The Triple Crown for fillies gets underway on Sunday at Busan in the form of the Luna Stakes. Seven fillies from Seoul have made the trip and that means seven jockeys have too and the likes of Moon Se-young, Park Tae-jong, Ham Wan-sik and Song Jae-chul are all in action on the south coast on Friday as well. There are 8 races from 12:00 to 18:00. All betting locations are open but attendance should be pre-booked using the MyCard app. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Maiden three-year-olds open proceedings and it’s very competitive. (1) PYEONGHWA CHUKJE probably has enough to make her a worthy favourite. She led on debut at this distance on February 20th, ultimately coming home in 4th place. She draws nicely again and with a bit o natural improvement she can win here. There are four first-time starters and among them, (11) LET IT GO caught the eye when a close 3rd in a trial in a fast time. The track was very wet so the time may be a bit artificially quick but if she brings that kind of form to the races, she will go close. (9) TRIPLE THUNDER has run fairly in two starts so far and should be in the mix here, while (3) CROWD ONE too has improved across her three outings. Seoul’s perennial champion jockey Moon Se-young is in town this weekend to ride in Sunday’s Luna Stakes and accordingly (10) DOKBO may not offer much value but likewise shouldn’t be discounted.
|Selections||(1) Pyeonghwa Chukje (11) Let It Go (9) Triple Thunder (3) Crowd One|
|Next Best||10, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 10, 11|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Maiden fillies (and one mare). (2) GASOK DAY has steadily improved across three starts so far, culminating in a 2nd place over 1200M on March 4th when she settled midfield and ran on well. She draws well here, the additional half-furlong can suit, and she looks to be the one to beat. (12) MISS VALOR makes her racing debut having gone through two trials. She improved at the latest of those two weeks ago and while the time may have been assisted by the very wet track, she looks capable of a bold showing first-up here. (8) BAEDARI ICON is at the other end of the experience scale, having raced twelve times already. She comes in here following the best of those when 3rd at his distance on February 18th. She tends to get a bit far back in her races, but this should suit and it’s not impossible it could be her day at last. (11) LADY GOLDEN and (10) ADELE GOLD among others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(2) Gasok Day (12) Miss Valor (8) Baedari Icon (11) Lady Golden|
|Next Best||10, 7|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 9, 10|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
A competitive maiden here. Despite the draw, we’ll take a chance on (12) HAPPY SONG SONG, who showed good improvement at her latest start on March 13th when she sat handy and ran on well for 3rd place over 1300M. She steps up to this trip for the first time and while she may need a touch of luck in the early stages, she can win. (5) DOCTOR KONGDOLI has certainly mixed his form across four starts so far but has registered a 2nd and a 4th. He has a good draw today and looks right in this. (7) HERO MAN has the fastest time among those who have tackled the distance before and in this company can be aiming for the places. (1) B.J. CHIEF was an improved 3rd over a mile at his latest start and along with (10) ZET CASH is another who in the minor money frame.
|Selections||(12) Happy Song Song (5) Doctor Kongdoli (7) Hero Man (1) B.J. Chief|
|Next Best||10, 8|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 10, 12|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Draw a line through the latest showing from (11) RAON THE TANK when 7th of ten in the Gyeonnam Shinmun Cup, Busan’s Classic trial. At the start before, he was a good winner over 1300M at class 6 level and while he does draw wide here, has every chance of returning to the winner’s circle today. We will extend the same courtesy to (1) DOCTOR KONGSUNI, who used up a lot of energy early from a wide gate last time out. While she is yet to win from four starts, she recorded two good runner-up finishes at class 6 level and from a much better gate today, can go close. (4) SKY WIN and (9) CHEONGMA YEONGUNG came home 3rd and 4th when they raced one another over class and distance on March 4th. They both come in under the same conditions here and should be competitive again. (2) GALAXY ORB gets a long overdue class drop and is among others in the frame.
