There are nine races at Seoul on Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00. The meeting takes place behind closed doors although betting outlets in Busan, Changwon, Daegu, Gwangju and Cheonan will be open for pre-booked punters (through the MyCard app). Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 45 Million
A juvenile maiden to kick things off and unlike many similar races where there are usually only one or two obvious contenders, there are no standouts here which bring plenty into contention. With that in mind, we will give the nod to the only one with prior racecourse experience in the shape of (12) BICHUI DAERYUK. She ran 2nd on debut at this distance on August 7th and while she was a long way behind the winner, she ran on pleasingly enough in a fair time. She doesn’t draw well here but with some improvement, she may prevail. (8) GLOBAL MAGIC won his trial when after leading early, he was overtaken before rallying again and looks to have promise. (4) RAON THE WEEKEND won his trial and while the time wasn’t especially fast, he showed enough to suggest that has ability. (2) REMARKABLE ran 2nd in her trial in a decent time. She gets a nice draw here as well as an apprentice jockey aboard meaning she carries significantly less than any other runner in the race. (9) JAY TROSS is another trial winner who will aim to be on pace and can be in the finish.
|Selections||(12) Bichui Daeryuk (8) Global Magic (4) Raon The Weekend (2) Remarkable|
|Next Best||9, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 8, 9|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million
A weak race even for this level which is how we can put (2) CHAMPION GAMUN as the top pick despite his recent form on paper looking less than impressive. He has, however, put in a couple of decent times at this distance, racing against better opposition and from a good draw, he can be expected to be on pace from the start and difficult to pass. (5) MUJEOK JANGSAN come sin off a significantly improved 3rd place over 1300M on August 7th when she settled handy and then ran on. She steps up to 1400M for the first time and it may suit. (1) LAGERTHA is the only previous winner in the field and on that basis alone must come into the calculations. That win was three starts back at 300M when he settled midfield and finished well. While previous attempts at this distance haven’t gone well, he draws nicely here and should be involved. (4) GREAT EYE has shown improvement across his three starts so far and ran on strong for 4th over 1200M three weeks ago. The step up in trip may suit and an apprentice keeps the carried weight down. (12) SOUTH BAN another in the placing frame.
|Selections||(2) Champion Gamun (5) Mujeok Jangsan (1) Lagertha (4) Great Eye|
|Next Best||12, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 6, 9, 10|
Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
Another wide open race. We’ll take a chance on (6) DIECO, who was a winner at this class over 1200M two starts back before running a slightly disappointing 5th at her latest start over today’s trip on August 14th when she was drawn in the widest gate and ran on fairly. She draws better this time meets that day’s winner at significantly better weights and could reverse the form. That day’s winner (4) J.S. POWER is the probable favourite and the one to beat. He led from gate to wire that day wo score a narrow win over the useful Rubicon in a fast time. He draws nicely again with the only concern being that he comes up 3kg in the weights. (2) SECRET BOSSS enters off an excellent 3rd place last time at class and distance in a fast time on a wet track. As is his style he came from well off the pace that day but from an inside draw if he can be a little handier then he has strong claims. (1) MODERN BEST produced a fine performance to score her maiden win over this distance at start number seven on August 8th, coming from well off the pace. She comes up in class accordingly but should measure up. (11) SHADOW QUEEN ran a strong 2nd at class and distance at her latest start and is one of several others with placing claims in what is a strong race.
|Selections||(6) Dieco (4) J.S. Power (2) Secret Boss (1) Modern Best|
|Next Best||11, 12|
|Fast Start||3, 8, 9, 11|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
(3) ULTRA KING gets the nod here based on his solid class and distance win on August 15th when he sat behind the leader throughout before pouncing in the final furlong and running on to score comfortably. He comes up 2.5kg in the weights as a result but draws well and can repeat. (2) MAD BLADE comes up in class having registered his maiden win a month ago over 1300M when on pace throughout and running on for an easy win. She should be able to measure up at this class and while it won’t be quite as easy to get on pace here, he can go close. (6) COMPLETE STAR comes in off a solid class and distance 3rd place finish on August 15th, an all-filly race in which she led for part of the way around. She is nicely in here under just 52kg and should go close again. (1) AROMA remains a maiden after nine attempts but has proven competitive at this level with a 3rd and 4th in his latest two outings, both at class and distance. The wildcard is (11) ROAD RAN, who is probably the best horse in the race. She is a class and distance winner in a time faster than any of these have achieved, however, she races for the first time since November last year and while she trialed up adequately, didn’t quite show enough to suggest a bet first-up. Watch with interest.
