The weekend’s action gets underway at Busan on Friday where there are 8 races from 12:50 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Maiden juvenile fillies here. With six of the nine racing for the first time. Two of the experienced ones have shown well already though and (1) HAMPYEONG SHINE will be the favourite. After running fairly on debut, she ran a smart 2nd at start number two on September 4th, having led for most of the way around. She draws well, should be on pace again and a similar run will take some beating. (7) TAP DREAM was less than a length in arrears in 3rd place in that September 4th race, having run handy throughout. She too improved from her debut and can go close again here. Turning to the first-timers, (5) FLYING DIA went through two September trials, improving significantly in the second of them when on pace and can make a bold showing here. (4) GRAPHENE RAP WORLD ran on pleasingly enough in a decent time in her trial and along with (6) CHARON DAY is another capable of making a good first impression.
|Selections||(1) Hampyeong Shine (7) Tap Dream (5) Flying Dia (4) Graphene Rap World|
|Next Best||6, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 7|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Competitive race with two standouts. (4) SPECIAL HERO raced twice without distinction at the start of the year but having then been put away after the second of those in February. She returned looking much better in August and has run 4th and 2nd in two starts since, both at this distance and in decent times. With an apprentice aboard, she carries a light weight and third-up can be peaking fitness-wise. (3) AREUMDAUN INYEON has been well-backed in both starts so far, finishing an improved 3rd in the second of them over 1400M on August 28th. She was on pace throughout and the step back in trip can suit here. Also improving at start number two was (2) NONSTOP SONG. He was an on pace 2nd over this distance on September 4th and from a much better gate, he can be in the finish again. (8) HWANGU FIGHTER and (10) PUNGUN JOHWA are others with placing hopes.
|Selections||(4) Special Hero (3) Areumdaun Inyeon (2) Nonstop Song (8) Hwangu Fighter|
|Next Best||10, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 6, 10|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
More maidens here. (4) BRAVO HAMYANG will be the warm favourite. Having been sent back to trial after finishing well back over this distance in July, he returned on September 4th to run a strong 2nd over 1300M overcoming gate eleven to get to the pace. He should have come on for that run and has strong claims here. (10) STAR MATTA has four finishes between 3rd and 5th and the fastest time among those who have tackled this trip, achieved on his latest outing on September 16th when handy throughout. The draw is not ideal but nor is it insurmountable, and he can aim for a best finish to date. (5) DUBAI PYEONGJEONG ran on fairly on debut over 1000M on August 21st. He should have improved for the experience and the additional trip may be more suitable. (9) FUSAICHI returns for the first time since MAY and along with (8) DAEJI FLY, is another to consider for the minors.
|Selections||(4) Bravo Hamyang (10) Star Matta (5) Dubai Pyeongjeong (9) Fusaichi|
|Next Best||8, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 7, 9|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(8) DOCTOR KONGSUNI remains a maiden having been promoted to this class with a pair of runner-up finishes. She lost her way a little but looks to be back in form with a 5th and a 4th since returning from five months off and could be peaking here under a light weight. The main danger is (4) CHOEGANG FORCE. A winner over this distance ant class 6 level in July he has since finished 2nd and 4th in two attempts at this level. His style is to settle back and run on and so long as he doesn’t leave himself too much to do, he will be coming home strongly. (2) I LOVE HANSEN made all to land his maiden win over 1200M on September 16th. He comes up in class and in trip here but draws well and can measure up. (7) GREAT ONE and (6) CHEONMA HASEO are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(8) Doctor Kongsuni (4) Choegang Force (2) I Love Hansen (7) Great One|
|Next Best||6, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 8|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Fillies (and one mare) only here. (5) DREAM OF QUEEN raced on pace on debut over 1000M on August 21st before pulling away in the closing stages to score well. She comes up in class and slightly in trip, but has little to fear here and can win again. (3) OCEAN STORM is yet to win but has been a model of consistency with seven top-four finishes from eight starts, four as runner-up. She overcame gate twelve to run a good 4th last time out on September 2nd with a couple of today’s rivals behind her and while she may once again find one too quick, she should be in the mix. (12) ART KELLY didn’t make an impression on her first start back after five months out in August. She has had another couple of months off since and could improve today. Similarly, (8) GOLD ROSE can be given another chance after underwhelming on her first try at this level on August 28th. (7) MAGIC CLASS, another who needs a line drawn through her latest, can also go better.
|Selections||(5) Dream Of Queen (3) Ocean Storm (12) Art Kelly (8) Gold Rose|
|Next Best||7, 4|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 7, 8|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Competitive race. (9) GOBLIN came from off the pace to run well for 2nd place at class and distance on September 4th. He only comes up 1kg on that and the wide draw shouldn’t be a concern. (5) HUIMANG PUNCH is up in class having practically made all to get her second win over 1200M a month ago. She should be able to get to the lead again here and will be in this a long way again. (4) DAEJI SPECIAL weakened when put up to a mile on his first try at this class on September 16th. The time before he was a smart winner over 1300M at class 5 level and the drop back to a sprinting distance here should be in his favour. (6) CROWD ONE and (3) NICE CHOEGANG are others who can be in the minor money frame.
|Selections||(9) Goblin (5) Huimang Punch (4) Daeji Special (6) Crowd One|
|Next Best||3, 8|
|Fast Start||5, 7, 8, 11|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(3) MAGIC WHISPER can be given another chance here after weakening from a promising position over a mile on his first try at this class on September 2nd having worked hard to get forward from a wide gate. Both his wins have come at the 1400M, from the front and in fast times. He can get an easier run today from a better gate and looks the one to beat. (1) SEOBU TEUKGEUP had a poor day at the office on her latest start when slowly away and scarcely involved. She draws a much better gate today and has run well at this distance already and should be back in the frame here. (10) INDY CHOICE was an all the way winner in a fast time over 1300M on September 2nd. He comes up in class and slightly in trip here but can be competitive once again. (9) DOCTOR PHARAOH and (11) COLORFUL WIND are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(3) Magic Whisper (1) Seobu Teukgeup (10) Indy Choice (9) Doctor Pharoah|
|Next Best||11, 4|
|Fast Start||1, 8, 10, 11|
Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
(7) BURUI GEOM returned to winning ways at class and distance on September 2nd when handy throughout and running on for a narrow score. He comes up 3kg under today’s conditions but should be equal to it and he can win again. (1) GIJEOKUI JEOKTOMA and (4) ORANGE GARAGE came home 4th and 6th respectively when the pair raced each other at class and distance on September 16th, the former coming from off the pace while the latter raced handy. Both are likely to adopt similar tactics here and they can both be considered for improvement. (9) ALIVE CAPTAIN started as favourite for the September 16th race but could ultimately only finish in 7th. He too gets another chance here. (5) NANGMAN JEONSA among others capable of placing.
|Selections||(7) Burui Geom (1) Gijeokui Jeoktoma (4) Orange Garage (9) Alive Captain|
|Next Best||5, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 6, 7, 8|