Day: December 19, 2020

Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 20)

There is a long awaited clash at Seoul on Sunday as Korea Cup and Grand Prix Stakes winner Moonhak Chief returns to action and runs straight into this summer’s superstar Tiz Plan. However, the Seoul meeting is behind closed doors with no betting and no broadcast. The 12 race meeting at Busan (from 10:10 to 15:45) will be on international simulcast though so here are Busan previews:

Moonhak Chief returns to action at Seoul on Sunday – nobody can watch it live but we’ll post the video on Youtube…

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

Eight of the fourteen do around for the very first time here but there are also a couple of horses in here who are already winners. (1) GODDESS MOON looked very promising with an all the way win over this distance on December 6th following up form a runner-up finish on debut in October. She beat the other previous winner, (5) SAGARMATHA and while they are both drawn better this time, Goddess Moon is favoured to win again. It’s fair to say that the other experienced ones haven’t shown very much so we will look to the debut-makers. The only trial winner among them is (9) CHEONGMA HWANGHU who led from gate to wire in her heat two week and has to rate as a chance of going well first up. (4) GIANT CAL and (7) ALIVE CAPTAIN recorded competitive times and should also attract attention.

Selections(1) Goddess Moon (5) Sagarmatha (7) Alive Captain (9) Cheongma Hwanghu
Next Best4, 12
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14

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

There is one previous winner among the field. (8) DONGBANUI SIJAK scored on debut at this distance on October 23rd but could only manage 9th on reappearance on November 29th. Coming home in 2nd place in that latter race was a debuting (6) EAST BELLE and she is the one we are going to be favouring here. From gate 6 she should be on pace from the start and can lead all the way. Another danger is (10) ETERNAL HERO. He improved to 2nd place on what was his second career outing on November 20th and looks to have plenty of scope for further development. There are five first-time starters and among them, (2) MY DESTINY and (14) GALLOP BOY looks to have the best chance of going well first-up, the latter despite the wide draw.

Selections(6) East Belle (10) Eternal Hero (8) Dongbanui Sijak (2) My Destiny
Next Best2, 11
Fast Start2, 6, 10

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

(14) YEONGGWANGUI POWER has a 3rd and a 2nd from two starts so far with the latter being at this distance just two weeks ago. That form is significantly superior to any of his rivals here and the wide draw notwithstanding, he could well be winning this. (3) BEAUTIFUL KING came from off the pace to run a useful 4th over 1000M on November 20th. Although his debut at this distance didn’t go especially well, he looks as though he is ready for another crack and should go close here. (1) ROCKET GO and (5) BIHO SUN could improve from adequate if completely unspectacular debuts, while among the first-timers, (4) B J SONG is perhaps the pick.

Selections(14) Yeonggwangui Power (3) Beautiful King (4) B J Song (1) Rocket Go
Next Best5, 7
Fast Start5, 11 14

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

A weak maiden here. (6) BEASTLY ran just two weeks away and was well fancied having run 4th and 2nd in two prior starts. From the inside gate he led, before the wheels came off in the home straight and he finished well back. Regardless of that, in this company today and bearing in mind what we know he can do, he must be given another chance here. (3) DARUI BADA ran a much-improved 4th last start over this distance putting in a reasonably competitive time and can build on that today. It is slim pickings behind them with any of the rest capable of placing. (14) SHE JUST QUEENDOM has shown ability in the past and while she was very slow in a recent trial, could be better now she is back at the races. (5) CHARGE POWER and (13) QUEEN OF THE QUEEN are others who can find the money.

Selections(6) Beastly (3) Darui Bada (5) Charge Power (13) Queen Of The Queen
Next Best14, 8
Fast Start6, 7

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

(5) YEONGSEONGTEUKGEUP got was able to pick up two consecutive wins at class 6 level including a very nice all the way score a month ago. This time he does have to go up in class but there looks to be more improvement in the tank, and he can make it three in a row here. (12) BODE BLADE is also up in class. He was well back behind Yeonseongteukgeup on debut but rebounded to win over 1000M on November 6th with (7) BAEDARI SUNSHINE 2nd and also up in class here. Both have a bit to find. (2) HAPPY YOJEONG comes in following a strong 2nd over 1300M at this class and has to be a chance while (4) SISEON GANGTAL and (9) DALLAE are among others with placing claims.

Selections(5) Yeongseongteukgeup (2) Happy Yojeong (12) Bode Blade (4) Siseon Gangtal
Next Best9, 7
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 9, 14

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

(1) PERFECT JEWANG has been a model of consistency across six starts so far never finishing any worse than 5th. Two starts back he beat three of these on his way to 3rd place and then followed up with a 2nd at class and distance two weeks ago. He has the fastest time of any of these at the distance and he looks the one to beat today. (11) DOCTOR GREY is up in class following a smart win at this distance on November 8th and is likely to be a danger. The draw shouldn’t be a problem as he doesn’t need to lead. (7) OASIS GIRL is a winner at this distance and while well back behind Perfect Jewang two starts back, has proven competitive at this level and can be in the placing frame again. (3) WONDERFUL FLASH and (6) YESULUI GYEUNGJI, the latter third up today after a long layoff, are others with minor money claims.

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