SROA Trophy – Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 20)

It’s a rare Saturday Stakes at Seoul as nine sprinters line up in the SROA (Owners’ Association) Chairman’s Trophy over 1200M. They include SBS Sports Sprint winner Eoma Eoma and last year’s winner East Jet, as well as the unbeaten up and coming three-year-old Raon The Fighter. The big race is race 8 of a ten-race card in the capital that runs from 10:45 to 18:00. All betting locations are open to customers however there is no walk-up admission and all attendance must be pre-booked using the MyCard app. Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required. Here are the previews:

The sprinters reconvene at Seoul on Saturday

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens in the opener with six of the twelve racing for the first time. One of those debut-makers is set to be the favourite in the shape of (7) RAON THE GOLD. The Musket Man filly looked very accomplished when going around in 2nd place in a trial in a good time last month. She should be on the speed here from the start, Moon Se-young rides and she is the one to beat. Of those with prior experience, (4) MAY BLADE and (3) WILD SOCKS both put in capable debuts over this distance running 5th and 6th respectively, both over this distance. Both draw well here and can show progress. (8) DUSON DRIVE too didn’t do too much wrong on his first-start a month ago and can improve today. Returning to the debut-makers, (11) JANGSAN POISON is another who trialed up promisingly.

Selections(7) Raon The Gold (4) May Blade (3) Wild Socks (8) Duson Drive
Next Best11, 9
Fast Start3, 4, 7, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

More juvenile first-timers with precisely half the field of twelve making their racing debuts. (6) P N S GOLD won a trial in fine style on November 22nd, finishing in front of Raon The Gold, who was scheduled to debut in race 1. The Klimt filly carries a very light weight here and looks the one to beat. (10) SUNNY BLADE ran adequately on debut, settling back in midfield and running on for 5th in a fair time. She can improve here. (8) RALLY QUEEN ran around for 6th on her debut and while well back behind an excellent winner, showed enough thing at some potential. Returning to the debut-makers, (12) FOREVER KHAN trialed up pleasingly in a good time just two weeks ago. He has the disadvantage of the draw here but may be considered. So too (1) HWIPARAM who worked forward from a wide gate in her trial and ran on well.

Selections(6) P N S Gold (10) Sunny Blade (8) Rally Queen (12) Forever Khan
Next Best1, 9
Fast Start1, 6, 8, 9

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Yet more juvenile maidens but all of these have raced at least once. It’s hard to look too far past (6) HWARANG TODAY. After winning a trial, he debuted on October 23rd over 1000M and sat midfield before running on strongly for 2nd in a good time behind a promising winner. The additional furlong should be in his favour, and he can win this. From caller’s perspective, (8) THE FAVORITE is somewhat irritatingly named, but she has shown ability over her two starts to date, finishing 4th and 3rd at 1000M, both in good times. She too may appreciate the greater distance and can be competitive here. (3) HATMURI has a similar record to Hwarang Today, having won a trial before running a decent 3rd on debut on October 16th. That day’s runner-up went on to win last week so the form from the race is holding up and it would be no surprise if Hatmuri were to go close here. (2) RAON THE TEUKGEUP and (9) EUNHYE are others in the frame.

Selections(6) Hwarang Today (8) The Favorite (3) Hatmuri (2) Raon The Teukgeup
Next Best9, 1
Fast Start3, 6, 8, 10

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(5) CHEONMA BISANG has a 5th and a 2nd from two starts so far and looks ready to win here. She has got a little far back in both starts so far but has run on well both times and today finally draws well instead of very wide. She may take some beating. (3) K N TEUKGEUP wasn’t too far away from 6th over this distance and in a fair time at the end of October. A similar run today should put him in the finish. (4) MAESTRO comes in after back to back 5th place finishes, the latter at 1400M. He hasn’t shown much in the way of speed but he sees out his races nicely enough and that can be enough to have him in at least the placing frame here. (7) DDATTEUTHANBIT and (6) RED MOUNTAIN perhaps the best of a limited rest.

Selections(5) Cheonma Bisang (3) K N Teukgeup (4) Maestro (7) Ddatteuthanbit
Next Best6, 9
Fast Start2, 3, 7, 9

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky one as nothing is hugely convincing. We’ll take a chance on (5) TK PLEX, who comes in first-up here having last been seen in July. That day he ran 3rd under Munro, having run on well. It’s a fresh start here and from a nice gate he has as good a chance as any, probably at a decent price. Likely favourite is (2) BIG ENERGY. His latest three have been strong with a pair of 4ths and most recently a runner-up finish in a fair time at this distance on October 31st. He draws well and won’t need to improve much to win this. (9) TEN BAGGER has improved across three starts so far with 4th place at 1000M being his most recent. He comes up in trip here but he has gone well back in all three appearances so far before running on, so it may suit, and the wide draw shouldn’t be an issue. (3) MUNHAK FOREST and (1) PEPE RUN are the other conceivable placers.

