October gets underway with a 10-race card at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Maiden juvenile fillies with nine of the twelve racing for the first time. Two of the experienced ones will be at the top of the market though. Despite his wide draw, (11) CUPID CHAMP gets the nod based on her runner-up finish on debut on September 3rd when she settled handy, dropped back to midfield, and then motored home in a super final furlong time. A similar performance here and she will win. (3) MENI POCKET was sent off as favourite on debut having won a trial. She was on pace throughout, ultimately finishing 3rd, and she is the main danger to the favourite. Among the first timers, (4) RED TAEPUNG and (7) GLORY K look the most likely to make an impact first-up. Both finished 2nd in their respective trials in good times and if they bring that form to the races are at least placing chances. (12) RAON CITY GIRL the next best.
|Selections||(11) Cupid Champ (3) Meni Pocket (4) Red Taepung (7) Glory K|
|Next Best||12, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 3, 7|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
It’s fair to say that (8) TANGJA has mixed his form across his four outings to date, but he wasn’t that far off the pace when 7th of twelve last time out. Prior to that race he had registered a 2nd and a 3rd and has posted the fastest time among these for the distance. There isn’t much early speed here so he can get forward and he can win. (2) P N S SING too wasn’t as far away as her 5th place last time out on September 3rd suggests. She also has a runner-up finish on her record already and from a good draw should be challenging Tangja for the lead and can be in this a long way. (5) NOW NURI beat P N S Sing when 2nd in that September 3rd race over this distance. That continued a steady trajectory of progress and while she is yet to run a quick time, with more improvement here she can be a danger again. (9) BURUI SINHWA and (4) NAOL SESANG, the latter racing for the first time since March and who looked much better than before in a trial last month, are others in the frame.
|Selections||(8) Tangja (2) P N S Sing (5) Now Nuri (9) Burui Sinhwa|
|Next Best||4, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 8, 10|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
It’s hard to look too far past (7) MORNING FIVE here, who comes out top on just about every indicator. He has the fastest time for the distance, one of the fastest opening furlong average times and the fastest final furlong average time. He was 4th at this distance in July on his return from four months out and then ran 2nd over 1200M in August. Third-up this preparation he can be peaking and can win here. (8) CLAIR POWER will be second choice on most tickets. He has been consistent if unspectacular across five starts so far and his usual racing pattern of sitting handy and then running on, should see him into a place here. (1) NEW CHEONGPA didn’t show much in four starts prior to six months out. He returns here but ran very well in a late July trial, stopping the clock in a fast time. He can be a different prospect this time around. (6) BADAUI KKUM and (9) BEST PLAN among others with minor money claims.
|Selections||(7) Morning Five (8) Clair Power (1) New Cheongpa (6) Badaui Kkum|
|Next Best||9, 2|
|Fast Start||3, 7, 8, 11|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
The only juvenile in the field with most who have shown promise tackling tomorrow’s Munhwa Ilbo Trophy, (12) RAON THE HIGHMAN has finished 2nd in both starts to date, both at 1000M. He comes up in class and in distance here but is nicely weighted and while he may need a touch of luck at the start, he can overcome the widest draw to get the breakthrough here. (3) AMAZON KING shapes as the main danger. He too got promoted to this class because of two runner-up finishes but he claimed his maiden win at his latest start over class and distance on September 4th, when settling midfield and running on well. He comes up 4kg in the weights but that’s balanced a little by a much better draw and he can be competitive here. Well weighted is the up in class (8) GOLD POWER, repeating the pattern of those promoted but winless. He has been an on-pace runner-up in his latest two and is another who can measure up in this company. (2) GLOBAL CASTLE, another up in class, and (9) HWIPARAM, experienced at this level, are also in the hunt.
|Selections||(12) Raon The Highman (3) Amazon King (8) Gold Power (2) Global Castle|
|Next Best||9, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 12|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
One of the more open races on the card. We’ll take a chance on (4) BYEORAK, who has shown ability at this distance before and come back up in trip following recent work over shorter. He draws well here to get his favoured on-pace position, and he has as good a chance as any. (12) BODY STAR was a class and distance winner two starts back and while he couldn’t follow up when 6th of twelve on his reappearance on August 27th, he can be given another chance here. His running style means the wide gate shouldn’t be an issue and he can be running on strongly. (2) GEUMSEONG HWANHUI ran 2nd in that August 27th race having been on pace throughout. He only comes up 1kg for it and draws very nicely to get forward again. (6) ONE PUTT was a somewhat unexpected class and distance winner on August 14th. He comes up 2kg but seems to have eliminated his habit of blowing the start and will warrant more respect this time. (10) REAL PACK another in the placing frame.(more…)