Month: November 2020

Heungbaragi, Heat Yegam Claim Juvenile Wins / Racing To Continue Under Raised Distancing Levels

This year’s juvenile crop got a rare opportunity to run for a big prize at both Seoul and Busan on Sunday with the Jeju Governor’s Cup prize split into two heats and run as what would have been the second leg of the Juvenile Series, both of them over 1200M.

At Busan there were only eight runners but still plenty of intrigue as Winner’s Man and Heat Yegam put their 100% records on the line. While Winner’s Man was favourite, it was Heat Yegam, under You Hyun-myung, who prevailed, leading gate-to-wire for a four-length victory. Winner’s Man was 2nd with Good Socks a further nine-lengths in arrears in 3rd.

Heat Yegam [Take Charge Indy – Desert Heat (Mr. Prospector)] is from the first of what will ultimately be three Korean crops by Take Charge Indy. He’s the third foal from his dam to race in Korea – the other two have both won races but Heat Yegam looks significantly better than either of them.

Up at Seoul the equivalent race attracted a full field of fourteen, including the first five home in August’s Rookie Stakes. Choegangyeongcheon, who only debuted the day before the Rookie, was sent off slight favourite but reared in the gates prior to the start and while passed fit to run, was never a factor.

Instead it was Rookie winner Heungbaragi who made light work of the widest draw to hit the front early and run on for an eye-catching two-and-a-half length win. Super Champion came home in 2nd place with the filly Jedi in 3rd.

Heungbaragi [Old Fashioned – Grand Marketing (After Market)] moves on to three wins from three starts. He is the first foal out of his dam, who did her racing in Korea. He could well be a career-defining horse for veteran jockey Lee Joon-chel.

With Busan having joined Seoul under “Level 2” social distancing rules, both tracks were devoid of spectators over the weekend. Only Jeju Racecourse and four provincial OTBs were able to accept a limited number of customers and accordingly, with the exception of the juvenile races, there was reduced stakes money all around (and horses will not be penalized by the handicapper for their successes or otherwise).

It was feared that the government may raise the level to 2 for the entire country on Sunday afternoon but instead they settled on maintaining the Seoul and Busan levels while raising the rest of the country to 1.5. This means that weekend racing can continue but there will be changes.

Only Jeju will race on Friday while Seoul and Busan will both race – with truncated cards – on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Seoul will conduct its card first with Busan immediately following while this will be done in reverse on Sunday. Races will continue to be run for reduced Stake money. The only places which will be open for spectators and betting are the Jeju Racecourse and the Daegu and Daejeon Off-Course Betting centres. Attendance at all three will be limited to 20% of capacity.

Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 29)

The Juveniles get their chance to shine on Sunday with the Jeju Governor’s Cup split into two divisions at Seoul & Busan. With 150 Million Won up for grabs in each heat, the races – which act as the two second-legs of the Juveniles Series – are not as valuable as in normal years, but still give the youngsters a chance at a big prize. Both Busan (4 races from 13:00 to 14:20) & Seoul (8 races from 14:50 to 18:00) will race behind closed doors on Sunday although simulcast betting on the races will be available at the Jeju Racecourse plus at four provincial OTBs which are not subject to level 2 social distancing restrictions. Here are the previews:

Who will succeed Roller Blade as Champion Juvenile? The second legs of the 2020 Juvenile Series are on Sunday

Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

There look to be two standouts in Busan’s opener. (2) DONGBANUI SIJAK gets another crack at class 6 having prevailed on debut on October 23rd over this distance. From gate 2, Jo In-kwon can settle him close to the early speed and he can run on strongly. (10) MILLION MAKER is still yet to break through but after an inauspicious debut, he has put in two strong showings and has the fastest time of any of these at the distance. He’s not raced since July but trialed nicely earlier this month and should go well under Djordje Perovic. Bart Rice and You Hyun-myung teamed up to win with a debut-maker on Friday and they have another one here in the shape of (6) ACE SOLOMON. He looked well when winning an October trial and looks nicely in here first-up. (3) SPRING FIRE and (5) KWAEHAN HWANGGEUM look best of the rest.

Selections(10) Million Maker (2) Dongbanui Sijak (6) Ace Solomon (5) Kwaehan Hwanggeum
Next Best3, 13
Fast Start1, 3, 7

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s hard to look too far past (1) SPEED KINGDOM here. He had little trouble carting around 57kg when leading gate to wire over class and distance on October 31st. Having drawn the inside again today, Ioannis Poullis will aim to do similar and there’s no reason why he can’t go all the way once more. (10) YEONGGWANGUI EAGLE came home in 3rd place in that race and should be a contender again although a couple of others may offer stiffer challenges. (4) ROCK PEGASUS is up in class after a very solid win at this distance earlier this month. He can set up camp behind the early speed and run on strong late. (2) GABO TODAY was a touch disappointing when relatively well fancied over 1300M two weeks ago. Kim Young-kwan and Djordje Perovic persevere with him and he’s worth another chance here.

Selections(1) Speed Kingdom (4) Rock Pegasus (2) Gabo Today (10) Yeonggwangui Eagle
Next Best8, 7
Fast Start1, 2,

Busan Race 3: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 32 Million

It took (3) POWER TRAIN a couple of goes to figure things out but he’s now won all four of his starts in 2020, zipping through the lower grades as a result. Can he make it five in a row? He can but there a couple of caveats. All his victories so far have come at a mile or further and this is his first try at class 3 level. Nevertheless, his class can see him through. If he does come up short, then (1) STAR OREUM is the most likely to take advantage. An excellent class and distance winner on October 31st, beating a couple of these in the process, apprentice Mo-Jun-ho today takes a full 4kg off his back and he has solid claims. So too does (2) POWER WONDERFUL, who drops back in trip having won at this class over a mile earlier this month as well as the ever consistent (7) SPICE CANDY, who in contrast, steps up to seven-furlongs for the first time and can’t be ruled out.

Selections(3) Power Train (1) Star Oreum (7) Spice Candy (2) Power Wonderful
Next Best12, 13
Fast Start1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12

Busan Race 4: Class Open (1200M) Allowance “Jeju Governor’s Cup” – Busan / KRW 150 Million

Busan’s second leg of the juvenile series. (2) WINNER’S MAN picks himself really, having been hugely impressive in winning all three of his outings to date without breaking sweat. He’s not yet actually run at this distance but having won at both 1000M and 1300M there is little to suggest it will be a problem for him. (8) HEAT YEGAM is the most credible danger. He too is unbeaten and led all the way for an easy win over this distance in 1.13.3 on October 23rd, a time that was faster than both the class 3 and class 4 events over the same distance that day and looks to have the potential for more. The logical trifecta is filled out by (3) MACH TITAN, who led gate to wire for an impressive looking win over the distance at the end of last month, albeit at class 6 level. (4) GOOD SOCKS and (1) TOP MATE to dispute the minor money.

