The filly Triple Crown – the “Triple Tiara” – comes to a close at Seoul Racecourse on Saturday with Golden Power, who has won the first two jewels, the Luna Stakes and Korean Oaks, looking to complete a clean sweep. The Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup is race 7 on a 9-race program at Seoul which runs from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens open the program. (5) CHANGER is probably worthy of favourite status, following a good 2nd at his latest start on April 23rd over this distance when he led for much of the way around. From a good draw, he can lead again and this time can go all the way. (3) RAY BOLT was significantly improved at start number three on April 16th when settling midfield and running on for 2nd place. It was a slowly run race but she looks nicely in here again and can go close. (1) RUN BOY RUN won a trial in April and then ran a decent 2nd on debut on May 7th, racing handy throughout. He should have come on for the experience and with some natural improvement should be in the finish again. There are four first-time starters and among them, (9) HIDDEN BLADE looks the more likely to make an impression first-up. (8) CLASS HEEMANG has been through a lot of trials and ran on well from an unpromising position in the latest of them.
|Selections||(5) Changer (3) Ray Bolt (1) Run Boy Run (9) Hidden Blade|
|Next Best||8, 6|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 10, 12|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Maiden fillies only here. (3) CAMP SAVER has steadily improved across six starts so far, culminating in 3rd place at this distance on May 7th when settling handy and running on. She was the beaten favourite that day but she looks well in here and from a good draw, should be looking for another career-best finish. (1) CHEONDUNG OREUM is the probable betting favourite, based on a last start 2nd place on April 24th when settling back and running on well with a couple of today’s rivals back down the track behind her. She draws nicely on the inside to drop in again and she will be working home well. (5) DONGSEO YEOGEOL enters off a useful 4th place at this distance on March 20th in a fast, though wet assisted, time. She’ll be challenging Camp Saver for the early lead and can be in this a long way. (11) GUK HYANG was one of those beaten by Cheondung Oreum on April 24th and while drawn wide again can get closer today. (9) AL SIMON another in the placing frame.
|Selections||(3) Camp Saver (1) Cheondung Oreum (5) Dongseo Yeogeol (11) Guk Hyang|
|Next Best||9, 6|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 6, 12|
Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(2) MIRACLE DAUGHTER’s maiden win had been coming and it arrived in emphatic style as she made all to score by nine-lengths over this distance on April 30th. She comes up in class here but keeps a nice light weight, draws very nicely and the manner of that win suggests there can be more to come. (7) MAKALU POWER returns to action for the first time since December when finally broke through at the twenty-first time of asking. It came at this class over 1400M and while he comes up in weight and will probably need this run, he looked sharp when trialing on May 13th and can go well first-up at an each-way price here. (6) GREENBACK took a couple of races to get accustomed to this level. Having previously raced forward, including on her maiden win at 1000M, last time out she was slowly away and went right back, running on well for 4th. She carries a light weight and should go close here. (1) YUKWAEHAN SEONTAEK, another racing for the first time since December, and (12) SONGAM BEST are other potential placers.
|Selections||(2) Miracle Daughter (7) Makalu Power (6) Greenback (1) Yukwaehan Seontaek|
|Next Best||12, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 12|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(10) RAON THE PEARL is yet to finish any worse than 4th in four attempts with her win coming at 1200M at class 6 level two starts back. On her first try at this class and distance, she ran 4th on April 16th, settling in midfield and finishing off pleasingly enough. She may need a touch of luck from the gate given the wide draw, but if she can find a decent position, she has the strongest finish of any of these and is the one to beat. (3) CUPID WAY enters off a fair showing at this class and distance on May 8th when 5th. She likes to settle behind the speed and run on and she should be a danger late on here. (4) ROAD ACE went right back on his most recent appearance on April 24th, before finishing off strongly for 4th and he can match or better that here. (1) HOEDURYEONG mixes his form but has run a great time at this distance and from a good draw looks a place chance. (12) SMART HIGH another in the frame.
|Selections||(10) Raon The Pearl (3) Cupid Way (4) Road Ace (1) Hoeduryeong|
|Next Best||12, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 9, 10, 12|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(3) PIEONADA has shown signs of getting back into form and was a good 2nd at this class and distance on May 8th when prominent throughout. Under today’s handicap conditions she comes down 2kg in the weights, draws well and is she can get on the early speed, could well go all the way. The main danger is (5) DREAM SPEED. A model of consistency having missed the top-five on only one of nine starts so far, she comes in off back-to-back runner-up finishes at this class, both over 1300M. This is her first try over 1400M and an apprentice jockey keeps her weight down. She has a big chance. (4) ORAE HAMKKEHAJA was a gate-to-wire winner on debut on May 7th. He comes up in class and in distance here but is down in weight and another bold showing is possible. (11) SMART JEONSA and (10) REAL PACK are others in the placing hunt.(more…)