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

Saturday’s action moves to Seoul with 9 races from 10:45 to 18:00. All betting locations are open although attendance must be pre-booked using the MyCard app and evidence of up to date vaccination against Covid-19 is required. Here are the previews:

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies to kick off proceedings and (4) GEOLJAK DREAM is the one to beat. She has been working up to a win across her four starts to date with a 3rd and a 2nd from her latest two, most recently at this distance on January 8th. She generally sits handy but may be on pace here and should have too much. (12) HAPPY MIX looks the logical second pick. She has a 4th and a 3rd from her two prior outings, both over the 1000M in fair times and the extra furlong can suit here. (3) LAROMANEE has also only been tested at 1000M so far and while she hasn’t exactly pulled up trees in her three appearances, she worked home well enough for a midfield finish last time to suggest that she too will appreciate more distance today. (11) SPEAR GOLD and (2) COMPLETE JOY are others who may enter the calculations.

Selections(4) Geoljak Dream (12) Happy Mix (3) Laromanee (11) Spear Gold
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start2, 4, 10, 11

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here and plenty of potential on show. (1) DAEMUL gets the nod, based on a strong performance on debut on January 8th when he settled back before running on strong for 2nd place over 1000M with a couple of today’s rivals in the process. The extra trip today should be ideal, and he can win. (10) K N TIZWON was 4th in that same race. That was his second outing and second consecutive 4th and while he draws wide again, the additional distance can be in his favour. (7) TOUCH NINE too comes up in trip after three fair outings over 1000M with a best finish of 3rd. He has posted quick final furlong times and should be in the mix at the business end today. (8) UDDUG has tackled the trip before, coming from well back to run a solid 3rd on January 9th. He’ll get back here as well and will be running on strong. (4) ONE MORE RUSH another in the placing frame.

Selections(1) Daemul (10) K N Tizwon (7) Touch Nine (8) Uddug
Next Best4, 9
Fast Start3, 4, 5, 10

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Small field but tricky test here. We’ll side with (9) SEMYEONG CAPTAIN, who comes back in trip after a couple of spins around 1700M including last start 4th. He has run well at this distance too, most recently finishing 3rd back last August. David Breux takes over in the saddle, which can be to his benefit and today could be his day. (6) CHEONMUN appears the main danger. He is yet to run at this trip but has finished 4th at 1700M and last time out at 1300M came from well off the pace for a fast-finishing 2nd. He doesn’t usually get so far back in his races so could be on pace here and should have a big part to play. (7) SANGSEUNG HAENGJIN remains a maiden after sixteen attempts, but his best finish today was a 2nd at this distance last November. He comes in following a solid 4th over 1300M a month ago and with an apprentice once again keeping the weight down, he should be going close here. (1) APPLE MINT and (5) GREAT JENNY are among others to take into consideration.

Selections(9) Semyeong Captain (6) Cheonmun (7) Sangseung Haengjin (1) Apple Mint
Next Best5, 4
Fast Start3, 5, 6, 7

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(4) ILGYEOK PILSAL is yet to win in nine starts but has placed on four occasions, including at his latest start on January 23rd when he came from well off the place to run home strongly for 2nd over this distance at class 4 level. He comes up a full 4kg in the weights, but is back into his own grade here, draws well, Munro remains aboard, and he has every chance. (12) MAGIC TIDE will probably start as favourite off the back of her class and distance win on December 19th, when she sat handy throughout before stretching away to win well with three of today’s rivals behind her. She only carries a little extra weight and while her draw is slightly worse, she should be very competitive again. (8) JEONGSANG FIGHTING come sup in class and in trip following a win at start number two on January 16th. He carries a light weight here and should measure up in this company. (6) DIECO and the up in class (11) JILJU BORN are others in the frame.

Selections(4) Ilgyeok Pilsal (12) Magic Tide (8) Jeongsang Fighting (6) Dieco
Next Best11, 3
Fast Start2, 3, 6, 11

Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) GYEONGBU DORYEONG enters in consistent form with a 2nd and two 3rds from his latest three, all at class and distance, having led for much of the way all three times. He draws much better here than he did at his latest and while he doesn’t exactly win out of turn, he has as good a chance as any here. (12) TIZ BAROWS comes up significantly in trip on just his third career start. He came from midfield to win well at 1300M on January 16th and while he is up in class too, there is no reason why he can’t measure up. (4) RUNNING NUMBER ONE comes up in class following a victory at this distance on December 19th when he came from off the pace. That was his maiden win at start thirteen, but he can be close again here. (9) HAWKUI YEONGGWANG has beaten Gyeongbu Doryeong in both their latest two meetings and can be a threat again today. While (1) BUL HWASAN is another in the hunt.

