Racing will take a break for the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays next weekend so it’s full fields all round this week. The action kicks off at Busan on Friday with a seven-race card from 12:35 to 18:00. While betting outlets in the Capital region and Jeju Island remain closed, those in Busan, Daegu, Changwon, Gwangju and Cheonan are open for pre-booked punters (through the MyCard app). Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
Juvenile maidens go around here with five of the ten racing for the very first time. There are two standouts among the ones with experience. (1) GREAT BLUE is set to be favourite having raced twice already, the latter time running a good 2nd to the promising newcomer Adele Touch in a fast time, running through the line strongly. He draws nicely on the inside and has winning claims here. (7) GOLDENTHUNDERBOLT has raced just the once on August 14th when he was smartly away and leading before dawdling a little in the home straight and ultimately finishing 2nd. Hopefully he has learned from that and with some improvement in terms of finishing the race off, he can win. Among the first-timers, there is plenty of promise. It took (4) H. DAY a couple of trials to figure things out but once he did, he qualified smartly in a fast time and should be on pace here. Bart Rice and Seo Seung-un is a formidable combination at the moment and the pair here send out (8) JEONGMUN DRAGON, who qualified in a reasonable time on a wet track running on strong and should come into the calculations. (3) MAHAMERU similarly trialed up very nicely in the wet and gets in well drawn under an apprentice claim.
|Selections||(1) Great Blue (7) Goldenthunderbolt (4) H. Day (8) Jeongmun Dragon|
|Next Best||3, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 4, 7|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
More juvenile maidens, this time with nine of the twelve racing for the first time. We’ll stick with experience again. (9) MISS GO picks herself here based on how she ran on debut on July 16th when she settled midfield and ran on well for 4th in a fast time on a dry track. She’s had nine weeks off since then but won’t need to improve too much on that showing to win here. (7) FANTASTIC LOVE ran a good 2nd to Doctor Pharaoh on debut on August 27th when handy and running on. It was a run full of promise and under a light weight again, she should be a big danger. (1) ADELE BOSS may have finished well back on debut but the run itself wasn’t bad and he should have come on for the experience. Expect improvement today. As for the first-time starters, (3) SHAKA is sure to have plenty of support, given the stable. He didn’t offer too many clues in his trial but posted an adequate time and will have plenty of backers. (12) CHOEGANG MARINE was slightly slowly into stride in his trial but ran on strong to finish 3rd in a reasonable time, suggesting he can overcome the wide draw here.
|Selections||(9) Miss Go (7) Fantastic Love (1) Adele Boss (3) Shaka|
|Next Best||12, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 7, 11|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
(8) GWANGDAESEUNGCHEON has shown significant improvement in his latest two appearances running 3rd in both of them, both at 1300M. He likes to settle midfield and run on and it could be third time lucky here. Trainer Peter Wolsley has been on 599 Korean winners for a few weeks now but the breakthrough 600 may come here with (1) LE CONCORD. The three-year-old has only raced twice, once last October and then this May, finishing a good 3rd in the latter over 1200M. He ran on well that day and the step up in trip may suit. He will probably need this run but in a race of few chances, he has as good as any. (4) ANY LINE has mixed his form but ran well enough for 4th over 1200M last start. His best result so far came at a mile and he looks a place chance here. (3) UNJU BULPAE ran a fair race on debut over 1000M and the step up in trip may suit. (10) CROWN KING STAR another in the placing frame.
|Selections||(8) Gwangdaeseungcheon (1) Le Concord (4) Any Line (3) Unju Bulpae|
|Next Best||10, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 10|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
Tricky race with most of the main chances having drawn wide. (12) MARK ACE doesn’t exactly win out of turn, but she has finished in the top five on nine of eleven starts so far and comes in with very consistent recent form. She has the fastest time among those who have tackled a mile before and while she does draw the car park, she overcame gate eleven to run 3rd over 1400M last start. She comes down slightly in the weights for that and Perovic climbs aboard meaning there is plenty to like. (9) KING GOLIATH ran on strong from off the pace to score his maiden win at start number four just two weeks ago. That victory had been coming and while up in class, if anything the additional trip should suit even better and he has claims again. (11) WORLD CHANGE has only raced three times and comes up in class following a solid front-running victory over 1400M on August 27th. This is his first try at a mile but there is no reason why he can’t measure up and he should be in the finish. (8) UNJU SESANG is another up in class following a good win over 1400M. Her times have been consistent and while she may need to step up a little here, she looks to have each-way claims. (5) NEW LUX has loads of experience at the level and is more than capable of sneaking a place.
|Selections||(12) Mark Ace (9) King Goliath (11) World Change (8) Unju Sesang|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||7, 8, 10, 12|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
Expect (1) ENDLESS RUNNING to jump as the shortest priced favourite of the day and for good reason. He is up in class here and he does carry 57kg but the manner in which he has won his latest two, especially last start on July 23rd over this distance when he led from gate to wire for a seven-length win under 56kg, suggests he can cope. He draws perfectly and should win. Beyond the favourite this is a pretty average line-up for the level. (7) HANSEN MULGYEOL parted company with his jockey coming out of the gate at his latest appearance but he does have some decent form in his record. He has a fast start so if he gets on pace he can beat a few. (3) SEOBU QUEEN is not a fast starter but beat a couple of these on her way to 5th over 1300M last start and should beat plenty again. (11) B.K. POWER and (4) FANTASTIC LEADER are others with placing claims.
|Selections||(1) Endless Running (7) Hansen Mulgyeol (3) Seobu Queen (11) B.K. Power|
|Next Best||4, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 7, 9, 11|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
Fascinating match-up here as two horses both very much on the improve meet. (6) GOOD TANK won her first two at class 6 before recording a pair of runner-up finishes over 1400M at class 5 level, leading on both occasions before ultimately ending up in 2nd place. She comes up in class here but down in the weights and draws well and it’s for those later two reasons that we marginally prefer her to (12) DAEAM JANGGUN, who draws the car park and carries a full 6kg more than he did when winning at class and distance on August 27th. His time that day was sensational having sat handy and struck the front just over a furlong out. Another win isn’t impossible. (4) DOCTOR GIANTS actually beat Daeam Janggun when they met two starts back and comes down in trip following a decent effort around 1800M at his latest start. (1) BUCATINI and (7) QUATTRO MAX are others with at least placing chances.
|Selections||(6) Good Tank (12) Daeam Janggun (4) Doctor Giants (1) Bucatini|
|Next Best||7, 5|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 8, 11|
Busan Race 7: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Really good race to finish with. (10) GEUMA MYSTIC has a great record at this distance and was a super winner at it two starts back at class 3 level. He ran 2nd to the class 1 bound Barbarian over 1800M on his first try at this level on August 22nd and comes in here nicely weighted, if drawn a little wide. He has excellent claims. (1) WORLD TOP is already a class 2 winner, prevailing two starts back in an excellent performance over a mile. This is his first start at this distance since last December and he does give weight away but he draws well and will be in the finish. (9) MIRACLE DREAMING hasn’t won for more than a year but comes up in class off the back of a consistent run of form including a runner-up finish at his latest start at this distance in a fast time. He carries a light weight and while he would need significant improvement to win, can measure up for a place. (3) SONIC KING IJI has run some very good times at this distance and enters the calculations while (11) I’M YOUR FASHION races for the first time since May but looked good when trialing only last Saturday and is another in the placing frame.
|Selections||(10) Geuma Mystic (1) World Top (9) Miracle Dreaming (3) Sonic King Iji|
|Next Best||11, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 11, 12|