Seoul’s Saturday meeting will be run behind closed doors with 9 races from 11:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
The opener is for juvenile maidens and just two of the ten have raced before. (8) BYEOLUI SUNGAN raced well, running 3rd in a fast time over 1000M behind two who take their chance in tomorrow’s Rookie Stakes. He wasn’t the quickest away in that debut race but was taken across to the rail and ran on. He should have improved for the experience and can win here. There are a couple of dangerous first-time starters though. (1) CLAIR BEST ran well in his trial finishing a close 2nd when placed under very little pressure at all. There looks to be much more in the tank and he draws very well on the inside again. (10) WORLD FORCE was a touch awkwardly away but was quickly up with the pace and looked extremely competent in the home straight, running on without being asked a question to cross the line 1st. A win for either of those first-up would be no surprise. (5) LUCKY CROWN is the other one in the race with experience. She led on debut on August 7th before weakening to 6th but should have benefitted for the run. (3) DUSON FANTASTIC finished in 6th place in his trial but the margins were small and the time was fair and he is another with first-up claims.
|Selections||(8) Byeolui Sungan (1) Clair Best (10) World Force (5) Lucky Crown|
|Next Best||3, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 10|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 33 Million
Having absolutely bolted up in a trial in July, (8) CRAZY TANK was well supported on his return to action a couple of weeks later. While he did show at the front for much of the race he weakened late on and finished 5th, perhaps having left some of his spark in the heat. He comes in here after six weeks out, should be on pace again and can be given another chance. (4) GRAY CAT is first-up after five months out but shapes up as the best here with the fastest time of any of them at this distance and also a really good showing at 1300M too. He trialed up well in August running 3rd in his heat in a decent time and with an apprentice aboard, he is down 5kg in the weights from the last time we saw him. (3) TROT QUEEN ran well for 5th on debut over 1000M. She is nicely drawn to be on pace from the start again and should be in the finish. (9) LEGEND STAR doesn’t get the best of the draw but is another who likes to be on pace and has three 3rd place finishes to her name already. (1) YES I CAN another in the placing frame.
|Selections||(8) Crazy Tank (4) Gray Cat (3) Trot Queen (9) Legend Star|
|Next Best||1, 7|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 8, 9|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 33 Million
Tricky race but (6) GEOSEN POWER may be ready to win. He has the fastest time among these for the distance which he recorded at his latest start on August 15th when settling midfield and running on well. The same apprentice keeps the weight down and he has solid claims here. Four of these raced each other at this distance on July 25th coming home between 3rd and 7th but there was barely anything in it. In 4th place that day was (10) SEMYEONG HAETSAL, who is the only previous winner in the race. His victory came at this distance and he comes in off two consistent runs. His times aren’t great but he won’t need to do much more to be in the finish here. A nose ahead of him in 3rd place was (4) SIMON STORM, who was recording her best finish in her ten outings to date. She has tended to come from well back in her races but actually draws a decent gate here for once and can aim to place again. (2) CHOIN SPARK comes out of that same race and is another who can challenge, most likely from on pace. It isn’t a strong race so first-time starter (7) HANGANG MAGIC, who ran 3rd in her trial in a fair time, can’t be ruled out.
|Selections||(6) Geosen Power (10) Semyeong Haetsal (4) Simon Storm (2) Choin Spark|
|Next Best||7, 8|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 6, 10|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
Another tricky race with five of the twelve coming into this class for the first time. (7) JANGSAN GUARD is winless but up in class after three near-misses this preparation, all at this distance and all in competitive times. He comes down a little in the weights and draws well enough to suggest he can lead and he has as good a chance as any. (6) SMART DAEBO was a good winner two starts back at class 6 level over this distance and while he didn’t find it easy on his first try at this class on August 8th, can be given another chance here. (4) LONDON SPEED similarly had a hard time when not seeing out 1400M on her first try at this level on July 24th but should appreciate the drop back in trip and get an easier run from today’s gate. (11) SPRING KKUM finds himself down in class having made all nine appearances so far at class 4 level. His results on paper are unimpressive – hence why he final gets to drop – but against the better opposition he has run a fast time at this distance as well as consistently good times – faster than the average for this class – at 1400M. He has the steadier of 57kg on his back but don’t rule out a good run. (5) ISTHMUS another in the hunt but really, anything could win this.
|Selections||(7) Jangsan Guard (6) Smart Daebo (4) London Speed (11) Spring Kkum|
|Next Best||5, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 7, 8, 9|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
Fillies and mares only here. (6) JOYFUL K ran well for 5th last time out at 1300M, settling midfield before going back and then running on. She steps up to 1400M for the first time today but her running style suggests it may suit and she has every chance. From a good draw, expect her to be ridden closer to the pace than in recent outings. (10) K BLADE comes up in class after a maiden in at start number ten over 1300M on August 7th. She goes best on pace so the draw is not ideal but the distance should be ok and she can go close. (5) BIG RIVER has good experience at this class and has also registered a couple of decent times at the 1400M. She is tactically versatile but has the fastest start among these so should be on pace. (2) EUNHYE PADO too ran adequately on her first try at class 5 last time out. It’s been a while since she tackled this distance but she likes to run on strong and looks a placing chance at least. (9) ONE AND ONLY made all for a shock maiden win at this class over 1300M on August 7th. More respect is warranted this time but the extra 4.5kg and extra half furlong makes a repeat a challenging task.
