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

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul with 10 races from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

Juvenile maidens with six of the eleven racing for the first time. We shall side with experience though because (7) RAON SPIKE caught the eye on debut on August 14th, settling midfield and running on for a close 3rd in a fast time over this distance. He should have derived benefit from the run and any kind of improvement should see him home on top. There is a debut-maker to keep an eye on though. (11) MAGIC HOUR made all to win his trial in a decent time earlier this month. While he may not have drawn the best, if he can bring that form to the races, he can go close first up and will probably be second favourite. (10) CAT’S EYE put in a bold showing on his debut on September 3rd, leading before weakening late. He should have come on for the run and be in it a bit longer today. Neither (6) BAEKDU BOY nor (9) SUPER FINISH disgraced themselves on their respective debuts and both can be entitled to some improvement here.

Selections(7) Raon Spike (11) Magic Hour (10) Cat’s Eye (6) Baekdu Boy
Next Best9, 1
Fast Start1, 4, 10, 11

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky maiden with some very shaky form. Only four have tackled the distance before and (5) LAST CALL was the fastest among them, athough that’s very much a relative thing, in this company. He has been consistent; an apprentice rider keeps the weight low and today could be this day. The only one of the nine who has troubled the scorers so far is (6) DANAEUN ROSE, who ran an on-pace 3rd on debut over 1200M in July. She couldn’t get to the front from a wide gate on her re-appearance in August but draws better today and has claims to be favourite. (8) GENTLE RULES is similar to Last Call, in terms of having been consistent if unspectacular. He got a 4th place over this distance two starts back and while the time was slow, he won’t need to go much better to improve on that here. (1) WONDERFUL MUSIC and (4) HUIMANG OREUM are others who could potentially improve.

Selections(5) Last Call (6) Danaeun Rose (8) Gentle Rules (1) Wonderful Music
Next Best4, 2
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 7

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

Another maiden and it’s hard to look past (1) ANYANG SAJA. Having run 6th from a wide gate on debut, he was a much-improved 2nd at start number two when settling behind the early speed and then running on. He draws nicely here and while this is his first start for three months, he should have too much for this field and will start as a short-priced favourite. Clear second favourite is (3) NAMSAN KKOT. She has finished between 3rd and 5th in all four of her starts so far, generally settling back or in midfield and running on. She too comes back off a bit of a layoff – in her case she last ran in May – but she looked well enough when winning a trial last Friday and should go close here. In the same colours, (10) NAMSAN MUJEOK also returns for the first time since May. He registered a 3rd and a 4th in his last two starts before his layoff and came through a trial three weeks ago well enough to suggest he can pick up from where he left off here. (4) GOLDEN LUCKY has been back to trial since his inauspicious debut in August and can be given another chance. (9) SONGAM NURI does have a 3rd place on his record and that’s enough to give him a chance of the minors here. 

Selections(1) Anyang Saja (3) Namsan Kkot  (10) Namsan Mujeok (4) Golden Lucky
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start1, 3, 7, 8

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Fillies only here with another short-priced favourite and just as in race 3, Antonio is riding it from gate one. (1) CONCORD QUEEN scored her maiden win in March, making all over 1300M and she has been working her way back towards another victory, almost grabbing it on her latest start on August 27th when leading nearly the entire way around only to be denied by the favourite on the line. She comes up in the weights by 2kg here but that’s balanced by a better draw, and she should take some beating. (3) CUPID JUMBO races for the first time since May. She had shown ability and looked well when trialling in July and may provide some interest at a probable each-way price as she has run well first-up before. (11) MORNING PEARL comes n off a good 2nd at class and distance on September 4th. She came from off the pace that day so the wide draw shouldn’t be a hindrance and she can be a danger here. (4) INNER PEACE and (10) THE FAVORITE – who assuredly won’t have that status – are others in the placing frame.

Selections(1) Concord Queen (3) Cupid Jumbo (11) Morning Pearl (4) Inner Peace
Next Best10, 12
Fast Start1, 4, 9, 10

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

A race where the form is, to put it delicately, ordinary. (8) BLACK CHARM was sent off as favourite over class and distance on September 4th and while from a wide draw, he didn’t run well, finishing 10th, beaten by a few of today’s rivals, what made him favourite that day still holds in that he has a class and distance runner-up finish in a fast time – now three starts back – and then his 5th place in a strong race for the class two starts back. He gets another chance. (7) BIG ENERGY ran 8th in that race, having got far too far back, something he has done twice in a row now. He has shown ability though with eight top-five finishes from sixteen starts and in this company can be a danger. (11) MISSILE CANDY was the longest shot on the board in that September 4th race but defied that to some extent to run 6th, the best of the ones who return here. An apprentice brings him down to a very light weight and he can go close today. (5) LUCKY CROWN ran 7th of ten in the Korean Oaks and has since put in fair times in two outings at this distance. (3) OKDONG GONGJU is consistently not too far away and should be around the money again.