|Selections||(3) Ultra King (2) Mad Blade (6) Complete Star (1) Aroma|
|Next Best||11, 5|
|Fast Start||3, 8, 9, 11|
Seoul Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
Good race here with two clear standouts. (1) MONSTER K comes in seeking his third straight victory having prevailed twice in a row at class and distance. Both times he has led all the way and both times has run out a good winner. He draws beautifully to get on pace again and while he is up in weight, the Astrology gelding can be equal to the task. The danger is (8) BYEOLNARA JILJU. He got his maiden win at start number three at class and distance on July 24th when he sat behind the early leader before taking things up in the straight and running on for a very easy win. He does come up a full 5kg in the weights which should be a steadier, but he also looks to have scope for improvement whereas Monster K may have peaked. He has a big chance. (7) CHOEGO RACE won at class and distance two starts back before coming home in 4th place on his reappearance on August 22nd. He stays at the same weight and draws well enough to be in at least the placing frame again. (4) QUICKSILVER KITTEN was 5th behind Choego Race last time out and has cope for improvement while (2) CHUNJI GWANGPUNG weakened on debut in June but should have come on for the experience and can improve today.
|Selections||(1) Monster K (8) Byeolnara Jilju (7) Choego Race (4) Quicksilver Kitten|
|Next Best||2, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 9, 12|
Seoul Race 6: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Two fillies are the standouts here. (2) VICTOR MOON began her career very impressively with two wins and a 2nd in her first three starts, all at this distance. She was a little flat on her first go at this level back in July when she ran a somewhat one-paced 5th in her slowest time to date. She has had a couple of months off since then, she stays low in the weights and draws well and is worth another chance. The one she needs to beat is (10) MUNHAK ZENYATTA. She got her second career win on her first attempt at this level on August 22nd, when she came from midfield to win very comfortably at this distance. She comes up 3.5kg in the weights but that should be manageable and given her running style, the draw shouldn’t be important. She has a real chance. (5) GLOBAL SINHWA comes up in class having been a model of consistency so far, finishing in the top three in all of his five outings. He comes down a full 6kg in the weights and should be competitive. (3) MENI CHAMP is experienced at this level and comes in off two solid outings at 1400M and 1200M in his latest two. He’ll sit handy and should be in the finish. (4) CLEAN UP BELLA another with placing hopes.
|Selections||(2) Victor Moon (10) Munhak Zenyatta (5) Global Sinhwa (3) Meni Champ|
|Next Best||4, 7|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 5, 6|
Seoul Race 7: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 33 Million
(2) CHEONGDAM TANK got his sole win to date on his sole outing at this distance to date, two starts back when he sat handy throughout before running on for a narrow win on a wet track on July 3rd. He stepped back to 1300M for his reappearance in August and ran well enough for 4th in a fast time and back up in trip today, there is plenty to like about him. (3) DREAM FASHION parted company with his jockey coming out of the gates at his scheduled last start three weeks ago and will have used up plenty of energy completing the course under his own steam. But he was a winner at class and distance the start before on July 25th and while he is up in the weights, he has every chance here. (1) BAEDARI CANDY steps up in trip to two turns for the first time but she seemed full of running when winning over 1400M on a very good time on August 15th. She is tactically versatile but from the inside gate is likely to be on the early speed and she has every chance. (9) CHOEGANG BLACK is another who tackles the distance fir the first time with every indication that it can suit while (10) RUFFIAN PARK has lots of experience at both class and distance and is very capable of placing.
|Selections||(2) Cheongdam Tank (3) Dream Fashion (1) Baedari Candy (9) Choegang Black|
|Next Best||10, 11|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 7, 9|
Seoul Race 8: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million
A really good race with plenty of good form coming into it but (9) STEADY CHAMPION is the standout. A super winner over 1700M at his latest start, he drops back to 1400M, a distance at which he has recorded some very good times and at which he has won already. He does give weight away to everything else in this race but there is every chance of him being too good again. The worst finish that (3) RUBICON has recorded to date came at her only previous try at this distance back in February. She has come on plenty since then, however, and unusually for her, draws a good gate today. She will be on pace and is in this. So too (2) ACE HAMSEONG who drops back in trip after recent work over two turns. He has won at this distance and will be a big danger here. (11) JEDI comes in off her worst showing so far but she has plenty of ability and is worth another chance here. (1) MAGIC RECORD is up in class after a good win at this distance a month ago and is another who can measure up in this company.
|Selections||(9) Steady Champion (3) Rubicon (2) Ace Hamseong (11) Jedi|
|Next Best||1, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 8, 11|
Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
A small but very good field here and (5) RAON THE FIGHTER is favoured to continue on his merry way. The Bayern colt is six for six so far with three of those wins coming at this distance with his latest being at this class in a super-fast time. He comes up in the weights today but should be too good again. (2) MUDO comes up in class but significantly down in weight after a great win over this distance at class 3 level back in June. He has had almost three months off since so may need this but his style is to come from well off the pace and he will be working home strong late on. (6) GOOD PILSEUNG is another up in class after a victory over this distance on July 17th. In his case, he sat handy before running on strong and while he will need to improve again to challenge the favourite, he comes down in the weights and can be competitive. (7) NIMUI HYANGGI and (9) DORAON NALRI others who can sneak some minor money.
|Selections||(5) Raon The Fighter (2) Mudo (6) Good Pilseung (7) Nimui Hyanggi|
|Next Best||9, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5, 7|