|Selections||(6) Joyful K (10) K Blade (5) Big River (2) Eunhye Pado|
|Next Best||9, 1|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 9, 10|
Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
Absolutely super race with none of the field having finished any worse than 5th in their latest outing. (12) DAEHAN JILJU comes back in trip having notched his third consecutive win on July 18th. That was over 1800M and making it four in a row will be a very tough ask what with the double whammy of the widest gate and 58kg on his back. Two starts back he overcame similar in a fast time, albeit it at class 5 level and he can do so again. (8) WINNER QUARDRILLE returns to action for the first time since April. She trialed up very well last weekend and while this is a very stiff ask first-up, she has loads of ability and a nice light weight. (7) A. P. PATEK enters with two wins from his latest three starts, both at this distance and the most recent at this class in a fast time. He likes to sit handy and run on and while he comes up slightly in the weights, he has solid chances again. (5) EODIGANA comes up in class following an easy nine-length score at this distance in a fast time on August 8th. She was well beaten by Daehan Jilju two starts back but meets that one on even better terms this time and should be in the finish. Loads of others are competitive with (3) LUISA perhaps a decent each-way chance.
|Selections||(12) Daehan Jilju (8) Winner Quardrille (7) A.P. Patek (5) Eodigana|
|Next Best||3, 11|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 10, 12|
Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
(1) ECHO VICTOR put in a disappointing performance on his latest appearance on June 27th when led until the 300M before quickly giving up ground and finishing well back. He was later found to have been slightly lame. He was favourite that day for good reason as he is a class and distance winner in a fast time and has been very consistent. He has recovered and has been back in work a month, an apprentice keeps the weight down and he draws the perfect gate to get to the lead. If it wasn’t for the apprentice booking, he would be carrying the same as (3) J.S. GUNJU, who is joint top-rated. He comes in off a solid 2nd place over 1200M on July 24th and has posted some good times at this distance too. (4) ROCK LINE also enters off a solid 2nd place in a fast time at 1300M last start. He comes up to the 1400M for the first time and should be in the hunt. (11) FINAL CANGINO had a poor day in the office at his latest start but gets tried at the distance for the first time and looks a placing hope. The wildcard is (6) MIGHTY KICK, who has done nothing in his two starts so far at 1200M, finishing well back but running on very strong both times. The added trip today should help.
|Selections||(1) Echo Victor (3) J.S. Gunju (4) Rock Line (11) Final Cangino|
|Next Best||6, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 11, 12|
Seoul Race 8: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
(2) STAR BLADE comes up in class after landing his third win in eight starts when making all at this distance on June 13th. His is a tougher ask but he comes down slightly in the weights and draws very nicely. (11) WONDERFUL INDIAN was a very good winner at class and distance on August 7th when he settled handy behind the early pace before taking command in the home straight and running on for an easy victory. It was his first win in sixteen starts and he has the steadier of 57kg on his back today and a much less favourable draw but he has the ability to win again. (12) OKRYONG has beaten Wonderful Indian in the past and while he has an even worse draw, he looks nicely in with placing chances again. (8) MILKY SHERRY ran 4th to Wonderful Indian at her latest start and once more gets in under a featherweight and shouldn’t be too far away. (1) ROYAL HAMSEONG comes in off a good class and distance 4th place on August 15th, his equal best finish to date, and he too has placing claims.
|Selections||(2) Star Blade (11) Wonderful Indian (12) Okryong (8) Milky Sherry|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 6, 7, 8|
Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Absolutely super race to finish with a class 2 field that in a normal year we would probably only see come together in a Listed race. (4) SPEED GO is the winner of six from eight so far, including his latest four. He was most recently and all the way winner in a very fast time at this class and distance on August 7th. He gets clobbered with an additional 5kg for the that performance but he draws well again and can win again. (6) UNCLE OH has an even faster time at this distance. He led from barrier ten on a wet track last start on July 3rd ultimately finishing in 4th place behind a couple of today’s rivals but draws much better this time and should reverse the form on them. (5) ICE PUNCH comes up in class after two really good wins at 1200M and 1400M at class 3 level. He comes down in the weights, draws well and has solid chances. (12) BAREM was one of those who beat Uncle Oh in July when he was first-up following four months off. His draw is not so good but he has plenty of speed about him. (11) FINAL STAR is another who comes up in class following a good win last start and is yet another in at least the placing hunt.
|Selections||(4) Speed Go (6) Uncle Oh (5) Ice Punch (12) Barem|
|Next Best||11, 7|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 6, 7|