Korea Cup winner Moonhak Chief faces his big rival Cheongdam Dokki in a heavyweight showdonw at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday afternoon while down at Busan, President’s Cup winner New Legend also makes his 2020 debut. There are 11 races at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00 while at Busan there are 6 from 12:40 to 17:05. Here are the previews for Seoul with Busan selections below:
Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The maiden fillies kick off proceedings at Seoul on Sunday morning for an eleven-race card. (5) SAEROUN BOBAE finds herself in a weaker assignment and has winning claims. The Whywhywhy filly has placed at her past two starts over the 1300M. She looks suited from barrier five to sit slightly closer to the speed in this event. She has run through the line solidly of late and looks an each-way hope. (12) HAPPY MONTH comes out of the same race where she ran on well to finish fourth. She has been getting well back in her runs before extending stride for the run home. Johan Victoire will be legged aboard the three-year-old for the first time which is a positive. (11) NONGBON RAK lined up in a smart field when debuting early December. The Any Given Saturday filly felt the pinch up the Seoul straight but should take improvement out of the run. She clocked a reasonable time, and this is a weaker assignment. (6) SEMYEONG GANGJA started to work through the line fairly towards the end of her qualifying trial indicating she will appreciate the 1200M on debut.
Selections (5) Saeroun Bobae (12) Happy Month (11) Nongbon Rak (6) Semyeong Gangja
Next Best 2, 8
Fast Start 8, 9
Race 2: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Another maiden for three-year-olds although this one is open to the colts and geldings as well. Nevertheless, it’s a filly who we’re putting on top in the shape of (8) SHINE FIGHTER. She’s shown plenty of promise over her three starts so far and was just beaten a nose on her latest having led from the start. True she has never run further than 1000M but there is no reason to suppose it won’t suit and she can make her breakthrough here against less than intimidating opposition. (4) GREAT WAY has run on well in both previous starts but has run out of track both times. She’s the one who looks most likely to benefit from the step up in trip. (12) SAND POWER was an improved 3rd at 1300M in December and can maintain his progress here. (10) REAL PACK did nothing wrong on debut at 1300M five weeks ago, recording a time that should be competitive today. The wildcard is (3) BOGO TTO BOGO. He did absolutely nothing on debut to the extent that he got sent back to trial. He looked a completely different animal in that subsequent trial, running a good 2nd in a useful time and if he brings that form to the track, can go well today.
Selections (8) Shine Fighter (4) Great Way (12) Sand Power (3) Bogo Tto Bogo
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 8, 9, 12
Race 3: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
The third from Seoul is a small but competitive event with four of the ten engaged having winning claims. (2) JOY BROTHER was a good winner at his second start when defeating Money Silk in a two-year-old event. The Peace Rules gelding appreciated the step up to the 1300M at his second start when flying home to win by a length. He steps up once again to the 1400M, expect him to take a sit and fly home with a manageable weight on his back. (4) BEST LUCKY backed up his maiden victory with a good performance behind Lucky Beopcheon. He was beaten 2.5L but he exceeded expectations when finishing 2nd. He’s an on-speed runner and should look a winning chance as they head for home. (5) GWANGPOK JUHAENG bounced back to some form last start to place behind Tiz Rose. He finished less than two-lengths behind the winner, but the time was not fast, matching that of the class 6 winner on the same day. (3) SPADE MASHIE was respectable last time out when 5th behind Duri. The four-year-old is one that can run into minor money.
Selections (2) Joy Brother (4) Best Lucky (5) Gwangpok Juhaeng (3) Spade Mashie
Next Best 7, 9
Fast Start 4
Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Fillies and mares only here. (8) JILJUUI KKUM led every step of the way to record a five-length victory on what was just her second career start on December 21st. She is up in both class and in distance today but can overcome both to win again. It’s a competitive field though and it won’t be easy. (9) POWER TOWER has a 3rd and a 2nd in two attempts at this class following her maiden win in October. She very nearly made all last start only to go down by a neck and she will challenge Jiljuui Kkum for the early lead. So too will (1) AN MOK HANG. Having won a very similar race to this in September she than had three months off, returning in January to run well again for 3rd. She carries 5kg more than when she won but should be dangerous here. (6) BIG RIVER was a battling maiden winner last time and comes up in class today looking competitive. (7) WIN BLADE looks best of a useful rest.
Selections (8) Jiljuui Kkum (9) Power Tower (1) An Mok Hang (6) Big River
Next Best 7, 10
Fast Start 1, 7, 8, 9
Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
There will be no cheap sectionals in the fifth with half of the field looking to map on speed. (11) RAON HANNIBAL looks one that get in well-weighted and will be able to sit off the leading division. She showed a nice turn of foot last time out when beating Geum Royal by a neck. She’s building a nice record with three wins from four starts and looks a good chance with just the 53.5kg on her back. (12) CHAMP K looks to have each-way claims in the race. He ran home well last time out to finish 3rd behind Geosen Jilju, in a race where the form reads relatively strong. He is another that will settle rearwards especially from the wide draw. Shin Hyung-chul will bide his time allowing the for-year-old to steam home late. (4) BUCKETFUL GOLD is a perennial runner-up horse with five (more…)