Selections(3) Gyeongbu Doryeong (12) Tiz Barows (4) Running Number One (9) Hawkui Yeonggwang
Next Best1, 5
Fast Start2, 8, 10, 12

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

We’ll give a chance again to (8) ROYAL ROAD. It didn’t quite come off for him on the Triple Crown trail last year and he didn’t impress when dropped back to standard company in January. He comes down a couple of kilograms in the weights today, this looks a softer assignment, and there is evidently talent there. If he does come up short again, (12) NONGBON BADA looks best placed to take advantage. He was a class and distance winner at his latest start on Christmas Day and while he comes up 2kg in the weights and draws poorly, he should be dangerous again. (1) THE SPIKER is another who, like Royal Road, will need recent form forgiven. He does though have the fastest time among any of these for the distance and he gets a class drop today as well as the inside gate. (3) MANSE and (11) LAST BOSS among others to consider.

Selections(8) Royal Road (12) Nongbon Bada (1) The Spiker (3) Manse
Next Best11, 10
Fast Start2, 11, 12, 13

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

He’s drawn the widest gate but (14) CHEONJI ULLIM looks the one to beat here. He weakened late for a not too far away 5th over 1700M at his latest start but comes back to a distance today at which he has run consistently fast times. He doesn’t need to lead and if he can find a decent spot to settle, may take some beating. (7) DUSON MEONGGUN beat three of these on his way to his second consecutive runner-up finish at this class and distance on January 16th. He comes up in the weights on that performance but should be close to the pace here and can be in this a long way. (4) SECRET BOSS has won at this class over 1200M and comes back up to this distance, at which he has won at class 5 level. He draws nicely and can go close (8) DOLGYEOK APEURO and (10) JS GUNHWANG are among others with placing chances.

Selections(14) Cheonji Ullim (7) Duson Meonggun (4) Secret Boss (8) Dolgyeok Apeuro
Next Best10, 5
Fast Start5, 7, 11, 12

Seoul Race 8: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(12) THUNDER TIME comes up in class having scored at this distance on January 9th when coming from off the pace for a comfortable win. He comes down in weight and while the draw is not ideal, he doesn’t need to lead and has a strong finish on him. (7) ROCKUI JEWANG enters off a strong class and distance 2nd place on January 8th when running on strong. He carries a light weight once more and has claims to go close. (9) MY MEMBER is up in class after an all the way win at this distance a month ago. She has got loads of early speed about her so will probably get to the lead again and then it will be a matter of how long she can hold on for. (1) SHARK JJANG can mix his form but has the fastest time of any of these at the distance and was a good 2nd last time out when running on. (5) GLOBAL THUNDER had a poor day at the office last time out but can be given another chance here.

Selections(12) Thunder Time (7) Rockui Jewang (9) My Member (1) Shark Jjang
Next Best5, 8
Fast Start5, 8, 9, 12

Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

(1) HEUNGROK DAEBU is the one to beat here. He got promoted to this class with a win over the distance two starts back, when he led all the way, and then at his latest on January 8th, also at this trip, sat handy and ran on for a good 2nd place, albeit behind a huge longshot winner. He beat three of today’s rivals in that race and from a much better draw this time can go all the way again. (3) GOOD PILSEUNG won at class and distance two starts back at the end of October and shapes as the main danger, coming back up in trip following a 5th place over 1400M in December. He is yet to finish outside the top five in nine attempts and from an on pace or handy position, will be a factor in the finish. (13) BLUE CHITON and (8) MUNHAK KING were among those beaten by Heungrok Daebu in January and along with (7) MENI SPEED look place chances today.

Selections(1) Heungrok Daebu (3) Good Pilseung (13) Blue Chiton (8) Munhak King
Next Best7, 4
Fast Start1, 3, 5, 11