|Selections||(11) Raon The Tank (1) Doctor Kongsuni (4) Sky Win (9) Cheongma Yeongung|
|Next Best||2, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 7|
Busan Race 5: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
After trying to hurdle the rail on debut, (5) USURP has won both subsequent starts in good fashion most recently when handy and running on over 1300M at class 5 level on February 25th. He comes up in class again today but comes down slightly in weight and has every chance of winning again. (11) ALIVE STAR has had an interrupted career so far but has been finally able to put together a string of races and is showing his talent. He comes up in class here following an 2nd place and a 3rd place at class 5 and while he doesn’t get the best of the draw, he should be measuring up at this level. (2) INDIAN PARTY is an interesting one. Still a maiden after twenty-six attempts, he nevertheless has a remarkable eleven top three finishes. He comes up in class here but is very solid at this distance, comes down in the weights, draws well and may not be far away again. (1) BUSAN MISO and (6) ILBEONJI, who can have a line drawn through her latest, are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(5) Usurp (11) Alive Star (2) Indian Party (1) Busan Miso|
|Next Best||6, 7|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 7, 11|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(3) BUSANHANG GALMAEGI has been a model of consistency across eight starts so far, picking up three wins. He was a touch disappointing last time out on March 13th when 5th at class and distance, but from a good draw and slightly down in the weights, looks well worth another chance in this company. 3rd in that same race was (1) NAEGA SAEGANGJA. The experienced six-year-old was totally unfancied that day but is well established at this class, comes down in the weights under today’s handicap conditions, has a top jockey booking and should be dangerous. (11) AMAZING FOOT returns to action for the first time since last November. He had lost his way a touch before the layoff but had shown ability and had run some fast times. We won’t read too much into his fast trial a couple of weeks ago, but he could go well first-up today. (10) TOP ACE and (7) QUEEN MARVEL IJI are others to take note of.
|Selections||(3) Busanhang Galmaegi (1) Naega Saegangja (11) Amazing Foot (10) Top Ace|
|Next Best||7, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 10, 11|
Busan Race 7: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
The banker favourite of the day goes around here. (4) WININNG DANCER was a very good winner in a fast time at class and distance two starts back before running 3rd at his latest outing on March 6th. From a good draw, he can sit handy early here and should prove too strong at the business end of the race. (7) DOCTOR FASHION is a class and distance winner too and while his latest two have been a little lackluster, he comes in fresh following a twelve-week layoff and may well benefit. He should be on pace and can be in this a long way. (3) WONDERFUL PEACE came home 4th behind Winning Dancer in that March 6th race and from a much better gate, can be considered for equal or better here. (6) BURNING FLY comes up in class but shouldn’t have too much to fear here while (2) B.K. LOOKS races for the first time since October but trialed well last weekend.
|Selections||(4) Winning Dancer (7) Doctor Fashion (3) Wonderful Peace (6) Burning Fly|
|Next Best||2, 8|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 5, 7|
Busan Race 8: Class 1 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million
A winner of seven from eight so far with his only defeat coming in a Group race at a mile, (7) SUCCESS MACHO makes his class 1 debut here having won at this distance at class 2 level in a fast time on February 13th. That was his first try at this trip, he carries a very light weight here and he has every chance of measuring up. (10) SMART PRINCE is a multiple winner at class 1 level already, including two of his latest three. He remains nicely in the weights here and such is his running style, the widest gate won’t matter. He will be rattling home late on. (9) DOMINATION ran 2nd to Success Macho in that February 13th race and joins him up in class. While there are perhaps a few more question marks over him than the favourite, this is the kind of race where he has every chance of measuring up. (3) GEUMA MYSTIC and (1) POWER WONDERFUL are others in the frame.
|Selections||(7) Success Macho (10) Smart Prince (9) Domination (3) Geuma Mystic|
|Next Best||1, 4|
|Fast Start||3, 7, 8, 9|