutive runner-up finishes leading into today, all of them at this distance. He’s had some narrow reverses along the way and has posted some fast times. The widest gate may not be ideal, but he doesn’t need to lead so if Choi Si-dae can find him a nice spot then he has every chance. It’s another good race though and both (4) TOP FIRE and (7) MAJOR GUY find themselves rapidly up in class having both won their respective latest two outings. Top Fire’s have been especially impressive and under a nice light weight, Thomas Gillespie’s juvenile looks dangerous again here. Another contender is (6) HAPPY DRAGON. A class and distance winner two starts back before running 2nd to the handy Socks Go last time out. He has to carry 57kg today but has a chance. So too does (12) BLACK SHIELD. She ran out a six-length winner over 1200M at this class a month ago and while it is slightly surprising to see her tackle a mile for the first time here, she can go close. Breeders’ Cup also-ran (9) MARK ONE is another in at least the placing hunt.

Selections: (14) Raon Town (4) Top Fire (6) Happy Dragon (7) Major Guy

Next Best: 12, 9, 13

Fast Start: 4, 9, 10, 12

Race 9: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

A mixture of Korean-bred and imports will face the starter in the ninth over the short course. (7) FANTASTIC ROAD looks hard to beat on his two starts to date. The Elusive Quality colt won on debut when pouncing out of the gates in quick fashion, going on to win well. He then backed it up with a midfield performance in the Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo Cup behind Doctor Carson. He looks well placed in this field with 55.5kg and Choi Si-Dae sticks with him which is a ggood sign. (1) ROCKY SKY comes out of the same race as Fantastic Road where he finished last in the principal juvenile race. On debut the Sky Mesa gelding got away quickly and took care of a reasonable Class 4 field. He has the inside barrier which suggests he will map on speed. (6) HEUIMANG YEOJEONSA was poleaxed out of the gates last start which resulted in her settling well back and having too much ground to make up. We suggest putting a line through her last run and her form prior to that reads well including three wins from four starts. (3) DIAMOND MARINE finished behind Fantastic Road last time out. Expect improvement at his second start after clocking a reasonable time on debut.

Selections (7) Fantastic Road (1) Rocky Sky (6) Heuimang Yeojeonsa (3) Diamond Marine

Next Best 4, 12

Fast Start 3, 6, 7

Race 10: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Pegasus Stables bred and owned horses are having a wonderful end to 2019, powered by their stallion Thunder Moccasin. He looks to have gotten another decent one in the shape of (4) KAHEKILI, who produced a bullet all the way win on a dry track at class and distance on December 15th. If that didn’t take too much out of him then he can defy the additional 3kg here and win again. (2) CHOEGANG TOUCH is a winner of two from four so far and steps up in class here after a very nice score over this distance last time. She hasn’t posted the kind of times that Kahekili has but she’s fast and will be on pace early. So too should (7) DONGTEUJA DAY. She’s had a hard time in her latest two starts – the Breeders’ Cup Trial and then the Breeders’ Cup itself, but dropped back to the minimum trip today, she should be a different prospect. (6) EURO GONGJU and (9) TWO TWO TURBO are others to consider for the places.

Selections: (4) Kahekili (2) Choegang Touch (7) Dongteuja Day (6) Euro Gongju

Next Best: 9, 12

Fast Start: 1, 2, 4, 7

Race 11: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The eleventh on the card is a Class 4 event for the fillies and mares. We are seeing the development of a lovely filly in (10) RAON YEOGEOL. The two-year-old has had just the four starts which she breezed through the restricted Korean grades and followed it up with some handy performances in the juvenile series against the colts and imported types. Back in Class 4 company she looks ready to blitz this field and she appears one of the best on the card. (11) TWO TWO GREAT comes out of a Class 5 race where she won in good style posting a quick time. Jung Do-Yun stays aboard the Simon Pure filly who is shooting for her third win at just her fourth start. (9) AMAZING WINNER has been thereabouts in similar company. The three-year-old is not the quickest out of the gates but has displayed a nice turn of foot recently. The 56kg makes it tough for her but she can run into some money. (6) LOVE LETTER steps into Class 4 company for the first time. The Koo Young-Jun trained four-year-old has won just one race from nineteen starts but has placed at her past four starts posting some good times.

Selections (10) Raon Yeogeol (11) Two Two Great (9) Amazing Winner (6) Love Letter

Next Best 4, 12

Fast Start 3, 6, 7

Race 12: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(8) ROYAL SOLDIER is turning into a really nice gelding and enters here having won his latest four in fine style, leading all the way in the most recent three of them. He’s won under this weight before, albeit in more limited company, and he can make it five in a row today. (10) BANJIUI YOJEONG has a winning streak of her own to defend with three wins dating back to June. She’s won her last two by a combined fourteen lengths and while she carries 4.5kg extra today, she shall be a danger. (5) JAEDOYAKUI BANSEOK was 2nd to Banjiui Yojeong last start and is capable of placing again while (7) TANGENT may be up in class but has run the type of times to suggest that he has little to fear at this level and he too has strong placing claims. (12) RAPTOR CORE, who races for the first time since running 2nd Royal Soldier, beaten four-lengths, is another who can compete for minor money.

Selections: (8) Royal Soldier (10) Banjiui Yojeong (7) Tangent (5) Jaedoyakui Banseok

Next Best: 12, 11

Fast Start: 8, 10, 11, 12

Race 13: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

A capacity field of fourteen will line up in the thirteenth with some progressive types engaged. (4) YEONGGWANGUI SECRET is a Korean-bred who has won five of his nine starts. He won in this grade last start over the same distance when running a solid time of 1:25.9 on a dry rated track. He has drawn ideally to position in the first half of the field which will be important with the top weight of 57kg on his back. (5) OCEAN PHOENIX is third up since a spell and showed significant improvement last time out. The Menifee filly finished second behind Royal Soldier when they ran a very fast time for the six furlongs. In previous preparations she has been best suited by these shorter sprint races and she looks ready to peak. (9) DIAMOND KING was a surprise winner last time out in this class. The return to form was good to see as the gelding showed plenty of promise when commencing his career in brilliant fashion. (10) CLINCHER is a promising two-year-old import who found the Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo Cup a bit tough last start, prior to that though he saluted in Class 4 company in good style.

Selections (4) Yeonggwangui Secret (5) Ocean Phoenix (9) Diamond King (10) Clincher

Next Best 8, 13

Fast Start 8, 10

Race 14: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

(4) MR. AFLEET is an outstanding colt with five wins from seven starts to date. He races for the first time since dispatching no fewer than seven of his rivals here when winning at class and distance on October 27th. He trialed up earlier this month and looked in very good shape so while he has 57kg on his back, he’s very much the one to beat. (12) SMART PRINCE got to within a head of Mr. Afleet that day. He’s not exactly a prolific winner but is a very useful hose at this level and he will be a danger again. (3) WORLD POWER is an up and comer from Kim Young-kwan’s stable. He’s up in class following his third win in seven starts – a dead-heat in a fast time at this distance on December 1st. He has a fast finish and is in with a shout. (10) ALPHA RUNNER ran out a thirteen-length winner at this distance at class 3 level at the beginning of November and can’t be completely ruled out here. (2) DUBAI TEUKGEUP, another of those behind Mr. Afleet in October, best of the rest.

Selections: (4) Mr. Afleet (3) World Power (12) Smart Prince (10) Alpha Runner

Next Best: 2, 11, 13

Fast Start: 2, 4, 7, 12

Race 15: Class 1 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

We save the best for last on the big Busan race card with fourteen to line up over six furlongs at Class 1 level. With the big spread in the weights it is an interesting affair however (12) ACE KOREA still looks the one to beat. He has returned to good form winning in Class 1 company two starts back and then backing it up with a third in the Kookje Shinmun behind Baengmunbaekdap. The 59kg is obviously the biggest hurdle but he is racing well and did defeat Mujeok Yeongung by three lengths in that Class 1 event two starts back. (8) MUJEOK YEONGUNG is the second elect finishing runner-up at his past two starts in similar grade. With the featherweight of 51kg he will give a good sight and will take some running down. (1) MORNING DAERO is a last start Class 1 winner and has been a brilliant horse for connections. He sat on speed last time out when winning, given the inside draw one would imagine Choi Si-Dae will elect to urge him out of the gates and avoid the kickback. (4) DOCTOR THUNDER has done good things in her twelve-start career to date. She did find the Jeju Governor’s Cup somewhat tough but prior to that she was racing well including a third in this grade behind Core Blade. She’s a natural frontrunner and will be in this for a long way up the straight. (10) KING OF GLORY and (5) HI SEXY are both winners in this grade of late and cannot be ignored.

