Betting Locations Open In Some Parts of Korea from Friday – Jeju Preview

With the Covid-19 social distancing level having being lowered to “1.5” in all areas except Greater Seoul, some betting locations are permitted to reopen to customers from Friday. Those locations are the Busan and Jeju Raceourses, plus the off-track betting centres in Busan, Changwon, Gwangju, Daegu, Daejeon and Cheonan. They will be allowed to admit up to 20% of their official capacity. Seoul Racecourse and all off-track locations in the Greater Seoul area (Seoul and Gyeonggi Province) must remain closed as the social distancing level remains at “2.0”.

Pony racing on Jeju will be first action that some punters in Korea will be able to have a legal bet on this Friday

This means that instead of all three tracks racing simultaneously on Friday, each track will get a day to itself. Jeju will race on Friday, Busan on Saturday and Seoul on Sunday. Seoul will not be allowed to admit customers but its races will be beamed for betting to the nine open locations in the south of the country.

To mark the re-opening, just for fun (and due to Busan and Seoul declarations having been held back until today), here’s a pony by pony preview of Friday’s 10 race meeting on Jeju Island.

Race 1: Class 6 (800M) Allowance / KRW 9 Million

1CHOOJEOKJA – 5th on three of four starts so far, latest behind Tamraingi. Fourth fastest time at the distance among these and that would be a good finish today.
2WAHEULGONGWON – First time starter. Went ok in trial behind Cheonmahwangje. Watching brief first-up.
3SAEBYEOKYANGGI – First-time starter. Nothing wrong in trial but was behind both Cheongmahwangje and Waheulgongwon.
4JANGTAUIBYEOL – 2nd and 3rd in two starts so far both at this distance in races with wildly differing paces. Should be on the early speed and goes close.
5TAMRAINGI – 2nd in both starts so far having led almost the whole way on both. Fastest time of any of these at the distance, should lead again and is the one to beat.
6SEUNGJEONSOSIK – Won a trial before debut but not made much of an impact in three starts since. Well back behind Tamraingi last time
7JEILBOMUL – Offered few clues when midfield on debut. Watching brief again today.
8YESONE – No worse than 5th in four starts so far. 2nd first-up following six months off in January and a place chance again here.
9CHEONGMAHWANGJE – Best looking of the three first-time starters having run 2nd in his heat. Can be competitive.
10TTUBEOGI – Mid position in both outings so far at this this distance, sticking to task both times. Maybe more to come.
Selections(5) Tamraingi (4) Jangtauibyeol (8) Yesone (1) Choojeokja
Next Best9, 10
Fast Start4, 5

Race 2: Class 6 (800M) Allowance / KRW 9 Million

1GWANGMYEONGWHANGJE – First-time starter. Well back in trial. Watching brief first-up.
2HEALINGSTAR – Last of ten on debut on November. The time was ok compared to some of the others but it was favourable conditions and he was a long way behind the winner. Fresh start today but plenty to find.
3YANGDAESAN – Had a couple of trials before coming from off the pace to run 4th on debut behind Jejumulyeol on January 8th. Can build on that today.
4JUNGMUNILLO – Improved to 6th on his second start to date.Time hardly fast but in this company can get closer.
5CHEONJITIME – 7th of ten in debut a long way behind a super winner. That was all the way back in August of last year so it’s a fresh start today.
6SOLDIER – Made all to win his trial and needs to be considered in weak company first up.
7JEONGUISILCHEON – Last of ten on debut behind Cheonjitime. Lots to find today.
8JEJUCHEOMDAN – 7th of ten on debut, not too far behind in a slow run race at this distance. Potential for improvement here.
9JEJUMULYEOL – 4th on debut before running 2nd, ahead of Yangdaesan on reappearance on January 8th. Fastest time of these and the likely favourite.
10SINCHEONJILJU – First-time starter. Went ok in his trial in an adequate time and can be in the minor money mix first-up.
Selections(9) Jejumulyeol (6) Soldier (3) Yangdaesan (8) Jejucheomdan (5) Cheonjitime
Next Best2, 4
Fast Start4, 6, 9

