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

winner for the year. (2) BULGULUI RUNNER has been knocking on the door his past couple of starts over the shorter distances. The King Cugat three-year-old has drawn ideally and is one of the likely pacemakers. (1) KAILASH DANCER is far from brilliant but with the right run can fill a minor place.

Selections (8) Mustang Run (6) Meotjin Wangja (2) Bulgului Runner (1) Kailash Dancer

Next Best 3, 9

Fast Start 2, 6

Busan Race 3: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

An also-ran in the Breeders’ Cup Trial at the end of October, (4) YEONGGWANGUI PARTY skipped the main event and instead ran 2nd over a mile at the end of November. He is accordingly up in class today but looks nicely in here to go very close. (9) YONGWANGDAM is perhaps the main danger, coming in as she does with a 4th and a 3rd from her latest two, both at this distance and both in the kind of times that should put her right in the mix today. (7) TIME SPEC too has recent form reading well and can run on well. (1) JOEUN HAE may benefit from the step back up in trip and is likely to join Yeonggwangui Party on the early speed. (5) ARAM NARAE is another capable of going close.

Selections: (4) Yeonggwangui Party (9) Yongwangdam (7) Time Spec (1) Joeun Hae

Next Best: 5, 10

Fast Start: 1, 4

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

A field of twelve imported fillies will line up in the seventh on the card where they will go over the short course. (9) GLOBAL JOY looks the one to beat coming off his last start win when running an impressive time albeit on a sloppy rated track. She is elevated in the weight scale but her win was impressive enough to suggest she can still take care of her rivals. (7) JEOLYE was good last time out when overcoming a wide gate. She settled rearwards in the early stages before making a sustained run to finish third over the 1000m. (2) NANEUN STAR is one that can improve at her second start. She lost her position mid-race last time out before picking up the bit again and running through the line well. (3) SARYEONI WINNER debuts for trainer Koo Ja-Heung. The Cross Traffic filly qualified in reasonable time and can fill a place at her first start.

Selections (9) Global Joy (7) Jeolye (2) Naneun Star (3) Saryeoni Winner

Next Best 11, 1

Fast Start 10

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

(4) PAGEUKCHEON looks like he will take some beating in the fourth race on Busan’s card. A winner of back to back races at this distance in July and August, he then ran 2nd in a very fast race on his first try at this level in October, beating by the useful looking Sydney Mangchi. From gate 4, Bart Rice’s gelding should lead from the start and probably won’t be caught. Joining the favourite on the early speed will be the most credible danger. That’s (1) KAHEKILI, who is second-up today following five months out. He ran well on his return, just tiring a little and beaten less than length on the line by (3) HAPPY AGAIN. He should be overturning that form today. Happy Again will have to go some to repeat that win but does have placing claims along with (5) B.K. VICTOR and (9) HAPPY YEOGEOL.

Selections: (4) Pageukcheon (1) Kahekili (3) Happy Again (5) B.K. Victor

Next Best: 9, 12

Fast Start: 1, 4

Seoul Race 8: Class 3 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

The Class 3 gallopers will line up from the newly constructed 1600m chute in the eighth race on the card. (2) BEST EVER is building a nice record for trainer Park Jong-Kon. The One Cool Cat four year old saluted at big odds last time out over the 1300m. He finds another winnable assignment in an evenly matched field. (5) GIDONG DAEJANG is well performed over the middle distances. The four-year-old will have to carry the 56kg but he looks suited by a central drawn as he normally settles just better than midfield. (7) SKY DOLPUNG ran well over the 1700m last time out when second behind the in-form Gaon Force. Class 3 is where he has seemed to have met his match, but he is competitive in these ranks. (10) DAE BYEONHWA has filled a place at four of his past five starts and can never be discounted.

Selections (2) Best Ever (5) Gidong Daejang (7) Sky Dolpung (10) Dae Byeonhwa

Next Best 1, 9

Fast Start 2, 6

Busan Race 5: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(9) CHEONNYEONUIJILJU enters with his recent form reading very nicely and got within a length of a good winner at class and distance on November 10th. Just as he did that day, he can settle behind the early pace and run on strongly, this time for the win. (1) BLACK TEN was 3rd in that same race, less than two lengths in arrears, and he can find the places again, but the biggest threat is (2) DOCTOR CHIC. Since getting promoted to this level by winning over a mile in August, he’s run three times, scoring a 4th and then back to back 3rd place finishes. He’ll aim to lead here and potentially go all the way. (10) WONDERFUL COUNTRY steps up in class and distance following a very nice win over 1300M on November 8th and is sure to be a danger here. (3) YEONGGWANGUIFORCE best of the rest.

