The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with a 15-race behind closed doors fixture from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
Only three of the nine in the opener have raced before and conveniently for us, all three went in the same race over this distance on June 19th. The best of the three was (3) TOP MATE, who came from just behind the pace to run on strongly for 2nd. It was a solid run and he can go one better today. (9) WORLD CHEONSA was prominent all throughout that race, briefly striking the front in the home straight before ultimately coming home in 3rd place. The filly has drawn wide again but has claims to at least match her performance from last time. (5) K K WON came home in 5th place in that race and he too can improve. There are, however, a couple of useful looking first-timers. (4) WINNER’S MAN recorded the fastest trial time although that was aided by a wet track. (2) DAEHO PYEONGJEONG and (6) B.K. LOOKS, the latter partnered by Jo In-kwen, who rode Top Mate on debut, are others who should go well first-up.
|Selections||(3) Top Mate (9 World Cheonsa (6) B.K. Looks (2) Daeho Pyeongjeong|
|Next Best||5, 4|
|Fast Start||2, 6, 9|
Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The three-year-old runners line up in the second all looking for their maiden victory. (9) TOP QUEEN looks a big chance as she lines up for her second career start. The Cowboy Cal filly finished second on debut behind Thunder Vegas in November last year. She trialed in a fair time back in May, with some mild improvement on the trial she looks the one to beat. (11) MAEUM DAERO has had a run since the racing hiatus where she finished fourth behind Smart Value. She was beaten a big margin but clocked a time that should see her competitive in this event. (10) GLOBAL SEUNGNI has had the one career start where he was tested over the 1200m on debut. The Testa Matta gelding was beaten eleven lengths by a handy one in Goblin on that day, this is a much easier assignment so don’t let the margin bother you. (2) GRAND YEOWANG performed well in a trial leading into this preparation. She looks the best chance of the well drawn gallopers.
|Selections||(9) Top Queen (11) Maeum Daero (10) Global Seunghi (2) Grand Yeowang|
|Next Best||1, 12|
|Fast Start||9, 10, 11|
Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens go around here with all but one of the full field of twelve having raced at least once before. Four of these raced each other over 1000M on June 19th in the very first race back after the shutdown. (2) GOLD MAGIC finished the best of them, running on well for 3rd, a long way behind a decent looking winner but not far off the runner-up. The way he ran that day suggests the additional furlong can be to his benefit and he looks a serious chance here. (10) SWEET BAND and (11) ALPHA HEART came home in 4th and 5th respectively in that race, with the former especially hitting the line well and both should be involved at the business end of the race today. (1) MORNING THUNDER improved across three starts before the break culminating in a 2nd place finish. He looked well when winning a June trial and comes straight into contention. (5) BAEDARI SUNSHINE was less impressive in his trial but also has a 2nd place to his name and is likely to be on speed early here. The Wildcard is (8) YEONGGWANGUI START, who hasn’t raced since September of last year, but he did show promise and was a trial winner in the Spring. He’s another who should sit on the pace early. (6) A. ONCE weakened over 1400M two weeks ago but is better than that and today should be more suitable.
|Selections||(2) Gold Magic (1) Morning Thunder (10) Sweet Band (8) Yeonggwangui Start|
|Next Best||6, 5, 12|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 6, 8|
Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Another batch of maiden gallopers face the starter in the fourth where the main chances come from the early speed. (9) ECHO GOOD is the on top selection after finishing fourth to My Queen on debut. The winner on the day in My Queen romped in winning by five lengths. While she looks a very handy galloper, Echo Good looks one that can improve and be a main player in this event. (3) HUIMANG SOYEO handed in a much-improved effort last time out when third behind King’s Landing. Whilst it was back in January, a similar performance can see her figure once again. (10) MILE QUEEN has managed to finish fourth twice from her five career starts. At her last start she finished fourth behind Haeundae Thunder where she was beaten seven lengths. With some improvement she is another capable of finishing in the placings as this is a much weaker event. (6) ARA MYUNGMA has finished in the minor placings on two occasions from ten starts. She trialed up in good time but looks a place chance at best.
