Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (July 9)

The summer racing season continues at Seoul on Saturday with a 10-race afternoon and evening card that runs from 14:50 to 21:00. Here are the previews:

The lights will be on at Seoul Raecourse again this Saturday evening

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with five of the seven racing for the first time and one of the two experienced ones is set to be hot favourite. That’s (2) WORLD KING MAN, who produced a strong 2nd on debut on June 18th over this distance when sitting behind the speed and running on in a good time. He was well beaten by a good winner but showed enough to suggest that he won’t need to improve very much to take some beating here. The other experienced one is (6) ARGO TAP, who ran out of steam in the closing stages having led for much of the way around on May 28th. He should have come on for that run and with a good apprentice jockey taking significant weight off, he can get closer. Pick of the first timers is (1) TOHO SKY. He significantly improved on his second trial, leading all the way around in a fair time. He draws nicely to get a good early position here and can be in this a long way. (4) GEUMBITMA and (7) RAON FOREST others to look out for first up.

Selections(2) World King Man (6) Argo Tap (1) Toho Sky (4) Geumbitma
Next Best7, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 6

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Three-year-old maidens. (6) CHAPEL PRINCESS is the one to beat. She has a 4th and a pair of 5th place finishes from three starts so far, all at this distance and in the process has registered a faster time than any of the others in the race. On her latest outing she led and beat a couple of today’s rivals and from a fair draw should be on pace again and go all the way. (9) TANSAN beat a couple of these when 4th on debut in April and then ran a creditable 5th on her reappearance on June 4th. She has gone well back both times before running on and that style suggests the draw isn’t an issue and she can be a danger in the closing stages. After that pair, the form drops off significantly. (1) VINCERO KING with the benefit of a claim and the inside gate looks the logical third-pick while it’s possible (5) HANGANG HERO and (2) BEST FALCON could improve.

Selections(6) Chapel Princess (9) Tansan (1) Vincero King (5) Hangang Hero
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start2, 4, 6, 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky maiden with many offering light claims but few convincing. (10) WONDERFUL MUSIC looks as good as any. She has a 4th and a 5th from two outings so far and while her times have been nothing special they can measure up here. Her running style suggests the draw isn’t a problem and with a bit of improvement she could win. (5) CHANCELLOR is the only one of these to have placed, something he achieved two starts back over this distance, and that should be enough to send him off as favourite here. From a good draw, he’ll be on pace. (9) THUNDER NURI has the best time among these at the distance, recorded on a sloppy track in March, and while her subsequent form hasn’t been convincing, she may be worth an each-way interest here. (3) GRACE LEE, who raced twice indifferently last year, could be a better prospect this time, having won a June trial, and (1) SUMMER ACE others in the frame.

Selections(10) Wonderful Music (5) Chancellor (9) Thunder Nuri (3) Grace Lee
Next Best1, 6
Fast Start1, 5, 7, 10

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Fillies only here and it’s hard to look far past (5) HIDDEN BLADE. Having trialed up well at the second attempt in April, she debuted on June 4th and ran a close 3rd in a good time at this distance having settled midfield and ran on. She should have come on for that experience and with some natural improvement today, she should win this. (6) LUCKY INDY didn’t get off to a good start on her latest appearance on April 17th when beaten by a couple of today’s rivals. The time before though she was an on pace 2nd and having returned from a couple of months off and with a better break, she can get close today. (3) ZELOS was a much-improved 2nd on June 12th at this distance. From a good draw, she can keep her momentum going today. (9) RALLY QUEEN and (4) GEOSEN GANGJA others who can place.

Selections(5) Hidden Blade (6) Lucky Indy (3) Zelos (9) Rally Queen
Next Best4, 2
Fast Start2, 4, 5, 6

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

(2) INVICTUS was a good winner over 1200M at class 6 level three starts back and has subsequently run competently enough for 4th and 5th in two tries at this level over 1400M and 1300M. She stays at the same weight, draws a nice gate, and has claims here. The main danger is (7) BYEORAK. His solitary win came at this distance in January and he comes in having run a class and distance 5th on his latest start on June 18th. Moon Se-young climbs aboard and he is sure to have backers today. (5) THE FAVORITE once again won’t have that status but while she is yet to win in seven attempts, she has five top-four finishes. She likes to be on pace so draws well and carries a light weight. (8) CHADOL RUN comes up in class having secured her maiden win over 1200M a month ago and along with (6) LONDON QUEEN can be considered for the minors.