Race 3: Class 6 (800M) Allowance / KRW 9 Million

1SEUNGJANGGUN – Never better than 4th in eleven attempts although recent form has been his best. Times average and others favoured.
2SAMDAEUTTEUM – Has won at this distance but that was a long time ago. Best recent performance 3rd place three starts back. Drawn nicely and can be competitive.
3DALBITCHEONSA – Yet to win in eight but has had a couple of near-misses. Has the fastest time of any of these at the distance but does need to reverse form on Udobong and Baekhogunja who have finished ahead of her since. First start since August but a chance.
4BAEKHOGUNJA – 2nd to Jinjuyeoje on second start but has run consistently well. Beat three of these last start when 3rd over this distance on December 19th and has strong claims here.
5DARUIJIJON – Good 3rd three starts back but well beaten in two outings since. Front runner and well-drawn to lead here. Placing line.
6ILSONGDAEPYO – Won at this distance last August. Mixed her form in three starts since and was 4th behind Baekhogunja last time out. Should go close.
7JEOLDAEGWOLLYEOK – Beat a couple of these when 3rd two starts back but was 9th of ten on latest appearance in December. Needs to find more here.
8UDOBONG – Finished in the top three in each of his first three outings including a win at this distance. Lost his way a little since and beaten by three of these last time. Needs an uptick in form here.
9JINJUYEOJE – Beat Baekhogunja when winning at the distance last August but hasn’t come close to repeating that form in three outings since. Place line.
10DAECHANYEOGEOL – Just the one win but it came at this distance. Best recent performance was 2nd over 1200M two starts back but capable of minor money here.
Selections(4) Baekhogunja (6) Ilseongdaepyo (3) Dalbitcheonsa (8) Udobong
Next Best10, 5
Fast Start2, 5

Race 4: Class 4 (900M) Allowance / KRW 9 Million

1CHOEGOYEONJU – Last of ten on debut after two underwhelming trials. Not yet.
2SEOBUGANGJA – Nothing wrong in two starts so far but beaten by plenty of these in the process and too much form to overturn.
3KEUMBITMAJUNG – Comes in off three consecutive runner-up finishes. Trouble is each time he has been beaten by a rival here; Cheongpado and then twice by Pilyeon. Minimum 2nd again.
4PILYEON – Three wins in a row at class and distance beating plenty of these in the process. The wins over Keumbitmajung have been very narrow but he can make it four in a row here.
5FOREST – First-time starter. On pace in his trial but ended 3rd behind Kangryeoguiji. Watching brief first-up.
6MAPAEILHO – Best is a 5th from four starts and beaten by too many of these in the process.
7JUINGONG – First-time starter. Beaten by the other two debut-makers in his trial.
8CHEONGPADO – Beat Keumbitmajung when winning at class and distance on October 30th. 2nd and a 3rd in two starts since and goes close again here.
9KANGRYEOGUIJI – Best of the three first-timer starters in trials.
10EXCITE – 3rd by some margin behind Pilyeon and Keumbitmajung on December 19th. Never finished worse than 3rd in four starts and placing claims again.
Selections(4) Pilyeon (3) Keumbitmajung (10) Excite (8) Cheongpado
Next Best9
Fast Start4, 5, 8

Race 5: Class 5 (900M) Handicap / KRW 12 Million

1HALLADONGJA – First start since last July. Endured a fallow patch before the layoff and worth just watching today.
2GUBIJEONSEUNG – Yet to win but no fewer than five runner-up finishes to his name. Finished off last year with two encouraging runs and has place chances here.
3ARGON – Very experienced with four wins to his name but out of form of late.
4SEOBUMYEONGSEONG – Winner on debut at 800M and followed up with a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes at that same distance. Steps up in trip for the first time but looks competitive here.
5ILRYUMYEONGSEONG – Form has been up and down although he beat Aragangja two starts back. Gives weight away today but capable of placing.
6YEOKJAK – Yet to score in thirty-two and that’s unlikely to change here but should beat a couple.
7ARAGANGJA – Has won two of his latest three and while he was beaten by both Ilryumyeongseong and Sillyeokaengsa two starts back, he has claims again. Generally goes back and finishes strongly.
8SILLYEOKAENGSA – Yet to win in twenty-two but plenty of money finishes to his name. Probably finds one or two too quick again.
9JAYUDOSI – Enters off back to back 4th place finishes, the latter at class and distance and can be competitive again.
10URIJARANG – Never worse than 4th in eight starts so far which have included two wins. Beat a couple of these on his way to a close 2nd last start in December. Times haven’t been fast looks to have more to come and is a real chance here.
Selections(10) Urijarang (7) Aragangja (5) Ilryumyeongseong (4) Seobumyeongseong
Next Best2, 9
Fast Start2