|Selections||(9) Echo Good (3) Huimang Soyeo (10) Mile Queen (6) Echo Good|
|Next Best||5, 4|
|Fast Start||5, 9, 10|
Race 5: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Tricky race as nothing enters with much in the way of convincing form. The best might be (7) B.K JOHN. He’s certainly the only one who has a runner-up finish to his name, and it was recorded on his most recent outing. However, that was all the way back in April of 2019. He did though look good in a trial in April of this year and can be considered. If you prefer your form a touch more recent than (4) PORRIMA is the one to go for. He’s from the track’s top stable and he surely builds on the 4th place he achieved on debut at 1400M just two weeks ago. (5) DALGI didn’t catch the eye in a recent trial but knows how to come from off the pace with a late run and can hit the board while it’s a similar story with (11) GRAND CAPTAIN, who doesn’t have much in the way of speed about him but can plod into the money in this company. (3) SEONGSIL SONYEO did nothing in two starts before the shutdown but did well in a May trial and gets a fresh start today.
|Selections||(4) Porrima (7) B.K. John (5) Dalgi (11) Grand Captain|
|Fast Start||6, 7|
Race 6: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The three-year-old maidens go over the 1300m where the field is inexperienced. (3) ROYALIST looks the one to beat coming off a last start third behind Smart Value when lining up for his first start two weeks back. The three-year-old was beaten a significant nine lengths on debut but clocked a quick time, with the winner of that particular race looking a handy type. With a severe lack of speed engaged we expect Franco Da Silva to either take up the running or sit in the first couple. (7) KWAEHAN HWANGGEUM is first up since the racing hiatus. At his most recent start the Rock Hard Ten colt reeled off an impressive sectional when finishing fifth behind The Sun Of God. His trial during the hiatus was fair, the 1300m first up should suit him. (8) EAGLE STAR has had the four starts for the one minor placing. He trialed up fairly in April and looks capable of settling behind the speed and running into a place. (9) SUGAR BEACH looks next best and capable of collecting some minor money in a race where it is hard to make a case for quite a few.
|Selections||(3) Royalist (7) Kwaehan Hwanggeum (8) Eagle Star (9) Sugar Beach|
|Next Best||5, 2|
|Fast Start||3, 4|
Race 7: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Just a small field to contest this maiden but a couple of them come in looking ready to win. (2) ADELE CLASSIC looked set to make all on his return two weeks ago on a muddy track at this distance, before ultimately ending up in 3rd place. He should be fitter for the run and can get closer to the breakthrough here. So should (4) PILSEUNG IJI. Bart Rice’s filly also came 3rd in a similar race two weeks ago, in her case over 1300M. A previous try at this trip didn’t go well but she looks ready for another crack and can come from off the pace and finish strongly. Seo Seung-un retaining the mount is a plus. Those two are the clear standouts and should be contesting the finish but (8) KKUMEUL NEOMEO has run a couple of decent times at shorter and looked very well in a June trial. He’s not raced at further than 1300M but may be ready for a crack at it here. (6) MYEONGGA DAERO is another whose trial run hinted at a chance of running into some minor money.
|Selections||(2) Adele Classic (4) Pilseung Iji (8) Kkumeul Neomeo (6) Myeongga Daero|
|Fast Start||2, 6|
Race 8: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
An even assembly of runners will face the starter in the eighth on the card. (8) OASIS GIRL is the on top selection after resuming three weeks back and finishing second behind Gold Candy, who looks a handy galloper. She was beaten seven lengths but finished off strongly enough to suggest she can go close in this event. (7) UNBONGSAN looks capable of sitting on speed and being in the mix at the business end of the race. The Any Given Saturday filly was beaten seven lengths by Mr. Valor last time out when the pair sat on speed together. The time she posted for the 1400m was good enough to be considered an each way chance for this event. (6) JINJU SARANG hit the line strong when resuming three weeks ago in the Gold Candy race, which looks one of the stronger form lines going into this event. If she doesn’t get too far back she can run on strong, consider her an each way chance. (4) JITTERBUG looks next best based on a last start fourth when resuming. The lightly raced five-year-old finished off fairly in a race where they clocked a slow time for the 1400m.
