It’s behind closed doors once more with no betting available in Korea but Busan kicks off the weekend’s proceedings with a short 6-race card on Friday from 13:25 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
Juveniles kick things off with eight of the twelve racing for the very first time. We’ll side with experience though and (8) DOCTOR PHAROAH ran well on debut on August 1st, when he broke from gate seven and was on pace throughout, ultimately finishing 3rd in a good time. With some natural improvement from that experience, he looks the one to beat. (5) BEOMI NAERYO ONDA went through a couple of trials and in the most recent of them he led early before finishing a competent 4th behind three experienced racehorses in a fair time. If he can bring that form to the races, then he will go close first up here. Among the other debut-makers, (4) FANTASTIC MAGIC and (6) PURPLE MANGO both did enough in their respective trials to suggest that they can be competitive first-up. (2) INDY CHOICE has hinted at ability across his two starts so far and draws much better today than he did last time when caught back and wide.
|Selections||(8) Doctor Pharoah (5) Beomi Naeryo Onda (4) Fantastic Magic (6) Purple Mango|
|Next Best||2, 3|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 6, 8|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
A maiden but a good one. More than seven months separated the first two outings of (4) WORLD CHANGE but he did well in both, running 2nd on debut last December over 1200M before finally returning on July 23rd to be 3rd at the same distance. From a slow start he ran on pleasingly and should strip fitter for that run. The additional trip can suit and he has every chance. (9) YEONGGWANGUI SPEED comes in on a string of consistently good times at this distance. His racing pattern suggests the wide draw is no problem and he should be firmly in the finish here. (3) KING GRACE is another who is putting together a consistent record. He settled right at the back on his latest outing on August 1st, at this distance but ran on very well to finish 4th. If he can be a little handier earlier then he can go even closer. (6) GIANT CAL was a much improved 2nd over 1300M at his latest start when he was well back before running on strong. (11) LANE KILLER was an encouraging 3rd on debut over 1300M on August 1st and is another with claims to go close.
|Selections||(4) World Change (9) Yeonggwangui Speed (3) King Grace (6) Giant Cal|
|Next Best||11, 8|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 9, 11|
Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
A good race for the level. Four of these raced each other at class and distance on August 1st when (3) FLAT BABE was sent off as favourite but having settled to the rear of midfield, could only make it up to 3rd place on the line. She has demonstrated good consistency though as well as the ability to run fast times at the distance and with Perovic climbing aboard today, can be given another chance. (1) NEW LUX finished 2nd in that race, beating Flat Babe by just under a length. She too has run consistently good times for the distance and from the same draw as last time, will be a big danger again. (5) CAL MARK comes up in class after a good win at this distance class 6 level when he ran on strong from midfield to win going away. His winning time should measure up at this class and he has at least placing claims here. (4) GALLANT WARRIOR comes up in class too after emerging from the same race as Cal Mark where he was 2nd. He is yet to get his maiden win but has never been worse than 5th and has demonstrated plenty of speed and he comes down in the weights here. (12) TWO TWO FAIRY among a number of others with placing claims.
|Selections||(3) Flat Babe (1) New Lux (5) Cal Mark (4) Gallant Warrior|
|Next Best||12, 11|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 9, 11|
Busan Race 4: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
(2) GEOMEUN SSONSAL was a super class and distance winner on August 1st when stepped up to this trip for the first time. He settled in midfield before accelerating in the straight to score by three-lengths in a fast time. He does have to carry an additional 2kg today meaning he is giving significant weight to all of his rivals, but he should be equal to the task and can make it three wins in a row. (12) BABY LINE had a poor day at the office when sent off as favourite at class and distance on July 23rd, beginning poorly and then getting caught back and wide. He had previously won three in a row and while the draw is not great today, the apprentice keeps his weight down and if he gets a better start he will be worth another chance. (7) TOHAM STAR was just over three-lengths behind Geomeun Ssonsal when 3rd in that August 1st race at class and distance. He meets him with a full 6kg weight advantage this time and can potentially get closer. (3) DAEAM JANGGUN ran 6th in that same race on what was just his second appearance. He was on pace early but weakened a little late on and should have come on for that run. He can get closer here too. A last start class and distance 2nd, (11) TOP BEST is another with claims.
|Selections||(2) Geomeun Ssonsal (12) Baby Line (7) Toham Star (3) Daeam Janggun|
|Next Best||11, 6|
|Fast Start||3, 6, 9, 11|
Busan Race 5: Class 4 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
(5) WILD INDIE is rapidly up in class following back to back wins over a mile at classes 6 and 5, both times having settled back and run on. He comes up in trip as well but is a half-brother to Beolmaui Kkum, who won a graded race at this distance and also to Kkakjaengi, who won a class 1 at this distance. He can continue his rapid progress today. (2) JEONGSU SIDAE is proven at the trip and comes in with his recent form reading consistently. From a good draw, he can settle handy and will have a strong challenge late on. (1) DOCTOR GIANTS comes up in trip following a couple of solid performances over 1400M at this level. His racing pattern suggests that can cope with the additional turn and he too draws very nicely indeed. It’s a similar story with (4) ADELE PUPIL, who ran 3rd on her first try at this level over 1400M last start. She has proven tactically versatile across her six outings to date, in which she has never been any worse than 5th, and under a very amenable weight, she looks firmly in the frame. (3) CHANGE BACK can mix his form but is proven at the class and the distance and is equal top-rated with genuine placing claims.
|Selections||(5) Wild Indie (2) Jeongsu Sidae (1) Doctor Giants (4) Adele Pupil|
|Next Best||3, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 3, 4|
Busan Race 6: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(6) HEAT YEGAM is proving to be a serious horse. A winner of six from seven so far, he comes in off a scorching victory over 1400M on August 1st when he left highly thought of import Yeongung Louis trailing in his wake. He is up in class here but he comes down in the weights and while he drops back to the distance at which he suffered his only defeat to date, he can be on the pace here and win again. (1) BANJIUI YOJEONG comes in off a fine 2nd place at class and distance back on June 27th. True he was a long way behind the excellent (and now unfortunately long-term lame) Golden Winner but he has three of today’s rivals back down the track behind him. He is lightly weighted and draws exceptionally well and has solid claims to go close once again today. (2) TOP DAY races for the first time since finishing 5th behind Banjiui Yojeong back at the end of May when he overcame a very wide draw. He draws much better today and an apprentice is put up which takes plenty of weight off. (7) HIDDEN STAR and (11) OCEAN PHOENIX among other each-way chances.
|Selections||(6) Heat Yegam (1) Banjiui Yojeong (2) Top Day (7) Hidden Star|
|Next Best||11, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 6, 9, 10|