The final leg of the 2022 Triple Crown, the Minister’s Cup will be run on Sunday at Seoul but the weekend’s action gets underway at Busan with an eight-race card on Friday running from 12:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens in the opener and it’s hard to go past (8) HUIMANG PUNCH. She debuted last October, beating just one home and then didn’t reappear until a trial in April. She was encouraging in that heat to the extent that she was well-fancied on her return to racing on May 13th when an on-pace 2nd at this distance. Her time for the 1200M was faster than any of the others here have achieved and she should win. (2) MORNING MUSE improved to 3rd place on her latest start on May 20th when she overcame a wide draw to sit handy and then ran on. She comes into a better gate today and can go close. (5) PURE MAGIC debuted in that May 29th race, running a solid 5th. He should have come on for that run and with some natural improvement can go closer this time. (6) EURO STAR and (1) WONDERFUL TRICKS among others with scope to improve.
|Selections||(8) Huimang Punch (2) Morning Muse (5) Pure Magic (6) Euro Star|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 7, 8|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
More three-year-old maidens. It’s not a strong field so we’re willing to take a chance on one of the two first-time starters. (3) WIDAEHAN HAMAN enters having won a May trial in which she looked assured, breaking well and then responding to urging late on and running through the line well. The time wasn’t fast but she demonstrated enough to suggest a bold showing first-up is possible. (7) SEOGWI CHUKJE was an improved 3rd at start number four on May 6th when settling back in the field and running on. An apprentice keeps her weight very light and she can place again. (1) STAR MATTA was well-backed on debut on May 8th having won a trial in April in a fast time. While he settled handy, he didn’t quite see the race out and ended up only beating one home. He should have benefitted from that and could be a different prospect today. The other first-timer, (2) SILVER ROAD, trialed fairly and along with (6) TAP STAR is another to consider.
|Selections||(3) Widaehan Haman (7) Seogwi Chukje (1) Star Matta (2) Silver Road|
|Next Best||6, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 8|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(1) WONDERFUL BOBCAT enters in consistent form with a strong 2nd last time out when close to the pace over a mile. He has run well at this distance too and draws very nicely here to drop in behind the early speed and run on. This is his fourth start since returning from almost a year out and he could be peaking here. (10) MY SONG was a much-improved 2nd at her latest appearance on May 13th when she sat handy and ran on and while a long way behind a good winner, a similar run today will see her in the finish. (11) QUEEN’S DAERO beat both Wonderful Bobcat and My Song when 2nd at this distance on April 15th. That was her best result in eight starts so far and while she could only manage 6th behind My Song on her re-appearance last month, she should be competitive here. (3) RHIANNON POINT and (2) BLUE CAPTAIN are among others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(1) Wonderful Bobcat (10) My Song (11) Queen’s Daero (3) Rhiannon Point|
|Next Best||2, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 10|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(2) WONDERFUL SECRET comes in having won just the once but with no fewer than eight top-four finishes from twelve starts. That includes his latest on May 13th when at this class and distance he beat three of today’s rivals on his way to 2nd place having settled midfield and run on behind a good winner. From a good draw he will be on pace here and is the one to beat. (7) CENTUM THOR is yet to win in sixteen attempts but is ultra-consistent with thirteen top-five finishes. He has run good times at this distance and was 5th in the May 13th race. He comes down slightly in the weights here and can be competitive. (1) ADELE BOSS was 3rd in that same race having led for much of the way around. That was his first try around two turns and he should benefit from it. (3) DIA FORCE and (6) B J’S TERMS are others to take into consideration.
|Selections||(2) Wonderful Secret (7) Centum Thor (1) Adele Boss (3) Dia Force|
|Next Best||6, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 6, 7|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
A maiden winner at this distance two starts back at class 6 level, (5) INDIE MAGIC ran a solid 3rd on his first try at this class on May 1st when settling back in the field and steadily improving. He looks to have scope for more development and from a fair gate will probably be a bit closer to the speed this time around and he can win. The biggest danger may well be his stablemate. (10) PURPLE MANGO comes up in class following an all the way score at this distance on May 15th. While the draw is not ideal, she can get forward again and a Rice-quinella looks a real possibility. Also up in class is (4) INTO MARINE. He similarly made all over this distance on March 4th and comes in fresh after three months. He comes down in the weights, draws well, and can go close. (8) SPICE INDIE and (3) JEONGDEUN-RO others in the frame.
|Selections||(5) Indie Magic (10) Purple Mango (4) Into Marine (8) Spice Indie|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 9, 10|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
After a green debut, (11) USURP has won three from four including his latest which was at this class and distance on May 13th when he sat handy to the lead and then ran on to beat the well-fancied Beolmaui Star. The engagement of an apprentice jockey today means his weight doesn’t go up much at all and while he may need a touch of luck from the wide draw, he looks the best in this race. (3) DONGTEUJA BOY has placed twice at this class. He was 4th behind Usurp last time out and while he comes up a little in weights, that’s balanced a little by a good draw and he can be the main danger. (8) DROMOS is up in class having led from gate-to-wire at this distance on May 1st, winning comfortably. Once more he carries very little weight and he can measure up at this level. (2) NAMDO QUEEN and (4) AMAZING FOOT are among others who can have designs on at least a place.
|Selections||(11) Usurp (3) Dongteuja Boy (8) Dromos (2) Namdo Queen|
|Next Best||4, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 10, 11|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
A very competitive race. (9) WONDERFUL FAGER won well on his latest start at class and distance on May 6th when he led all the way around fully justifying his favourite status. He comes up 3kg in the weights and must contend with the widest draw, but he can win again. (1) WARRIOR CLASS comes in off an excellent 3rd place behind Clear and Golden Byeorak in a fast time at class and distance on May 13th. He settled just behind the early speed and then ran on well that day but in this company and from the inside gate, he can be on the pace today and third-up this preparation, he should be in peak condition for this under a light weight. (8) SEOGWI POINT is a winner of two of her latest three, which brings her up rapidly in class here. She overcame the widest gate to win well over this distance on May 6th and while her times haven’t been as fast as some others here, she can improve. (7) BOLAVEN and (3) GALAXY ORB others in the hunt.
|Selections||(9) Wonderful Fager (1) Warrior Class (8) Seogwi Point (7) Bolaven|
|Next Best||3, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 6, 7, 9|
Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(1) GOLDEN BYEORAK’s solitary win to date came on debut all the way back in April of last year, but in six subsequent runs, he has never finished any worse than 4th. HE comes up in class here following an excellent 2nd place behind Clear in a fast run race at this distance on May 13th and from a good draw and under a light weight, he is the one to beat. (12) MISS INDIE is a winner of four from ten and comes in having run 4th on her first try at this class on April 22nd. She generally goes best on or close to the pace so the draw isn’t ideal but she has run fairly from even wider in the past and she can be competitive again. (2) JESSIEUI KKUM had a tough day at the office when odds-on favourite for his first try at this class on April 1st. He had shown good speed in two wins at this distance at class 4 level prior to that and following two months off, he is worth another chance here. (11) MUJEOK BULPAE and (10) FLAT BABE among a number of others who can go close.
|Selections||(1) Golden Byeorak (12) Miss Indie (2) Jessieui Kkum (11) Mujeok Bulpae|
|Next Best||10, 5|
|Fast Start||3, 9, 10, 12|