Selections (12) Ace Korea (8) Mujeok Yeongung (1) Morning Daero (4) Doctor Thunder

Next Best 10, 5

Fast Start 1, 4, 8, 12, 14

Meeting With Menifee & Ecton Park

Menifee, Korea’s greatest ever sire, passed away earlier this year. On the track in the USA and subsequently at Stud in Korea, he had a great rivalry with Ecton Park, who stands at Isidore Farm on Jeju Island.  Shortly before he passed, some footage was taken of Menifee at the KRA Stud Farm. Another video was also made with Ecton Park as he is now. Here they are:


And Ecton Park – “He’ll live out his days here”:

Busan Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 28)

With Seoul taking a week off there is a rare (as in twice a year rare) Saturday card at Busan! 10 races from 10:45 to 18:00 and big fields all round. It should be a very good day’s racing:

Busan Illumina

Busan infield – the track hosts a rare Saturday card this week

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A field of twelve two-year-old debutants will face the starter in the first over the short course. There were two smart trials identified when looking over the replays. The on top selection is (8) MUJEOK YONGBYEONG who won his trial in the softest of fashions. The Mupae Gangja gelding raced in a professional manner when pouncing out of the gates and running through the line in cruise control. Lee Hyo-Sik didn’t pull the whip on him and he looks a nice type on debut. (5) SECRET ILLUSION is the other galloper engaged that impressed in her trial. The daughter of Thunder Moccasin was fast out of the gates before having the pressure applied by other runners for the length of the straight. She also was not struck with the whip once and looked to have plenty more to offer. She ran the fastest time when qualifying and should be considered a winning chance. (4) STRONG MIND trialed in good fashion when finishing third. He was urged along in the straight and responded duly. If he takes some improvement out of the trial, he can run into the money. (7) SEONGSIL SONYEO ran a fair trial when qualifying. She was beaten a big margin but did line up against some more experienced types.

Selections (8) Mujeok Yongbyeong (5) Secret Illusion (4) Strong Mind (7) Seongsil Sonyeo

Next Best 10, 12

Fast Start 5, 7


Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million


Juvenile maidens here with just four of the fourteen having previously appeared on the racecourse. And in fairness, all four of them acquitted themselves well. That, combined with the fact we have some promising first-timers as well, makes for a very competitive affair. (5) ONE PICK is the slight pick. He debuted at this distance on December 6th and ran well for 3rd place in a good time behind a couple of useful looking prospects. He can come from just off the pace here and run on well. (7) BANJIUI MAGIC debuted impressively back in September, running 2nd at 1000M. He’s not been seen since but returned to trial two weeks ago and looked in fine order, running a controlled 2nd. Among the first-timers. (13) TOP OF TOP looks most likely. By a Korean Derby winner and out of a multiple Korean Stakes winning mare, he led for much of the way in his trial, ultimately finishing 2nd in a quick time and should go well first up today. (1) PERFECT JEWANG and (3) GEUMA KAIROS are others who caught the eye in the mornings and look in with a chance,


Selections: (5) One Pick (7) Banjiui Magic (13) Top Of Top (1) Perfect Jewang

Next Best: 3, 12

Fast Start: 1, 7, 9, 13



Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A capacity field of fourteen will line up in the third all looking for their first win. (8) DONGNIP YEOLGANG looks mighty hard to beat coming off a last start second behind Master King. The Any Given Saturday colt sat on speed in the 1300m event and went down less than a length. He clocked a good time for this class and should prove hard to beat. (7) SPACE POWER showed some improvement last start. The two-year-old Clear Attempt colt settled well back before running on fairly. He comes out of a tougher affair and will appreciated the drop in class. (2) SPEED KINGDOM comes out of the same event as Space Power where he finished midfield. Leading Busan rider You Hyun-Myung takes over which must be seen as a positive. He should take improvement out of his last start run and he is drawn well to sit in the first four in running. (9) WONDERFU EI placed last time out behind Queen Up. The chestnut showed early speed to overcome barrier eleven and sit on speed. He has drawn wide once again so expect Park Jae-I to work forward from the wide draw and position on speed.

Selections (8) Dongnip Yeolgang (7) Space Power (2) Speed Kingdom (9) Wonderfu Ei

Next Best 3, 4, 9

Fast Start 3, 8


Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million


He may be up in class but (9) YEONGSEONG VICTORY is the one to beat here. Having run 2nd over 1000M on debut in October, he stepped up to this distance and saw off a strong group of rivals for a battling win on November 22nd. It’s a stiffer ask again here but he looks o have plenty of improvement in him and he should prevail. Yeongseong Victory will be looking to cross and get on pace early and a couple of his main rivals have a tougher task as they try to do the same from wider draws. (11) CAPTAIN STEALTH led for much of the way around on his first try at this level last start, only to be denied late and has serious claims to go close again. Meanwhile (12) LISTEN TO ME and (13) YEONGGWANGUI TIME also come in off runner-up finishes in their respective latest outings and will aim to get across and on to the early speed. Of that pair, Yeonggwangui (more…)

Seoul Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 22)

The final race day of the year at Seoul (Busan races next weekend) takes place on Sunday with a bumper 15-race card from 10:45 to 18:00. Features will be the Cargill Agri Purina Trophy (race 9) and the Trainers’ Cup (race 12):


Jockey Masa Tanaka’s second Korean stint comes to an end on Sunday and he could be in line for a couple of winners

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Twelve maiden juveniles go round here with three of them racing for the very first time. (9) HIGH WONDERFUL has the best finish to his name, having run 2nd to Global Thunder on debut A month ago. He’ll be on pace here and has winning claims. (1) NUMBER ONE TARGET actually ran a faster time when 5th on her own debut on November 16th. The Hansen filly beat High Wonderful in an October trial and has every chance of besting him again. (8) NEVER WALK ALONE was a close 6th behind Number One Target in that race last month and is another who can improve here. As for the first-timers., it’s taken (12) ALCHAN NURI four trials to make it to the races – he actually did on one occasion but threw his jockey off during the post parade and was a late scratching – but he certainly looked ready based on the latest of those, just last week, when he two of the others who go here. He can go well first-up.

Selections: (1) Number One Target (9) High Wonderful (12) Alchan Nuri (8) Never Walk Alone

Next Best: 11, 5

Fast Start: 10, 11


Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

More juvenile maidens going round here, once more with three of the twelve making their racecourse debuts. The only one who has raced twice so far is (4) MONEY SILK and he will be a leading fancy here. After finishing 4th on debut in October, he improved to 2nd on his reappearance, beating a number of his rivals here in the process. They were all debuting so have scope for improvement here too, but the extra distance should suit, and he can win. Both (7) ALPHA DOK and (10) JOY BROTHER posted faster times than Money Silk when running 5th and 4th on their respective debuts. They too should appreciate the extra 300M that they have to play with here and are likely to go close. (1) GREEN MOUNTAIN and (8) HWA SSI BYEOK are two others who showed promise first-up and can come into the reckoning here.

Selections: (4) Money Silk (10) Joy Brother (1) Green Mountain (8) Hwa Ssi Byeok

Next Best:7, 11

Fast Start: 1, 4, 8, 9


Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Maidens once more although this time it isn’t restricted to the juveniles. (5) WONDER K is the pick having returned six months after his debut to run a solid 2nd at this distance on November 11th. He was a front-runner that day and will aim to do the same here and should have the beating of this limited set of opponents. There are one or two other promising ones though. (12) EAST ONE looks the clear second-best with a 4th and a 2nd in two tries, both over 1000M. He needs to overcome the wide draw here but should get close. (10) SIN ROK was a somewhat unexpected improver last time out, leading for much of the race on a muddy track over 1300M before eventually dropping to 3rd. He warrants being sent off considerably shorter than the 190/1 he was that day. (4) KING KANMOREU is another who looks to be going the right way development-wise and can build on the 5th he secured last start on his first try at this distance. (11) SUPER ECTON is perhaps best of the rest

Selections: (5) Wonder K (12) East One (4) King Kanmoreu (10) Sin Rok

Next Best: 11, 3

Fast Start: 2, 3, 6


Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A filly only maiden here and of the twelve, the one who looks readiest to win is (3) WONDERFUL PLEASURE. She’s shown steady progress across four prior starts culminating in 2nd place last start behind Virtus. That was in late October so she’s had a bit of time off and from gate 3 can sit near the pace and launch a strong challenge late on. (6) MAD DIVA similarly starts for the fifth time today and has been showing decent consistency. She went well at this distance last time out and should be in the hunt for some money today. So should (5) GIANT GIRL, who tackles the distance for the first time following a solid 4th over 1000M a month ago when she ran through the line pleasingly enough. (1) HAWK ARIRANG is the most experienced in the race and while that’s not a good thing in a maiden affair, she showed a bog uptick in form when 2nd on November 23rd and can maintain her momentum here. (7) DIECO hasn’t done much wrong in her latest two and is another with potential to challenge for at least a place.

