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

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