Selections(2) Winner’s Man (8) Heat Yegam (3) Mach Titan (4) Good Socks
Next Best1, 7
Fast Start2, 8

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

The capital’s Sunday program begins with a competitive maiden with five of the fourteen racing for the first time. Of the ones with prior experience, there are a couple of standouts. (4) DAECHEON EOLJJANG came from well back to run 2nd on debut on October 16th. He had a wide draw that day but punters will need to weigh up whether having the benefit of Kim Yong-geun’s experience in the saddle will counter the 4kg extra he needs to carry. (9) JOYFUL K has run twice already with a 2nd and a 3rd place to her name, both at this distance. She has the quickest time of any of these who have tried 1200M – not a great achievement – and should be very competitive here. (8) BIG FORCE ONE improved to 5th on her second outing beating a couple of these in the process. She should be on pace from the stat and can go close. Of the first-timers, the stand out is (3) COMPLETE STAR. She ran 3rd in a very fast trial in October and has every chance of going well on debut here.

Selections(9) Joyful K (4) Daecheon Eoljjang (3) Complete Star (8) Big Force One
Next Best13, 7
Fast Start8, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

Another maiden although this time it is very much the first-time starters who will be favoured. (7) CATCH CHARM looks the best of them having made all to win an October trial. It was the kind of time that would win plenty of class 6 races over the distance and if he brings that form to the races, he’ll win today. (9) SPEAR GUN also caught the eye in trials. The Tourist colt wasn’t quite as quick as Catch Charm but won’t need to have come very much in order to go close on debut today. Among those with experience already, (4) STEADY CHAMPION recorded the fastest time of these on debut at the distance and accordingly has placing claims. (8) EOSEOWA and (12) FANTASY QUEEN are others who can improve.

Selections(7) Catch Charm (9) Spear Gun (4) Steady Champion (12) Fantasy Queen
Next Best8, 14
Fast Start5, 7, 9

Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 28 Million

A field of thirteen inexperienced imports take on one local here. The local is a good one, albeit one we haven’t seen for a very long time. (2) MYEONGWANG won two of three starts in 2019 and while he hasn’t raced for a full fifteen months, he looked well in a trial last week and should be right in the mix first-up today. We’re not going to put him on top though. Instead we are going to buy into the minor hype surrounding (5) WILDLY ROMANTIC. The Bayern colt blitzed a trial in October and his debut has been eagerly awaited. He will be expected to win this assignment. (7) ROYAL TAERI also looked good in his latest trial. The Bodemeister colt ran well alongside several established racehorses and should go well first-up today. (1) DOKKAEBE and (12) DANGCHAN SERYEOK are others whose debuts will be watched carefully.


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 28)

Racing is continuing even though punters are now only allowed in at the Jeju Racecourse and a tiny handful of provincial OTBs with Busan having joined the Greater Seoul area in “level 2” distancing. There are 7 Saturday races at Seoul from 15:15 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Back behind closed doors at Seoul

Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

A full field of fourteen juvenile maidens kick things off. (8) STAR BLADE is the pick having followed up a 4th place on debut in the summer with a 2nd place over 1200M a month ago with a couple of his rivals here behind him. He’s come from off the pace both times, hitting the line well and of Antonio Da Silva can keep him handy, then he has strong claims to make the breakthrough today. (7) COLJOY was beaten by Star Blade on debut but showed improvement on his step up to 1200M. He was drawn wide last time but has a better gate today and should go close. (2) WONDERFUL MAMBO races for the first time in July when she was a solid 2nd at this distance. She looked well when trialing last week and has placing claims again. (4) BIG RED and (6) VYING BLADE are others in the hunt.

Selections(8) Star Blade (7) Coljoy (2) Wonderful Mambo (6) Vying Blade
Next Best4, 10
Fast Start2, 4, 12, 13

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

More juveniles here and we do have a couple of previous winners going around who because they got their maiden wins during the last rounds of Covid-relief racing, get another crack at class 6. The form from those races has held up well so we are going to put them on top again with (7) GRAND CASTLE favoured. A front-running winner on debut, he should be on pace again and can lead all the way. The other previous winner is (3) USORYUNG. She scored at the second time of asking in October and while she was a bit slower than Grand Castle, that experience should stand her in good stead here. (6) FEDERAL EYE has progressed across two starts so far and the engagement of Moon Se Young in the saddle today will make many take note. There are no fewer than six debit-makers and among them (5) WONDERFUL K looks the most likely to make an immediate impact.

Selections(7) Grand Castle (3) Usoryung (6) Federal Eye (5) Wonderful K
Next Best8, 14
Fast Start3, 5, 7

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

A tricky one. (4) ELITE POWER may only have finished in 6th of 14 on debut on October 16th but the rime she registered that day is by some margin the fastest any of these who have tackled the distance before have achieved. She won’t need to improve very much to win here. Neither will (7) JOEUN GWANGYE. He came from off the pace to run 2nd over 1300M in August and while he hasn’t raced since, he looked well when winning a trial just last week. So long as he didn’t leave his race there, he should be close by. (14) THE QUEEN JUSTICE ran on well for 3rd on debut over 1000M. Today’s distance should be fine although being drawn half way into Gangnam may be more of an issue. There are just three first-time starters and among them, (1) MODERN BEST looks the best.

Selections(4) Elite Power (7) Joeun Gwangye (14) The Queen Justice (1) Modern Best
Next Best8, 2
Fast Start4, 7, 14

Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A good race for the level with plenty coming in with chances. (12) GEORGE QUEEN is the pick though having won two of her four starts to date including an impressive class and distance score in October. She gets no penalty for that and the wide draw should be no issue given the way she came home flying last time. (7) PIEONADA and (3) SHADOW QUEEN both had slightly disappointing days at the office when they raced each other at class and distance on October 16th. Both are better than that though and improvement can be expected here. Alan Munro’s presence aboard Shadow Queen is of particular note. (8) OKAY TAP is yet to win in five attempts but has run 2nd three times. He hasn’t appeared in a race since June of 2019 but has trialed up occasionally throughout his absence, most recently in August when he looked well. If right, he goes close.

Selections(12) George Queen (3) Shadow Queen (7) Pieonada (8) Okay Tap
Next Best13, 6
Fast Start1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14

Race 5: Class 2 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 36 Million

(2) VICAR BRACING is certainly a name from the past. He won four straight races through the summer and autumn of 2019 but hasn’t been seen since due to a succession of injuries. He’s back fit now but last trialed in July and while his quality should be enough to see him close, he probably needs both a bit more distance and to get a run into his legs so while we will have him in the numbers, he’s not on top. (4) CUPID GUY is on top. While he does carry 4.5kg more than when he won at class and distance in August, he followed that up with a strong 3rd behind Raon Tap Man and Dae Wan Ma just three weeks ago. He has a nice burst of speed and can return to the winner’s circle today. (3) WINNER BROWN put together a similar winning streak to that of Vicar Bracing last year. He showed signs last month of coming back into form when 4th over class and distance and he could get it right today. (10) CLEAN UP BOARD has the fastest tie of any of these at the distance and can go well dropping back in trip after a few chastening experiences around two turns. (12) BLUE CHITON’s best work has been at further but he too has placing chances.

