There are 9 races at the behind closed doors meeting at Seoul on Saturday running from 11:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
A juvenile maiden to open with and six of the eleven race for the very first time. From a nice draw, (2) MENI GOLD is the pick. She was a little slow away in her trial but ran on pleasingly enough when hustled up the inside to cross the line in 3rd place in a fair time. The jockey booking suggests she is ready to win first-up. (7) DOUBLE EDGE was handy to the speed in his trial and responded very well when asked for an effort in the home straight, coasting the final half furlong and crossing the line in front. It was a good time and he too has solid claims on debut. In terms of experience, (9) GALSAEK HYANGGI ran on from an unpromising position on debut on August 7th, recorded a very good final furlong, albeit far too late to make an impact on the race. With a better start, she can improve today. So too (10) BROWN CHARM, who ran on but with too much to do and should also be better for the run. Neither draw especially well though. Returning to the first-timers, (6) P N S HER is another who could trialed competently and can be competitive.
|Selections||(2) Meni Gold (7) Double Edge (9) Galsaek Hyanggi (10) Brown Charm|
|Next Best||6, 11|
|Fast Start||1, 7, 10, 11|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
More juvenile maidens, again with six of the eleven making their racecourse debuts. There is some positive experience on show though and we shall side with it. (9) RAON THE SPURT did nothing in her trial but ran strongly for 2nd place in a fast time on debut at this trip having led early. She is a “full” sister to Raon Tough Man, who won five of his ten starts, and while the draw is a little bit worse than last time, she can win. Also drawing worse is a horse she beat last time, (10) COMPLETE TIME. The Old Fashioned filly was sent off as favourite having won a trial in good order but didn’t quicken as well as hoped and ended up in 4th. She should have learned from that experience and should be worth another chance here. (3) GREENBACK was a trial winner who went on to run 5th on debut in a fast time on July 18th. She draws well here and should be looking to improve. Plenty of promise among the first-time starters as well. (8) MAGIC GRACE won her trial in fine order while (5) ORGALIM is sure to have plenty of backers first up too.
|Selections||(9) Raon The Spurt (10) Complete Time (3) Greenback (8) Magic Grace|
|Next Best||5, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 9, 10|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
Competitive affair here. (8) GREEN FEELSTAR comes in having won at class and distance on June 26th when having drawn wide, she settled midfield and steadily improved, winning comfortably in the end. She has had nine weeks off since then but carries exactly the same weight and get a better draw. She has claims to back up. (7) FANCY PANTS may be yet to win after eight attempts but has never finished any worse than 5th. She was on pace for her latest 3rd place at this distance on July 24th and should be up there again today. (3) SHINE MUSIC is another who comes in with decent consistency and while she has finished no better than 3rd, she has a good time to her name at the trip, albeit on a wet track, and has lacing claims here. (2) HERO SPEED and (1) LAGERTHA are among others with at least placing chances.
|Selections||(8) Green Feelstar (7) Fancy Pants (3) Shine Music (2) Hero Speed|
|Next Best||1, 11|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 7, 11|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
(8) ACHIM GISANG suffered her first defeat at start number four on July 18th. It was, frankly, a tough ask for her that day as she was first-up following almost six months out; she was stepping up to this class for the first time and she was tackling 1400M for the first time. In the event she got to the lead and was looking well until the top of the straight before running out of petrol and finishing 4th. She should be better for that experience off a further six weeks out and dropping back in trip today to a distance at which she ran a super time in January, she is the one to beat. It won’t be easy though because (6) DREAM KNOCK is up in class following a super first-up win over 1200M on July 18th when she was wide throughout but ran on to win by eight-lengths. Her racing pattern suggests the step up in trip will suit and she looks a big danger here. (10) NONGBON BADA comes in having beaten three of these on her way to 3rd place at class and distance on July 24th when drawn even wider than she is today. She has a strong finish on her and will be poised to run home strong. (2) ELITE POWER is a winner at this distance in a fast time at class 6 level and while she had a poor day at the office last time, she draws much better here and can be competitive. (3) AFLEET MARINE among others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(8) Achim Gisang (6) Dream Knock (10) Nongbon Bada (2) Elite Power|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 8, 9|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
The ultra-consistent (1) TANK SOCKS looks ready to return to the winner’s circle here. In her latest two she has come from well off the pace to run 4th and 3rd, both at this class and distance and the inside gate should give options. She has a strong finish and with a little less to do late on today, can win. (6) TYCHE FIRE drops back in trip with his recent starts all having been over 1700M. He is top-rated in the race and has every chance of going close here. (4) BLACK CHARM was 5th behind Tyche Fire over 1700M two starts back but rebounded to run 2nd at the same distance at the end of May. He has had almost three months off since and is another who may appreciate the step back in trip here. So too may (3) DREAM MAX. Her style had been to come from well off the pace so it was no surprise when she was tried around two turns for her first two goes at this level. It didn’t really work out so she drops back to the distance at which she got her maiden win and she draws very nicely. (2) JILJU DAERO one of a number of others with at least placing hopes.
|Selections||(1) Tank Socks (6) Tyche Fire (4) Black Charm (3) Dream Max|
|Next Best||2, 5|
|Fast Start||7, 8, 10, 12|