Selections: (3) Wonderful Pleasure (6) Mad Diva (5) Giant Girl (1) Hawk Arirang

Next Best: 7, 8

Fast Start: 3, 7, 8


Race 5: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

One of the firmest favourites on the card goes around in race 5. (2) JOEUN GAMUN got promoted to this level with an easy win two starts back at this distance before running 2nd on three weeks ago. He raced a little ungenerously that day but with slightly better manners here, he will surely take some beating and jockey Masa Tanaka can ride a final- day winner for his second stint in Korea. (6) MENI STAND had a bit of a shocker when sent out as favourite two weeks ago, scarcely being involved and finishing well back in the pack. He’s better than that though and can be given another chance to find the places here. (8) HALLA BLOSSOM remains a maiden but finds himself up in class following back to back runner-up finishes. She looks to have improvement in here and can be competitive at this level. (3) HIGH BEAT also enters of two 2nd place finishes in his latest two outings, in his case both at this class. He should be on the early pace and while he will need to improve if he is to challenge the favourite, can certainly aim for at least a place. A couple of others have minor money chances with (9) GREY KINGDOM perhaps the most credible.

Selections: (2) Joeun Gamun (6) Meni Stand (3) High Beat (8) Halla Blossom

Next Best: 9, 12

Fast Start: 2, 3, 6, 8


Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(6) HWANGGEUM HAE has a win and two runner-up finishes from three starts so far and having run 2nd to the useful looking Legend Storm in the latest of those, surely comes in as favourite for this. He can set up camp close to the pace and should be too strong in the closing stages. (1) PSYCHIC BOSS had a nightmare from start to finish when favourite at class and distance, jumping out awkwardly, failing to get his preferred forward position, and then weakening badly in the home straight. We’ll draw a line through that and from the inside gate, he has a better chance of getting to the front and if he can do that, he surely goes much better. (3) GAROSUGIL was a nice winner on debut at this distance three weeks ago and while this is a significantly stiffer assignment, he can improve himself and be in at least the placing frame here. (4) JEONGSEONG HOLIDAY is also up in class following a maiden score of his own and looks well equipped to be competitive at this level. (5) ROYAL BOKSUNI has plenty of experience at this level and is another in with a shot of the minors.

Selections: (6) Hwanggeum Hae (1) Psychic Boss (3) Garosugil (4) Jeongseong Holiday

Next Best: 5, 10

Fast Start: 1, 3, 4, 6


Race 7: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three of these are up in class following last start maiden wins and of them (10) SAENAE SPURT looks well placed to repeat. His win had been coming and he arrived from off the pace to win comfortably over this distance. This is tougher but he can come through it. It looks a more difficult ask for the other two up in class, (1) JEJUI YOJEONG and (11) GOLD PARK, so we will look elsewhere for our principal dangers. (4) BARAMUI MISO and (5) LUCKY MIDAS are the prime candidates with both entering having run 4th in similar strength races to this in their respective last starts. Baramui Miso remains a maiden but is rarely far away and drops back in trip following a decent effort over 1700M three weeks ago. Lucky Midas is another consistent type who we can expect to see on the speed from the start. (9) TANK SOCKS is still lightly raced and after a somewhat surprising maiden win in September has held her own in two efforts at this level. She steps up in trip for the first time today and could make for an interesting outsider.

Selections: (10) Saenae Spurt (4) Baramui Miso (5) Lucky Midas (9) Tank Socks

Next Best: 1, 11

Fast Start: 5, 6, 8, 9


Race 8: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The favourites have drawn wide here but they can overcome in what is a nice looking handicap over the minimum distance. (11) EAST JET won his first two starts in blistering fashion before tackling the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup over 1200M on November 23rd. He was sent off as second favourite but while he did show briefly at the right end of the race, he ultimately weakened for 6th. He drops back in trip today and looks hard to beat. (10) RAON TAP MAN has a win and two runner-up finishes from his three starts so far. (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 21)

The final weekend of racing at Seoul for 2019 gets underway on Saturday with 11 races from 10.45 to 18.00:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Twelve debutants line up in the first on the card where a couple of them have shown some ability with soft trial performances. (8) LUISA was nominated for an event a few weeks back but was scratched on race day. She looks one that may be ready to hit the ground running early. She covered additional ground due to a wide draw in her trial and let down nicely in the straight to finish second. She is by Federalist and out of a handy mare in Kkakjaengi who won six races and amassed over US$500k. She’s a well-developed two-year-old (477kg) and will be watched with interest. (2) ALL BAEK won her trial in good fashion and should be considered a winning threat. The Hansen filly cornered awkwardly in her trial but won her heat in an effortless performance. Ham Wan Sik rode a couple of these in their trials and has elected to go with her. (1) LONDON HEAT posted a fair time but was urged along in her trial similar to that of race conditions. She has drawn well and should be kept safe in selections. (7) GLOBAL SUN finished second in her trial when lining up on a wet rated track. The horse’s silks have had plenty of success of late.

Selections (8) Luisa (2) All Baek (1) London Heat (7) Global Sun

Next Best 4, 5

Fast Start 1, 2

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A lackluster field of twelve will face the starter in the second on the card over the short course. (6) JILJUUI KKUM lines up for her second career start after finishing fourth on debut. She ran on strongly at her first career start a posted a relatively fast time. If Choi Bum-Hyun can get her to sit slightly closer to the speed in the run she will take some holding out. (7) LAKE STAR is another having her second start after finishing midfield on debut. The lack of strength of her opposition in this race means she can run into some money. She showed a reasonable turn of foot last time out. (10) GLOBAL WANGJA ran fourth in his trial in only a fair time but thay may be good enough to collect a cheque. With the awkward draw he may be forced to settle rearwards and save his effort for the home straight. (2) SUPER PARK was well beaten on debut but it was a much stronger affair. With the drop in class, combined with a better draw keep her safe in your numbers.

Selections (6) Jiljuui Kkum (7) Lake Star (10) Global Wangja (2) Super Park

Next Best 8, 9

Fast Start 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The third on the card will see the maiden gallopers stretched out to the 1700m. (10) CHEONNYEONUI GODO was disappointing last time out when one paced through the line over 1300m. His performances prior were strong enough to suggest he is a winning hope in this event. He ran over the 1700m three starts back when finishing fourth in an event superior to this assignment. (1) BAEKDUSAN CHEONJI ran a better race last time out. The Hansen two-year-old ran on fairly from the tail to finish fifth over 1300m. He may be better suited by the 1700m giving him more time to find his rhythm and work into the race. (8) SEN KING sat on speed last time out when yielding ground in the straight to finish fifth. He ran over 1700m two starts back when using the same tactics and finished midfield. Given the lack of depth in the field anything sitting on speed may be able to hold on for some minor money. (3) HONAM DAERO looks next best after finishing third over the same distance last time out. The three-year-old did not clock an impressive time but he showed some fight in the run home.

Selections (10) Cheonnyeonui Godo (1) Baekdusan Cheonji (8) Sen King (3) Honam Daero

Next Best 12, 11

Fast Start 3, 8

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The fourth race will see a field of twelve line up over the two turns at Class 5 level. (5) STRONG QUEEN looks ready to break through after being the bridesmaid and not the bride at three of her five career starts to date. A big positive is the rider change with Grand Prix winning jockey Antonio Da Silva being legged aboard. She is likely to settle just behind the speed and fly home. (7) GEUMSUNI STAR looks a winning chance as well consistently finishing in the top four at his past few starts. The three-year-old finished behind a very nice two-year-old in the form of Determination last time out. He has been running times that will see him one of the main chances in the race. (8) QUIET ADELE broke maiden status last time out in a weaker affair. The two-year-old will be stretched out to the 1700m for this first time after showing a nice turn of foot last time out. She has the featherweight of 52.5kg and will be steaming home in the final stages. (9) BLACK GINGA has been thereabouts and can run into some minor money once again.

