Day: August 14, 2020

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 15)

There are 15 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. Unfortunately the meeting must be held behind closed doors. One thing to note is it has been raining hard in Seoul all night and there is no let up forecast all day:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

A valuable juvenile maiden kicks off the card with five of the eleven runners having raced before. Of those, (8) GREEN POKJU was the best, finishing 2nd of 12 at this distance on a good track in a creditable if unspectacular time. He jumped awkwardly that day, meaning he had to come from off the pace and if he gets a better start, has every chance of going close. (6) GREEN JJANG and (9) CHEONMA TODAY also put in decent efforts on their respective debuts and can be considered for improvement, but there are several first-time starters who have claims. (1) GRAY CAT was the best in trials, making all to win his heat in a good time on a wet track. Having drawn the inside again, he can get to the front from the start and looks very much in the hunt. Similarly, both (4) MYEONGJIN CANDY and (5) LUCKY JAESAN made all to win their respective heats and shouldn’t eb too far away.

Selections(1) Gray Cat (8) Green Pokju (5) Lucky Jaesan (4) Myeongjin Candy
Next Best6, 9
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The two and three-year-old gallopers line up in the second where there looks to be a host of potential pacemakers. One of those pacemakers is (10) WINNER QUARDRILLE who lines up for her second career start. She debuted late June where running a fair time for the six furlongs, finishing fifth behind Whiz Moment. With some natural improvement at her second start she can go close. Moon Se-young sticks with her which is a good sign. (3) NONGBON RAK is third-up after a good performance to finish second behind Never Walk Alone last start. If she gets away cleanly she can sit on speed and have every chance of winning come the top of the straight. (9) ONLY WINNER trialed up nicely when not fully exerted underneath Kim Jeong-jun. The filly coasted through the line and looked to have plenty more to give. (6) RAON SPECIAL looks next best after clocking a good time when fourth behind Good Vow last time out. She is one of the likely closers with a chance engaged in the race.

Selections(10) Winner Quardrille (3) Nongbon Rak (9) Only Winner (6) Raon Special
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start1, 2, 3, 10

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Two and three-year-old maidens line up here. (4) GANA PARK has raced twice do far, finishing 3rd and 2nd, the latter at this distance. For the first time she’s drawn a good gate and with Moon Se Young taking over in the saddle, she looks hard to beat here. (11) LUCKY SEOKPO returns to action for the first time since the shutdown. He has a 2nd place finish to his name at this distance on debut in January and looked when posting a fast time on a dry track in a June trial. (3) PRIME SUMMIT has registered decent times in both her starts at 1000M so far and steps up in trip for the first time here. It may suit and she may well aim to lead under Lee Hyeok. (1) OKCHUMA and (9) GEUMA COLOSSAL are among others who have hinted at ability and may improve today.

Selections(4) Gana Park (11) Lucky Seokpo (3) Prime Summit (1) Okchuma
Next Best9, 7
Fast Start3, 4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The Korean-bred fillies go around in the fourth where we blackbooked one last time out. (2) LOVE WITH ME was the horse we suggested following, after a gutsy performance over 1300m last time out when second behind Cheonji Yeogeol. She was headed in the run home before fighting back, it was a fast finishing type that nabbed her in the end. With gate two she can kick up and a similar effort will see her go close. (1) BLACK SILVER is drawn well also and likewise has early speed. The Tout filly will be stretched beyond 1000m for the first time. She went down three lengths behind Good Vow last time out when unable to reel the leader in. (4) POWER MUSIC improved second-up last start to finish third behind Old Blade. The Winchester filly is capable of camping behind the speed and showing a turn of foot late. (6) SYDNEY MONEY is second up after finishing fifth behind Top Seed last time out. The filly is capable of placing over these sprint distances as seen in previous preparations.

Selections(2) Love With Me (1) Black Silver (4) Power Music (6) Sydney Money
Next Best7, 8
Fast Start1, 2

Race 5: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(5) TERRA SPEED comes in off a solid first-up 4th place over 1300M a month ago. He drops back to this trip for the first time and from a good draw should be prominent early and has as much chance as any of winning this. Joining him on speed early should be (3) WINDY RUSH. She led on debut at this distance on July 12th only to weaken a little late on. She should have come on for that experience and can play a role here. (1) HURRICANE SOCKS and (9) GABO SARANGHAE both showed development in their respective latest starts, both coming home in 4th place. The former steps up to this trip for the first time and it may well suit. (11) BOBBY BLADE has been a touch one-paced in her three starts so far but hasn’t been too far away in her latest couple and can challenge for the minors here.