Race 6: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 15 Million

1HANBAEGWANGCHO – Could only manage 6th at class and distance on January 15th but was the best of five who return here. Has claims.
2GASEONGBI – Very experienced but form in four starts since returning from nine months in October has been patchy to say the least. 9th in the January 15th race.
3BULMYEOLUISINHWA – 10th in the January 15th race. Mixed his form before that. Minor money is possible but needs to improve.
4TAMNASINSA – 8th on January 15th was a slight disappointment coming off a good run of form before that. Won at class and distance in November and not without a chance.
5JOONGANGBIHAENG – 3rd behind Tyrosu in December but well beaten on return to action last month.
6TYROSU – Six wins from sixty-four but three of them have come in his latest four starts. Comes from off the pace and closes strongly. He can win again but is carrying more weight this time.
7GANGHANBOSS – Finished last in the January 15th race, a disappointment after back to back 3rd place finishes leading up to it. Others favoured.
8GANGHANPADO – Last winner at this distance with mixed form prior. Up in class here but gets in the weights very nicely and if he gets a lead then he has claims again.
9CHEONNYEONYUHON – Beaten by a few of these in recent forms and while an apprentice keeps the weight down, looks up against it here.
10JEONSEUNGWANGJA – 4th behind Ganghanboss last time out in December but has beaten plenty of these in recent starts as well. Should run on strong and get close.
11GEUMNURI – A class 5 winner over 900M on January 15th, he is up in class and distance here. Nicely in the weights though and while improvement is needed, not without a chance.
12HOMERUNGANGJA – 3rd behind Tyrosu last start was a big improvement. Same draw today and same weight too. More a placing line.
Selections(1) Hanbaegwangcho (6) Tyrosu (4) Tamnasinsa (8) Ganghanpado
Next Best7, 10
Fast Start3, 8, 11

Race 7: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 15 Million

1PUNGRYUYECHAN – Inconsistent in three attempts at this level after winning at class 5 over 900M in November. Tenth of eleven behind Oragunju last start on January 22nd and plenty to find
2SAMDABIHAENG – Improved 5th behind Oragunju on January 22nd coming from well back. Still plenty to find on recent form.
3DOKJUSIDAE – Yet to win in thirty-three but has eight runner-up finishes. Rarely misses the money by much but unlikely to breakthrough here.
4JEONGUILPUM – Started his career in a hurry before finding his level. Not too far away in latest four and a place line here.
5GANGNAMSONYEON – Struggled in four starts at this level since last August. Top jockey on but plenty to find.
6JANGJEONBOBAE – Desperately inconsistent. Never got going last start when well back behind Arajanggun but beat plenty of these – including Arajanggun the time before.
7GWANGAUIJEONSEOL – Class and distance winner ahead of Sinsokan in December before running 3rd on reappearance last month. Only carries an additional kilo and looks firmly in this again.
8SINSOKAN – Back to back runner-up finishes before finishing 7th in the Arajanggun race on January 15th. Still scope for improvement and at least a placing chance here.
9ARAJANGGUN – Beat four of these when coming off the pace to snatch 2nd last start on Janaury 15th but previously suffered a reverse behind two of the same rivals.
10BEOMNABI – 4th behind Arajanggun last start, this pony has an excellent placing record even if he doesn’t win out of turn. Chance of another place today.
11SURYONG – Class and distance winner two starts back before running 4th behind Oragunju. Consistent type and while he gives away weight, he should be a factor.
12ORAGUNJU – Class and distance winner three starts back under today’s weighta nd beat plenty of these laststart. Likes to be on pace so draw not ideal but solid claims again.
Selections(8) Sinsokan (12) Oragunju (9) Arajanggun (11) Suryong
Next Best7, 10
Fast Start3, 8, 12

