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

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