Day: December 17, 2021

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 19)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul with 10 races from 10:45 to 18:00. All betting locations will be open but attendance must be booked in advance using the MyCard app. Here are the previews:

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

Juvenile maidens open proceedings and ten of the twelve race here for the very first time. However, the two with experience both offered some promise on their debuts. We’ll tentatively side with (10) MABAWI, who having trialed well ran a close at hand 3rd on debut on November 11th, settling midfield and running on. He doesn’t draw well but (9) TOUCH NINE gets only a marginally better gate. He also ran 3rd on debut on November 27th and in a faster time than Mabawi, albeit further beaten in a faster race. He should have come on for that and can get closer today. Among the debut makers, (3) BAEKDU GIRL was the fastest in trials. She draws nicely to be on pace here and has solid claims. (8) CLAIR POINT won her heat in a fair time and is another who should be on pace. (2) RIVER TAEYANG another of several first-timers who have every chance first up.

Selections(10) Mabawi (9) Touch Nine (3) Baekdu Girl (8) Clair Point
Next Best2, 1
Fast Start2, 3, 5, 8

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Big field of juvenile filly maidens with (4) BESTYA the one to beat. She has raced twice so far finishing 3rd on both occasions having come right from the back of the field at 1000M and 1200M. So long as she doesn’t leave herself too much to do, she can win this.  The only other one in the field to have tried this distance already is (1) WONPYEONG QUEEN. She too ran on from the back of the field on debut on November 21st and while she could only make it up to 7th, it was promising enough to suggest that from the inside gate today, she can get much closer. (13) HUIMANG GADEUK ran 4th on debut in a fast time at 1000M and should have come on for that run. If she can overcome the wide draw, she should be right in this. So too (12) QUEEN OF RACING, who has a pair of 5th place finishes from two starts and can build on those here. (7) BIG BIT, a not too far away 5th on debut at 1000M, is another in the hunt.

Selections(4) Bestya (1) Wonpyeong Queen (13) Huimang Gadeuk (12) Queen Of Racing
Next Best7, 9
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 13

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(2) AMAZON KING has made steady progress across three starts so far with a 2nd place over 1000M two starts back followed up by a good 4th at this distance on November 6th. He has the fastest start among these and from gate two should be on pace and can lead all the way. (11) SILVER STAR ran on well from an unpromising position in an all-filly race on November 21st. She has been getting a bit far back in her races but should beat plenty here. (3) WARRIOR THUNDER has mixed his form across eight appearances so far but comes in off a fine runner-up finish over 1300M when on pace throughout. A repeat of that run would put him in the finish again. (8) JILJUE BADA and (14) SANGSEUNG HAENGJIN among others with placing chances.

Selections(2) Amazon King (11) Silver Star (3) Warrior Thunder (8) Jiljue Bada
Next Best14, 13
Fast Start2, 3, 12, 13

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(5) CHEONJI JIDAE is set to be favourite here. He’s raced three times so far and has done well on each occasion including runner-up at his latest outing on November 14th when he sat behind the pace and ran on strong. He steps up to this distance for the first time and may take some beating. (8) SEUNGSEUNG POWER was sent off as favourite for his scheduled most recent outing on November 6th but blundered on exiting the gates and dislodged his rider, proceeding to complete the 1400M on his own. He has two good 3rd place finishes to his name and should be in the mix here. (13) SMART POWER went in that same race and was able to keep his human assistant aboard to finish a good 5th from an even wider gate than he draws today. He is one of only two in the race to have a win to his name and should be competitive. (11) HALLAUI WONSEOK is the solitary debut-maker and having been through three trials at various stages, could be primed to go here. (2) GEUREUMTAGO comes back in trip and can be competitive from a good draw.

Selections(5) Cheonji Jidae (8) Seungseung Power (13) Smart Power (11) Hallaui Wonseok
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 13

Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) CHAMJOEUN CHINGU comes up in class having made all for a facile win over 1200M on November 14th. She had been working up towards that and the increase in trip should be no problem here either. She draws well and will be hard to beat. (4) M J BEST’s challenge faltered a little over 1400M at his last start, but he drops back in trip slightly today and has previously registered fast times and good results at this distance. He’ll come from off the pace and can be a danger here. (5) YUKWAEHAN SEONTAEK remains a maiden but is yet to finish worse than 3rd in four starts, hence being up at this level. He showed he measures up in this class with 3rd place over 1200M at the end of October and there is no reason why the additional half furlong can’t suit here. (12) GRAY CAT and (7) GOLD SPIKE among several others who could place.

Selections(2) Chamjoeun Chingu (4) M J Best (5) Yukwaehan Seontaek (12) Gray Cat
Next Best7, 10
Fast Start2, 5, 8, 10

Seoul Race 6: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Very competitive race for the level. (2) MENI GOLD had a slightly disappointing day at the office when sent off as the odds-on favourite at class and distance on November 7th, not getting the best of trips and ultimately finishing 5th. She looks to have potential though and is worth another chance here. He needs to overturn the form from that day on (3) PRINCESS SOCKS, who ran 2nd in that race having inconvenienced Meni Gold in the early part of the race and then led for much of the way. She too looks to have a win in her at this level and from adjoining gates, the pair will be vying for the lead from the start. (8) PINE FARM was a fine winner on debut at 1000M on November 7th. She comes up in class and in trip today but should be competitive. (9) SOEWAKKOT and (13) BEST CHEONSANG among others who can go well in a race of many chances.

Selections(2) Meni Gold (3) Princess Socks (8) Pine Farm (9) Soewakkot
Next Best13, 6
Fast Start2, 3, 6, 13
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