Selections(5) T K Plex (2) Big Energy (9) Ten Bagger (3) Munhak Forest
Next Best1, 6
Fast Start2, 3, 5, 7

Seoul Race 6: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Fillies (and one mare) only. (6) MENIFEE MUSIC looks to be the one to beat. She was a winner two starts back over 1200M at class 6 level before running 4th on her first try at class and distance in a good time on October 24th. She is likely to be on or handy to the speed here and can win. (5) MODERN BEST came from well off the pace to strike through at class 6 level in August and then similarly came from a long way back to run 4th on her first try at this level over 1300M in September. She has had nine weeks off since then but the step up in trip can suit and she can go close here. So too can (7) BLACK ROOKIE, who comes in off back to back 3rd place finishes at 1300. She came from off the pace in both of those and looks ready for another crack at this distance here. (10) THE QUEEN JUSTICE and the up in class (11) SPEED FALCON are among other hopes in a competitive race.

Selections(6) Menifee Music (5) Modern Best (7) Black Rookie (10) The Queen Justice
Next Best11, 8
Fast Start4, 6, 8, 11

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Based on his emphatic win at class and distance on October 17th, (4) CHUNJI GWANGPUNG has earned the right to be top pick here. He overcame gate eleven that day to get on pace and then lead all the way with a good margin on the line. He does come up a full 4kg in the weights but draws much better and could well lead from gate to wire again. (11) QUICKSILVER KITTEN came home in 3rd place that day and is himself a class and distance winner as recently as September and has never finished outside the top five. The draw doesn’t favour him here but she can go close. (6) SOUL MERIT races for the first time since March but looked well in a fast trial a couple of weeks ago and can enter the calculations first-up. There are three debut-makers and among them (3) ALEXANDER ONE, a winner of two trials this autumn, looks most likely to make an immediate impact. (10) NONSTOP REWARD showed significantly improvement when 2nd at his latest start and is best of the rest.

Selections(4) Chunji Gwangpung (11) Quicksilver Kitten (6) Soul Merit (3) Alexander One
Next Best10, 8
Fast Start3, 4, 5, 11

Seoul Race 8: Class Open (1200M) “SROA Trophy” (KOR G3) Allowance / KRW 350 Million

(7) EOMA EOMA appears too strong right now having swooped home from very wide to beat most of these in the SBS Sports Sprint on October 24th. Capable of running super times, he should just be too good and will start a deservedly odds-on favourite. (8) RAON THE FIGHTER is untried at regular class 1, let alone at this elite sprint level. He is seven for seven so far though with big winning margins and impressive times at distances between 1200M and 1800M. Back to 1200M may be a concern but he can’t be left out. (6) EAST JET won this race last year and has won plenty since as well. He had the inside gate on the SBS but couldn’t hold off Eoma Eoma and will have his work cut out again but he will be fighting out the finish. (3) MORFHIS gets drawn inside the rest of the favourites which aids his chances. He was 5th in the SBS and while he may be more suited to a little further, he can’t be left out. (4) GLOBAL CAPTAIN, 4th in the SBS, another in the minor money hunt.

Selections(7) Eoma Eoma (8) Raon The Fighter (6) East Jet (3) Morfhis
Next Best4, 5
Fast Start1, 6, 7, 8

Seoul Race 9: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Tricky race this. (10) LAPIEO BAN comes up in both class and distance following back to back wins at 1200M and 1400M. Her running style suggests that two turns may suit and her completing a hat-trick is possible here. (12) RUBICON came close to making all on her first try at this distance on October 23rd, ultimately having to settle for 2nd place. The draw is hard here but she should be going close again. (4) WONDERFUL TYCOON comes up in class having won well over this distance on October 9th. He settled in midfield that day and ran on strong in the straight and should measure up in this company. (1) JEONGMUN JIJON is up in trip and also rapidly in class following back to back scores at 1200M. He draws nicely here and can be competitive. (3) SUPER ECTON among the best of the rest.

Selections(10) Lapieo Ban (12) Rubicon (4) Wonderful Tycoon (1) Jeongmun Jijon
Next Best3, 11
Fast Start1, 3, 6, 12

Seoul Race 10: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(4) TRIPLE KINGDOM comes up in class and also back up in trip following an emphatic victory over 1700M at class 4 level on October 9th. He has been ultra-consistent across his recent starts and while he doesn’t get much in the way of a break in the weights for coming up a level, he should have enough about him to be firmly in contention in this company. (1) MIGHTY CHIP will be running on late. He draws nicely and hasn’t missed out by too much in his most recent appearances. (11) BALVENIE beat three of these, including Mighty Chip on his way to a good class and distance 3rd place on October 24th. He draws wide today but should be in at least the placing hunt here. (3) MUNHAK MOON and (8) LUCKY HOON are others who enter the calculations.

Selections(4) Triple Kingdom (1) Mighty Chip (11) Balvenie (3) Munhak Moon
Next Best8, 12
Fast Start3, 7, 11, 12