Busan Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 19)

Racing is for reduced prize money and behind closed doors this weekend. Busan’s Saturday card is, however, available on international simulcast with 12 races from 10:10 to 15:45 local Korea time. Here are the previews:

Behind closed doors again

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

Juvenile maidens to kick things off. (1) WILD BLUE has a 4th and a 2nd from two starts so far both at this distance and in the process recorded the fastest time of any of them. He has been one-paced on both occasions but is nicely drawn on the inside to get forward and should go close. So too should (14) HAEUNDAE BADA. She ran a good 2nd on debut over 1000M and the step up in trip can suit. The draw is far from ideal though. The one to beat may well be (9) SPEED MATCH. He was sent off favourite (when there was an actual betting pool) on debut on November 20th having won a trial. He finished in 5th place but should have come on for that run and the trainer/jockey combination will tempt plenty. (12) SIMON TOP GUN improved on her second outing last month and can continue her progress today while (7) GALAXY ROAD is one of a few in the hunt for some minor money.

Selections(9) Speed Match (1) Wild Blue (14) Haeundae Bada (12) Simon Top Gun
Next Best7, 5
Fast Start1, 5, 9, 14

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

More maidens. (10) HILL MORE has run well for 2nd and 4th in two starts so far, he’s just been a little bit late arriving on the scene both times. Ioannis Poullis may elect to ride him a bit close today and he has strong claims. (7) TTEUGEOUN MANNAM was certainly ridden much closer to the pace on her second outing and was rewarded with 2nd place. She’s drawn reasonably well again and is a danger. Expect progress from (2) JEJUOLLE GIL. She was great in her trial but underwhelming on debut and the addition of You Hyun-myung aboard catches the eye. (4) STAR EYE was never a factor last time out but has already recorded a couple of decent placings and with a better start should play a part. (1) MISS ROCKET too seems to be figuring things out and has placing claims.

Selections(10) Hill More (7) Tteugoeun Mannam (2) Jejuolle Gil (4) Star Eye
Next Best1, 8
Fast Start2, 3, 6, 7

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

Another maiden but it’s a good one. (2) RAON THE STAR has run 2nd in both her outings so far, posting respectable times as well. In normal times she would be up to class 5 by now but gets another crack at the lowest level and she should make the most of it. (3) DOCTOR FAITH trialed up behind Raon The Star but debuted with a creditable 3rd on November 13th at this trip and can match or better that today from a slightly better draw. Both (5) MYEONGSEONG MAGIC and (6) KKOTMURI ran 4th on their respective debuts and have scope to improve here. (9) DOMINATION went back to trial after a lackluster debut in August. He won that heat with a fine front-running performance and is another one in at least the placing frame. The wildcard is (4) ADELE SUCCESS. She did nothing on debut in July but the full-sister to Success Story looked more promising when trialing two weeks ago and should get on a bit better with today’s slightly extended trip.

Selections(2) Raon The Star (3) Doctor Faith (6) Kkotmuri (4) Adele Success
Next Best9, 5, 11
Fast Start2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13

Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

(4) WONDER RUNNER has a 3rd and a 2nd from two starts so far and has led in both of them. She’s drawn well to get on speed from the gate and could well make it third time lucky today. Also looking to get to the front early will be (12) GREAT DANCE. He drops back in trip following a good 2nd place over 1400M on November 20th, beating a couple of these in the process. The draw isn’t great here but with a good start he should be going close. (7) CHOEGANG LIGER ran 4th behind Great Dance in that 1400M race last month. He has never finished any better than 3rd but is another who may appreciate the drop back in trip today. Another also-ran in that race was (11) YEONGGWANGUIRUNNER, who came home 5th. At the start of November, he came from off the pace to run a strong 2nd at this distance and should be in contention again today.

Selections(4) Wonder Runner (12) Great Dance (11) Yeonggwanguirunner (7) Choegang Liger
Next Best3, 10
Fast Start4, 7, 8, 9, 12

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

(13) NAMDO QUEEN was a good winner on debut on November 20th, scoring comfortably over 1000M. There was full prize money on offer that day so she is up in class here and also in distance but the way she ran through the line suggests plenty in reserve and she can win again. (8) YEONGGWANGUI START’s solitary victory came at this distance and he enters here off a last start runner-up finish having led for most of the way around. If he can get to the front again then he has very solid claims. (5) GRAND YEOWANG has seemingly lost her way a little in her latest two appearances but is capable of better and has the fastest time of any of them at the distance. (7) WISE GIRL and (6) WONDERFUL KING are both up in class having run 1st and 2nd over this distance on November 15th and both should be completive at this level

Selections(13) Namdo Queen (8) Yeonggwangui Start (5) Grand Yeowang (7) Wise Girl
Next Best10, 6, 11
Fast Start3, 6, 8, 13

Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 28 Million

Not the strongest of class 4 races and with that in mind it might be worth having a look at the first-time starters. Of those, Midshipman filly (10) WORLD SOCKS looks the pick. She ran a comfortable and unhurried trial just a couple of weeks ago and against this limited opposition has good claims. (4) HWARANGUICHMPION had an unsuccessful spin over 1800M last month. He had run well at that particular trip in the past but today does look am more suitable assignment and he should go close. (7) AMAZING WINNER has the fastest time of any of these at the distance and while recent form has been nothing special, can go well in this company. (14) QUEEN ARDOR produced a much improved showing to beat a couple of these on her way to 4th place last start and could match that here.