Selections(5) Terra Speed (3) Windy Rush (1) Hurricane Socks (9) Gabo Saranghae
Next Best11, 6
Fast Start3, 5, 6

Race 6: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Eleven maidens line up in the sixth event where there is no standout. In a race that lacks in-form gallopers, (6) SPECIAL STORY is the on top selection after finishing third when resuming. The Afleet Again filly appears to have appreciated the enforced break, showing us that she can run through the line strong over the six furlongs last time out. (3) SEOUL CROWN looks an each way chance based on the strength of his most recent run. The One Cool Cat colt failed to run on last start when settling for fifth. With a run under his belt he can finish closer today. (7) GO AHEAD will be stretched out to the six furlongs at her second start. She clocked a reasonable time on debut when running through the line one-paced. She is likely to be given time to find her feet by Kim Ok-sung before asking her to improve from the 600m pole. (1) STAR RUSH looks next best after finishing fourth when resuming in only a moderate time.

Selections(6) Special Story (3) Seoul Crown (7) Go Ahead (1) Star Rush
Next Best2, 5
Fast Start3, 6

Race 7: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Really competitive filly and mare race for the level. (11) BAEKSAN THUNDER may still be a maiden but she beat three of these on her way to a close runner-up finish over 1300M on July 19th. The draw is not ideal but she should be able to sit outside the early speed and finish strong to go close again. (4) DREAM GIRLS was a good maiden winner on what was her fourth outing on July 5th. The win had been coming and she did it well from the front over this distance. She is up in class today but nicely drawn to lead again and two in a row is a distinct possibility although she must avoid shifting outwards in the closing stages like she did last time. Also up in class after a maiden win is (8) RAPIDO ARES. In her case it came at just the second time of asking as was a similarly front-running performance at this trip. There is no reason why she can’t be competitive at this level. (9) CHEONEUN JJANG was 4th behind Baeksan Thunder last start and can aim to match that here.

Selections(4) Dream Girls (11) Baeksan Thunder (8) Rapido Ares (9) Cheoneun Jjang
Next Best3, 1, 7
Fast Start1, 4, 7, 8

Race 8: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

A field of eleven line up in the eighth event where the majority of them are well tried. (9) WONDERFUL STORM is a less experienced type who lines up for his third career start. He won on debut when we he resumed late June and then last start finished midfield when being tried over the 1300m. He is capable of improving once again, his time last start was good enough to consider him a winning chance in this event. (10) SUPER LUCKY BOY was a surprise winner last start when leading all the way for Lee Hyeok. He was disappointing on debut but rebounded in great fashion. There is a query with the 1300m but we expect him to get better as he goes deeper into his racing career. (6) DAEGUN OK broke through for her first win last start at attempt fourteen. She has consistently finished in the first five and can do so once again here. (7) PRIMA NIKE looks best of the rest after showing some improvement last start.

Selections(9) Wonderful Storm (10) Super Lucky Boy (6) Daegun Ok (7) Prima Nike
Next Best2, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 9, 10

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Imported maidens here with only three of them having troubled the placings board so far. The standout of those looks to be (5) FULL BOOSTER, who comes in having run 3rd at the distance on July 18th. That was his first up run and while he was previously good on debut before going astray a little in two further starts prior to the shutdown, this time he can maintain his momentum. (2) SUN BOOM hasn’t shown much in the way of speed but it’s been enough to see him to a 3rd and a 4th place finish in two starts back and he too can maintain that positive run of form today. (3) JANGSAN MONSTER ran well on debut all the way back in December last year before running poorly second-up in January. He’s not raced since but performed promisingly in a trial only last week and should be in the hunt in this company. There are three first-time starters and of them (4) CHEON GUN was marginally better in trials.

Selections(5) Full Booster (2) Sun Boom (3) Jangsan Monster (4) Cheon Gun
Next Best8
Fast Start2, 4, 5

Race 10: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The lightly raced imports and one Korean-bred runner take to the track in the tenth. (1) MUNHAK ENCORE is the on top selection after improving at his second start. The We Miss Artie colt finished fourth behind Looking First where the margin was just over three lengths. Moon Se-young will jump aboard and be aided by a good gate. (3) DAEGUNUI GEOM has placed on four occasions from eight starts and is still looking for that elusive win. The Majestic Warrior colt looks well placed in this event, if he can overcome the 57.5kg on his back he is a big chance. (7) SONGAM TIZ is the one Korean-bred galloper engaged and has started his career with a bang. The Tiz Wonderful colt has won two of his three starts including a win when resuming last time out over the 1200m. This will be his toughest test to date but he looks well placed in the event. (6) CHANGSEONG SUHO is next best after finishing midfield behind Legend Day last time out, which is one of the stronger Class Four races we’ve seen in recent times.

