Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are 12 races from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
A field of twelve fillies face the starter in the first where there looks an abundance of speed engaged. (8) LAST MAGIC comes off some solid performances of late including a runner-up behind Miracle Icheon last start. The lightly raced four-year-old has been on speed at her past couple of starts, she proved last start the 1300m was no issue last start suggesting she should be running through the line strong in this event. (11) SONGAM PLAYER placed in a juvenile race last start when third behind Road Ran. She was debuting on that occasion and ran on strongly when coming from the tail of the field suggesting the extra furlongs should assist her chances. (2) IMPERIAL SILK comes out of a juvenile race which was won by Lady Kelly who looks a smart one. The Chapel Royal filly is drawn well and is capable of finishing in the money. (3) BIANCA is yet to breakthrough for her maiden win as of yet but has finished close up on a few occasions. She will get the services of Kim Yong-Geun which is a plus.
Selections (8) Last Magic (11) Songam Player (2) Imperial Silk (3) Bianca
Next Best 5, 6
Fast Start 2, 3, 5, 8
Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
More three-year-old maidens although this time it’s open to the colts and geldings as well and plenty come in looking as though they have a win in them at some stage. (8) A TO Z was a beaten favourite on his latest start on a wet track at this distance on January 18th. He didn’t go down by much though and it was a more mature performance than he had shown before and he looks well worth another chance today. (3) KING ACE has raced just the once and acquitted himself well over 1400M, coming home 2nd, a couple of lengths behind a useful winner. He was prominent throughout and from a good draw again, should be challenging here. (6) NAUI JEONSEOL is figuring things out with a 3rd and a 2nd from two starts so far, the most recent of which was at this distance in a fast time on a muddy track. He’s got a decent finish on him and can come from just off the pace here. (4) GOLD BRIDGE and (10) YAHO GOLDEN CAT are others with at least placing chances.
Selections (8) A To Z (3) King Ace (6) Naui Jeonseol (4) Gold Bridge
Next Best 10,
Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
There appears to be no standout in the third in a wide-open race. (2) ROYAL CHUKBOK looks and each-way commodity after finishing third at two of his past three starts. The colt has finally drawn a good barrier which should allow him to park just off the speed and be produced at the top of the straight. (1) POWER PRIDE ran on well last start to finish fourth behind East Champ over the same distance as this event. He is another that has drawn better which should allow him to sit closer and rattle off a good last sectional. (5) COMPLETE MOTION has had plenty of attempts trying to break maiden status but is yet to do so. The filly ran on well last time out and based on that performance is capable of finishing in the placings. (4) DIECO is lightly races and has finished close up on several occasions. She hasn’t clocked times to suggest she can win this but with improvement she can run into the money.
Selections (2) Royal Chukbok (1) Power Pride (5) Complete Motion (4) Dieco
Next Best 7, 8
Fast Start 4, 6, 8
Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
This is a weak maiden but as a result there are many in with a chance. (12) GOOD WONDER hasn’t exactly been pulling up trees across her four starts to date but she has posted consistent times that should be enough for her to go very close here. She does have to overcome the outside gate but that shouldn’t be a problem and she is the narrow top pick. (6) YEONGJU STONE has shown progress across three starts so far and his 3rd place at this distance on January 11th was recorded in the fastest time for this distance among any who go here. It was a wet track that day and his manners weren’t the best, but he has the potential to improve. (9) JACKS KHAN is the joint most experienced runner in the race and while that’s obviously not a good thing in a maiden, besides his latest at 17000M, his recent form reads well, and he is a contender. (8) RECOVERY TAP is another who should be better for the drop back in trip today while (11) EUTTEUM IRURI looks best of the rest.
Selections (12) Good Wonder (6) Yeongju Stone (9) Jacks Khan (8) Recovery Tap
Next Best 11, 10
Fast Start 1, 10, 11, 12
Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
The fifth on the card is an even affair where a case can be made for half of the field. The lightly raced four-year-old (3) WINNER TEMPLAR looks ready to fire after an eye-catching trial. The Luigi Riccardi trained filly settled midfield in her trial before unleashing a solid turn of foot with minimal effort from her rider. She placed on two occasions before she was turned out for a spell back in August last year. We’ve already seen a Class 6 winner from the same set of trials in Siberia, who ran a full second slower. (4) WONDERFUL CAT hit the line with gusto last time out to finish second behind Dongjjok Glory. The filly clocked a good time on a track that produced quick times. A (more…)