Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 26)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are nine races from 10:45 to 18:00. All betting locations are open, however, attendance must be pre-booked using the MyCard app. Here are the previews:

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

Three-year-old maiden fillies open proceedings with two standouts. We’ll take a chance on (4) COSMO, who raced twice at the tail-end of last year, both at 1000M and finishing a good 5th and 2nd in good times. The step up in trip shouldn’t be an issue and while this is her first start in more than three months, if she can carry over that form, she can win. (3) ANOTHER LEVEL wasn’t especially well fancied on debut on March 5th after an indifferent trial, but took to racing well, running 3rd at this trip having settled in midfield. She wasn’t far away from the winner and from a good gate and with some natural improvement for the run, she has a big chance here and may start as favourite. (1) MIRACLE DAUGHTER ran well for 4th on debut before unseating her jockey when leading at her second start in January. She trialed up well two weeks ago and looks worth another chance here. Of the four first-time starters, (10) ARCH SIN looks most likely to make an impact first-up. (8) MUSTANG CHARM has put in two fair performances and can be considered for improvement.

Selections(4) Cosmo (3) Another Level (1) Miracle Daughter (10) Arch Sin
Next Best8, 6
Fast Start1, 3, 4, 9

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here and in a field where the exposed form is very thin, a big chance must be given to the debut-makers. More specifically, (10) DAESARI, who led from start to finish in his trial earlier this month. The time was only fair, but it was a slow running track, and he won’t need to improve much on that to win here. Logical second pick is (2) AL SIMON. She has got way too far back in her races so far but has shown the ability to run on and has posted the fastest time for this distance among those here who have attempted it, by some margin. If she can be put in a position where she has a chance, then she can go very close. (3) NEW CHEONGPA did at least beat a couple of these at his latest start and in weaker company today can improve. One of those was (5) CHANGER, who started poorly and didn’t improve. At his previous outing, he was on pace though and from a better gate, can be so again and be in this for a long way. (4) CUPID BELLE another in the placing frame.

Selections(10) Daesari (2) Al Simon (3) New Cheongpa (5) Changer
Next Best4, 8
Fast Start1, 5, 10, 11

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

More three-year-old maidens and a tricky affair. Again, there are two standouts. We’ll go with (11) SUNGAN TOUCH. He was much improved at start number two on February 19th when he led for much of the way around at this distance, ultimately finishing 2nd. The draw isn’t so favourable today, but he can overcome that and has every chance here. So too (1) HATMURI. He too comes in off his best finish to date when 2nd at 1200M on February 26th, sitting handy throughout and beating plenty of today’s rivals in the process. He gets a great draw on the inside so Park Tae-jong will have plenty of options and another bold showing can be expected. (3) BEST JEONSA ran 3rd in that February 26th race having led until the middle of the home straight. That was his first time ridden on the speed and also his best result, so we can expect similar tactics today. (12) MORNING FIVE and (2) K N SKETCH are others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(11) Sungan Touch (1) Hatmuri (3) Best Jeonsa (12) Morning Five
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start3, 8, 10, 11

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Fillies (and one mare) only here. (4) HWASUBOON is yet to finish any worse than 5th and got her maiden win at her latest start in a similar all-filly race over 1200M on February 13th when she led for most of the way around. She does come up a couple of kilograms in the weights as a result but draws nicely and could well have too much again. (5) SMART HIGH has been a model of consistency and comes back slightly in trip after two good runs over 1400M which ended in 2nd and 4th, both times having to contend with wide draws. She gets a good gate this time, comes down very slightly in the weights and has a chance. That would mean overturning the form from February 26th on (9) JUNGCHUBUSA. She started her career in a hurry and while she had seemingly lost her way a bit, she ran strongly for 2nd in that race ahead of Smart High. She can be in this too. (2) COMPLETE STAR and the up in class (10) HAPPY MIX are others who can be competitive.

Selections(4) Hwasuboon (5) Smart High (9) Jungchubusa (2) Complete Star
Next Best10, 9
Fast Start2, 3, 4, 5

Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(8) TAEYANGTAGO was a class and distance winner on February 26th when he settled back in the field and ran on strongly. He only comes up 1kg in the weights and so long as he doesn’t leave himself too much to do here, can win again. (4) NAUI NARA comes up in class having registered his maiden win at start number five at this distance on February 27th when he sat handy to the lead before running on well for a comfortable score. He comes down slightly in the weights, draws nicely again, and surely measures up at this level. (10) GEUMSEONG MAN finished well back behind Taeyangtago last time out. The before though he was a winner at this distance at class 6 level, when coming from well off the pace, and Moon Se-young climbing aboard will alert plenty. (3) RUN RUN RUN and (2) SMART JEONSA are among others with at least placing chances.