Selections(4) Cupid Guy (3) Winner Brown (12) Blue Chiton (2) Vicar Bracing
Next Best10, 1
Fast Start1, 3

Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 28 Million

Plenty of very promising imports take their chances here. (3) ECHO VICTOR is likely a worthy favourite having beaten plenty of these on his way to winning his latest two outings, both of them over 1200M. The Gemologist gelding should have little trouble with the step up to 1400M today and has every chance of making it three in a row. (13) BALVENIE came home in 3rd place behind Echo Victor and ahead of plenty of these on October 16th. That followed an impressive win over the short course on debut back in August and he’ll go close once more. The distance certainly suits (9) ROYAL ELVIS. He has been pipped into 2nd place in both his latest two appearances but the elegant looking galloper surely has a win in him at some point and it could be today. (10) SAENAE IRENE is yet to win in five starts but has never finished any worse than 4th and can go close again today.

Selections(9) Royal Elvis (3) Echo Victor (13) Balvenie (10) Saenae Irene
Next Best7, 12
Fast Start2, 3, 6, 7, 9

Race 7: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 32 Million

Wildly competitive race to close with so if you’re still live in the pick 4, then the very best of luck. We’ll side with Luigi Riccardi and Johan Victoire who team up with (2) ECHO BILL. The Daredevil colt can mix his form but beat plenty of these on his way to 3rd place at class and distance in a fast time on October 23rd. He came from well back that day but expect Victorie to put him a little but closer this time and he can win. (9) DORAON POPEYE was 5th in that same race. He has beaten Echo Bill in the past and is a winner at this distance as well. He likes to come from well off the pace and will surely play a big part in the finish. A touch more disappointing in that race was (11) IRON SOCKS. He’s beaten a number of these in the past though and can’t be ruled out completely here. (5) MOONHAK EMPIRE and (8) SHARK JJANG are among a number of others who have claims on at least a place.

Selections(2) Echo Bill (11) Iron Socks (9) Doraon Popeye (8) Shark Jjang
Next Best5, 1, 14
Fast Start4, 10, 11

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 27)

After three weeks of something approaching normality, COVID-19 has once more cast its malign shadow over racing. With the Greater Seoul area having been placed under “tier 2” restrictions, punters will once more be unable to attend the races or off-track betting centres. And with no online betting in Korea it means that we are back to running for reduced stakes and with an amended schedule.

As of Friday, it was still hoped that a limited number of punters would be permitted to attend the Busan and Jeju Racecourses as well as the nine OTBs located outside the Greater Seoul area. It appears likely, however, that Busan will join Seoul in tier 2 imminently. As it stands racing will go ahead as follows:

Friday: Jeju (5 races from 13:00 to 15:00) & Busan (6 races from 15:30 to 18:00)

Saturday: Jeju (5 races from 13:00 to 14:50) & Seoul (7 races from 15:15 to 18:00)

Sunday: Busan (4 races from 13:00 to 14:40) & Seoul (8 races from 14:50 to 18:00).

Sunday will see juvenile series races being run at both Seoul and Busan. Both races keep their full Stakes prize-money. While it remains unclear if local punters will have any opportunity to bet on the races, overseas simulcast is scheduled at the usual destinations including, for the first time since August, in Europe. Here are the Friday previews for Busan:

Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

A big field of fourteen in the opener but it’s hard to look past (12) ACE DAY. He ran out an emphatic all the way winner on October 31st. That was the last weekend of Covid-relief racing so there was no penalty for the win and back in similar conditions today, he should win once more. He will need to overcome the wide draw but that shouldn’t be a problem. (4) HILL MORE is likely to be one of the main challengers, He ran a solid 2nd on debut a month ago and while it was a considerably slower time than that of Ace Day, it showed promise and he can build on it today. (14) KEY PLAYER is the most experienced runner in the race and while that’s not necessarily a good thing at this level, she has been getting closer across her six outings to date and can be considered a placing chance here. There are three debut-makers and among them, (6) ARTIE’S GAL looks most likely to make an immediate impact. She led from gate to wire in her trial and looks nicely in here.

Selections(12) Ace Day (6) Artie’s Gal (4) Hill More (14) Key Player
Next Best2, 13
Fast Start2, 6, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

This looks a much trickier maiden to solve but while there is a bit of proven form, we’re going to side with a first-time starter. That’s (4) JEONGMUN POWER, who certainly caught the eye when making all for an easy trial win at the end of October. The Bart Rice/You Hyun Myung combination is a good one and he’s likely to attract plenty of attention in the market. (13) JEJUOLLE JIL was similarly good in her qualification heat and can go well first up too although she will have to negotiate a wide draw. As for those with experience, (9) DARI TTEU, (2) PARTY INDY and (7) HONEY STAR came home 4th, 5th and 6th respectively when they raced each other over this distance on October 23rd with all of them making their debuts. All three should be in the frame for improvement here with party Indy perhaps the most favoured to go close.

Selections(4) Jeongmun Power (2) Party Indy (9) Dari Tteu (13) Jejuolle Jil
Next Best7, 6
Fast Start2, 4, 10, 13

Race 3: Class 5 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A gate to wire winner on debut in August, (12) CLEAN HIT returned to beat several of his rivals here on his way to a strong runner-up finish at class and distance on October 31st having once again led almost the entire way. The draw is not overly kind to him today, but he should be able to overcome that and looks to be very much the one to beat. (7) ACHIM BIT was 5th in that same race and has the potential to get closer here. Her one win came at this trip and while she isn’t especially fast, she generally runs on well and should beat plenty. The main danger though looks to be (1) KKUMEUL NEOMEO. She drops back in trip following two impressive showings at 1400M during the summer season and looks well in today to go close. From the inside gate, expect Seo Seung-un to have her on the early speed. (8) FIRST STAR mixes her form but shouldn’t be too far away in this company.

Selections(12) Clean Hit (1) Kkumeul Neomeo (8) First Star (7) Achim Bit
Next Best5, 14
Fast Start1, 5, 12

Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (November 22)

There are full cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:00) on Sunday. Both meetings are open to the public but advance reservations must be made using the “MyCard” app. Here are previews for both tracks:

Morfhis just got up in the SBS Sports Sprint in July and returns to action at Seoul on Sunday (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Two-year-olds to kick off proceedings with just two runners previously lining up in the race. (11) GUEOKMAAL looks to one to beat based on trial performances. The Officer filly clocked a very quick time in comparison to her opponents here. She showed plenty of speed in her trial, we think she will work forward at all costs and find the fence. (8) GEOSEN DOLPUNG is another that was impressive when winning his trial. The Take Charge Indy colt worked forward with Lee Hyeok asking him to keep his mind on the job at the furlong pole. (7) CHANGI CHARM looks capable of figuring on debut. The filly looks to be best drawn of the pacemakers, she should be able to work across from a central draw early and sit prominent in the run. (9) LAGERTHA looks next best in a race with plenty of unknown factors.

Selections(11) Gueokmaal (8) Geosen Dolpung (7) Changi Charm (9) Lagertha
Next Best3, 5
Fast Start7, 8, 11

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s hard to see (1) DDAENGBEOL being beaten here. The Rock Hard Ten colt ran 3rd in what was an admittedly slowly run race on debut back in June but returned to win a trial in a fast time at the end of October. From the inside Antonio Da Silva is unlikely to waste too much time getting to the front and he should win. That’s primarily because the rest aren’t up to much. (8) SEONBONG GOLD ran a semi-creditable time on debut at the distance last month – faster than any of the others have managed – and that’s probably enough to make her second-favourite. (4) GANGHAN YEOJEONSA didn’t show much during the summer season but has at least got a runner-up finish to her name and has placing chances here. Of the two first-timer starters, (10) HAWK QUEEN has the best chance of making an impact first-up.