Selections (5) Strong Queen (7) Geumsuni Star (8) Quiet Adele (9) Black Ginga

Next Best 10, 1

Fast Start 6

Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The fifth race is an interesting affair with some progressive gallopers engaged. (11) GLOBAL THUNDER looks a nice galloper coming off a last start win. He has a mature racing style with him settling well just behind the speed last time out before being extricated of heels and running the pacemakers down. The time wasn’t the fastest however he will take improvement from that run and he also looked like he had another gear that wasn’t used. (4) P.K. HILL backed up his maiden victory with an impressive second behind Elite Lady. She is a speedy type who has drawn well and may even lead. (7) RED SUN ran on well last time out when getting well back in the run early. The Ecton Park three-year-old is likely to be beaten for speed in the early stages but should flood home. (9) SPECTOR QUEEN is another back marker who has shown a good turn of foot in the weaker grades. She ran a good time on a dry track last start and a similar performance will see her figure in this assignment.

Selections (11) Global Thunder (4) P.K Hill (7) Red Sun (9) Spector Queen

Next Best 10, 8, 12

Fast Start 5

Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The sixth race on the card will see another field of Class 5 gallopers line up over the 1000m where the on-speed engagements look the main chances. (3) LUCKY SANGUN set the track alight last time out when clocking 59.9 for the 1000m on a sloppy track. The Old Fashioned two-year-old has drawn ideally to sit on speed once again and will be benefited by the claim of Kim Deok-Hyeon. (1) CUPID HONEY looks the main threat after an impressive start to his racing career winning at just his second start. Lee Hyeok will ride the two-year-old for the first time and is likely to try and keep Lucky Sangun outside of him and not give up the lead. (4) SENTOSA is a ten start maiden but a win doesn’t look too far away. The filly comes of a fourth last time out when somewhat one paced through the line. She has finished in the top four at her past nine starts and continues to earn. (7) MISSILE CANDY looks best of the rest after running on well last time out from well back.

Selections (3) Lucky Sangun (1) Cupid Honey (4) Sentosa (7) Missile Candy

Next Best 8, 12

Fast Start 1, 3

Race 7: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

There does not appear to be an outright pacemaker in the seventh race where the majority of gallopers like to settle midfield or worse. (7) GEUM ROYAL is looking for three straight wins. The progressive type won in good style last time out when winning by four lengths. The three-year-old will have apprentice Kim Deok-Hyeon aboard once again who has not been defeated on the Chapel Royal colt to date. Although the galloper has the claim, the weight is the biggest concern rising four kilograms on his last win. (11) RAON HANNIBAL has been impressive to date in the weaker grades. The filly finished third last time out when having her first try at Class 4 level. The wide draw makes it tough but she is lightly weighted and a good ride from Lee Hyeok will see her in the mix at the business end. (6) BAEKDUUI JEONGSANG finished second behind Geum Royal last time out. The four-year-old carried 1.5kg more than the winner last time out whilst this time he will get a 2kg weight advantage. Leading rider Kim Yong-Geun will be legged aboard which is also a positive. (10) JEMA TEUKGEUP has previously won in this class and should be considered an each-way prospect. The filly comes off a last start third when hitting the line hard.

Selections (7) Geum Royal (11) Raon Hannibal (6) Baekduui Jeongsang (10) Jema Teukgeup

Next Best 5, 4

Fast Start 2, 7

Race 8: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The imported maidens will take to the track in the eighth where the field is inexperienced (4) LORD BAN has had just the two starts and placed on both occasions. The two-year-old finished behind a handy type in Mark Story last time out and looks hard to beat. He tried to lead last time out before being ran down. Expect Song Jae-Chul to employ the same tactics from barrier four combined with limited early speed drawn inside of him. (9) SOUL MERIT showed improvement at his second career start. The American Pharoah colt ran through the line well after settling midfield. He is lightly weighted, if Choi Bum Hyun manages to get him one off the fence he should have a soft enough run to steam home. (2) DORAON POPEYE has had two race starts yielding two placings. The gelding ran a good time last start over the same distance, a similar time in this event will see him collect some money. (8) MOONHAK EMPIRE ran through the line fairly at his first start. With some natural improvement at his second start he can finish in the top four.

Selections (4) Lord Ban (9) Soul Merit (2) Doraon Popeye (8) Moonhak Empire

Next Best 7, 1

Fast Start 4

Race 9: Class 3 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

The ninth on the card has plenty of in-form gallopers, some proven in Class 3 company whilst some look progressive types coming off Class 4 victories. Whilst there appears to be plenty of early speed engaged, (11) GAON FORCE looks one that has the speed to overcome his wide draw and either find the fence or sit outside the leader. His last win was impressive showing early dash and going on to win. He’s proven over 1700m in good time suggesting he will take some beating. (2) SEMYEONG GISANG comes off a win over the same distance last time out in Class 4 company. The Clear Attempt colt did a brilliant job to lug the 57kg over the two turns and post a good time. He is aided by the claim of Moon Sung-Hyeok. (1) TRI THUNDER has been in good form winning two of his past three. He hasn’t been given much respect of late when being sent out at juicy odds but he has proved the he has ability. He has sat in the leading division at his past few starts and the inside draw will mean he will get every chance. (4) SMARTY BLUE should be respected. He is hard to gauge as this is his first run since July but he trialed well and he has a record of six top three finishes from ten starts including three wins.

Selections (11) Gaon Force (2) Semyeong Gisang (1) Tri Thunder (4) Smarty Blue

Next Best 3, 5

Fast Start 2, 4, 7, 11

Race 10: Class 3 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

The tenth is another 1700m event for the Class 3 gallopers. (9) DANCING BLADE looks hard to beat coming of a third last start behind the impressive Raymond. The filly is second up this preparation and she should strip fitter after her first up performance. Antonio Da Silva replaces Kim Yong Geun. (8) HWANSANG STAR finished second behind Jewangui Byeol in a race that quite a few of these runners are coming out of. The Violence three-year-old ran through the line well and has been a model of consistency of late. (2) CALL WIN appears the best drawn of the favoured gallopers engaged. He won two in a row, including one in this class before finishing third in the Jewangui Byeol race. He has been racing on speed at his past few starts which seems to be working yielding the two wins and a placing. (6) SLING STONE has shown plenty of potential is his eleven start career to date. He finished midfield last time out in his first attempt in Class 3 company. Prior to last start he put successive wins together in Class 4 company.

Selections (9) Dancing Blade (8) Hwansang Star (2) Call Win (6) Sling Stone

Next Best 7, 10

Fast Start 2, 9

Race 11: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

A compact field of nine will face the starter in the last on the card. (5) PENETRO looks a good chance in a race with limited chances. The Spicule gelding was hindered by his natural early speed last time out when jumping well only to have three of his rivals kick up and keep him wide throughout. He looks one that will park just off the speed and run home strong as we saw two starts back when defeating the talented Yaho Smart Cat. (3) M J POWER looks the natural danger and may start favourite in the event. He comes out of the Kookje Shinmun Cup where he was outclassed down at Busan. He was a Class 2 winner two starts back when given a peach of a ride from Lim Gi Won. He is a consistent type and is a winning chance. (9) PHEONIX SUN has gone off the boil of late but is has plenty of talent. He hasn’t had a run for three months which is maybe what he needs to reinvigorate his performances. The lightly raced six-year-old has won five races from twelve starts and is a Class 2 winner back in April. (2) CREMOA POWER is another that has ability but hasn’t been putting his best foot forward of late. In a weak Class 2 event he is a chance of running into some minor money.

Selections (5) Penetro (3) M J Power (9) Pheonix Sun (2) Cremoa Power

Next Best 6, 4

Fast Start 3

Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (December 15)

There are Sunday cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10.45 to 18.00) and Busan (6 races from 12.40 to 17.05). Here are the previews:

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Twelve two-year-olds line up over the 1000m in the first on the card. (5) HANSEN CHOICE was impressive on debut when finishing second behind Road Ran over the 1000m. She ran a good time in comparison to what we have seen from her rivals in this race. Leading rider Kim Yong-Geun will be legged aboard once again and is likely to work forward on her from barrier five. The chestnut is unique to look at with three white socks and splashes of grey through her coat no doubt from her sire Hansen. (2) BIG PLAN enters the race coming off a solid trial. The filly will jump from barrier two and should be able to enjoy a run just behind the leading division. (1) GWANGYA SIDAE looks a chance to figure if she can find some improvement on her debut run. She ran fourth on a sloppy rated track when jumping from the inside. (6) SAENAE CHOICE was sent for a break after her debut in July and has since trialed. She finished midfield in the trial in a reasonable time.