Selections(8) Taeyangtago (4) Naui Nara (10) Geumseong Man (3) Run Run Run
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start2, 4, 7, 11

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(6) JOY BROTHER ran a fair 5th at this class over 1700M at his latest start on February 27th. The 1400M is more his go though and he was a class and distance winner two starts and has run consistently good times. He is carrying 3kh more than he did at that win, but he can be expected to be on pace here and to be in this a long way. (4) SINUI ADEUL has also run good times at this distance. He comes back up in trip following a solid 2nd place at this class over 1200M on February 26th when he settled right back and ran on, and he will be finishing strongly again here. (1) DOLGYEOK APEURO comes in having somewhat surprisingly beaten three of these on her way to a class and distance win on February 19th. She went right back that day but ran on very strongly and will warrant more respect here. (2) DUSON MEONGGEUN was 3rd in that same race. He then unseated his jockey coming out of the gates at a planned start two weeks ago and if he and Park Tae-jong can remain united here, can be given another chance. (10) DAEWANGU among others in the hunt.

Selections(6) Joy Brother (4) Sinui Adeul (1) Dolgyeok Apeuro (2) Duson Meonggeun
Next Best10, 9
Fast Start2, 4, 6, 12

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

(5) ULTRA KING is the one to beat here. He comes in having beaten three of these on his way to 3rd place at class and distance on February 26th when he was handy and then midfield. He comes up a little in the weights today but will be on or close to speed and won’t be easy to catch. (12) YUKWAEHAN NALDEUL comes up in class after a good win over this distance on February 19th. Finishing off races has been his problem, but he had no such worries in that race and while he has drawn widest, if he can find a bit of luck at the start, he can get forward and go very close. (2) LUCKY WORLD took a shy at the class 3 stumps on his latest appearance, finishing an acceptable 6th of thirteen. The distance drop too should suit and he can be a danger. (8) CRAZY TANK is frustratingly inconsistent. On his day he can be very good and while he is up a full 4.5kg form his last start 7th behind Ultra King, he may be worth a little speculation at what will be lengthy odds. (3) GUEOKMAAL another who should be there or thereabouts.

Selections(5) Ultra King (12) Yukwahan Naldeul (2) Lucky World (8) Crazy Tank
Next Best3, 1
Fast Start5, 7, 9, 12

Seoul Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

A winner at this distance, (1) ACE HAMSEONG comes in off a good 4th place at class and distance on February 20th when as is his style, he went back and then ran on strongly. Under today’s handicap conditions, he finds himself in here a full 4kg down in the weights from that day and that is enough to make him the pick here. (5) STEADY CHAMPION was allowed to take his chance in both the Derby and the Minister’s Cup last autumn, and while he finished back in the pack in both, he hinted at a return to form when 2nd at this class and distance on February 20th. He can sit handy or midfield and can be a big danger. (9) UARYUNG won the 2020 Korean Oaks and has posted good times at this distance. Draw a line through her latest outing at the end of January which was a very tough assignment on what was her first start since last August. She should have come on for that and be more competitive today.  (7) SKY DOLPUNG and (4) JEONGMUN SUMMIT are the others with claims.

Selections(1) Ace Hamseong (5) Steady Champion (9) Uaryung (7) Sky Dolpung
Next Best4, 3
Fast Start2, 3, 7, 9

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

(8) BOLT MAN enters having won six of nine starts, including all his latest three, the most recent of which was at class and distance on January 29th, and he has beaten a number of today’s rivals along the way too. He comes up 2kg in the weights this time but has wonder under heavier before and he can settle back as usual and prove too strong here. Bolt Man got the better of (11) VIKING STORM when they met in December. It was close though and Viking Storm followed up with a win at this distance in January which sees him up in class here. He can sit handy or midfield and can run the favourite close. (7) MIGHTY SOO comes in off a 3rd place last time out 0n January 8th. He rarely runs a bad race and can be competitive. (10) SENSE JAENGI pulled off a shock win and then runner-up finish in his latest two appearances and warrants more respect today. (12) HEUNGROK DAEBU another with placing chances.

Selections(8) Bolt Man (11) Viking Storm (7) Mighty Soo (10) Sense Jaengi
Next Best12, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 7, 12