Selections(1) Ddaengbeol (8) Seonbong Gold (10) Hawk Queen (4) Ganghan Yeojeonsa
Next Best3
Fast Start1, 4

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maiden galloper to line up over the 1300m in the third. There is no standout in the race but (10) MIR SKY looks to be one of the main chances on her performances back in July. The Federalist filly comes off successive placings when hitting the line strong on both occasions. She’s unlikely to show early speed but will be doing her best work late. (6) SAND POWER is never too far away and has each way claims in the event. The Rock Hard Ten colt’s most recent run was back in August when fourth behind Korean Pearl in a better field than this. (9) K N WONDERFUL reeled off a good final sectional last time out when finishing second behind Mussang Hwanghu. The gelding is likely to settle well back, Antonio Da Silva cannot let him get too far back otherwise minor money may be best case scenario. If (7) BRAVO MAY can improve on his debut performance, he looks another that is capable of collecting a cheque.

Selections(10) Mir Sky (6) Sand Power (9) K N Wonderful (7) Bravo May
Next Best3, 8
Fast Start5, 6

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) WILD KINGDOM has shown plenty of speed across his six starts so far. True he has just the solitary win to his name, an all the way emphatic score over 1400M in June, nut there looks to be more to come. Draw a line through his latest 6th place in October. (9) RAPIDO ARES has also caught the eye over her three outings. Her win came at 1200M and she ran on well for 2nd on her first try at this class back in August. She is versatile having performed well when on pace and from when coming from further back and she should go close today. Both (6) CAPTAIN BRAVO and (7) GANA PARK struggled a little on their respective first tries at this class but both have the potential to improve and along with (3) GIVEN RUNNER look the most credible options for the minor money.

Selections(11) Wild Kingdom (9) Rapido Ares (6) Captain Bravo (7) Gana Park
Next Best3, 12
Fast Start3, 4, 11

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another maiden event for the Korean-breds where a compact field of ten line up over the seven furlongs. (4) WHITE WING is the on top selection as she lines up for her second career start. The Concord Point filly overcame a wide draw on debut before sitting midfield, running through the line strong to finish third. With a better draw today, Park Eul-woon can let her find her feet naturally before settling her just of speed. If she finishes off in similar fashion to last start she can take out the event. (3) SHINY QUEEN brings some good formlines into the race finishing third and fourth respectively to Goldilocks and Never Walk Alone. She seems to have improved with a few more starts under her belt, treat her as a winning chance. (6) MENI STORM looks a place chance if she can improve a couple of lengths. The filly ran through the line well last start when she was tried over this distance for the first time. (7) THUNDER WIND looks next best after finishing fourth behind Alchan Nuri last month.

Selections(4) White Wing (3) Shiny Queen (6) Meni Storm (7) Thunder Wind
Next Best2, 9
Fast Start3

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The Class Five gallopers line up in the fifth event over 1600m. (6) BORNE MATTA comes off a good performance last start when second behind Ultra Phoenix. The Testa Matta showed good early speed before finishing off well over 1400m. You Hyun-myung will partner the four-year-old and is likely to settle him in the forward half of the field. (7) B.K. EUAN is an eleven start maiden but has shown some promising performances. The three-year-old finished fourth three weeks ago behind Speed Kingdom when sitting in the leading division. He will get the claim of Mo Jun-ho once again and should take improvement from the last run. (8) MAGIC HORSE has been thereabouts at her past few starts including a last start fourth behind B.K John over 1400m. She has previously placed over the Busan mile and appears an each-way chance. (2) ACE JILJU lines up for his second-up effort after finishing midfield behind the promising Fantastic Man last time out. His strike rate is poor but if he were to collect a minor cheque it would not surprise.

Selections(6) Borne Matta (7) B.K. Euan (8) Magic Horse (2) Ace Jilju
Next Best11, 4
Fast Start3, 4, 7

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(5) ROCKUI JEWANG beat a couple of these on his way to 4th place at class and distance on October 16th. He came from off the pace to record what was his best finish to date and he looks nicely in here again to this time come out on top. (4) JEOLYE is a proven winner and has posted the fastest time of any of these over this distance. She has mixed her form and has been beaten by a couple of these in recent outings but has some quality about her and should be heavily involved. One of those to have finished ahead of Jeolye is (3) ECHO FIRST ON. She is yet to win in thirteen starts and is another who mixes her form, but she has tended to go well when drawn inside and can get forward early. (8) DOLGYEOK APEURO and (10) ROAD BLACK are others in at least the placing hunt.

Selections(5) Rockui Jewang (4) Jeolye (10) Road Black (3) Echo First On
Next Best8, 1
Fast Start3, 5

Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(1) GEUMA NIPPY obliged at the second time of asking on October 23rd with a front-running win over class and distance. That was during the period of reduced prize money racing so he gets no penalty for it and there is no reason why he can’t repeat today. He’ll be close to the pace from the start and is likely to be the prohibitive favourite. (7) SMART MOD is a locally bred galloper who has won his way up to this level. His first crack at it back in June didn’t go especially well but the extended break may have done him some good. He certainly knows how to win at this distance. That layoff may also have worked out for (10) K.B. BOSS who was losing his way somewhat in the summer. He trialed up very nicely at the beginning of this month and can be given another chance today (although a word of warning – he trialed up well before his last preparation too. Aside from the favourite, it isn’t a daunting race so there could be an opportunity for the solitary debut-maker (5) MR. SSAK THREE to go well first up.


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 21)

There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. The meeting is open to the public but attendance must be booked in advance through the “MyCard” app. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

We’ve watched plenty of trials putting together the preview for the first event as all twelve runners are on debut! (10) ILHANG DALMA goes on top on the strength of her trial. The Simon Pure two-year-old jumped well out of the gates and was not pushed out entirely, just hands and heels from Kim Ok-sung who will partner her on debut. She clocked a good time and she was professional in her actions. Gyeongbudaero filly (3) GLORY KHAN clocked a good time when qualifying, she was green up the straight with her rider having to change hands with the whip as she had a tendency to lay in. If she puts it all together she looks a winning chance. (6) LONDON QUEEN looks to stride out nicely and responded to the persuader in good style in her heat. She is another each way chance based on her trial performance. (7) TEUKGWON was another who looked good in her trial and a forward showing would not surprise.

Selections(10) Ilhang Dalma (3) Glory Khan (6) London Queen (7) Teukgwon
Next Best1, 5
Fast Start1, 7, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Competitive looking maiden but (4) THE KING BLADE did enough on debut when 2nd behind a very fast looking Oxford King to warrant top pick here. That was all the way back in July but he looked in good shape when trialing up two weeks ago and the additional furlong may benefit. After an inauspicious debut in February, (5) SAENAMUI BYEOL seemed to benefit from the enforced hiatus as he returned for the summer season looking much more like a racehorse and recorded a 2nd and 3rd. The latter was at this distance and he led until the closing stages. He’ll be on pace again and should go close. (8) ACE PRINCE also had a promising summer campaign and looks nicely in to at least challenge for the places here. (9) ROSEDAY MARINE and (12) GEUMA COLOSSAL are others who can go close.

