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.
|Selections||(3) Pieonada (5) Dream Speed (4) Orae Hamkkehaja (11) Smart Jeonsa|
|Next Best||10, 12|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 9|
Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
A very competitive race. (3) WONDERFUL K is a winner at this distance at class 5 level and comes in off a 3rd and a 5th in two attempts at this class. He comes down slightly in the weights, draws nicely to pick his spot, and has as good a chance as any here. (7) CAPTAIN BRAVO is in the form of his life having won his latest two, both at this distance. He is accordingly up in class here but can measure up and a hat-trick isn’t impossible. (8) JANGSAN GUARD won at class and distance two starts back and while he did weaken to 6th having led at his latest start on May 8th, an apprentice jockey just takes the edge of the carried weight today. Expect him to be on the early speed and he can be in this a long way. (9) STELLA ROAD and (1) MUNHAK LUCKY are among others with genuine claims in a tricky contest.
|Selections||(3) Wonderful K (7) Captain Bravo (8) Jangsan Guard (9) Stella Road|
|Next Best||1, 6|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 8, 12|
Seoul Race 7: Class Open (2000M) Gyeonggi Govenor’s Cup (KOR-G3) / KRW 450 Million
The final leg of the filly Triple Crown and it’s hard to go past (1) GOLDEN POWER, who triumphed in both previous legs. In the Luna Stakes, she won from well back in the field and then in the Oaks settled on pace. There is little to suggest that the additional furlong will be a problem and from a beautiful draw, she will start a justifiable favourite. (5) RAON THE SPURT is the primary danger. She led in the Luna ultimately finishing a very close 3rd and then from a wide barrier in the Oaks, sat handy and ran on a fast-finishing 2nd, making up a lot of ground late on. She has a closer draw today and shouldn’t be dismissed. (8) CHAMJOEUN CHINGU ran 2nd in the Luna and 3rd in the Oaks, the latter of which she led. She can sit on pace or handy here and will be in this a long way again. One at odds could be (4) P N S LUCKY. She only managed 9th in the Luna but her form before that was strong and she held her own against the colts in the Sports Seoul Classic trial, running 6th but less than five-lengths behind the winner. She may go well. (6) EUNSEONG WINNER, 6th and 4th in the Luna and Oaks, the best of the rest.
|Selections||(1) Golden Power (5) Raon The Spurt (8) Chamjoeun Chingu (4) P N S Lucky|
|Next Best||6, 7|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 6, 8|
Seoul Race 8: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
A winner of six from twelve so far, (7) DAEHAN JILJU has raced just twice this year, running 5th behind Determination in the Listed Sports Chosun Trophy over 2000M on March and then 4th behind Chief Indy over 1800M, having led in both races. He returns to shallower waters here and that combined with the drop in trip, make him very much the one to beat. (1) MIGHTY GEE comes up in class and back up in trip following a good win over 1200M on April 30th. He has won at this distance. He has only finished outside the top three on one occasion in ten outings and has previously run fast times at today’s distance. He will be on pace form the start and can be a big danger. (3) JANGSAN BADA is another up in class following an all the way score over this distance on April 17th. He comes down in the weights here and can measure up. The back in trip pair of (6) GAROSUGIL and (2) GEUM ROYAL are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(7) Daehan Jilju (1) Mighty Gee (3) Jangsan Bada (6) Garosugil|
|Next Best||2, 4|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 7, 8|
Seoul Race 9: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
A very tricky race to conclude with. It’s been a long time since (3) EOSEOWA registered his solitary victory but the colt consistently runs good times at this distance and is rarely too far away. From a good draw, he can sit just behind the speed here and has as good a chance as any of being in the right place on the line. (4) FORT SEUONE comes up in class following a gate-to-wire win over 1400M on May 7th. She draws well here, can be on the early pace and should measure up in this company. (5) TROTTING RILEY has won his first two outings in fine style to get rapidly promoted to this class. He is up in trip too but nicely weighted, should lead here and maintaining his 100% record isn’t impossible. (9) WONPYEONG COD also comes up in class and is distance. He looks to have scope for further improvement and can go well here. The returning (12) SMART OFFICER, last seen running in last November’s Oaks, is the wildcard.
|Selections||(3) Eoseowa (4) Fort Seuone (5) Trotting Riley (9) Wonpyeong Cod|
|Next Best||12, 2|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 6, 10|