Selections(1) Munhak Encore (3) Daegunui Geom (7) Songam Tiz (6) Changseong Suho
Next Best11, 8
Fast Start3, 7, 11

Race 11: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) JILJUUI KKUM strolled through the minor classes prior to the shutdown and returned to run a strong 2nd to the talented Looking Good on what was his first crack at class 4 on June 21st over 1400M. A half-sister to sprint star Doraonpogyeongseon, the drop back in trip should hardly be a problem and she looks bound for the higher levels. Under a nice light weight again today, she should win. (10) FIRENZE HILL was a front-running 2nd at class and distance on July 11th. He doesn’t win out of turn but that was a nice uptick in form and suggests the hiatus may have done him some good. It’s also possible the enforced break has benefitted (9) STRONG VULTURE. He seemingly completely lost his way prior to this shutdown but does have plenty of ability and trialed well a couple of months back. He’s the wildcard here. (7) JEONGMUN SUMMIT has the fastest time of any of these at this distance and looks nicely in to find a place again.

Selections(1) Jiljuui Kkum (10) Firenze Hill (7) Jeongmun Summit (9) Strong Vulture
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start1

Race 12: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The Class Four gallopers line up in the twelfth over 1400m where we think there is one of the better bets on the card. (7) SARYEONI WINNER is yet to break maiden status but has been good in her four career starts to date. The filly was placed in a trophy race upon resuming and performed fairly when finishing midfield behind Geosen Jilju. Back into restricted grade she should be able to notch her first win. As always when Moon Se-young is legged aboard, it’s a good sign. (2) AMIGO RARO resumed in good style to finish second behind Yori Jori early July. The Summer Front colt will step up to the 1400m at his second start back where he has previously placed. He looks one of the likely pacemakers engaged. (4) GOLD BLUE MAGIC is another potential pacemaker after sitting handy to the speed last start when finishing fourth behind Echo Bill. She will drop back to the 1400m for the first time this preparation. (9) WIND SKY looks next best coming off a last start third behind Complete Kingdom over 1700m. He is another that will drop back in distance.

Selections(7) Saryeoni Winner (2) Amigo Raro (4) Gold Blue Magic (9) Wind Sky
Next Best3, 1
Fast Start2, 4

Race 13: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) JEONGMUN SAI beat a couple of these when coming from well off the pace to win at this class over 1800M on June 28th. It was one of the slowest times you’ll see for a race at that distance but he won handsomely enough and while he is conceding significant weight to the rest of the field, another win isn’t impossible. (9) FIORE ran out a somewhat unexpected class and distance winner in early July and then returned later in the month to miss the start but still run on for 3rd over 1400M. She remains nicely weighted and her good form can continue. The big danger though could be (6) NANGMAN STAR. He’s only won once from thirty-seven starts but ran very nice race for 3rd at class and distance on July 12th in a useful time. Moon Se Young takes over aboard today and he looks very nicely in here. (7) GEUMA SUPREME and (11) DUMANGANG are others capable of going close.

Selections(6) Nangman Star (1) Jeongmun Sai (9) Fiore (7) Geuma Supreme
Next Best11, 3
Fast Start2, 4

Race 14: Class 2 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

We are quite keen on our selection in the fourteenth where only a small field will face the starts. (8) RED BLADE looks mighty hard to beat in the event after finishing fourth behind Flying Ford last time out over 1400m. Moon Se-young will jump aboard the Menifee gelding for the first time and is likely to push him along early from the wide gate. He has shown some good performan ces over the middle distances previously including a Class Three win over 1600m last preparation. (3) GOLD HAMMER looks next best but will face stiffer competition as he lines up in Class Two company for the first time. The entire comes off a third behind Mighty Go over 1200m last time out. He has been tried over the two turns on multiple occasions and performed well. (1) DORAON NALRI is another that will line up in this class for the first time. He placed second when resuming mid-July and will be stretched out to the two turns second-up. (6) SEOUL TANK looks capable of running into some minor money. The Giant Oak gelding will be one of the backmarkers but is capable of reeling off a strong sectional.

Selections(8) Red Blade (3) Gold Hammer (1) Doraon Nalri (6) Seoul Tank
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start1, 7 ,8

Race 15: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(2) EAST KINGDOM was a super winner at this class over 1200M on July 12th, coming from off the pace and running on strong. His manners weren’t great that day and it was an uptick in form. Additionally, he will need to carry an extra 4kg today, but he remains a winning chance. (1) JANGSAN FLY ran a good 2nd also at 1200M on July 18th. He is by no means a prolific winner, but he carries less weight today and has strong claims. (7) BEST LUCKY drops back in trip after an all the way win over 1700M a month ago and is another one who comes in nicely in the weights. (3) DAE BYEONHWA is a regular place-getter at this level and indeed has clocked the fastest time of any of these at this distance. He was 4th behind East Kingdom on his latest start and can match that today. (4) ACE SOLONGO, 4th to Eoma Eoma last start, and (8) GEUMA ACME are others in the hunt.

Selections(1) Jangsan Fly (2) East Kingdom (7) Best Lucky (4) Ace Solongo
Next Best8, 3
Fast Start7