|Selections||(8) Oasis Girl (7) Unbongsan (6) Jinju Sarang (4) Jitterbug|
|Next Best||11, 1|
|Fast Start||7, 8 11|
Race 9: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(1) JEONSEOLUI BOSS ran out a good winner at this distance three weeks ago, coming from just behind the pace to record his maiden victory at the third time of asking. Accordingly, he is up in class today but the company he faces isn’t too intimidating and another win is a real prospect. (2) FINAL FRONT ran poorly on his return to action the same day but he should be better for that run and is a winner already at this level over a mile. (4) BORYEONG HWANHO ran a solid 3rd place on her return to action two weeks ago at class and distance. As a filly she gets a nice little weight advantage again today and a similar run should see her go very close. (8) DARK TEMPLAR was scarcely involved over 1300M two weeks ago. She remains a maiden after twenty-seven attempts but is not without ability and can be competitive at this level.
|Selections||(1) Jeonseolui Boss (2) Final Front (4) Boryeong Hwanho (8) Dark Templar|
|Next Best||6, 9|
Race 10: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The best bet of the day comes up in the tenth event where a field of ten will go over the 1400m. (3) ONE PICK resumed two weeks back when finishing second behind Doctor Mimi. They crawled in the race making the task of pegging back the winner almost impossible. This looks a much weaker card and his form is not only consistent but superior to the other runners engaged. (6) ACE JILJU comes out of the same race where he was hitting the line strongly. The seven-year-old got a long way back in the run before passing quite a few of the others in the straight. (8) TRIUMPH CAT was a surprise winner when resuming two weeks back. The win was in Class 6 company and the way that the Tout colt hit the line suggests he will appreciate the mile. He will have to carry an extra half a kilogram albeit up in class. (9) THE SUN OF GOD threw in a shocker of a run last time out and has had to trial since. He showed some ability last preparation so we will take him on faith to improve.
|Selections||(3) One Pick (6) Ace Jilju (8) Triumph Cat (9) The Sun Of God|
|Next Best||4, 7|
Race 11: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Good little race this for imported fillies (although it is open to locally bred ones too) with plenty looking capable of winning. (1) GOOD FOR YOU debuted well thought of two weeks ago having looked good in a May trial. The Palace filly led for much of the way around 1200M before being passed late to finish 3rd. Nevertheless, it was encouraging and she can build on that run here. (2) JANGSAN TOKYO has two runner-up finishes among five starts so far. She seems to absolutely love trials, having won her latest three including one in a fast time three weeks ago. She’s been 2nd at this distance before and should go close again today. Loads of others in the hunt too. (10) QUEEN MARVEL IJI ran a class and distance 3rd just two weeks ago/ (11) VEGA THUNDER has only missed out on being in the top two on one occasion. That was two weeks ago but she should have come on from that and can return to form today. (9) ACE BOOM finished ahead of her in that race and she too is more than capable of putting in a strong challenge today, likely aiming to lead from the start. All the others have at least some claim with the wildcard being (6) ROSA, who didn’t look fully fit when disappointing three weeks ago but who also has by far the fastest time at this distance to her name.
|Selections||(2) Jangsan Tokyo (1) Good For You (9) Ace Boom (10) Queen Marvel Iji|
|Next Best||11, 6, 8, 5, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 9, 11|
Race 12: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
A field of twelve will line up over the six furlongs in the twelfth where there is an abundance of speed. We are very excited to see the return of (9) MACH QUEEN who was three wins from three starts before fracturing a dorsal metacarpus mid-last year. She clocked a very good trial time and at her last victory she held her rivals off by an impressive four lengths. (5) SPICE CANDY is showing plenty of ability early on in her career. The Hallowed Crown filly has won two from four and will benefit from a last start fifth behind Wonderful Peace. (1) STAR LINE has been in this grade for quite some time but is more than capable of collecting a cheque. The lightly-raced seven year old resumes after only a fair trial, but did manage to place behind Euro Shinhwa last start back in February. (3) GOOD TREND is another one who has shown plenty early on in his career. He has been away from the track since September last year and comes into the race off the back of a good trial performance.