Race 8: Class 3 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 18 Million

1GWANGAUIBOSS – Runner-up, but a distant one, to Sejongdosi last time means a step up in class today. This is tougher.
2SANGGAEUTTEUM – 3rd to Haengbokuimun and Miraewang at this class over 1100M last start having previously run 8th of twelve in a tough Stakes race. Can aim for the money again.
3MIRAEWANG – 2nd to Hangbokuihim over 1100M last start continuing a run of consistent form. Led not far from home and slightly back in trip today can win.
4WOLCHUL – Class and distance 3rd last time improved on recent form. Ran on strong and minor money claims again.
5SEJONGDOSI – Up in class following strong win over Gwangauiboss at this distance at class 4. This is tougher but he carries less weight today and is capable of running a competitive time here. Winning chances again.
6GAESEONMUN – Ran 3rd being Wolchul last time. Has mixed his form a little and others may be favoured today.
7GANGNAMDAEGA – Good class 4 winner last November but struggled in two attempts at this class since.
8DONGBAEKDONGSAN – Well back behind Haengbokuimun et.al last start and a significant turn-around in form would be needed here.
9HYEOPGAEK – Began his career well but form has gone cold of late.
10TAEWANGSU – Well back behind plenty of these in recent outings and too much improvement required today.
11HAENGBOKUIMUN – Beat three of these on his way to victory at this class over 110M on January 22nd. Another win is not impossible but he carries an additional 6.5kg today and placing line may be safer.
12ILDAEGANGJA – Up in class after back to back runner-up finishes both at this distance. He carries much less weight but this is a much stiffer assignment.
Selections(5) Sejongdosi (3) Miraewang (2) Sanggaeutteum (11) Haengbokuimun
Next Best4, 12
Fast Start2, 9

Race 9: Class 1 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 24 Million

1SAMDABOBAE – Slightly disappointing 7th last time behind three of these but up in trip today can get close under a light weight.
2JEJUKKOMA – 5th behind Baekrokjangwon on January 29th. Like every other horse in the race, he tackles the 1400M for the first time and has minor money claims again.
3SINUIJANGGUN – Recent form has been cold and despite the light weight on his back, looks up against it here.
4CHEOLONGSEONG – Poor day at the office on a muddy track last start but we’ll give him a pass for that. Usually not far from at least the minors.
5GWANGMYEONGUIHIM – 7th place in the Baekrokjangwon race continued a run of ordinary form and there is probably too much to overturn here.
6BAEKROKJANGWON – Still going strong at start 166. The twelve-year-old beat four of these on his way to 2nd place on January 29th and he can match or better that today.
7HALLASHINHWA – Enters in the most consistent form of any of these and while he was 3rd behind Baekrokjangwon last time, he has beaten the old-timer as well. At a furling further, he is the pick here.
8MUGUNGMUJIN – Mixes his form. Likes to come off the pace and ran 3rd two starts back but this looks tough.
9DAEJANGDAEBU – Beaten by most of these in recent outings and hard to see him overturning the form today.
Selections(7) Hallashinhwa (6) Baekrokjangwon (1) Samdabobae (4) Cheolongseong
Next Best2
Fast Start1, 2, 9

Race 10: Class 1 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 18 Million

1MYEONGMUNGUNDAN – Winner of valuable Open race last August but beaten by a lot of these in three subsequent starts and has a lot of form to overturn here.
2IPPEUNI – 3rd behind Samdahogeol on January 22nd ahead of plenty of these was enough to wipe the memory of a poor run behind Baengnokbicheon in a Stakes race last November. Placing chance again.
3HWANGGEUMGUSEUL – Managed a 3rd place three starts back but beaten by plenty of these in two starts since.
4BAENGNOKBICHEON – Beat lots of these in a valuable Stakes race last November before running 2nd on return in January. The most credible danger to the favourite.
5JEONNONGWANG – Winner at this class over a mile last August and in midfield when racing plenty of these on two starts since. Another midfield finish seems likely here.
6SAMDAHOGEOL – She’s won four in a row, beating most of these along the way. She carries an extra 2.5kg compared to last time but she’s very much the one to beat again.
7GYEONINBULBAL – Useful 4th behind Samdahogeol last start and solid consistency before that. Almost certain to lead early. Place chance.
8SANWANGGEOMI – Good win on Janaury 15th capping off a run of very good form. But she’s up in class and significantly in distance. Much deeper waters today.
9YURANGGEUKDAN – Solid enough form but has been beaten by Dongseojewang in both her latest two and will beed to improve to figure.
10GWANGSANDAERO – Mixes form. Great 2nd to Baengnokbicheon two starts back but despite ability is too unreliable to be confident about.
11DONGSEOJEWANG – Form reads well and is a recent winner at this class over a mile. Tough to win but a placing line.
12MIRAEYEOKSA – well back in recent starts and despite the light weight, looks up against it here.
Selections(6) Samdahogeol (4) Baengnokbicheon (2) Ippeuni (7) Gyeoninbulbal
Next Best8, 5
Fast Start1, 7

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