Racing gets underway on Friday with an 8-race card at Busan from 12:00 to 18:00. All betting locations are open, however, attendance must be pre-booked through the MyCard app and evidence of up to date vaccination against Covid-19 is required. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Having won a trial, (2) MAN OF THE STAR ran 2nd over 1000M on debut before stepping up to this trip and running 5th back on November 12th. He has had nine weeks off since then, draws well and with some natural improvement has solid claims here. (3) CHOEGANG FORCE has shown steady progress across three starts so far, each time settling in midfield and running on. He too gets a good draw here and should be in the finish. (8) LEGEND NUMBER ONE was a front-running 3rd on debut over 1000M in early December. He has since been back to trial, which he won, and shapes to go close here. (9) SSAEKSSAEGI and (10) RAON THE TANK are others to take into consideration.
|Selections||(2) Man Of The Star (3) Choegang Force (8) Legend Number One (9) Ssaesaegi|
|Next Best||10, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 8, 9|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Competitive race for fillies (and one mare). (6) SUSO POWER returned from six months out to run a solid 5th over this distance on December 12th when she was on pace early and stuck to task to beat a couple of today’s rivals. She can have improved for that run and is firmly in the hunt today. (3) ONE RUSH has been solid across three starts so far. She comes back in trip following a pair of good efforts at 1400M, she draws well and with a top jockey legged aboard today, may well start as favourite. (7) ANNIKA GIRL also comes back slightly in trip. She’s very consistent and while she is yet to win in eight attempts, she has six top-five finishes to her name. She can sit handy here and run on and should be in the mix once more. (5) HAVANA JANE and the first-up (2) ALIVE QUEEN – well bred and who won a December trial – are others in the frame.
|Selections||(6) Suso Power (3) One Rush (7) Annika Girl (5) Havana Jane|
|Next Best||2, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 10|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(2) CHAMP GO looks the one to beat here. He comes in off his best finish to date when 4th over 1400M on Christmas Eve in a fair time when racing handy throughout. He won’t need to improve very much in order to win this. (7) KING GRACE has had a tendency to get a bit far back in his races. He comes back in trip after his latest effort over a mile but does possess the fastest time of any of these for today’s distance and a big run can’t be ruled out. (4) FIRST PARK has been showing steady progress and comes in off her best finish to date when 3rd over 1300M on December 12th, settling back and running on well. She drew the widest gate in a field of nine that day and may have an easier time getting position today. (12) DAMYANG DOLPUNG and (6) PILGRIM are among others with placing hopes.
|Selections||(2) Champ Go (7) King Grace (4) First Park (12) Damyang Dolpung|
|Next Best||6, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 8, 9|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(9) YEONGCHEON SOLEMIO got his breakthrough at the fourth time of asking on December 17th when stepped up to this trip for the first time having done all his previous work over five furlongs. He led from gate to wire stopping the clock in a fair time and while he is up in class here, a repeat is certainly possible. The main danger looks to be (3) DAEHOMA. He’s yet to win in eleven attempts but has no fewer than seven top-four finishes and steps up to a mile for the first time here having overcome a wide gate to run a strong 3rd on his first try at this class on December 19th. Keep him safe in your numbers. (1) SINJIN GANGHO had a poor day at the office at his latest start on December 19th but two starts back placed at class and distance. He draws better this time and has the track’s in-form jockey aboard. (4) CHEONGHO LEADER and (8) HONEY STAR are placing hopes.
|Selections||(9) Yeongcheon Solemio (3) Daehoma (1) Sinjin Gangha (4) Cheongho Leader|
|Next Best||8, 10|
|Fast Start||8, 9, 10, 11|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Competitive race. We’ll take a chance with (6) DONGNAM BULPAE, who comes in off a good 2nd place over 1200M when running on well. He tackles this distance for the first time, and it may well suit. (5) DAEHO JEONSEOL comes up in class and trip having made all to win over 1200M at start number two on December 12th. He’ll be expected to be on pace again and he can make it two in a row here. (9) HANEUL JEONSA was a winner on debut over 1000M back in November but after a slow start could only rally to 5th place on his first try at this class on November 28th at 1200M. The additional furlong may help here and while the draw isn’t ideal, he should be in the finish in this company. (3) HIT THE ROAD and (1) SKY WIN are others to take into consideration for money finishes.
|Selections||(6) Dongnam Bulpae (5) Daeho Jeonseol (9) Haneul Jeonsa (3) Hit The Road|
|Next Best||1, 8|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 8, 10|
Busan Race 6: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Small but very competitive field here. We’ll take a chance on (3) ROCKY SKY backing up the win he scored at class and distance on December 10th when sitting handy early before taking things up on the turn and running on very well. He does come up 3kg in the weights today, but another win is possible. (1) DOCTOR FASHION got back-to-back wins at this distance in September and October but did have a hard time when up in the weights at his latest outing on November 26th when he led for much of the way but ran out of petrol in the closing stages. His form prior though suggests that he warrants another chance. (4) GEUMA PSYCHIC ran 2nd to Rocky Sky in that December 10th race. A combination of Rocky Sky going up in rating and an apprentice climbing aboard Geuma Psychic means that there is a big swing in the weights in the latter’s favour and he could well take advantage. (8) ONNURI JILJU was on last year’s Classic trail, but this looks more suitable in terms of opposition and distance (7) RAON THE POWER another who can compete for the minors.
|Selections||(3) Rocky Sky (1) Doctor Fashion (4) Geuma Psychic (8) Onnuri Jilju|
|Next Best||7, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 7|
Busan Race 7: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(7) KING OF THE MATCH is likely to be the shortest-priced favourite of the day. HE won his firs three in fine style and while, after an only fair start, he could only run 3rd at class and distance on his latest outing back on October 8th, he still finishes ahead of three he faces today. He comes in fresh, and he should have too much. (2) WINNING DANCER is up in class following a very good score at this distance back on November 26th when sat handy to the lead and then running on. He draws well and comes down significantly in the weights and can give the favourite a run for his money. So too can (4) ACE DAY. He is up in class having won two of his latest three. He will surely be on pace and should be in this a long way. (3) GREAT GOOD is also up in class and along with (6) CHOEGANG SSONSAL is another who can be competitive.
|Selections||(7) King Of The Match (2) Winning Dancer (4) Ace Day (3) Great Good|
|Next Best||6, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 6, 8|
Busan Race 8: Class 4 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
(3) WORLD CHANGE enters having won at class and distance at his latest start on December 17th when handy early, striking the front on the corner and then running on. His only disappointing performance so far came in the Korean Derby. He comes up 3kg in the weights from his last start win but should have too much again from a very good draw. (5) SEUNGNI TOUT comes back up in trip following a 4th place over a mile on Christmas Eve. Two starts back he was a class and distance winner, and an apprentice jockey brings him back to the weight he carried that day. He can go close. (10) DOCTOR TAKE ran 2nd at class and distance to Seungni Tout in December and has won at this distance at class 5 level. The draw does him no favours and he carries plenty of weight but he can’t be ruled out of running well. (7) MAGIC FLYING, who has beaten World Change in the past, and (9) ACE JACKPOT are others who can trouble the judges.
|Selections||(3) World Change (5) Seungni Tout (10) Doctor Take (7) Magic Flying|
|Next Best||9, 4|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 6, 7|