Selections (5) Hansen Choice (2) Big Plan (1) Gwangya Sidae (6) Saenae Choice

Next Best 7, 3

Fast Start 1, 5

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The two-year-olds will again line up in the second where we have six debutants and six gallopers lining up for their second career start. (3) MONEY SIJANG ran a promising race on when debuting to finish second behind Nunbusin Hansen. Lee Hyeon-Jong will jump aboard the Peace Rules filly where he will be looking to ride her forward as per last start. (8) CHEONJI BARAM looks one that will appreciate the step up to 1300m after running through the line strong over 1000m on debut. The colt ran a fair time on a rain affected track and with improvement at his second start looks an each way chance. (2) BLUE CHARM ran on well last start but got too far back in the early part of the race. Kim Yong-Geun stays aboard the Colors Flying suggesting he must have a reasonable engine. (6) HERITAGE will benefit from his first up run and should be in better condition this time around.

Selections (3) Money Sijang (8) Cheonji Baram (2) Blue Charm (6) Heritage

Next Best 1, 7

Fast Start 3, 6, 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

There is plenty of in-form gallopers in the Class 5 event where we see the Korean-breds line up over the 1000m. (4) COMPLETE KINGDOM looks one of the main chances after a good performance in Munhwa Ilbo Cup when fifth behind the well-performed Roller Blade. The Colors Flying colt is now back in Class 5 company with just 53kg on his back. He looks one that can go through the easier grades quickly. (3) CHEONHA YEOJE finished second behind an impressive winner in the form of East Jet. He’s one of the likely pacemakers and has drawn ideally to get the run of the race. (9) YULONG FLYING has been a model of consistency since resuming from a spell back in Jul. He has finished second at his past two starts in good time and cannot be discounted. (1) SONGAM CANDY broke through at just his second start last time out. He ran on from midfield over the 1000m and looks one to follow as he is stretched out in distance.

Selections (4) Complete Kingdom (3) Cheonha Yeoje (9) Yulong Flying (1) Songam Candy

Next Best 8, 11

Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 11

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The fourth on the card has an evenly matched field to line up over the 1300m. (6) SUNSHINE TEUKGEUP has had plenty of starts when compared to the majority of her counterparts but her recent runs have been good. She comes out of races where they ran significantly faster times and she was not far away last start. (11) DASHING CANOE will have her third fourth start in Class 5 company, but she is one that can figure in a race with no standout. She has been settling rearwards in her runs and looks as if she will have to once again with gate elevent. (12) COILRO looks an each-way chance for our newest expat trainer Tony Castanheira. The Chapel Royal filly finished second last time out when three lengths behind Yeonhui Ilchul. She needs further improvement to be a winning chance. (9) NUNBUSIN HANSEN is expected to be a main player in the market. Kim Yong-Geun sticks with the lightly weighted filly which is a good push for punters.

Selections (6) Sunshine Teukgeup (11) Dashing Canoe (12) Coilro (9) Nunbusin Hansen

Next Best 7, 11

Fast Start 7,9

Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The first over two turns will see a field of twelve go over 1700m at Class 5 level. (1) CITY SONGAM looks the one to beat coming off a second behind Cutie Barbie. He’s an on-speed runner so the inside draw should see him work forward and take some running down in a mediocre event. (3) GOLD LEVEL has been in reasonable form and looks an each way chance. The filly ran on well from midfield last time out over the same distance. She gets a three-kilogram advantage on City Songam but she cannot get too far back in the run. (7) HAETBINNA gets his easiest assignment in some time and can run into the money. The seven-year-old will have to carry equal top weight as he dropped back in class two starts back. (10) MENI SPEED finished off fairly last time out in a slowly ran race. The Menifee three-year-old has lacked early speed at his past couple of starts and with gate ten he will most likely settle midfield or worse.

Selections (1) City Songam (3) Gold Level (7) Haetbinna (10) Meni Speed

Next Best 11, 9

Fast Start 1

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Wide open race over the mile at Busan with several having serious claims on the win. We’ll side with last start winner (9) CASTEL CORE to overcome the 3kg penalty extra he has to carry today and win again. He loves the distance and has beaten several of these in recent outings. Although that win on November 10th, was his maiden, he looks to have more in the tank. (1) MARU JJANG ran 2nd to Castel Core in that race a month ago. It was the second time in a row he has finished within half a length of our pick and he can get close to him once more. (5) TOUCH STAR MAN had to be scratched from a planned start two weeks ago when he got caught in the gate prior to the start. He’s suffered no ill-effects and steps up to a mile for the first time with his last start form having taken a boost by the horse he beat, Thunder King, striking by nine-lengths on Friday. He should be a real factor here. (12) LEGACY is another who tackles a mile for the first time today and comes in off the back of two good 3rd places over 1300M. (7) FINAL FRONT looks best of a talented rest.

Selections: (9) Castel Core (5) Touch Star Man (12) Legacy (7) Final Front

Next Best: 1, 8

Fast Start: 7, 9, 12

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The sixth on the card in far from the strongest Class 4 we have seen at Seoul. (8) MUSTANG RUN looks hard to beat coming off a last start second over the same distance. Lee Hyeok will ride the chestnut who is likely to push forward in the early stages. The past two runs of (6) MEOTJIN WANGJA suggests that the two-year-old will appreciate the step up to the 1700m for the first time. The Temple City colt ran through the line strongly last start and he gives Boo Min-Ho a good chance to notch his first


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 14)

There is a full card of 13 races at Seoul on Saturday running from 10:45 to 18:00:

(단신2) 출발 참관 프로그램 (2)

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Twelve maidens go around in the opener with three of them racing for the first time. (6) OUR SIMON beat three of these when improving the 2nd place on what was his fourth start on November 16th. He led from the start, ultimately going down late on to the favourite in a fast time, and a similar run today should see him home on top. (5) HWANSANG TOUCH was 5th in that race, an improvement on her prior outings and she can aim to go better here although she probably has too much to make up on the top choice. (3) LAST MAGIC ran 6th on what was her debut and likewise can build on that here. Of the three first-timers, (7) UNBREAKABLE participated in a fast trial and with little to fear here, looks nicely in for a good debut.

Selections (6) Our Simon (7) Unbreakable (5) Hwansang Touch (3) Last Magic
Next Best 9, 11
Fast Start 5

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here and this time four of the twelve are making their racecourse debuts. A couple of very promising types are engaged too. (5) SIMPLE STYLE ran 2nd to a good winner on a dry track on what was his second start a month ago. He was sent off favourite that day and he and the winner were well clear of 3rd place. He’s worth another chance here. The main danger is (8) MIRACLE ICHEON. The colt ran 3rdover this distance on debut at the end of October, showing enough in the process to suggest he has plenty of potential. (7) K N WONDERFUL is heading in the right direction with a 5th and a 3rd from two outings to date, running on nicely last start. (4) GOSOK PEDAL was some way back behind Simple Style last start but has the potential to improve. OF the four first-timers. (3) UARYUNG looked the best in trials.

Selections (5) Simple Style (8) Miracle Icheon (7) K N Wonderful (4) Gosok Pedal
Next Best 3, 2
Fast Start 5, 7

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Fillies only for this maiden. (11) BAEK HAK may have been beaten by a couple of these two starts back but recovered to run well for 2nd over this distance on November 10th. She was well-beaten by a good winner but ran on pleasingly enough to suggest that there is more to come from her and she is the pick here. (12) BIANCA looks like she’s figuring things out and has recorded a 3rd and a 2nd from her latest two. She too has drawn wide here but should be able to overcome that and go close. The interesting entry is (2) RAIN K. She’s only raced once, all the way back in July when she finished 2nd, five lengths behind K N Road, who went on to acquit himself well in some of the bigger juvenile races this autumn. She looked useful when trialing up last week – but likewise didn’t exert herself too much – and she can go nicely first up here. (1) CLEAR STORY and (8) HWANGGEUM STAR are others in contention for at least a place.

