The capital city’s December schedule gets underway on Saturday with a 10-race program from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews for what threatens to be a snowy day:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Juvenile filly maidens in the opener with three racing for the first time and all of them tackling the six furlongs for the first time. (8) COMPLETE ANGEL will be a warm favourite. Having won a trial, she ran 6th on debut and then an improved 4th on her second start, both at 1000M and both in good times. The additional furlong shouldn’t be an issue and she won’t need to improve very much to win this. (3) MOONHAK EDEN also won her trial but could manage no better than 8th on debut on September 17th. She has had a couple of months off since then, draws well and can be a different prospect today. (2) FOUR ACE was quick on debut in August but had a tough time second-up a month later. She has been back to trial since then and looks worth another chance here with the additional distance likely to suit. (4) SEONGSIL PINK can also improve on her debut performance while of the first timers, (5) SPO BULPAE looks the most likely to make an immediate impact.
|Selections||(8) Complete Angel (3) Moonhak Eden (2) Four Ace (4) Seongsil Pink|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||5, 7, 8, 10|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(4) RAON THE QUALITY has hinted at ability across three starts so far with a 4th over 1000M her best. At her latest start at this trip on November 5th, she got a bit far back from a wide draw before rallying and from a much better gate this time, she can go much closer. (1) WONDERFUL TIZZY’s latest two outings have been much better than the bare fact of her 6th placed finishes suggest, posting a time faster than any of his rivals here have managed for the distance. An apprentice takes 3kg off his back and from a great draw he should be a big factor. (10) WONDERFUL MUSIC has only missed the top-five on one occasion from six starts. Her latest two have been her best with 2nd and 3rd place finishes both at 1300M and both times having led. The draw is not ideal but if she can find a handy position, she can be in this a long way. (9) CHOEGANG MIRAE was well-backed on his return from six months out at the end of October but didn’t make an impact. He can strip fitter here. (6) CHIMING BOY another in the frame.
|Selections||(4) Raon The Quality (1) Wonderful Tizzy (10) Wonderful Music (9) Choegang Mirae|
|Next Best||6, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5, 8|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
It’s hard to look too far past (6) GLOBAL KANGTA here. He’s shown steady improvement across four starts to date culminating in a 3rd place over this distance on October 29th when settling midfield and running on, stopping the clock in a good time. A similar run here would make him hard to beat. (8) SPRING WATER has shown significant improvement in his latest two appearances, both over 1200M and both times leading for much of the way around. He can be on pace again here and be in this a long way. (1) STAND BY ME returned from eight months out to run 6th of twelve in a good time over this distance on November 13th. He should strip fitter for that run and get closer here. (7) RAON THE FLATTER and (2) ARCH RIVER are among others who can be in the placing frame.
|Selections||(6) Global Kangta (8) Spring Water (1) Stand By Me (7) Raon The Flatter|
|Next Best||2, 11|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 6, 8|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Another warm favourite here in the shape of (7) MAGIC HOUR. A winner on debut over 1000M in October, he then ran a creditable 5th of eleven in the Listed Nonghyup Chairman’s Trophy at this distance on November 6th. He comes back into shallower waters today and should prove too strong. (3) KING MOUNTAIN is yet to win in twelve attempts but has several near misses including a good 2nd place at class and distance in September. He likes to be on pace so is drawn well here and can be in this a long way. (2) POWER K returns to action for the first time since March. Before his lengthy layoff he was a winner over 1000M at class 6 level before running 3rd at 1200M and 1300M at this class. He looked well when leading in a November trial, crossing the line in a fast time and a bold showing first-up here is possible. (8) BEAT UP is up in class following a good maiden win at his distance last time out. (5) DESK TAP another in the minor money hunt.
|Selections||(7) Magic Hour (3) King Mountain (2) Power K (8) Beat Up|
|Next Best||5, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 6, 7|
Seoul Race 5: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Fillies only here and (8) MENI GOLD gets the nod. She stepped up to this distance last time out on what was his second go at this level, and he ran well, finishing a close 4th in a good time having sat handy throughout. With the small field the wide draw shouldn’t be a problem and he can win here. (4) BOLD AGAIN is rapidly up in class having won her latest two at 1200M and 1300M, racing prominently in both and proving too strong. This is harder again, but she comes in very nicely weighted and from a good draw can get to the lead and stay on. (1) MAGIC GRACE is a three-time winner and was given her chance in the Korean Oaks this summer. She has won at this distance and can be a danger here. (7) CUPID JUMBO and (2) BS ENERGY others in the hunt.
