It’s the final weekend of the summer racing schedule and Busan opens proceedings on Friday with an afternoon/evening card of 7 races from 15:35 to 21:00. Probable three-year-old Champion Captain Yankee, who won the KRA Cup Mile and the Minister’s Cup, goes in the concluding race 7. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Juvenile maidens in the opener with six of the nine racing for the very first time. While we usually go with experience, debut-maker (7) ARTHUR KING IJI went through two trials, significantly improving in the second of them when jumping out beautifully and responding well when asked for an effort, crossing the line in a fast time. He will probably be the favourite and if he brings that form to the races, he can win. On the experience side, (9) K.AI ran a good 3rd on debut on July 24th, having been on pace throughout. He draws wide but has shown good gate speed so can get forward again. (2) RELEASE EDITION came home in 3rd place in that same race, just half a length behind K.Ai. He sat midfield and ran on and should have come on for the experience. (8) ILGANG DAERO has run fairly across two starts so far and along with debut-maker (6) GLOBAL SARANG, is another to consider.
|Selections||(7) Arthur King Iji (9) K.Ai (2) Release Edition (8) Ilgang Daero|
|Next Best||6, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 7, 9|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(5) LOUD COLOR has made good progress over three starts culminating in a strong runner-up finish last time out at this distance on July 31st, well beaten by a good winner in Geuma Passionate, but a good four-lengths clear of the rest and in a time faster than any of the others here have achieved. She won’t need to improve much on that to win. (12) GOLDEN POINT comes back slightly in trip following a good 2nd place at 1300M on July 29th, again well back behind a good winner but in a good time. That was just his fifth start and while he draws wide, he doesn’t need to lead and should be competitive again. (10) ALPHA V has shown significant improvement since returning from four months out with a 3rd and a 2nd, both at this distance. Others have posted faster times, but she looks to have more improvement in her and Perovic climbs aboard. (11) WONDERFUL DIGGER and (7) STORM AGAIN are among others in the frame.
|Selections||(5) Loud Color (12) Golden Point (10) Alpha V (11) Wonderful Digger|
|Next Best||7, 1|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 5, 10|
Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(4) GEUMA PASSIONATE led from gate-to-wire for a nine-length win on debut on July 31st, beating Loud Color, who was due to run in race 2. He comes up in class here but there is little for him to be intimidated about in this field and he will be a short price to maintain his 100% record. (9) BAEK GU has plenty of experience at this level and is rarely too far away, regularly picking up a cheque. She comes in off a solid 3rd place over this distance on August 7th and shouldn’t be too far away again. (11) HANEUL JILJU ran out a winner at this class over 1300M on August 6th, overcoming a similarly wide gate as today to score well. She only comes up 2kg for that and should be in the mix again. (7) PURPLE MANGO and (5) JEONGDUN-RO are others in at least the placing frame.
|Selections||(4) Geuma Passionate (9) Baek Gu (11) Haneul Jilju (7) Purple Mango|
|Next Best||5, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 8, 11|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Good race with two leading contenders. (5) CAPTAIN GOLD broke through at start number two on July 17th, making all over 1200M. He comes up in class and slightly in trip, but neither should be an issue, and he has every chance of winning again. (4) WORLD FOUR A also comes in off a maiden win, also over 1200M, in his case at start number four but at this class and with a couple of today’s rivals back down the track behind him. He carries his fair share of weight today but has never finished any wors than 3rd and he should be in the hunt here too. (3) POKPUNG JILJU comes back in trip following a 5th place over a mile on his latest start. He is yet to win but that was his first time outside of the top-three and he has run fast times at this distance. (7) KKUM NEOMEO can have a line drawn through his latest couple and given another chance here, while (10) NOBLE COWBOY is another who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(5) Captain Gold (4) World Four A (3) Pokpung Jilju (7) Kkum Neomeo|
|Next Best||10, 1|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 7, 9|
Busan Race 5: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Another very good race, featuring four last start winners. (8) ACE SOLOMON has won two of his latest three and five from twelve in total with his latest run ending in a class and distance win when handy all the way. An apprentice jockey engaged keeps his weight nice and low and another win could be on the cards here. (5) H. DAY shapes as the main danger. She’s been super consistent across her seven starts so far and comes in having won over this distance in a fast time on August 7th when handy throughout. She comes up in class here but has every chance of measuring up. (9) DAEJI CJOICE has mixed his form but comes back in trip following recent outings around two turns, including an unsuccessful tilt at the final leg of the Triple Crown. He has won at this distance and can be given a chance here. (10) FLAT BABE and (3) TTEUGEOUN MANNAM are others who must come into the calculations.
|Selections||(8) Ace Solomon (5) H. Day (9) Daeji Choice (10) Flat Babe|
|Next Best||3, 4|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 6, 8|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
This is probably the most competitive race of the day and it rally is one where you can stick a pin in it. (1) SEONGSIL SIHWA is a winner of two from five and comes in following a runner-up finish over class and distance on June 5th. She comes up 3kg in the weights, and runs for the first time in twelve weeks, but from a good gate, both of those can be overcome. (10) HANEUL GANGJA got a dreadful start in his latest outing on July 22nd, but still rallied well to finish 5th. He comes up in trip to the mile for the first time and there is no reason why it can’t suit. (3) CHOEGANG LIGER comes in under a good weight and a good gate. He should be competitive here. (4) HAENAM HAMMER, a good 2nd last time out, and (12) KING BROTHER others in the minor money hunt.
|Selections||(1) Seongsil Siwha (10) Haneul Gangja (3) Choegang Liger (4) Haenam Hammer|
|Next Best||12, 7|
|Fast Start||4, 8, 9, 10|
Busan Race 7: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million
(7) CAPTAIN YANKEE could be running in the Korea Cup next week but instead the champion three-year-old, who won two legs of this year’s Triple Crown, stays back in Busan for this class 2 race late at night on a Friday that he should easily win. He carries a lot of weight, but he is a potential star and will be heavy favourite. It’s a fine field for the class. (10) CALM STRONG comes in off winning the KNN Cup over a mile on July 17th. The filly has loads of potential and should be competitive here. (5) JESSIEUI KKUM comes up in class having won at this distance on July 17th. He is nicely weighted here, and he can measure up. (9) WINNER STAR was found wanting on the Triple Crown trail but can be better here, while (6) CLEAR, up in class having finished 2nd to Jessieui Kkum, is another in the hunt.
|Selections||(7) Captain Yankee (10) Calm Strong (5) Jessieui Kkum (9) Winner Star|
|Next Best||6, 12|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 7, 10|