Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 23)

There are 9 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. The racecourse is open for walk-up attendance. Here are the previews:

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

Three-year-old maidens in the opener. (8) WILD RUNNER has finished 3rd in both starts so far, both over 1000M. She has run on pleasingly enough on both occasions and the additional trip today may well suit. The main danger looks to be (7) CASH BACK. He stepped up to this distance at start number five last time out and was handy throughout, running on for 3rd. It was a slow race, but he will be expected to be on or close to the pace again and should be in the finish once more. (5) GEUMSEONG HWANHUI is the clear third pick, having significantly improved at his most recent start on March 20th, when he ran 2nd at this distance on a muddy track. A similar run here will see him close. (4) M J TIME and (2) PERMISSION TO WIN should at least both be on pace from favourable gates and could improve.

Selections(8) Wild Runner (7) Cash Back (5) Geumseong Hwanhui (4) M J Time
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start2, 4, 7, 8

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

More three-year-old maiden with four of the ten racing for the very first time. We’ll take a chance on one of those first-timers, in the shape of (6) B.J. STORM. He went through two trials, improving in the 2nd of them on April 1st when coming out of gate twelve but getting on pace and running through the line in 2nd place in a fair time. He won’t need to improve too much to win this. The probable favourite is (1) CHANGER. An improved 5th at his latest start at 1200M on a sloppy track on March 26th having led, he went back to trial last Friday and led all the way around, stopping the clock in a fast time. He draws very nicely here to get on pace and so long as he didn’t leave his race in the trial, has every chance. (3) BLUE INDY comes out of the same trial as B.J. Storm, when he settled handy and crossed the line in 3rd. He too can make a bold showing first-up. (9) GYEONGBU DAEGEOM didn’t do too much wrong on debut and while that was back in January, is enough to make him a placing chance here along with (7) TIGER ZONE.

Selections(6) B.J. Storm (1) Changer (3) Blue Indy (9) Gyeongbu Daegeom
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start1, 2, 7, 9

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

Another set of three-year-old maidens. (11) SONGAM ARCHGIRL beat a couple of these on her way to 4th place at his distance in a fair time on a wet track on March 26th. The draw isn’t exactly in her favour here but that was just her second start and with some natural improvement, she has claims here. (1) MARUMA has run fairly across three starts so far with two 5th place finishes including her latest at 1200M when after breaking well, she settled back before running on. The slight step up in trip should suit and the inside gate should give her options. (9) WELLBEING CHAMPION was one of those beaten by Songam Archgirl last time out but again it wasn’t a bad run, and she has some potential for improvement. (3) LONDON MYEONGGA and (6) MABAWI are others to take into consideration.

Selections(11) Songam Archgirl (1) Maruma (9) Wellbeing Champion (3) London Myeongga
Next Best6, 4
Fast Start3, 6, 9, 11

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Competitive race. (1) CHEONGSAN GANGHO has good experience at this level and has the joint-fastest time of any of these at the 1700M. He comes in off a solid 3rd place at class and distance on April 2nd, well beaten by a good winner but well clear of 4th. He usually goes back in his races, then runs on and he has as good a chance as any here. Probable favourite is (4) RUNNING NUMBER ONE, based on his last start 2nd at class and distance on March 20th, when he beat two of today’s rivals, having settled back in the field and finished strongly. He too has run good times at this distance and has every chance. (10) BRAVO SOCKS was 3rd in that March 20th race. He is yet to finish in the top two in nineteen attempts but has plenty of minor money finishes and shouldn’t be too far away again. (9) ADELE MUSTANG and the up in class (12) THUNDER HORSE are others to take into account.

Selections(1) Cheongsan Gangho (4) Running Number One (10) Bravo Socks (9) Adele Mustang
Next Best12, 3
Fast Start5, 6, 9, 11

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

Fillies and mares only here. (4) CHEONMA BISANG enters as a last start winner at class and distance on March 26th. That was her maiden win at start number seven, but it had been coming. She tends to settle back and has a great finish on her and while she comes up 2.5kg in the weights, she can win again here.  (11) HAMPYEONG NABI might be an interesting one at a probable each-way price. She was a strong winner on debut over 1000M in January, and while she could only manage 7th of ten on her first try at this class on March 13th, it was on a very wet track, and she could be worth another chance here. (3) ONE MORE RUSH comes up in class following an all-the-way score over 1400M on March 19th. He draws well to get on pace again and should be in this a long way. (5) BOOSTER ROCKET and (9) HANGANG MAGIC are others to take into consideration.