Selections(2) Invictus (7) Byeorak (5) The Favorite (8) Chadol Run
Next Best6, 4
Fast Start2, 4, 5, 6

Seoul Race 6: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three of these could conceivably set off as favourite. (5) PIEONADA just about gets the nod based on her consistency over this distance including a last start 3rd place in a fast time having led for much of the race. She does come up in the weights today, but she’s not alone in that and from a good draw, could be the one to beat. (7) SMART HIGH has got a bit far back in both her latest two outings both times from wide draws. She gets a slightly better gate today which should enable Yoo Seung-wan to find a better position and the step back up in trip should be in her favour. (9) TINA is yet to win in fourteen but has been super consistent in her latest efforts including her last start 2nd at class and distance when she settled back and ran on. She comes up in the weights here but will be competitive again. (4) OCHEONBOK, up in class after a sin over 1300M at start number three a month ago, and (10) NINE EYE, up considerably in weight, are others who shouldn’t be dismissed.

Selections(5) Pieonada (7) Smart High (9) Tina (4) Ocheonbok
Next Best10, 3
Fast Start3, 5, 6, 7

Seoul Race 7: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Very wide open handicap with plenty having chances. He may need a bit of luck at the start but (11) LONDON SKY has as good a claim as any. His one win came at this distance in three subsequent outings at this level, he has run well for two 4ths and a 3rd, all at this distance and all in good times. He doesn’t need to lead and if David can find him a handy position, he can win. (9) TOUCH NINE was a good winner at this distance at class 6 level two starts back then beat a couple of these when overcoming a wide draw on his way to 4th on his first try at this level. He’ll be close again. (8) RULES CLASS races for the first time since April when beaten by London Sky. Moon Se-young stays aboard and he has run good times at this distance. (1) P N S VILL goes best when on or close to the pace and has a great draw to do precisely that. He comes back in trip after good performances at further. (5) COMPLETE WEAPON among of host of others for who a victory would be no surprise.

Selections(11) London Sky (9) Touch Nine (8) Rules Class (1) P N S Vill
Next Best5, 7
Fast Start4, 5, 7, 11

Seoul Race 8: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(8) RAON THE ARIA will be a warm favourite here. She got back-to-back wins across the turn of the year to be rapidly promoted to this class and then returned from just over three months off to run 3rd on her first try at this class over today’s distance on May 1st. She has had a couple more months off since and this half-sister to Raon The Fighter should be returning to winning ways today. (4) WONPYEONG COD ran a good 6th on his first try at this class over 1400M on June 4th. He comes back in trip today and from a good gate should be among the leading contenders here. (9) ENERGIZER is up in class but down in the weights and should be able to measure up in this company. (2) GLOBAL SUN and (6) DONGHAENG among others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(8) Raon The Aria (4) Wonpyeong Cod (9) Energizer (2) Global Sun
Next Best6, 1
Fast Start3, 6, 9, 10

Seoul Race 9: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Small field and a hot favourite. (4) LUCKY YOUNG took a couple of goes to figure things out but has since won three in a row including his latest at class and distance on June 5th when he came from off the pace to defeat a field containing four of today’s rivals. With a (good) apprentice jockey on board, he actually comes down in the weight from that day and he should be winning again. (6) ACE HAMSEONG was 3rd in that June 5th race, also coming from well back. He is ultra-consistent with fifteen top-four finishes from twenty starts and he should be there or thereabouts again. (5) TK Day comes up in class but is nicely weights and can be competitive. (2) NORTHERN TIME and (7) MOONHAK EMPIRE other minor money chances.

Selections(4) Lucky Young (6) Ace Hamseong (5) TK Day (2) Northern Time
Next Best7, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 3, 5

Seoul Race 10: Class 4 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) BEOLMAL DAEJANG finally got his breakthrough at start sixteen on June 12th when handy and then running on for a convincing win over 1700M. He comes up slightly in trip and while he also comes up significantly in weight, in this company, he has solid claims to strike again. (6) SIMPLE STYLE was a class and distance winner on May 29th when settling midfield and running on, He only comes up an additional kilogram under today’s handicap conditions and he should be right in this again. (4) STAR BLADE ran 2nd to Simple Style in that May 29th race. He can mix his form but has placed twice now at class and distance and another bold showing is possible. (5) CHOIN GANGJA and (8) MILKY SHERRY others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(3) Beolmal Daejang (6) Simple Style (4) Star Blade (5) Choin Gangja
Next Best8, 2
Fast Start1, 3, 4, 8