Selections (11) Baek Hak (2) Rain K (12) Bianca (8) Hwanggeum Star
Next Best 1, 9
Fast Start 4, 6

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Bog standard maiden here but a few come in looking as though they are ready to step up and go close. (6) JEONGSEONG STAR is the pick. She has two 3rd place finishes from four outings to date and ran well in what was arguably a tougher assignment than this last time. From the middle gate she should be on pace from the start and today can be her day. (7) EAST CHAMP and (8) STRONG RED both step up in trip for the first time. Both ran on well in their respective latest outings and both can be involved here with East Champ the more favoured of the pair right now. (10) YEOLRIN MUN got to within a length of the winner last start at this distance a month ago and should be challenging again. Along with (11) DALRINEUN BITKKAL, he’ll be needing to overcome a wide draw to get on speed but shouldn’t be too far away.

Selections (6) Jeongsang Star (7) East Champ (8) Strong Red (10) Yeolrin Mun
Next Best 11, 3
Fast Start 6, 10, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(2) BLUE BAND has started improve in his recent starts, culminating in a runner-up finish in what was his first try at this distance on November 9th. He came from off the pace that day, running on well and he is the slight pick to prevail here. (12) HOSUA was 4th in that race, just over two-lengths in arrears and he can be a threat today but the main danger is (6) FIRST THUNDER. He beat a couple of these on his way to a good 2nd over 1300M last


Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 13)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday where there is a big card of 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

A fresh batch of juveniles will debut in the first at Busan on an eleven race card. (4) FIRST MOCCASIN is the on top selection based on her trial. She ran a reasonable time on a dry rated track when fast out of the gates. She has drawn well for her first career start and based on the efforts of her counterparts in their respective trials, she is the one to beat. (2) YEONGGWANGUI EAGLE looks the main danger. The Chapel Royal colt looked to be fully asked for in his trial when running a fair time. He is another that had early speed in his trial and from barrier two Jeong Dong-Cheol may elect to hunt his mount out of the gates and hold the rail in the leading division. (6) SEUGNI QUEEN looks a place chance based on her trial effort. Jo Chang-Wook will ride the Hansen filly for trainer Lee Sang Young. (3) JOYFUL LAND looks best of the rest in a race where the majority of the field ran slow trial times.

Selections (4) First Moccasin (2) Yeonggwangui Eagle (6) Seugni Queen (3) Joyful Land

Next Best 10, 1

Fast Start 2, 4

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

There appears to be plenty of speed engaged in the second on the card where the likely pacemakers are all drawn wide. One of the speedy types engaged is (10) K.B. BOSS. The filly debuted last start when running third behind Halla Biho. She bounced out of the gates on that occasion and went down less that a length when clocking a good time. (8) RAINBOW PARK has placed at his past two starts. At his most reason run he sat on speed before finishing second behind Wonderful Iji. He has had nine starts yielding six top five performances. (11) THUNDER GO is on debut after running a handy qualifying trial when clocking 62.2 seconds for the 1000m She is out of a lightly raced mare Fly Lady who had ten starts from two wins before heading to the breeding barn. (6) KKUMEUL NEOMEO will line up for her second career start. The filly was fair on debut when sitting on speed before letting a couple pass her in the straight and eventually finishing fourth.

Selections (10) K.B. Boss (8) Rainbow Park (11) Thunder Go (6) Kkumeul Neomeo

Next Best 9, 3

Fast Start 7, 8, 10, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The third race is an intriguing affair with many of the engagements evenly matched. (3) BURNING FLY looks a big chance coming of her debut performance when finishing second. She sat on speed in both her trial and first start. Given she has drawn barrier three she is likely to lead and take some running down. (2) MASTER BELLA has drawn better for her second start. The form lines out of her last start read well. Oasis Girl finished second in the race where she ran third and has since gone on and won a Class 5 event. She is also aided by top jockey You Hyun-Myung being named to ride her. (12) JINJU SARANG was much improved last time out when finishing third in similar company. The Federalist filly ran on strong from the tail and will be helped in this event if they go helter skelter. (8) TOP LUCKY looks a place chance based on her debut run and should be kept safe in your novelties.

Selections (3) Burning Fly (2) Master Bella (12) Jinju Sarang (8) Top Lucky

Next Best 7, 10

Fast Start 3, 7

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of twelve maiden gallopers will line up in the fourth over the 1300m. The improvement from (1) THUNDER KING at his second start was impressive. The colt bounced out of the gates last time out when leading before being ran down by Touch Star Man. His times have been good at both starts and from barrier one the Thunder Moccasin colt looks the one to beat. (6) SMILE WINNER lines up for her sixth start coming off a last start second. The Colors Flying filly will get the polished services of You Hyun-Myung for the first time and is likely to take a sit behind the pacemakers. (5) INDIAN CHUJANG produced a fast sectional last time out to finish third behind Wakanda. Jung Do-Yun will need to stay in touch with the leaders should he want to be a winning chance. (9) THUNDER BAY was disappointing at short odds last time out but he looks to have a Class 6 win in him with time.

Selections (1) Thunder King (6) Smile Winner (5) Indian Chugang (9) Thunder Bay

Next Best 2, 8

Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

There is limited early speed in the fifth which makes the 1300m event hard to dissect. (4) FASHION KEY ran home strongly last time out over the same distance to finish third behind Touch Star Man. She is lightly weighted with just 52.5kg. She looks to map potentially closer to the leader in this event with limited speed from her rivals combined with a good barrier. It is just her third run so expect improvement from the filly. (3) VERRA DAY can bounce back after a disappointing performance last time out when sent out a short price. The chestnut has a better draw for this assignment and showed plenty two starts back when debuting. (8) PERFECT ANGEL cannot be discounted based on recent efforts. She was well beaten last time out by Echo White but there should be further improvement on that run. (7) TOHAM STRONG was good last time out when third and can run into the minor money.

Selections (4) Fashion Key (3) Verra Day (8) Perfect Angel (7) Toham Strong

Next Best 11, 6

Fast Start 6

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

There’s an abundance of speed engaged in the fifth on the card which should be an honest run race. (4) DAEMANGUI GIL ran out of skin in the Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo Cup when fourth behind Doctor Carson. He should be extremely hard to beat returning to restricted class company. His last win was two starts back in Class 6 company when clocking an impressive time over the


2019 Grand Prix Stakes Sunday: Race-By-Race for Seoul & Busan (December 8)

The season finale Grand Prix Stakes takes place at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. It’s no longer the richest race in the nation, nor the biggest in terms of betting, but it’s the oldest race on the Korean calendar and one that everybody wants to win. This year the race is sponsored by MBC and will be shown live on their MBC Sports+ channel. There are 11 races at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00 while at Busan there are 6 from 12:40 to 17:10. 

KRA Grand Prix Finish 2018 Triple Nine Cheongdam Dokki Today

A year ago, Triple Nine beat Cheongdam Dokki and Today to land the Grand Prix at the fourth time of asking (Pic: Ross Holburt/KRA)

Cheongdam Dokki, 4th two years ago and runner-up last year, is set to be favourite. Here’s the long version of the video preview:

And the shorter version:

Horse by horse:

  1. SHAMROCKER – A horse with far more talent than his 6 wins from 37 starts suggests, the six-year-old has spent his career running in the best races and chasing home the best horses, first Clean Up Joy, then Cheongdam Dokki and Moonhak Chief. This is his first time in this race, but he comes in having been his usual solid self over the season. He probably can’t win this, but he will run on strong late and can run into some money. He is the only horse in the race to have won at this distance – albeit a long time ago.


  1. TODAY – A revelation a year ago when 3rd to Triple Nine having briefly led close to home. He was still thought of as a sprinter then having never previously run further than a mile. He backed up his staying credentials by winning over 2000M a month later but then suffered an injury which kept him out of action until September when he returned in the Korea Sprint. That was too much too soon but he was 3rd to Dolkong and Cheongdam Dokki in the Cup Classic in October and then 2nd to stablemate Baengmunbaekdap over 1400M three weeks ago. He may be peaking at the right time. He’ll aim to lead from the start.


  1. NEW YORK MANGCHI – Stablemate of Today and not to be overlooked. He has though been handily beaten by Great King of two of his latest three starts – although he did previously beat him – which suggests he may well be found wanting when facing the very best here. Distance shouldn’t be a problem – he was 2nd to Great King over 2200M in September. Capable of running fast sectionals late on but may have too much to do.


  1. SILVER WOLF – The great mare. She’s a perfect five for five in 2019 although with the rules changed this year enabling her to participate in the Queens’ Tour races, she’s only faced the boys on one occasion. That was the Seoul Owners’ Association Trophy over 1200M where an out of sorts Cheongdam Dokki was among those she beat. We learned little from her three easy Queens’ Tour wins except that she is in good form. She ran in this race two years ago and found it tough but is arguably better now. A big placing chance.