Selections(8) Black Charm (7) Big Energy (11) Missile Candy (5) Lucky Crown
Next Best3, 6
Fast Start4, 9, 10, 11

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Small field here and (7) CHOEGANG QUEEN gets the nod based on her last start class and distance close 3rd place on September 4th. She has been consistent, only missing the top-five on two occasions from thirteen starts and can sit on pace or handy here and prove too strong late on. (3) AMAZING WHIZ comes back in trip following a couple of positive spins around 1700M, including a runner-up finish last time out when on pace throughout. He is tactically versatile and while up in class he is down in the weights and should be competitive. (5) WONDER K beat a couple of these on his way to 6th of twelve over 1200M at this class on August 28th. He gets a much better draw today and can get to the lead and be in this a long way. (4) LAST BOSS, who has the fastest time among these for the distance, and (1) GUEOKMAAL are among others who can go close.

Selections(7) Choegang Queen (3) Amazing Whiz (5) Wonder K (4) Last Boss
Next Best1, 2
Fast Start1, 5, 7, 8

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It’s about time (8) COOL PRINCESS returned to the winner’s circle. She consistently runs fast times for this distance and enters off a strong runner-up finish at this class on September 4th. An apprentice jockey keeps her weight low, and she should be on pace or handy and can finish strongly. (5) FORT SEUONE won over this distance at class 5 level three starts back and was a front-running 2nd at this class and distance last time out in July. She has had three months off since so comes in here fresh but can be on pace and a big danger. (7) NAUI NARA has seven top-four finishes from ten starts and comes back in trip following recent efforts at 1700M. He has a strong finish on him and while he is up slightly in the weights, look out for him at the business end here. (3) IL MARE can be hard to catch but when he’s right, he can go very well. (1) SERVE ACE has been ordinary in her latest two but has posted terrific times for the distance in the past and shouldn’t be ruled out.

Selections(8) Cool Princess (5) Fort Seuone (7) Naui Nara (3) Il Mare
Next Best1, 4
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 8

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

The solid times that she has recorded on her way to back-to-back runner-up finishes at class and distance, as well as not having to come up to any significant degree in the weights, make (7) BAEKDU GIRL a warm favourite here. In this company, she can settle just behind the early speed and prove too strong late on. (8) NAMSAN CHOCOLATE beat three of these on her way to 2nd place at class and distance on September 3rd. She posted a very good time when winning at this distance three starts back at class 5 level and with a competitive wight, she can be a threat today. (6) DOKKAEBE is yet to win in eleven attempts but hasn’t been far away in recent outings. He is tactically versatile and has been consistent at this distance. (3) NONSTOP REWARD and (4) DUSON FANTASTIC among others in at least the placing hunt.

Selections(7) Baekdu Girl (8) Namsan Chocolate (6) Dokkaebe (3) Nonstop Reward
Next Best4, 2
Fast Start4, 9, 10, 11

Seoul Race 9: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(4) NEMO PRINCESS ran out a good winner over this distance with a front-running performance in a fast time at class 4 level back on July 24th. She has had eleven weeks off since then and she comes up in class, but she is down in the weights, draws a good gate, and may be hard to hold out again. (2) PURPLE K has only missed the top five on one occasion from ten starts so far. She comes in off a solid 3rd place on her first try at this class last time out, she draws a good gate today to get on pace, and she can be a danger. (3) YUKWAEHAN NALDEUL comes up in class after a good on pace win over this distance on August 28th. He comes down in the weights and while Nemo Princess has had the beating of him a couple of times recently. He can measure up in this company. (1) MORNING HILL and (6) EAST IMPACT are the others who can enter the minor money calculations.

Selections(4) Nemo Princess (2) Purple K (3) Yukwaehan Naldeul (1) Morning Hill
Next Best6, 7
Fast Start2, 3, 4, 5

Seoul Race 10: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

(11) JOY BROTHER is in the form of his life with three wins from his last four including his latest outing in the HRI Trophy on international weekend when he just got up to take a narrow victory. Those three wins have all been over 1400M so he comes back up to two turns today and while he carries his fair share of weight, the wide draw shouldn’t be a concern and he will be doing his thing late on again. (2) WONPYEONG GASOK was favourite for that HRI Trophy, and he finished a very close 2nd. He comes up to two turns for the first time and will probably be the betting favourite to overturn the form on Joy Brother.  Also entering in very good form is (4) GRAY CAT. He comes up in class following a win over a mile on September 4th and while today’s set weights scale doesn’t really do him any favours, he can measure up in this company. (1) MONEY ZIF and (8) RAON BEAT are others to consider.

Selections(11) Joy Brother (2) Wonpyeong Gasok (4) Gray Cat (1) Money Zif
Next Best8, 10
Fast Start2, 3, 8, 11