Selections(4) The King Blade (5) Saenamui Byeol (8) Ace Prince (9) Roseday Marine
Next Best12, 6
Fast Start4, 5, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The Korean-bred maidens will line up over the 1200m in the third event. The improvement from (5) GRAY CAT was noticed last start when sitting closer to speed before finishing third clocking a good time for this grade. Song Jae-chul can navigate from a suitable gate, position him in the first few in running before unleashing at the top of the straight. (10) MYEONGJIN DAY debuted in good style last month finishing third behind Grand Castle. The Any Given Saturday colt has been dealt a blow with a wide draw, with some natural improvement however he should be treated as a winning chance. (3) MILLENNIUM POWER finished third on debut when trying to lead throughout. The three-year-old looks the likely leader and it will be a case of whether there’s enough improvement to allow him to hold on. (4) NONSTOP WINNING has the five starts under his belt, yielding two minor placings including a third at his last start. He gets some relief in the weights with Lim Da-bin being legged aboard on Saturday. 

Selections(5) Gray Cat (10) Myeongjin Day (3) Millennium Power (4) Nonstop Winning
Next Best2, 11
Fast Start3, 4, 6

Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) TANK SOCKS receives no penalty for her win at class and distance back on October 16th and looks nicely in to score again. That win had been coming with two runner-up finishes preceding it and she can come from off the pace and finish strongly here. (11) RAON BLOOD is also a class and distance winner having led from gate to wire back in August. She was a bit ordinary when 7th of 14 a month ago but if she can overcome the wide draw to get to her favoured forward position today, then she is in with a shout. (5) SUPER LUCKY BOY has already shown that he can be competitive at this level and is likely to be on speed early from a good draw. (7) HANIL MOA is up in class following a fast win on what was a wet-assisted track. She will need to improve if she is to challenge for the win here but could aim for some minor money.

Selections(3) Tank Socks (11) Raon Blood (5) Super Lucky Boy (7) Hanil Moa
Next Best6, 1
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 10, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maidens once again in the fifth where they will go over the 1300m. (9) MORNING NEWS is the on top selection after finishing second on debut. The Federalist filly exhibited a good turn of foot on debut coming from a midfield position to finish second behind Mir Captain. The extra half-furlong should be beneficial to her chances. (5) EUNHYE PADO showed improvement at her third start back in August. She hit the line strong over the 1200m with Park Eul-woon in the saddle, he will partner the daughter of Tiz Wonderful once again. (3) GANGHWA CHEONYEO had had six starts to date yielding just the one minor placing, which came last start back in August. She was given time to find her feet on that occasion before hitting the line in good style. There are quite a few backmarkers in this race who wouldn’t want to get too far back. (4) SUN WINNER looks next best after finishing fourth last time out back in August when one paced through the line.


Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 20)

For the time being racing can continue in Korea and can continue with racegoers in attendance. Over the past week the government has raised the social distancing requirements to “level 1.5”. At this level, fans can continue to attend sporting event but attendance is capped at 30%. However, the number of new virus cases per day has already reached the number at which “level 2” will be activated, so when the government makes its next announcement – possibly over this weekend – it seems likely that once more fans will be locked out.

This weekend should be completed without issue. Reservations must be made through the MyCard App. There is an 11-race card at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens to start the day with and seven of the twelve are racing for the very first time. One of those, (2) FIRST EDITION is set to be hot favourite. He made all for an emphatic trial win back in the summer and while quite a bit of time has passed since then, he won’t need to do too much to win here. From gate 2 he should lead from the start and he probably won’t be caught. Fellow first-timer (5) NAMDO QUEEN also won her trial. It was considerably slower than that of First Edition but it does have the benefit of being recent, having come at the end of October. She carries a light weight and should go close. (12) YEOSU TORNADO looks like the best of the rest of the debut-makers at this stage while among those with experience, (6) BEAUTIFUL KING perhaps has most scope for immediate improvement.

Selections(2) First Edition (5) Namdo Queen (12) Yeosu Tornado (6) Beautiful King
Next Best1, 10
Fast Start2, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The maiden gallopers line up over the short course in the second. (9) THALE NOI lines up for start five after a lackluster performance mid-October. The filly looked as if she will benefit from the run, and the drop back to the 1000m looks to be in her favour as well. Djordje Perovic has been named on the galloper which is a plus as well. (2) B.K. POWER lined up for her debut last start when capitulating in the run home over 1200m. She trialed up in good style over 1000m in September, with the run under her belt and the drop back to 1000m, she may be well suited. (1) ANGEL WIND comes off a fifth last start when sitting on speed in the early stages. Mo Junho will take 4kg off her back, she looks an each-way chance. (5) ROYAL CHANT lines up for his debut after winning his qualifying trial. The Chapel Royal colt was not fully asked for in his trial when leading throughout, going on to win by two and a half lengths.

Selections(9) Thale Noi (2) B.K. Power (1) Angel Wind (5) Royal Chant
Next Best8, 6
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

First-time starters from Kim Young-kwan’s stable always attract plenty of attention and (7) SPEED MATCH is likely to be no exception. The Shackleford colt won an October trial in good fashion, a big improvement over an effort earlier in the month, and he if he continues to improve then he should be a big player here. He’s not necessarily the winner though. (2) HAPPY WIND beat three of these on her way to 2nd place at this distance on October 23rd. It’s true that she has been inconsistent across her six outings to date but that performance last time was encouraging and a similar run today will see her go very close. (4) RAON THE MILLION was 7th in that same race on what was his racing debut and he can build on that solid effort today. (10) ETERNAL HERO also enters following a pleasing enough debut in July when 4th over 1000M. He trialed up adequately in September and can play a role here.

Selections(2) Happy Wind (7) Speed Match (10) Eternal Hero (4) Raon The Million
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start7, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s fair to say the fourth on the card is a rather weak maiden event. (4) INDIAN PARTY goes on top on the basis of his successive placings at his last two starts. He’s a speedy type who should benefit dropping back to the 1200m after finishing third over the 1400 at his past two starts. Expect a positive ride from Djordje Perovic. (2) LUCKY MAGIC is yet to place from seven starts but did clock a relatively quick time last time out when finishing fourth behind Good Socks. From barrier two expect him to camp on the leaders’ coattails before being asked for at the top of the straight. (11) RAPIDO QUEEN lines up for her third starts after a disappointing effort last time out when last in a field of fourteen. She missed the kick before being urged along by Lee Hyo-sik and never looking comfortable in the run. Her debut in August was much more encouraging, when sitting in the first half of the field before plugging away to finish fourth. (7) HAVE A GOOD TIME rounds out the top four after finishing eighth on debut. This assignment looks easier but he would still have to improve significantly to be a winning chance.

