Saturday’s behind-closed-doors meeting at Seoul has 9 races from 11:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
Juveniles here with only one of the eleven having previous racing experience. And unlike a lof these type of races, at least half of those first-timers showed enough in their respective trials to suggest they have the ability to win first-up here. We have to narrow it down though so we’ll go with one of two trial winners (1) ASPEN TAEYANG. He was very well held together in his trial, crossing the line first in an unhurried manner with seemingly plenty to spare. He draws well and the jockey/trainer combination is sure to attract plenty. (11) CHEONJIUI BIT ran 2nd in the same trial and was equally unhurried having led in the early stages. That won’t be so easy from the widest gate but she has potential. (8) JEONGSANG Z registered the fastest trial time. She looked a little ungainly in her heat but ran on strong without the whip. (10) MAGIC JUDE also looked to have lots in hand when 2nd in his trial after leading. (2) RAON THE DASH won his heat although he was asked a few questions, as was (7) GEUMSEONG SPEED. Experience can often count for a lot in these types of races and (4) CHEOLLICHONG did nothing too wrong when 6th on debut at this distance on July 25th. He draws much better today and can have come on for that run.
|Selections||(1) Aspen Taeyang (11) Cheonjiui Bit (4) Cheollichong (8) Jeongsang Z|
|Next Best||10, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 10, 11|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
Fillies (and one mare) only here. (7) LAPIEO BAN has run just the once, finishing 4th at 1200M on July 18th. She drew the widest but one gate that day and was slowly away before making good ground in the closing stages. She should have come on for that experience and the Strong Mandate filly draws better today with solid claims to break through. (5) WONDERFUL ORANGE has consistently run decent times at this distance and has a 2nd place to her name. She does have a tendency to be slowly away but can run on well and should be in the finish here. (6) LUCKY BALLY showed significant improvement when 4th ahead of Wonderful Orange at her latest start just two weeks ago. She draws better today and can build on that progress. (8) DAESEUNG GAON is another who goes back and runs on. She gets in under a featherweight here and has placing claims. The thirty-three race maiden (1) IRYEO HAYEO is wildly unpredictable but her performance two starts back when 2nd at this distance in fast time means she can’t be overlooked for the minor money.
|Selections||(7) Lapieo Ban (5) Wonderful Orange (6) Lucky Bally (8) Daeseung Gaon|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 8, 10|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
(4) STELLA ROAD has finished no worse than 4th in three starts so far and steps up to this distance for the first time looking ready to win. Last time out she came from behind the pace to run 2nd well beaten by a good winner and she draws nicely here to be able to pick her spot. (6) MYEONGPUM HERO looks to be improving following a solid 3rd place over 1200M on July 17th when he was handy throughout and can build on that today while (2) GEUMSEONG MAN debuted in the same race and while very slowly away, once he finally got into top gear, he finished off very nicely and should be improving today. (10) SINDAERO had a poor day at the office last start but has shown ability at this distance and can be given another chance (7) LUCKY SEOKPO has had a real stop-start career but he does have ability and perhaps just needs to get some races under his belt. He returns for the first time since April today and should be leading early and is one of many who if they run to their best, can have a say in the finish.
|Selections||(4) Stella Road (6) Myeongpum Hero (2) Geumseong Man (10) Sindaero|
|Next Best||7, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 5, 7|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
A very competitive race involving no fewer than four last start winners as well as plenty of other capable sorts. (5) RAON THE TIGER was a good winner over this distance at class 6 level two starts back before running 2nd at his latest effort at this class over 1200M. He draws well to get to the early lead and he could go all the way. (8) CHEONGDAM TANK got his maiden win at start number nine over 1700M on July 3rd. He has shown ability at this distance as well, is tactically versatile, and has every chance again. (7) SAENAE WIN comes up in class after a gate to wire victory at this distance at class 6 on July 4th. That win had been coming and while the fast time was aided by a wet track, she should be able to measure up in this company. (9) FASHIONED PASSION is a winner at this class and came home a good 3rd behind Raon The Tiger at her latest start. She has a strong finish on her and will be working home late here. (2) CHEONJI POKPUNG was a massive longshot last time out and appeared from absolutely nowhere to run from last to 1st in the home straight on July 17th. He comes up in the weights but warrants more respect here.