|Selections||(9) Mach Queen (5) Spice Candy (1) Star Line (3) Good Trend|
|Next Best||11, 12|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 5, 9|
Race 13: Class 3 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
(9) YEONGGWANGUI PARTY won three of his last four races heading into the shutdown and might have been in line for a shot at last week’s KRA Cup Mile were it not for a setback that kept him out of work until early June. Instead he trialed last weekend and looked extremely well and he comes in here with strong claims. He’s a front-runner and has won at the distance already. (1) YEONGWON JAMAICA steps up in class following a good win at the distance on June 21st. He has been inconsistent but has now won two of his last three and should be competitive at this level. (4) SO MUCH GO has never been worse than 5th in five starts so far and tackles class and distance for the first time having comfortably landed his maiden win at 1300M in February. He also looked in fine form when winning a May trial. (3) CURLIN TIME also attempts class 3 for the first time but there will be no question marks about the distance what with his having won over it last start in February. (6) TRUE KING and (7) RETURN OF SUBSIDY are among others in at least the placing frame.
|Selections||(9) Yeonggwangui Party (1) Yeongwon Jamaica (4) So Much Go (7) Return Of Subsidy|
|Next Best||6, 8|
|Fast Start||7, 9. 11|
Race 14: Class 2 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million
Some handy gallopers line up in the fourteenth where a case can be made for many. (9) MR. SCAT goes on top after resuming in good style when finishing second behind last year’s Oaks winner in Deep Mind. The Pete Wolsley trained galloper has got himself high up in the ratings band considering he has won just the three races. He has finished in the top three on thirteen occasions from eighteen starts. Francois Herholdt will be reunited with the five-year-old and is likely to position on speed with a lack of speed engaged. (7) ROCK CHOICE is also considered a winning chance. Last year’s Minister’s Cup winner was outclassed in the Herald Business Cup but now back in restricted company must be respected. He has shown a liking for this distance range including a win two starts back over ten furlongs just before the hiatus. (10) ALPHAKING IJI comes out of the same race as Mr. Scat where he finished fifth. He has started his career in great fashion winning three of his ten starts and has three minor placings as well. Expect him to improve second up after an honest performance last start. (5) CHEOLBI comes into the race off a different form line, finishing fifth behind Star Road two weeks back. The mare is capable of running into the money with the five-year-old producing twenty top-five performance from twenty-seven starts.
|Selections||(9) Mr. Scat (7) Rock Choice (10) Alphaking Iji (5) Cheolbi|
|Next Best||8, 4|
Race 15: Class 1 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 110 Million
(8) BAENGMUNBAEKDAP is the best horse in the race but he races in Korea for the first time since last November when he won the Listed Kookje Shinmun Cup over today’s distance of 1400M. Since then he has been to the Dubai Carnival where he ran twice without troubling the judges. He looked well when winning a trial in early June and all things being equal, he wins this. However, he is set to carry 59kg and accordingly gives away weight. He doesn’t give much to (6) MORNING DAERO. The seven-year-old went up to Seoul three weeks ago and ran an excellent 5th of 16 behind Cheongdam Dokki in the Herald Business Cup and he can be a danger here. Getting more of a weight advantage is (7) DYNAMIC STAR, who went into the shutdown with a win and a 2nd place finish both at class and distance. He too looked very sharp when winning a trial in May. Also sharp in trials was (5) SSONSAL. He tackles class 1 for the first time but has run the kind of times that can see him competitive.
|Selections||(8) Baengmunbaekdap (7) Dynamic Star (6) Morning Daero (5) Ssonsal|
|Next Best||9, 4|
|Fast Start||5, 6|