Selections(4) Indian Party (2) Lucky Magic (11) Rapido Queen (7) Have A Good Time
Next Best8, 9
Fast Start4, 8

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(6) HANEUL ULLIM gets another crack at class 6 despite having won at it back in October when the stakes money was reduced across the board. He came from well back that day, running on pleasingly and the additional half furlong today shouldn’t be a factor. He will be the strong favourite. Both (7) A ONE PLUS and (10) DONGNAM BULPAE come in off pleasing debuts in which they finished 4th and 5th respectively, both of them over this distance. Both should be in the hunt for at least a place finish today. (1) SEUNGNI TOUT has a runner-up finish to his name from back in June. He struggled when sent up to a mile the following month but is capable of getting closer today. He may well lead in a race with little early speed.


Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 15)

There are meetings at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:00) on Sunday. Both meetings are open to the public with attendance capped at 30% of the indoor capacity, however, advance reservations must be made through the MyCard app. Here are the race-by-race previews for Seoul with Busan selections at the bottom:

East Jet (minus Alan Munro) goes around in Sunday’s Seoul feature (Pic: KRA)

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Korean-bred maidens kick of proceedings Sunday morning where the majority of the field is on debut. We are excited to see (3) RUNNING KING line up for his first race start after some handy trials. The two-year-old’s most recent trial had him hard held winning a trial and clocking a very respectable time. Moon Se-young will ride the promising type. (11) GRAND STAR is another who trialed up well leading into his first start. He has drawn wide which may prove problematic over the short course for Lim Gi-won. (4) M J BEST is another on debut coming off a fair trial when clocking 62.2 seconds for the 1000m on a good track. Whilst he brings the fastest trial time into the race he was put under full pressure by Song Jae-chul who will ride him today. (5) GREAT HANSEN looks another who is capable of performing well at her first start. Kim Yong-geun will partner the filly from a central draw.

Selections(3) Running King (11) Grand Star (4) M J Best (5) Great Hansen
Next Best2, 1
Fast Start3, 6

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(2) ADAMS APPLE ran a good 4th on debut back on August 1st He showed decent speed in a front-running performance and has as much chance as any of making the breakthrough today. The main danger looks to be (8) CAREER HIGH who, one slightly disappointing showing aside, has shown speed and ability with a 3rd and a 2nd, the latter of which was over 1300M. She’ll aim to come from just off the pace and should be going very close. (6) WONDERFUL MAGIC was an improved 3rd at this distance back in August. The First Dude colt led for much of the way around that day and is nicely drawn to get to the lead again here. (11) SONGAM PLAYER began her career pleasingly and while she hasn’t races since June and offered few clues in a trial last month, can be considered for a place in this company. (3) KKANGDORI finished back in the pack on debut in August but it was a fast run race and she had previously looked good in trials.

Selections(8) Career High (2) Adams Apple (6) Wonderful Magic (3) Kkangdori
Next Best11, 7
Fast Start2, 6, 7, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Not the most inspiring maiden you will see with a few of these gallopers well tried. (1) MAX DAERO lines up for her sixth starts and gets a good opportunity to breakthrough with the inside draw. The filly has an abundance of early speed and looks a big chance to jump and lead all the way. Choi Bum-hyun will ride the three-year-old for the first time. (5) ABOUT SOMETHING brings form lines into the race that suggest the filly can win. She comes off a last start third behind A. P. Patek which reads well for an event such as this. Expect her to keep in touch with the leading division before being present at the top of the straight. (6) GLOBAL SUN comes off a midfield performance where she got shuffled back from a wide draw before making up late ground. She looks capable of running into some minor money. (8) GO GO GO lines up for his third start after finishing fifth at both outings to date. He has hit the line strong at both starts and will need to be positioned closed to the speed to be considered a winning chance when they swing for home.

Selections(1) Max Daero (5) About Something (6) Global Sun (8) Go Go Go
Next Best4, 3
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Not the strongest of maidens this. The jockey/trainer combination will probably be enough to make (5) BLACK CHARM the favourite. He hasn’t been especially exciting, but his form has been adequate enough and he’s been making ground at the end of all three of his races so far suggesting that the additional trip today can be to his benefit. (11) RUFFIAN PARK already has experience of this distance and comes in off a 3rd and a 4th place finish. He tends to come from well back and so long as he doesn’t leave himself too much to do, he looks right in this. (9) GONGJAK WANG has been inconsistent across seven starts so far but the 4th place he scored at this distance in August was the fastest time for any of these over 1400M and he needs to be taken seriously. (1) BEST STORM and (6) AMAZING QUEEN are others who should be aiming to at least place. There isn’t much in the way of early speed in this race (to put it mildly) so the latter may well get a soft lead.

Selections(5) Black Charm (11) Ruffian Park (9) Gonjak Wang (6) Amazing Queen
Next Best1, 3
Fast Start4, 6

Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Plenty of chances in the fifth where a field of twelve will line up over 1400m. (5) ONE AND ONLY looks a main player based on the filly’s recent runs. She finished fourth last time out behind a handy one in George Queen. This looks an easier assignment, combine that with the claim she may be able to sit on speed and hold on. (2) K. N. POWER comes off a good maiden win at her second start. She takes the dramatic step up to 1400m at her third start which appears to be the query hanging over her. In saying that, if she can settle on speed and produce a similar spring home, she will be hard to beat. (11) RAIN K has had five starts spaced apart since debuting mid-2019. The Lion Metal filly has finished in the top four on four of her five starts and comes off a third behind Arirayo back in August. With the wide draw she may be forced to settle further back than where Shin Hyoung-chul would like to position her. (3) BOMNALUI GIEOK finished second in this grade also back in August. The three-year-old is yet to break maiden status but has finished in the money seven of his nine starts to date.

Selections(5) One And Only (2) K. N. Power (11) Rain K (3) Bomnalui Gieok
Next Best4, 9
Fast Start2, 5

Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(4) SPEED HEUKRYONG beat a number of these on his way to an excellent class and distance win back on August 22nd in a fast time. Just last month he could only manage 6th at the same distance but once more in an extremely swift time. If he runs to that mark again, he can win here. He is though carrying a full 5kg more than that August victory. (5) FEDERAL CAT was 5th in that race and followed up with a 2nd place at 1200M in October. He continues to benefit from a light weight with an apprentice jockey knocking off 4kg and he could take advantage here. (7) WHITE COMET was 4th in the August race but similar to Speed Heukryong, has plenty of weight to carry again. Of those who didn’t go in the August race, (6) YEOLRIN MUN is up in class following a good win over 1200M in August. He has previously shown ability at this distance and should be competitive today. Draw a line through the performance of (3) BIG FACE when only beating one home last month. He’s better than that and should be closer today.


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 14)

There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10.45 to 18.00. The meeting is open to the public but advance reservation must be made through the “MyCard” app.

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

We kick the program off with an 1000m event for the Korean-bred maidens. (5) DREAM PELLA trialed up in good style clocking a quick time when compared to his counterparts engaged here. The Take Charge Indy gelding was somewhat green in his trial, he should be able to get on speed from a central draw and be in the finish. The trial of (1) RAON PINK was encouraging when working through the line in good fashion. The Park Jong-kon trained filly will line up for her first start with an inside draw. (4) SPRING COME drops back to the 1000m where he has previously placed. The chestnut should bring some residual fitness into the race from his three starts back in the mid-part of the year. (7) GEUMGUKHWA trialed up fairly and looks a rough place chance with not much separating the remainder of the field.