  1. SHARK DAEJANGGEUN – By some margin the lowest rated horse in the field although he does tend to take on stiff company. Ran a good 2nd in the JRA Trophy on international weekend in September before finishing an excellent 5th in the President’s Cup a month ago. He is a closer so the additional trip will likely suit him, but the quality of the opposition should be too much here.


  1. GREAT KING – Enters in very good form having won his latest two in fine fashion leading all the way over 2200M and 2000M. with the likes of New York Mangchi, Jumbo Blade and Dongbang Daero behind him. He’ll go to the front here and while leading for the entire 2300M at Seoul is no easy task, he looks a quality horse who should go close.


  1. MOONHAK CHIEF – Sixth last year, he made his breakthrough at the elite level when winning the YTN Cup by a full twelve-lengths back in May before pushing Dolkong very close in the Busan Mayor’s Cup the following month. He then beat Cheongdam Dokki to comfortably win the international Korea Cup over 1800M in September. A lackluster performance in the KRA Cup Classic in October is of some concern but if he’s at his best, he will be a big danger. Antonio Da Silva, who rode him in Busan this summer, replaces the injured Moon Se Young aboard. He’ll be challenging for the lead at the start.


  1. JUMBO BLADE – A decent competitor but he has been beaten by several of these in his recent outings and form of 6th, 5th and 5th doesn’t inspire a huge amount of confidence. Likely to settle in the middle of the pack, he should see out the trip without any problems, but the competition looks too stiff.


  1. CHEONGDAM DOKKI – Could it finally be his year? He has a 4th and a 2nd to his name in the race and he enters the likely favourite. He had a difficult start to the year but his performances in his latest two outings when 2nd in both the Korea Cup and the KRA Cup Classic suggest that he is – if not back to his absolute best – at least somewhere approaching it. Whereas in the past two runnings he has set the early pace, this time he’ll most likely be content to let others do the early work. He is the one to beat.


  1. DONGBANG DAERO – Ran a huge 2nd to Power Blade in this race two years ago, finishing superbly and only denied a head at odds in excess of 150/1. His form since has only been patchy though and he comes in having been well beaten in his latest two. We know he likes the track and the distance suits, but it would be a big surprise were he to repeat his former heroics

And race by race for Seoul:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The first on the card will see twelve Korean-bred gallopers go over the short course. Hansen filly (3) ONE AND ONLY gets a good opportunity to notch a win at her second start. She was good on debut when finishing fourth running a fast time when compared to her opposition in this assignment. She has drawn well and should take improvement from her first run. (6) LADY KELLY trialed well when qualifying for her first start. She was strong through the line and should be ready for a forward showing at her first start. (5) BAEKSAN THUNDER sat on speed at her first start before feeling the pinch late. She still clocked a good time given the track rating, expect improvement as from the Thunder Moccasin filly. (9) GRAND FLY looks the best of the rest handing in a fair trial performance.

Selections (3) One And Only (6) Lady Kelly (5) Baeksan Thunder (9) Grand Fly

Next Best 4, 1

Fast Start 3, 5


Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of twelve Korean bred maidens will go over the 1300m in the second event. (11) P.K. DOLPUNG was much-improved last time out when finishing second behind Jangsu Nabom. Lee Hyeok put him into the race early last start and it is assumed that he will employ those tactics once again. He has drawn wide but look for him to come across shortly after they jump. (7) SISEONJIPJUNG ran on strong from well last time out over the 1300m. Well performed rider Lim Gi-Won will ride the Volponi colt for the first time. He struggles to muster speed early so expect another strong sectional from him. (3) SUN FIGHTING is a place chance if she continues to improve. She is lightly weighted and has drawn well. (9) ACE SHINE has placed at his past two starts. He drops back significantly in distance to 1300m and will have to lump the top weight from a wide draw. Johan Victoire, who comes off a riding treble last weekend will be looking to settle the Colors Flying colt in the first half of the field.

Selections (11) P.K. Dolpung (7) Siseonjipjung (3) Sun Fighting (9) Ace Shine

Next Best 8, 11

Fast Start 8, 9, 11


Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The third on the card is wide open with several chanced engaged. Two-year-old filly (10) GEOSEN JILJU saluted over this distance last start when breaking maiden status is Class 6 company. She posted an impressive time for this class when leading throughout, expect Park Eul-Woon to work forward from the wide draw and try and take up the running once again. (6) YEONGGWANGUI BEAT cannot be discounted as a winning chance. The Clear Attempt gelding ran on last start from near last to finish second behind Dynamic Punch. Yoo Seung-Wan will be legged aboard him for his assignment, it appears he has options as the horse has previously been settled both on speed or worse than midfield. (4) KINGLY is still looking for his first victory but ran a handy race last time out in this (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 7)

It’s Grand Prix Eve! We’ll have a full preview of Sunday’s big race up later but in the meantime there is a big Saturday card at Seoul to get through with 13 races from 10:45 to 18:00.

Here are the previews – Alan Munro could well be the jockey to follow today with plenty of live chances:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The opener is a juvenile maiden with a full field of twelve, all but two of whom have raced before. The pick is (6) GEOMPO, who races for the fourth time having gotten progressively closer across his preceding three. He was sent off as odds-on favourite last start only to go down by a length to good winner Wish Me, but is well worth another chance today, Lee Hyeon-jong will send him to the front and he can lead all the way. Top Busan jockey Seo Seung-un is in town to ride in Sunday’s Grand Prix Stakes and he picks up a nice ride in the shape of (12) MONEY CHAMP. He’s recorded solid times in his three outings to date and should be aiming to at least match the runner-up finish he scored a month ago, (2) CHEONGSAN GASE has hinted at ability and may improve but it’s the two first-timers who look next best. Both (5) DREAM GIRLS and (10) GLORY FIGHTER looked competent in trials and both should go well first-up.

Selections (6) Geompo (12) Money Champ (5) Dream Girls (10) Glory Fighter
Next Best 2, 11
Fast Start 2, 5, 6, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(9) CHOEGANG TEUKGEUP performed creditably for 2nd place on debut over 1000M on November 2nd, finishing three-lengths behind Lucky Myeongho, who last week went on to finish runner-up at a higher level. He steps up slightly in trip today and he could well be the one to beat. (4) A TO Z and (2) JEONJEONGSAGUEM came home 3rd and 4th respectively when they raced each other at this distance on what was both of their debuts on November 10th. There was just a neck between them that day and both should be in the hunt to match or better those finishes today. (6) HEUNGHAENG JILJU displayed poor manners on his first try at this distance last start but still managed to finish 4th and he can go better here. (10) RUFFIAN PARK overcame a poor start last time to run 3rd over this trip and is another in the frame.

Selections (9) Choegang Teukgeup (10) Ruffian Park (6) Heunghaeng Jilju (2) Jeonjeongsaguem
Next Best 4, 12
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Alan Munro is aboard another leading chance here with (10) SAMSEONG VIVA set to be favourite. He ran a solid 2nd on his third career start – and first over this distance – on November 2nd, running on well but unable to get to a good winner. He’s drawn wide but should be able to overcome that to get on pace and can win. (12) CHOEGANG MAGIC had a poor day at the office last start but is better than that having previously managed a 2nd and a 3rd place and looks well worth another shot here to return to the money. (1) HAWKUI YEONGGWANG missed the kick by a length last time but recovered to run 3rd, one place ahead of (4) SAEROUN BOBAE in 4th. Both will be aiming to match those finishes today. (3) A. P. PATEK raced greenly for 4th on debut four weeks ago and with better manners can improve further here.

Selections (10) Samseong Viva (3) A. P. Patek (12) Choegang Magic (1) Hawkui Yeonggwang
Next Best 4, 9
Fast Start 2, 4, 7, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens with only two of the twelve having lined up in the gate before. Neither (7) DIA KEY nor (11) GOSOK JUHAENG impressed at all on their respective debuts although Dia Key didn’t do much wrong and has scope for improvement. That means we’ll turn to the first-timers to find our picks. (12) ICE PUNCH is a half-brother to a number of decent ones, most notably Mirae Yeongung, a winner of 11 from 39 across his career. Ice Punch looked good when 2nd in a trial at the end of October and despite the wide draw, looks a real chance here. Filly (10) CHEONGDAM YEOGEOL also ran well for 2nd in her trial just a couple of weeks ago and should be the principal danger. (4) POTENTIAL ENERGY and (8) RAON HIGH are others who caught the eye in the mornings and can transfer their talents to the races.