Selections(10) World Socks (4) Hwaranguichampion (7) Amazing Winner (14) Queen Ardor
Next Best2, 12, 8
Fast Start5, 6, 10

Race 7: Class 3 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 32 Million

(10) BARBARIAN is a winner of three from six so far and while he is yet to race at such a short distance he is more than capable of running on the speed and can score first up today. Last time Barbarian ran was back in August and he finished 2nd to (9) YEONGGWANGUI SIDAE over over a mile. The latter horse has been a bit ordinary in two starts since but does have ability and while Barbarian can overturn the August form, Yeonggwangui Sidae shouldn’t be far away. (13) BANJIUI JEONSEOL has never finished worse than 3rd in eight attempts and while the draw isn’t ideal, he can maintain that record today. (7) BABEL HIT beat three of these on his way to a good 2nd place behind Curlin Time over 1400M on November 20th. He should be a danger again although (6) SYDNEY MANGCHI, who ran 4th that day, should be on pace from the start and has a good chance of overtuning the form. Sydney Mangchi’s stablemate (4) GOOD FOR YOU is another in the hunt.

Selections(10) Barbarian (13) Banjiui Jeonseol (6) Sydney Mangchi (4) Good For You
Next Best9, 7, 2
Fast Start4, 6, 13

Race 8: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It took (13) PERDIDO FASHION quite some time to get to the track but when he finally did it was worth the wait as he made all to win very comfortably over 1200M on November 6th. He is up in both class and distance here but can handle both those and the wide draw and can maintain his 100% record. Drawn even wider is (14) MONOPOLY. That shouldn’t be too much of an issue though as Franco Da Silva will have plenty of time before the turn to find a good position and he doesn’t need to lead. Monopoly beat a couple of these on his way to a class and distance 3rd last start and can at least aim for a repeat today. (5) INDIAN CHUJANG was 5th in that race and is likely to be on speed from the start here with claims to hang on for a place. (1) FIRST STAR and (3) GABO TODAY are among a number of others with placing claims.

Selections(13) Perdido Fashion (14) Monopoly (3) Gabo Today (1) First Star
Next Best5, 8
Fast Start3, 5, 13

Race 9: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Having won on his second career start, (3) GEUMA NIPPY was a beaten favourite on his return in November. He has beaten a fair few of these though and stepping up to 1400M for the first time, he can be given another chance today. It’s a tough race though. (11) ROCKY SKY comes in after back to back runner-up finishes, the latter of which was at this distance in a fast time. He can sit just off the pace and has excellent claims. (1) POKPUNG EONDEOK was 4th behind Rocky Sky, who has the same owner, last start. He likes to come from off the pace and should finish off strongly here. (8) FREEDOM KNIGHT ran a good 2nd on debut a month ago, running on well over 1200M and may appreciate the additional furlong today.

Selections(11) Rocky Sky (3) Geuma Nippy (1) Pokpung Eondeok (8) Freedom Knight
Next Best4, 5
Fast Start2, 3, 11

Race 10: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 28 Million

No fewer than five last start winners go around here. (5) SMART VALUE has never been behind another horse, be it in trials or in his races. He’s made all twice for two very easy wins at 1000M and 1200M, both of them in fast times and while up in class and distance today, he could well make it three in a row. Also looking for three in a row is (12) FANTASTIC MAN. He too is up in class and both his victories were at a mile but he looks to have plenty more to offer. (2) ILNYEOM TONGCHEON made all to win over class and distance on November 20th. She does carry an additional 4kg today but is beautifully drawn to get on pace and lead again there is no doubting her quality. (4) WINNING DANCER is up in class following two wins from his first three starts and tackles the 1400M for the first time. He has proved versatile in his running style so far and can be competitive here too.

Selections(5) Smart Value (2) Ilnyeom Tongcheon (12) Fantastic Man (4) Winning Dancer
Next Best7, 1
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 12

Race 11: Class 2 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 36 Million

Really competitive class 2 event here with any number of them potential winners. The only previous time (1) DOCTOR CARSON has ventured further than 1200M, he got found out in the Korean Derby. He was an all the way winner back his preferred trip last month and from gate 1 he can get the jump on them early and possibly cling on over today’s distance. (11) WORLD TODAY and (14) THE SABER lock horns again after a couple of duels at class 3 level at further distances than this. Both should be in the hunt today with the first-up World Today slightly favoured. (2) CURLIN TIME is up in class following a smart win over this distance a month ago. He likes to come from off the pace and can run on strong late on. The form horse coming in is perhaps (10) HAPPY FEVER though, who has three consecutive runner- up finishes coming in, the latter two being at this distance with plenty of these behind him. If he can get off to a decent start from a slightly tricky draw, then he could be the one to beat. (12) GYEONGJUUI DUREBAK returned to winning ways last start albeit over 1800M and he is another one who should be on speed and can’t be ruled out.

Selections(10) Happy Fever (1) Doctor Carson (11) World Today (14) The Saber
Next Best2, 12, 4, 8
Fast Start1, 8, 10, 12, 14

Race 12: Class 1 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(1) WORLD POWER has handily dispatched most of these on his way to three-consecutive wins at this level, the latter two at this distance. He receives no penalty for his October 31st win and there is little to suggest he can’t win again. (6) ROCK CHOICE was 2nd that day can run on strongly late again while similarly the widest draw shouldn’t be of too much concern for (14) RUNNING SOCKS either, who was a close at hand 3rd that day and can be competitive once more. (2) GREAT KING is probably the class horse in the race and was sent off slight favourite in that October race. The 58kg on his back is not in his favour though. Among those who didn’t go in that October race, (12) BUHWARUI BANSEOK was disappointing first-up at the end of November but he did lose a lot of ground with an awkward start and can improve today while (3) PRO CONSUL races for the first time since August – when he was narrowly defeated by World Power – and may ultimately turn out to be the biggest danger.

Selections(1) World Power (3) Pro Consul (14) Running Socks (6) Rock Choice
Next Best2, 12, 11, 7
Fast Start1, 2, 3, 12

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