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.

Selections(6) Haneul Ullim (10) Dongnam Bulpae (1) Seungni Tout (7) A One Plus
Next Best5, 8
Fast Start1, 5, 10

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

The sixth on the card looks an extremely competitive maiden event with many chances. (10) YEONGGWANGUIRUNNER goes on top after a good performance last time out when finishing second over 1200m. The Colors Flying colt settled well back in the run before steaming home late. Gate ten won’t necessarily be an issue with the three-year-old normally taking some time to find his feet. (9) TAPIT WONDERFUL has started his career in consistent fashion, yet to finish worse than fourth from four starts. He flooded home late last start to finish runner-up behind Dongbangui Sijak over the 1200m. He looks one that will benefit with the extra furlong. (6) GOLD MAGIC is a beneficiary of the ‘no penalty’ arrangement during the Covid relief racing. One of the last crop from Turtle Bowl, the gelding reversed his form lines last time out to steam home and win over 1200m. He looks the likely pacemaker with the majority of the field preferring to settle off-speed. (5) CHOEGANG LIGER comes off a last start placing in the same race that Tapit Wonderful lined up in. A similar performance here can see the three-year-old fill a place once again.

Selections(10) Yeonggwanguirunner (9) Tapit Wonderful (6) Gold Magic (5) Choegang Liger
Next Best1, 7
Fast Start5

Race 7: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) COPY THAT has a win and two runner-up finishes among four starts so far. His most recent appearance was on October 31st when he ran a decent 2nd to Pineui Kkum over this trip with a couple of the others who go here back down the track behind him. Seo Seung-un partners him for the first time today and the pair have strong claims to win. (5) THUNDER VEGAS somewhat produced a prominent performance to beat three of these at class and distance a month ago. A repeat is certainly possible but a couple of those he beat last time are capable of better. Notably (2) YEONGGWANGUI START, who made all for his maiden win in August, got a slow start, made up the ground and then weakened. From a better draw today, he should be on pace early and can go much closer. (7) WORLD CHEONSA and (10) MAN OF THE WORLD are others who should be in the hunt.

Selections(3) Copy That (2) Yeonggwangui Start (5) Thunder Vegas (10) Man Of The World
Next Best7, 9
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 10

Race 8: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The eighth event on the card is a very competitive affair where punters can make a winning case for more than half the field. (3) B.K JOHN has been consistent early on in his career notching two wins and two minor placings from five starts. He saluted last time out over the 1400m during the Covid relief racing and hence there was no penalty for the win. He can settle in a handy position from barrier three and if things go to plan, he should be hard to beat. (1) EAGLE STAR is another last start winner who will carry the same weight this time around. He took a while to find his rhythm last time out before closing off quickly. Gate one is not necessarily an advantage for Park Jae-I who will ride him this time. (7) JUST WIN did exactly that last time out when saluting over 1200m, The Tamna Ace gelding is likely to work forward from a central draw as per last start. He is yet to finish worse than fourth from his six starts to date. (9) MY QUEEN is another who has been promising at her first three career starts. The Tamna Ace filly has placed at all three starts including a win on debut when clocking a good time. Keep her safe in your selections. 

Selections(3) B.K John (1) Eagle Star (7) Just Win (9) My Queen
Next Best4, 2
Fast Start3, 4, 7, 9

Race 9: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Very competitive looking class 4 race. (6) ILNYEOM TONGCHEON has finished no worse than 2nd across his four outings so far. He’s just got the one win but it came at this distance with a strong front-running performance two starts back. He beat three of these last time out but remains very nicely in the weights and has strong claims. (9) MAN OF THE FIELD is already a winner at this class although that fact does mean he needs to carry significantly more weight today. He looked in good touch in a trial a couple of weeks ago and should be in the hunt again. (3) JEONSEOLUI BULKKOT is proven at both class and distance and he too is a leading contender. Any number of the rest can compete for at least the places with (5) ECHO SUN and (11) BIG PICTURE perhaps looking the most likely.

Selections(6) Ilnyeom Tongcheon (9) Man Of The Field (3) Jeonseolui Bulkkot (11) Big Picture
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start4, 6, 8

Race 10: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The Class Four gallopers line up over the mile in the tenth where quite a few of them come out of the same race. (9) DORAON SINSEDAE has grown a leg this year and is finally hitting his straps. The one-time winner from seventeen starts finished third last start when finishing off in good style over 1200m. His win was over the mile back in August suggesting he should look the winner at some point in time. US import (6) NEU DAT handed in a career best performance last start when second behind Raon Yeogeol. He clocked a good time for this grade and retains the 4kg claim of Kim Tae-hyun. (4) NANSAN YEOJE comes out of the same race as Doraon Sinsedae where the filly finished fourth when somewhat one-paced through the line. From gate four she should be able to kick up and sit in the leading division. (5) YEONGGWANGUI SAVE looks next best after finishing fifth in the aforementioned race. He is yet to break through for a maiden win but looks capable of a top-four finish in this assignment.

Selections(9) Doraon Sinsedae (6) Neu Dat (4) Nansan Yeoje (5) Yeonggwangui Save
Next Best11, 1
Fast Start4, 6

Race 11: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(4) SYDNEY MANGCHI and (1) RAPID GAME came home 2nd and 3rd respectively when they raced each other – and a few others who go here – on October 16th. Both have the potential to ultimately be racing a significantly higher level than this and both has strong claims. Mo Jun-ho’s presence on Sydney Mangchi brings his carried weight down to not much more than that of Rapid Game and he could possibly have the upper hand once again. It would be a surprise if those two don’t fill out the quinella but there are a couple of useful others in the gate as well. (9) YONGYEON ran a good 4th on his first try at this class on October 23rd and can be considered for at least a place while the likes of (5) CURLIN TIME and (11) JANGSAN TOKYO should be in the hunt for some minor money too.

Selections(4) Sydney Mangchi (1) Rapid Game (9) Yongyeon (11) Jangsan Tokyo
Next Best5, 3
Fast Start4, 6

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