|Selections||(5) Raon The Tiger (8) Cheongdam Tank (7) Saenae Win (9) Fashioned Passion|
|Next Best||2, 11|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 8, 9|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
Another very competitive race for the level, this time with three last start winners, although all three are up in class. (5) BULBANGUL didn’t exactly set the world alight when winning at this distance on debut on July 11th. On a wet track, he settled towards the back and then ran on strongly in the home straight to score. He should have improved for that run and while he may need to be a bit handier earlier, he has claims to measure up against this tougher opposition. (6) VICEROY has the fastest time at the distance, recorded on a wet track when he led from gate to wire to win at class 6 level in May. He has since put in two creditable runs at this level and should be in the mix again. (1) WINNER BLUE too has good experience at this level and while he comes up in the weights here, he has placing claims. (8) ICE STAR comes up in class after two wins from his latest three. He seems to be a bit of an all or nothing type as those two victories are his only top five finishes, but he comes in off a light weight and could be involved. (9) CHEONDUNGSEJA another up in class who can be competitive.
|Selections||(5) Bulbangul (6) Viceroy (1) Winner Blue (8) Ice Star|
|Next Best||9, 7|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 6, 10|
Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
Another competitive race. (9) COBRA BALL was a smart winner at this distance two starts back when resuming after five months off and then ran a very good 2nd place at this class beating a couple of these in the progress when he led until the furlong pole. He stays down in the weights here and while the draw isn’t the best, he has won from wider and has solid claims. (10) DALRINEUN BITKKAL came from off the pace to win at class and distance in a fast time on a wet track on July 10th. He came from a wider gate than he has today so the draw should be no problem but he does come up a full 4kg in the weights. He has a real chance. So too does (5) DONGJIN CHOEGANG. A winner of three from five so far, he is up in class having made all over this distance in a good time on July 17th and he should be more than competitive at this level. Plenty of others with placing claims including (2) CHOEGO CAMP from a nice draw, and (11) MONEY CHAMP, a class and distance 4th last time.
|Selections||(9) Cobra Ball (10) Dalrineun Bitkkal (5) Dongjin Choegang (2) Choego Camp|
|Next Best||11, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 4, 9|
Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
(1) VIKING STORM made his breakthrough at start number five on July 4th on a very wet track at class and distance. He sat handy to the lead and then finished off very strongly. He comes up 2kg in the weights but can win again. (4) MUNHAK ENCORE beat Viking Storm when they finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at class and distance on May 8th. He has since run 3rd and 4th the same distance. He actually meets Viking Storm on marginally better terms than he did that day in May and it would be no real surprise if he beat him again. (10) STORMY ran 5th behind Viking Storm last start but has consistently run good times at this distance and can be in the finish again with his racing style meaning the wide draw is not a concern. (11) JEONGSANG KINGDOM remains a maiden after twelve attempts but he too has put in some consistent performances and has a good finish on him. (5) MIGHTY WELL ran on strongly on debut over 1400M and can be better second-up here over the extended trip.
|Selections||(1) Viking Storm (4) Munhak Encore (10) Stormy (11) Jeongsang Kingdom|
|Next Best||5, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 8, 12|
Seoul Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(8) JANGSAN FLY ran out a four-length winner with three of today’s rivals back down the track behind him at class and distance on July 17th when he was midfield and wide on the turn before proving far too strong. He is up an additional 3kg today but should be equal to it. Going around 1800M first-up is a huge ask but that is precisely what (2) GAROSUGIL has been tasked with. He won two of three attempts at 1700M last year and races for the first time since last November. He looked in excellent shape when winning a trial in early July and while this is undoubtedly tough, he could be equal to it. (5) BARAMEUL GEURIDA got the closest to Jangsan Fly back in July and meeting him on much better terms today, can get closer. (3) SIMON QUEEN had a poor day at this office in the same race but prior to that had shown good form at this distance as well as a couple of fast times. (11) MENI SPEED is another in at least the placing frame
|Selections||(8) Jangsan Fly (2) Garosugil (5) Barameul Geurida (3) Simon Queen|
|Next Best||11, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 10|
Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(8) LEGEND DAY has won six of his seven starts to date including his first class 2 test which came over 1200M on June 6th when he sat handy before proving too good. He has won, fine fashion at this distance on two occasions although it is also true that he suffered his only defeat at it last October. We will side with him to score again but make no mistake this is an extremely stern test. (11) ECHO BILL ran 2nd to the outstanding prospect Raon The Fighter at his latest start on July 17th, posting a fast time in the process. He enters in consistent form and while the gate is not ideal, he should be in the finish once more. (5) BYEOLNARA SINSA ran 2nd to Roller Blade on his first attempt at this level on June 26th when sent off as favourite. He can lead or sit handy and will be a threat again. (9) FLORIDA POWER was 3rd in the same race and is another who can aim to place again. The wildcard is (2) MUNHAK JOY, whose recent work has been at class 1 or around two turns or both. He comes back to a distance at which he has run some very fast times and an apprentice aboard takes the weight down.
|Selections||(8) Legend Day (11) Echo Bill (5) Byeolnara Sinsa (9) Florida Power|
|Next Best||2, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5, 8|