Selections (5) Dream Pella (1) Raon Pink (4) Spring Come (7) Geumgukhwa
Next Best 8, 12
Fast Start 4, 5, 8

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Having won a trail, (8) YEONGGWANGUI MISO put in a strong effort for 3rd on debut over 1000M on August 22nd. She ran through the line strongly that day and with the additional trip looking set to suit, the Hansen filly looks the one to beat here. (2) FEDERAL STRONG was a much improved 2nd on what was his second career start at the end of August. He once again benefits from an apprentice jockey giving him a nice allowance and should go close once more. (7) BLACK SILVER has shown at the front in both her latest two appearances. She should be on speed again here and can hold on for at least a place. (1) USEUNG HWANHUI and (11) AROMA are among others with potential to improve.

Selections (8) Yeonggwangui Miso (2) Federal Strong (7) Black Silver (1) Useung Hwanhui
Next Best 11, 9
Fast Start 4, 7, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another maiden event where winning chances look limited. Debutant (6) HI HI trialed up in good style and is the on top selection. The Tourist colt clocked 61.1 seconds in his heat when showing early speed. Lim Da-bin will take 4kg off his back on debut suggesting he can jump, lead and potentially win. (9) MAD BLADE showed improvement at his second start when finishing fourth over this distance. This field looks no stronger than his most recent assignment back in August suggesting he can fill a place. (3) RAON THE FIGHTER trialed up fairly in September and lines up for his first race start today. The Bayern colt has drawn well and he looked as if he had more to give in his trial. (1) GABO SARANGHAE has finished just behind the placegetters at his past two starts. From the inside, Jo Jae-ro can grab onto the leader’s coattails and get a nice trail into the race.

Selections (6) Hi Hi (9) Mad Blade (3) Raon The Fighter (1) Gabo Saranghae
Next Best 7, 12
Fast Start 6, 7, 9

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky little maiden this with plenty coming on off encouraging performances in their respective latest starts. (5) FLYING STEED has recorded the fastest time of any of them at this distance and has been consistent across his two starts to date finishing 5th and 4th. He’s come from off the pace both times and if Choi Bum-hyun can get him into a position within striking distance at the top of the stretch, he has a good chance of taking the honors here. (1) FINAL ACE similarly ran on well for 3rd place over this distance last start and can be a placing threat again. (2) DREAM FASHION capitulated early at his latest effort at 1400M but back down in trip is probably worth another chance here – he has the second fastest time among these for the distance. (9) PERFECT POWER was a much improved 2nd back in August and can build on that today while (6) ETERNAL MEMORY is another in the hunt.

Selections (5) Flying Steed (1) Final Ace (2) Dream Fashion (9) Perfect Power
Next Best 6, 3
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The fifth is a maiden event for the Korean-breds who will take on the 1300m. (1) HAECHAN looks a big chance for Moon Se-young to notch another winner. The three-year-old handed in a good performance last start in August when second behind Chotoma. The Federalist colt has early speed, from barrier one it may be a jump, run and win affair. (9) CHEONGDAM YEOGEOL looks one that can potentially improve today. The filly finished just behind the placegetters last time out back in August. She may have to settle rearwards before improving her position in the mid-stages. (11) ANYANG HORANGI handed in her best performance to date last time out when third behind Cupid Bisang over the six furlongs. She looks best suited to work forward and sit in the leading division. (6) CHEON CHONG is another who had his most recent run back in August. The three-year-old finished second behind Potential

Energy over this distance. A similar performance to that of last start will see him in the money once again.

Selections (1) Haechan (9) Cheongdam Yeogeol (11) Anyang Horangi (6) Cheon Chong
Next Best 3, 5
Fast Start 1, 6, 9, 11

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) KING ACE began his career in fine style at the start of this year with a 2nd place and a win, the latter and all the way effort over today’s distance. That was on February 15th and while he hasn’t raced since, he did look very sharp in a late September trial. The draw may not be ideal today but he could well have too much for this field. (3) BAEKDUWA HALLA is up in class following a good win at 1200M back in August. The time wasn’t especially quick but after taking command late on she ran on for a very comfortable victory and should be competitive at this level. (9) BAEKSAN THUNDER is yet to win in eight attempts but come sin off back to back 3rd place finishes and has claims to match that again here. (1) ATHENA V and (12) LAST MAGIC are others who should be firmly in the hunt for prize money.

Selections (11) King Ace (3) Baekduwa Halla (9) Baeksan Thunder (1) Athena V
Next Best 12, 7
Fast Start 3, 6, 7, 11

Race 7: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The Class 4 gallopers will line up over the two turns in the seventh event where there is minimal early speed suggesting a muddily run race. Expect a positive ride from Moon Se-young aboard (10) JANGSAN TANK. The chestnut performed well last time out when motoring home in good time to finish third behind Global Socks last month. He should take improvement from the run and it looked as if he is ready for the two turns now. (4) STRONG QUEEN has previously shown a liking for the two turns, she could be the improver here after a lackluster performance last month. The Colors Flying filly is yet to break maiden status but has placed on five occasions from nine starts. (12) FANTASTIC COMBI drops back in class and will carry top weight. The five-year-old has run some honest races over the two turns previously and should be considered in your wider selections. (9) HANSEN BAROWS is somewhat of a non-winner but on his day can run into the money. Ueda Masashi is likely to be forced to settle him towards the rear from a wide draw.

Selections (10) Jangsan Tank (4) Strong Queen (12) Fantastic Combi (9) Hansen Barows
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 1, 5, 9

Race 8: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) LUCKY JAESAN was a super impressive winner on debut, completing the five-furlongs in a sub one-minute time. She’s up in class today as well as in distance but neither should be a worry and from gate five she should be on top early and lead all the way. (12) MENI STAND and (11) LUCKY CLUB came home 3rd and 4th respectively when they raced each other at class and distance on August 2nd. Both should be competing for the minors today with Lucky Club perhaps likely to overturn that form. (1) DALRINEUN BITKKAL remains a maiden but has shown himself capable of competing at this level and is another who can place, while (4) SOSEONO LEGEND is up in class and while less than impressive in an October trial, should be able to handle herself at this level.

Selections (5) Lucky Jaesan (1) Dalrineun Bitkkal (4) Soseono Legend (11) Lucky Club
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 4, 5

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The ninth on the card is a competitive affair for punters to dissect. (10) COMPLETE CAPTAIN is establishing himself as a nice galloper. The Forest Camp three-year-old has won three and placed on three occasions from six starts. The Park Jae-woo trained galloper sits on speed in his races so look for Lim Gi-won urging his mount forward as soon as the gates fly back. (1) P.K. JEONSA comes off successive placings in this grade over sprint distances. He’s a consistent type who should be able to kick up from an inside draw and sit in the first half of the field. (4) CHOIN GANGJA lined up in the Korean Derby last time out when well beaten over the two turns. He drops back to the six furlongs and should account for himself well. He was always a couple of lengths behind the topline two-year-olds but should be one who goes through the grades as he gets deeper into his racing career. (7) SIMPLE STYLE has won his past two starts which have been over 1300m. He wasn’t knocked about in a September trial and it will be interesting to see what he can do race day. Punters should treat him as an each-way chance.