|Selections||(8) Meni Gold (4) Bold Again (1) Magic Grace (7) Cupid Jumbo|
|Next Best||2, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 7, 8|
Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
Fillies (and two mares) only here for the second division of the seven-furlong handicap. (2) SEONGSIL MONEY warrants favourite status based on her form since coming back from five month off. She has a 4th and two 3rds in three appearances since the layoff, all of them at this trip and she may well be peaking here. Tactically versatile, she can sit behind the early speed and run on. (5) HIGH RUNNER comes up in class following a good win at her latest start over 1300M on October 22nd when she sat handy to the lead and then ran on well. This is tougher and she gets no weight relief despite the class rise, but she should be able to measure up on her first try at the distance. (8) JAY TROSS also comes up in class despite not winning at class 5. She has a 2nd and a 3rd from her latest two, both at 1300M unlike High Runner, does come down in the weights. She can go close. (4) GUKJE GONGHANG and (6) BURUI YEOWANG are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(2) Seongsil Money (5) High Runner (8) Jay Tross (4) Gukje Gonghang|
|Next Best||6, 3|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 6, 7|
Seoul Race 7: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(8) ADELE MUSTANG enters off a strong 3rd place at this class over 1700M on November 5th when he settled midfield and ran on well, beating a couple of today’s rivals in the process. Like everything else in the field, he tackles the mile for the first time and in this small field the draw shouldn’t be an issue. If he can find a good early position and not lose too much ground into the first turn, he will be the one to beat. (4) GAMGOK SUNSHINE comes in off a 6th place at 1700M on October 30th, beating two who return today. She likes to sit back and run on, and she can be a danger here. (5) BLOW MIND was 7th in that race, having also gone right to the back of the field. He comes down a full 3kg under today’s handicap conditions and should be getting closer. (7) FEDERAL CAT and (1) SUN FIGHTING others to enter the calculations.
|Selections||(8) Adele Mustang (4) Gamgok Sunshine (5) Blow Mind (7) Federal Cat|
|Next Best||1, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 6, 7, 8|
Seoul Race 8: Class 2 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million
A winner of four from ten and two of his latest three, (6) VICS GO comes up in class after a hard-fought victory over 1400M on November 5th when as is his style, he was handy to the speed. He comes down slightly in the weights for his first try at the mile and shouldn’t be far away. (10) JANGSAN POISON is the main danger. He comes in off a strong 3rd place at this class over 1800M on November 5th when close to the pace all the way around. An apprentice jockey takes his carried weight down here and while the draw his not ideal, he won from this gate at 1800M at class 3. He is a big chance here. (7) WONDERFUL K was 7th behind Jangsan Poison in that November 5th race having come rapidly up in class with victories in his preceding two. He draws marginally better here and is worth another chance. (5) JOUNIGA and (3) ROCK LINE others in the hunt.
|Selections||(6) Vics Go (10) Jangsan Poison (7) Wonderful K (5) Jouniga|
|Next Best||3, 1|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 10|
Seoul Race 9: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Tricky race. We’ll take a chance on (9) GUKDAE CLASS completing a hat-trick of wins. He is rapidly up in class having scored at 1200M and 1300M and comes up slightly in trip too. He comes down in the weights, the draw shouldn’t harm his chances and against modest opposition here, he can measure up. (1) RAON THE TIGER is an unspectacular type but ticks all the boxes in this company. He draws well, is fairly weighted, has a good start on him and can finish off well. He also has good times at this distance. If he runs to his best, he has winning chances. (7) RULES CLASS comes up in class after win over 1200M on October 15th when he settled back and ran on. He is another ultra-consistent type, and he comes down significantly in the weights. (2) RUN RUN RUN and (8) SISEONJIPJUNG are others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(9) Gukdae Class (1) Raon The Tiger (7) Rules Class (2) Run Run Run|
|Next Best||8, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 4, 7|
Seoul Race 10: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(3) SAENAE POWERFUL came close class and distance on November 5th, running on pace all the way and ultimately coming home in 2nd place. He comes up in the weights here but draws nicely again and he can lead all the way. That will mean overturning the form on that day’s winner (6) GLOBAL SUN, who came from off the pace to pick off Saenae Powerful close to home. He too comes up in the weights but warrants respect again. (9) ELITE RULES comes up in class after a win at this distance on November 5th when settling towards the rear before finishing strongly in a good time. She carries a very light weight and can be a danger. (8) DUSON FANTASTIC has the fastest time of any of these at the distance, recorded when 2nd two starts back in October. He can mix his form but, on his day, can be competitive in this company. (5) COMPLETE WEAPON among others in the hunt.
|Selections||(3) Saenae Powerful (6) Global Sun (9) Elite Rules (8) Duson Fantastic|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 5, 7|