Selections: (9) Cheonnyeonuijilju (2) Doctor Chic (10) Wonderful Country (1) Black Ten

Next Best: 3, 11

Fast Start: 1, 2, 4, 8

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

Twelve Korean-bred gallopers line up in the ninth where there are some nice types emerging. (1) ELITE LADY has been won two races from four starts and ran fourth behind Choegang Team in the Breeze Up Graduate race in August. She has natural early speed in her legs and she should set a cracking pace and take some running down. (8) YEONHUI ILCHUL is another progressive type who has won two of her three career starts. The Tiz Wonderful filly sat on speed from barrier three last time out. There is an abundance of speed in this race so she may be forced to take a sit further back in the field. (10) JEJUI HEUKSON is one of the more experienced gallopers engaged but has been good at her past couple of starts over this distance. She comes of a third behind Geum Royal when trying to lead throughout. (2) BUCKTFUL GOLD has ran into some stiff opposition of late and accounted well for himself. He looks as if he won’t be able to match the early pace engaged in this event but should get every chance to strike late.

Selections (1) Elite Lady (8) Yeonhui Ilchul (10) Jejui Heukson (2) Bucketful Gold

Next Best 9, 7

Fast Start 1, 4, 8, 9, 10

Busan Race 6: Class 1 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

(3) CHIEF ACE beat a couple of these on his way to a useful 4th over 2000M on November 10th and Thomas Gillespie’s four-year-old finds himself very nicely in here with real chances of returning to the winner’s circle. He will probably aim to lead early and go all the way. It’s a competitive race though. (11) MAJOR ALPHA comes in after a revelatory run in the President’s Cup at Seoul last month when finishing 4th, less than two-lengths behind winner New Legend, despite being sent off 15th of 16 in the betting. He’ll run home strongly and has a chance. (10) CAPTAIN FORCE was one of the leading fancies in that President’s Cup, but his recent run of stuttering form continued, and he finished well back. He was a bit more assured though when running 5th over 1400M on his return to Busan three weeks ago and should be a better prospect here. (2) GOOD CASTING and (6) RUNNING SOCKS are among others who can aim to place in what is a nicely competitive race.

Selections: (3) Chief Ace (11) Major Alpha (10) Captain Force (6) Running Socks

Next Best: 2, 7, 12

Fast Start: 3, 8, 10, 12

Seoul Race 10: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

The tenth on the card will see the Class 2 runners go over the seven furlongs where the race has some very nice horses. (4) CLEAR GEOM has been racing in terrific form of late. She was thrown in the deep end last time out when she lined up in the President’s Cup finishing well back. Prior to last start she had won three of her last four starts going into the feature. With just the 53kg on her back the three-year-old will take some beating. (3) KILUI JEWANG was a good last start winner in Class 4 company. Recent Grand Prix winning hoop Antonio Da Silva rides the colt once again after saluting on him over the 1200m last time out. KRA Cup Mile winner (5) GLOBAL CHUKJE resumes after his Triple Crown preparation earlier this year. He is a serious horse winning five from eight and he seems better suited in the 1400-1600m range based on his performance to date. (10) RAYMOND has won four of his past six and this appears one of his tougher assignments in recent times. The three-year-old has drawn poorly once again and it appears that Kim Yong-Geun will have to rely on the chestnut’s solid turn of foot.

Selections (4) Clear Geom (3) Kiliui Jewang (5) Global Chukje (10) Raymond

Next Best 8, 9

Fast Start 3, 5

Seoul Race 11: Class 1 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

The last on the card is a ripper with twelve very capable gallopers lining up under lights. (5) GLOBAL CAPTAIN showed punters he has plenty of class from his first start onwards. The Munnings colt looks to have further improvement going forward. He drops back to the 1200m which is ideal and although he carries 57.5kg he will take some beating. (7) YAHO SMART CAT was a class and distance winner last time out. He has a 50% winning strike rate and will carry just 52.5kg. He’s won four from his past five and has proved to be a very nice horse for connections. (10) DIA SOCKS is becoming a perennial runner-up with the five year old finishing second at his past three starts including the Korea Spring. His connections deserve a win and he should be kept safe in your selections. (3) BRIGHT CAT was disappointing in the Kookje Shinmun Cup lining up against the topliners, but he has proved himself in Class One company on many occasions. This is an exciting race with many chances.

Selections (5) Global Captain (7) Yaho Smart Cat (10) Dia Socks (3) Bright Cat

Next Best 1, 2

Fast Start 4, 7, 12

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