Selections(4) Cheonma Bisang (11) Hampyeong Nabi (3) One More Rush (5) Booster Rocket
Next Best9, 7
Fast Start3, 6, 7, 11

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It’s hard to go too far past (4) SINUI ADEUL here. It’s been eight starts since the most recent of his three wins (which came in consecutive races), but he enters with very good recent form at this class, most recently a 4th place at 1400M on a sloppy track on March 26th. Two starts back he was a class and distance 2nd having come from well off the pace. Tactically versatile, he can sit handy and run on here and should be back in the winner’s circle. (1) DIRT SURFER comes back in trip to a distance at which he has won at this class in a fast time. He tends to be an all or nothing type, but from a nice draw he could be a good each-way prospect. (10) MJ POINT is yet to win from thirteen attempts but comes in off a 2nd and a 4th at this class over 1400M and 1200M. She has since won a trial in a fast time and under a light weight, can be dangerous here. (11) THUNDER CHAMP comes up in class following a good win over this distance on March 5th and along with (5) ALEXANDER ONE is another to consider.

Selections(4) Sinui Adeul (1) Dirt Surfer (10) MJ Point (11) Thunder Champ
Next Best5, 7
Fast Start2, 3, 11, 12

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(1) ACHIM HAMSEONG won at this class over 1700M in January and while her latest two have been a little bit disappointing, she gets a much better gate today and in weaker company, can return to winning ways. She generally goes back and runs on and at her best should be too strong. (10) WINNER TEMPLAR is well established at this level and is rarely too far away. She has a 2nd and a 3rd at class and distance among her latest three starts and her running style means the wide draw is of little concern. (5) CHOIN GANGJA too generally performs well at this level. He has eleven top-five finishes from twenty starts and is another set to go back and run on here. (4) FAST TRACK comes up in class following an all the way score over 1700M at class 5 level in March. He didn’t offer too many clues in a trial at the end of that month but is nicely drawn here to get on pace and he could be the one the closers need to aim for. (8) SIMPLE STYLE among others in the placing frame in what is a competitive race.

Selections(1) Achim Hamseong (10) Winner Templar (5) Choin Gangja (4) Fast Track
Next Best8, 7
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 7

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

Since being promoted to this class with a win from a handy position over 1700M last December, (8) NAMSANUI BYEOL has a 3rd and two runner-up finishes, all of them at today’s distance. He comes up very slightly in the weights but will be on or close to the pace again and today he should be going one better. (6) DREAM FASHION is up in class following a good win over 1700M on February 27th when he sat midfield and then ran on. He comes down significantly in the weights and can measure up in this company. (7) BIG TRIPLE beat a couple of these when overcoming gate twelve and coming from well back to run 4th at class and distance on March 9th. He continues to carry a light weight and from a much better gate can aim to get even closer here. (2) UARYUNG won the Korean Oaks in 2020 at this distance and come in having been 4th at her latest start. She remains nicely weighted and should go close. (5) A. P. PATEK another in the frame.

Selections(8) Namsanui Byeol (6) Dream Fashion (7) Big Triple (2) Uaryung
Next Best5, 1
Fast Start2, 4, 8, 9

Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

(10) SOUL MERIT comes up to this class having won his latest three in fine fashion, the latter two over this distance. His racing style suggests the draw shouldn’t be an issue and while he will need to improve in this company, he has every chance of making it four in a row. (12) WISH ME is a winner of five from eight so far and also comes up in class following a 2nd place at this distance on February 26th. She does like to be on the pace so she may need some luck at the start, but she carries a very light weight and it’s not impossible she could win this. (6) PREEMAX is rarely too far away and comes in off a strong 2nd at class and distance on March 12th. He gives weight away but can be dangerous. (5) JANGSAN MISSILE was 2nd behind Soul Merit in February, and he too comes up in class. He has a light weight, a good gate and looks a place line. (2) ICE PUNCH another in the hunt.

Selections(10) Seoul Merit (12) Wish Me (6) Preemax (5) Jangsan Missile
Next Best2, 3
Fast Start3, 4, 6, 12