Selections (12) Ice Punch (10) Cheongdam Yeogeol (8) Raon High (7) Dia Key
Next Best 4, 2
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 8

Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

One should really exercise caution when recommending a twenty-eight race maiden but if (5) CITY CHAMP runs like he did when a close at hand 5th over class and distance on November 17th, then he really should be winning this. It was a competitive time for this level – helped by a wet track – and continued his run of good form. If today isn’t his day, it may well never be. (2) DAE YONGWANG is up in class having scored his maiden win last start. He now has a win and a 2nd place in two attempts at this distance and can maintain his good run of form today, although he will probably need to improve on the times he’s registered if he is to win. (4) WONDERFUL DANCER also comes up in class following a maiden win last start over 1300M. A previous try around two-turns didn’t go especially well but he looks ready for another crack at it today. Also up in trip is (1) ECHO FIRST ON. He’s an import who found himself demoted from class 4 but looks to have ended up in a nice spot here with his latest effort encouraging. (7) PRINCE OF SUN best of the rest.

Selections (5) City Champ (2) Dae Yongwang (1) Echo First On (4) Wonderful Dancer
Next Best 7, 11
Fast Start 4, 7

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(4) GO UP made all on debut over this distance on November 9th to record a stylish looking win. Accordingly, she’s up in class as she makes her return today but she looks to have plenty of potential and won’t need to improve by very much in order to win this. This is a decent looking race though. (8) EAGLE EYE ran out a nine-length winner at this distance last month and also steps up in class. She’ll have to go some to repeat that but nevertheless will be competitive at this level. (10) WINNER BLUE left himself too much to do when 3rd last start. Expect him to be ridden on pace today and he can be a danger. (3) CHO ORONG MA and (6) MASYA both enter with recent form reading well and both look good to challenge for at least the places.

Selections (4) Go Up (8) Eagle Eye (10) Winner Blue (3) Cho Orong Ma
Next Best 6, 7, 12
Fast Start 1, 4, 10, 12

Race 7: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Very competitive race with plenty having solid claims. (2) MENI STAND blew the start and blew his chances when racing at class and distance on November 2rd. She had been going well prior to that and provided she gets out of the gate on good order today, should get much closer. (10) JANGSU NABOM is up in class following an all the way score over this distance at the start of November. This is significantly stiffer but if he gets in front again, he may well go close. (1) CHEONGSU BIG EAR and (4) SEUNGNI JEONSEOL had less than a length separating them when they came home 3rd and 4th in what was arguably a stronger race than this on October 20th. Both have serious chances here. Among the rest, (6) BLUE DAEJAYEON remains a maiden but has shown he is capable of running a time and could end up in the mix today.

Selections (2) Meni Stand (1) Cheongsu Big Ear (10) Jangsu Nabom (4) Seungni Jeonseol
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 6, 10, 11, 12

Race 8: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Having run 3rd on debut in September, (2) GLOBAL PARTY returned and put in a rare sub one-minute time over the 1000M to win by three-lengths on November 3rd. He gets another crack at this class and while he does carry more weight and tackles an additional furlong and a half, he looks a worthy favourite. (10) GEUMJAYU looked all at sea in her first two efforts but has started to figure things out in her second two, running 3rd and 2nd, last time beating a couple of her rivals here. She led until close to the finish last time and should be on speed again. Another one in the leading division early will be (3) MOONHAK MISCHIEF. She did nothing wrong when 3rd on debut in a decent race over 1000M and can build on it today. (7) GOLDEN SERVICE and (12) EUNEO CHUKJE are others in at least the placing frame.

Selections (2) Global Party (10) Geumjayu (3) Moonhak Mischief (7) Golden Service
Next Best 12, 9
Fast Start 2, 3, 7, 10

Race 9: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) DYNAMIC PUNCH has moved rapidly up the classes with back to back wins and the manner of his latest one, where he crushed a useful looking class 5 field by a full six-lengths suggests there is plenty more to come. From an ideal draw, he’ll aim to lead all the way again and is likely to be hot favourite to complete his hat-trick. (1) STRIDE UP’s recent form has been good and he beat three of these on his way to his second consecutive 3rd place finish last time out. He’ll sit behind the early speed and finish strongly. (7) MAMMA ROMA pulled hard first-up three weeks and then failed to see out the 1700M. She should be better for that run and can improve today. (9) CHAMP K was 5th behind Stride Up last start and can get closer while (11) RAON PATRICK is better than her latest couple of efforts suggest and she too can challenge for some minor money.

Selections (3) Dynamic Punch (1) Stride Up (7) Mamma Roma (9) Champ K
Next Best 11, 2
Fast Start 2, 3, 10, 11

Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Having finished as an also-ran in the Korean Derby and Minister’s Cup, (11) DO KKI BLADE was given four months off and seemed to benefit for it when running out a seven-length winner on his return to action on October. He comes in fresh again here following nine more weeks off and while up in class, looks very much the one to beat again. He’s drawn wide but will attempt to get across and make all. (7) HYEONMU was the longest shot on the board when pulling off a shock win at class and distance on November 2nd. Lightning probably won’t strike twice although that day’s runner-up (2) GUREUM SONJITHAE can aim for a place again. A bigger danger is likely to be (6) MIREU STORM. He’s run 2nd in three of his latest four outings, all of them at class and distance and 2nd will be a minimum aim again. (5) VALLEY QUEEN is up in class after showing lots of speed over 1000M. This is her first try at further than the minimum distance and if she gets the trip, she’ll go close. (3) WONDERFUL TRUTH found herself overmatched in the Jeju Governor’s Cup last month but should be better in shallower waters today.

Selections (11) Do Kki Blade (6) Mireu Storm (5) Valley Queen (3) Wonderful Truth
Next Best 2, 1
Fast Start 2, 3, 5, 11

Race 11: Class 3 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Two starts into a comeback, (6) GOLD HAMMER came from just off the pace to secure his maiden win at class and distance on November 3rd. He carries an additional 3kg today, but looks to have plenty of potential for further progress and he is the one to beat. (3) SABA KINGDOM is up in class having won his latest two, both at this distance, in fine order. He’ll be up with the pace from the start and the favourite will have to try and come past him. (9) ALIBABA MARINE’s woeful performance last start can be explained by the fact he was found to be lame afterwards. He’s had two months off since and back fully fit, should be a very different proposition today. (4) CHANGE MAKER too has excuses for his poor run last time, having missed the jump, and should be better here. (7) UP LIGHT looks best of the rest.

Selections (6) Gold Hammer (3) Saba Kingdom (4) Change Maker (9) Alibaba Marine
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 3, 8, 11

Race 12: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

(2) MYEONGPUM CHUKJE finished 5th, 4th and 2nd in the three legs of the Triple Crown this year and comes in having been an also-ran in last month’s President’s Cup. He was 4th on his first try at this class back in September and has the ability to win this. There is a big danger though in the shape of (9) COLORFUL JOY. A winner of four from seven in total, he steps up in class having scored over 1700M with a front-running performance back in October. He tackles the additional half furlong for the first time but that shouldn’t be a problem and he has every chance of winning again. (5) RAPIDOCUS returned to form with a strong 2nd place last time and while he hasn’t yet lived up to his early promise as the competition has become stiffer, he still has plenty of time. He’ll be ridden patiently here and can finish strongly. (12) SUPER FLUID was 3rd behind Rapidocus last start and can aim for another placing finish here. (4) MEGALIOS is a class and distance winner and warrants respect.

Selections (9) Colorful Joy (2) Myeongpum Chukje (5) Rapidocus (12) Super Fluid
Next Best 4, 8
Fast Start 2, 6, 7, 11

Race 13: Class 1 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

(11) SKY BAY spent the summer and autumn chasing home Silver Wolf in all three legs of the Queens’ Tour, finishing 4th, 2nd and 4th. She returns to handicaps here very nicely weighted and if she’s at the top of her game, she’ll take some beating. (2) ANOTHER SMART ONE is two starts into a comeback following six months out. He’s posted fast times when running 5th ion both those races which were arguably better than today’s. A similar run should see him much closer. (9) GANGTOMA went a bit cold over the summer but comes in after three months off and should be better for the layoff. (7) WINNER RED’s recent runs have been in Stakes and Listed company and he is another who should appreciate the more limited opposition today. (10) DYNAMIC JULJU is best of the rest.

Selections (11) Sky Bay (2) Another Smart One (9) Gangtoma (7) Winner Red
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 1, 2