It’s KRA Cup Classic weekend with the big race at Seoul on Sunday. The action gets underway though at Busan on Friday with 8 races from 12:50 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Juvenile maidens in the opener with four of the eight racing for the first time. This time the first-timers look to have the edge and (5) SAVAHA will be hot favourite. He went through two trials, improving significantly in the second of them in August when on pace throughout and crossing the line well ahead of everything else in a fast time. If he runs to that level here, he will win. (8) HANGANG SAVER showed well in a trial, sitting midfield and then running on in a fair time. He too should go well first-up. Of the experienced ones, (3) NALA has shown the most so far, running fairly in two relatively strong races. She should improve here. (1) B.K. ROAN and another debut-maker, (6) HELLO SUNSHINE are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(5) Savaha (8) Hangang Saver (3) Nala (1) B.K. Roan|
|Next Best||6, 7|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 6|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(8) JEONGMUN CHITA just about gets the nod here based on his last start 4th place when trying this distance for the first time and beating a couple of today’s rivals on September 23rd. He led for much of that race, should have come on for that experience and is the one to beat. With an apprentice engaged, (5) GLOBAL CATCHER comes back to the weight she carried when 2nd over 1400M two starts back. She can tend to get a bit far back in her races but the mile can suit and she will be running on. (7) WISH LUCK also comes up to this distance for the first time. She is another who likes to settle back and run on and can go close here. (1) EONJENA YEONGUNG and (4) GEUMUI MAN others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(8) Jeongmun Chita (5) Global Catcher (7) Wish Luck (1) Eonjena Yeongung|
|Next Best||4, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 4, 8|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Fillies (and one mare) only in this maiden. (2) TAKE ADELE comes in off a solid 4th place over this distance on September 25th when settling midfield, dropping back and then running on. An apprentice takes 4kg off and with no early speed in this race, she can get a good position from a good draw and has as much chance as any here. (8) UNJU SSAGSSEULI will probably be favourite based on her 3rd place at start number two in early September. She was away badly on her return to action on September 30th and finished down the field but with a better start should be much closer today. (5) TITAN K comes back in trip and down in the weights with an apprentice on board and that should be enough to bring her into contention. (4) STORM AGAIN and (3) WONDERFUL SMARTY are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(2) Take Adele (8) Unju Ssagsseuli (5) Titan K (4) Storm Again|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 4, 8|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(8) RADAR will be hot favourite to score here. She got her maiden win in her return to action following five months out in August with a front-running effort over this distance, before finished 2nd on her first try at this class in an all-filly race over 1400M. She will be on pace again and will be hard to beat. (6) EAGLE STAR is the main danger. He enters in goof form following back-to-back runner-up finishes at this class and distance and while he comes up 3kg in the weights, he can be competitive again. He can settle midfield and he has a strong finish. (11) SMARTY DOLPUNG is a consistent type who has been no worse than 5th in her last four outings. She comes back in trip, gets a light weight and the wide draw shouldn’t matter too much. The up in class pair of (1) NICE DAY and (5) BUSAN SORY are others who can be in the frame.
|Selections||(8) Radar (6) Eagle Star (11) Smarty Dolpung (1) Nice Day|
|Next Best||5, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 7, 8|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
There are two standouts here. (5) WIND CROSS is yet to win in nine attempts but has only finished outside of the top four on one occasions. He comes in off back-to-back runner-up finishes, both at this class and the latter over this distance. In this company he can settle on pace or handy and then run on. Today can be his day. The big danger is (4) ALL CROWN. She does have a win on the board, scored over 1300M at class 6 level and she has subsequently proven competitive in this class too. She enters off two consecutive 3rd place finishes at class and distance and while she got a bit far back in both of those, she has a strong finish and will be running on. (2) GOLDEN POINT is up in class following a few too many near-misses. He draws well, comes into a good gate, and can measure up, (11) MILK DAY and (3) SUSO POWER are among others to consider.
|Selections||(5) Wind Cross (4) All Crown (2) Golden Point (11) Milk Day|
|Next Best||3, 6|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 7, 10|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(10) RAON THE FIGHTING is not to be confused with the very similarly named Korea Cup runner-up but this three-year-old is carving out a decent career himself. He has won over this distance at class 5 level and enters off a useful 4th place in a good time at this level on September 18th. In a competitive race, he is the one to beat. (6) JEOKDO JEONSA comes up in class here after two placings over a mile. He can run on pace or settle back and run on and under a very light weight, he has solid claims to go close again. (5) DOKBO had a poor day at the office last time out but she steps up in trip here and is well drawn to get to the lead and she can be in this a long way. (4) KF ONE and the up in class (1) CHEONNYEONUIGUREUM are among plenty of others who have at least placing chances.
|Selections||(10) Raon The Fighting (6) Jeokdo Jeonsa (5) Dokbo (4) KF One|
|Next Best||1, 11|
|Fast Start||2, 5, 8, 11|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
(1) I WILL BE FREE beat a couple of these on his way to 5th place at class and distance on September 25th. He has won over the mile at class 5 level and while he comes up a bit in the weights today, that’s offset by a nice drawn and he has a solid chance. (4) HALLOWEEN PARTY steps up to this distance for the first time following consistent performances at shorter. He likes to be on pace and while he once again carries his fair share of weight, he should be in this a long way. (5) GEUMA GOOD POINT has outperformed big odds in both his last two starts. He comes sown 3kg with an apprentice aboard and he has placing chances here. (12) ROYAL PENNANT also overcame big odds to lead from gate-to-wire at this class and distance on September 16th. He comes up 3kg as a result but a repeat isn’t impossible. (9) K K WON another in the hunt.
|Selections||(1) I Will Be Free (4) Halloween Party (5) Geuma Good Point (12) Royal Pennant|
|Next Best||9, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 7, 12|
Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
An also-ran in the Korean Derby, (7) UNJU HERO has subsequently performed very well with two wins and a 2nd place from three starts at 1400M and a mile. He looks ready for another crack at 1800M and while he is up in the weights, he is the one to beat here. Also up in the weights is (2) DUNCAN, who missed out very narrowly in a tight finish at class and distance on September 2nd. He gets a much better gate today. Will probably be on pace or handy, and can be a big threat again. (10) ADELE CROWN needs a line drawn through his latest but two starts back he ran a very good 2nd at class and distance. Going on that form, he can be in the finish here. (4) POKPUNG EONDEOK likewise was a class and distance winner two starts back and along with (11) YEOKJEON MYEONGSU has every chance of going close again.
|Selections||(7) Unju Hero (2) Duncan (10) Adele Crown (4) Pokpung Eondeok|
|Next Best||11, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 8, 10|