Selections (10) Complete Captain (1) P.K. Jeonsa (4) Choin Gangja (7) Simple Style
Next Best 3, 11
Fast Start 10

Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(2) BLUE MACARON made all for an excellent win at this distance on August 22nd in a time that, track condition aside, would be competitive in a Korea Sprint. That was her second win in her last three starts and she looks to have more in the tank. If she runs anywhere close to that performance from last time, she won’t be beaten. (11) LOOKING FIRST is up in class after a pair of solid wins over 1200M. His times haven’t been especially fast but he’s done what he has needed to do with plenty in hand and can go close here. (4) CLEAN UP BELLA is a front-runner who has done most of his recent work at 1400M. He will likely challenge Blue Macaron for the early lead and is certainly capable of running a time. Joining them on the early speed could also be (9) SINGSING MARY, a winner at class and distance in July and who also warrants some respect here.

Selections (2) Blue Macaron (11) Looking First (4) Clean Up Bella (9) Singsing Mary
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 9

Race 11: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The imports line up in the eleventh where the majority of the small field are still awaiting their first win. (8) GLOBAL SOCKS looks hardest to beat coming off a last start win in good time. His win was over the 1400m and there was no penalty as part of the Covid relief arrangement. Moon Se-young will be legged aboard once again and is likely to sit just off speed in the small field. (3) JANGSAN GOLD put the writing on the wall last start that she is close to breaking through. The Goldencents filly clocked a quick time when finishing second behind Echo Victor over the 1200m. She carried just the 52kg and should sit prominent in the run from gate three. (2) GANGNAM MAN has placed at his past two starts including a run over this distance. He produced a fast sectional last time out, he will be aided if the pacemakers clap the pace on early. (1) SARYEONI WINNER looks next best with the good draw. The filly has finished in the top four on four occasions from the five starts.

Selections (8) Global Socks (3) Jangsan Gold (2) Gangnam Man (1) Saryeoni Winner
Next Best 5, 4
Fast Start 3, 5, 6

Race 12: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Classic form has held up well this year so far and that bodes well for (12) WHITE QUEEN. She won the Luna Stakes, the principle Korean Oaks trial over a mile and while she weakened in the fillies’ classic at 1800M, dropping back to 1400M today should be in her favour and she can return to winning ways. The main danger is (9) RIDE LUCKY. The Forest Camp gelding has won three of four starts so far and while he is up in both class and distance today, he is extremely well weighted and should be going close. Similarly carrying a light weight is (10) ALL BAEK, who has made all to win her latest two and steps up in class today. (3) GEOMPO and (8) MUDO are other capable animals in what looks like a very solid affair.

Selections (12) White Queen (9) Ride Lucky (10) All Baek (3) Geompo
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 13)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. The meeting is open to the public but reservations must be made one day in advance via the “MyCard” app. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maidens kick things off with five of the eleven racing for the very first time. Among those with experience, (4) ALPHA AGAIN looks the best. He’s led in all three of his races so far only to be passed on each occasion with a best finish of 3rd. The drop back in trip may be to his benefit and he could make the breakthrough here. It won’t be easy though as there are a few first-timers with potential. (1) COOL GUY was the best in trials, putting in a competent front-running performance and registering a good time. If he gets to the front, he may be hard to beat. (3) YEONGGWANGUI POWER and (11) HAEUNDAE BADA likewise impressed in their heats and should go well first up. Returning to the experienced ones, (9) SIMON LADY has been inconsistent but has proven capable of finding some money in similar company to this.

Selections(1) Cool Guy (3) Yeonggwangui Power (4) Alpha Again (11) Haeundae Bada
Next Best9, 5
Fast Start1, 4, 6, 9

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A small field of nine will face the starter in the second where the Class 6 gallopers will go over the six furlongs. (1) YEONGSEONGTEUKGEUP effectively gets a second chance in this grade after winning a Class 6 event when there were no penalties for winning, as result of covid relief racing organized by the KRA. The Old Fashioned colt clocked a good time for this grade, he lines up with the same weight over the same distance and we predict the result will be the same as well. (6) DAMYANG DOLPUNG lines up for his second start after finishing third on debut back in July. The Purge colt finished off strong on debut and should appreciate the extra furlong. (4) CAPTAIN GIRL is on debut from the Kim Young-kwan stable. The Menifee filly clocked a fair time but there appeared to be more in the tank. (3) SMART YEONGUNG has had a handful of starts and whilst is yet to place, based on previous runs he looks capable of collecting some minor money.

Selections(1) Yeongseongteukgeup (6) Damyang Dolpung (4) Captain Girl (3) Smart Yeongung
Next Best2, 9
Fast Start2, 4

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another horse who can take advantage of the temporary relaxation in the class 6 rules is (7) GREY ANGEL. She came from well off the pace to score on debut a month ago, winning very handily indeed. Carrying the same weight again today and at the same distance, it’s hard to see her being beaten. (3) WONDER RUNNER was a useful 3rd on debut on October 16th having briefly led late on. She should be prominent again and should be at least placing once more. (2) TWO TWO CHALLENGER has improved over three starts so far. The apprentice jockey knows the filly very well and she shouldn’t be too far away here. There are two first-time starters, both of them with eye-catching jockey bookings. Of the pair, (4) GWANGDAESEUNGCHEON showed the most in trials and should be in the placing hunt.

Selections(7) Grey Angel (4) Gwangdaeseungcheon (3) Wonder Runner (2) Two Two Challenger
Next Best8
Fast Start2, 3, 4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The maiden gallopers go over 1300m in the fourth where there looks to be limited early speed engaged. (4) PEACE BAEK looks ready to win coming off successive placings including one just four weeks back. The filly lacked early speed last time out before reeling off a good sectional. Kim Myoung-sin gets a good opportunity to break a run of outs. (11) DAESAN GAPBU looks an each way chance in the event albeit still a maiden after thirteen starts. The filly finished fourth late October behind Gold Magic when hitting the line in fair style. You Hyun-myung will be legged aboard for the first time. (8) GEUMA GOOD POINT lines up for his fifth start with Lee Hyo-sik staying aboard. The Peace Rules gelding finished fourth last time out when running on well. (9) DIVINE QUEEN was somewhat disappointing last time out when well beaten over the 1200m. She has finished third on two occasions from the six starts and should take improvement out of the recent run.

Selections(4) Peace Baek (11) Daesan Gapbu (8) Geuma Good Point (9) Divine Queen
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start8, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(3) SUN ALPHA is another one who benefits from being allowed another crack in class 6 despite already having broken his maiden last month. That win had been coming too, following on from a runner-up finish in August and there is no reason why he can’t repeat today. He does like to come from off the pace though so there is always a danger of him being left with a little too much to do. If this happens then (7) ALPHA STAR is perhaps the one to take advantage. He too would normally be up at class 5 by now with two solid runner-up finishes to his name. He should be on pace from the start and can go close. (8) KING OF JOY passed plenty late on last time and should be in the placing frame again here while (4) CHEONMA HASEO and (5) PILSEUNG IJI are others in the hunt.