It’s Grand Prix Stakes weekend! The big ace is in Seoul on Sunday but the weekend’s action gets underway at Busan on Friday with 9-races from 12:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Juvenile maidens in the opener and there are two standouts. (6) RUN FIRST settled back and ran on for 3rd on debut over this distance on November 4th. The time wasn’t hugely fast, but he should have come on for the experience and can win here. (1) GOHEUNG CLASS was quicker than Run First when 6th on debut over the same trip on November 11th. She was well back behind a good winner, but she too should have derived benefit from the run and from a better draw can be on pace with every chance. (7) BORA CHAMP debuted in the same race, coming home in 7th place having drawn the widest gate. From a kinder barrier and with a run in her, she can go closer this time. There are four debut makers and (3) MORNING FLOW and (5) SUCCESS YEONGGWANG look to have the most potential for an immediate impact.
|Selections||(6) Run First (1) Goheung Class (7) Bora Champ (3) Morning Flow|
|Next Best||5, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 5, 8|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
More juvenile maidens, this time with seven of the nine racing for the first time. Among them is probable warm favourite (5) ALL OR NOTHING. He sat handy during his trial running on for 3rd place in a decent time. He couldn’t pick a kinder race to debut in and he won’t need to improve much from the trial to win first up here. (8) SUNDAY MONEY is one of the two with prior experience. That was all the way back in July when a well-beaten 8th in a slow time. He had a few months off and after coming back into training, trialled promisingly enough three weeks ago. He can be a different prospect this time around. (4) DAHAMKKEDALLIJA showed on pace in his trial before falling back a little late on. In this company he can be competitive. (9) SKY MOUNTAIN wasn’t quick in her heat but was on pace and beat a couple of these home which is enough to put her in the numbers. (2) BLACK VOLT, the other experienced one, could improve.
|Selections||(5) All Or Nothing (8) Sunday Money (4) Dahamkkedallija (9) Sky Mountain|
|Next Best||2, 7|
|Fast Start||5, 7, 8, 9|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Maiden fillies. (4) GOLDEN RACER has mixed her form across four outings so far but her two 4th places have been useful, and she has set a time over this distance more than half a second faster than anything else in this field has managed. An apprentice keeps her carried weight very light and she shapes as the one to beat. (3) TWOTWO FLYING had a trying time on her first try at this distance on November 18th. Her previous form was promising though and from a better draw and an apprentice bringing her down 3kg in the weights, she is worth another chance here. There is one debut-maker. (9) WONDERFUL IMPACT ran on pleasingly enough in her trial in a fair time. There is nothing especially intimidating in this field and a bold first-up showing is possible. (5) GOLDEN CAMP and (6) GOLD CROWN are others who may not necessarily get the gold but can compete for the minors.
|Selections||(4) Golden Racer (3) Twotwo Flying (9) Wonderful Impact (5) Golden Camp|
|Next Best||6, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 5, 8|
Busan Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
More maiden fillies (and one mare) here. There is one debut maker, and she is probably going to be the favourite. (6) GOLD CHEONSA is from the Kim Young-kwan stable, and she looked extremely competent when stalking the lead in her trial, before going past and crossing the line 1st in a fast time. If she brings that form to the races, she will be very hard to beat. (8) STORM AGAIN has five top-five finishes from seven starts, including a good 3rd over this distance two starts back in a good time. She likes to settle handy or midfield and can run and looks the most logical challenger to the favourite here. (9) MY LULLABY debuted over 1300M and used up plenty of energy from a wide gate to get a forward position before tiring. She should have come on for that run and while drawn wide again can improve. (3) QUEEN ROMANCE and (2) B.K. ROAN others in the frame.
|Selections||(6) Gold Cheonsa (8) Storm Again (9) My Lullaby (3) Queen Romance|
|Next Best||2, 7|
|Fast Start||3, 6, 8, 9|
Busan Race 5: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(3) DOCTOR PERO has been working up to a win across three races so far and it should come here. At his most recent, he ran on for a good 2nd place over 1400M beating a couple of today’s rivals in the process. He draws well, the step up to the mile should suit, and he is the one to beat. (4) SKY ARCH comes in off her best finish to date when 4th over 1200M when slow away and settling right back before running on. A bit of distance to play with this time can be in her favour and she can continue to improve. (6) HAMAN BAEKISAN has found some consistency and enters off back-to-back 4th place finishes, most recently behind Doctor Pero. He should be there or thereabouts again. (7) LET IT GO and (2) WONDERFUL ROMANCE among others with the potential for better.
|Selections||(3) Doctor Pero (4) Sky Arch (6) Haman Baekisan (7) Let It Go|
|Next Best||2, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 7, 8|
Busan Race 6: Class 5 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(5) TOTAL ECLIPSE got her maiden win in filly-only company over 1400M three starts back and while she didn’t make an impact on her first try at this level, she comes in off a solid 3rd place over 1300M on November 25th when running through the line well and beating a couple of today’s rivals. The rise in trip can suit and she will be favourite. (7) MONEY CASE got a long way back last time out over 1200M but did make up ground at the end. He was first-up that day following four months off, should strip fitter for the run and can be given another chance today. (3) ADELE STELLA is similarly second-up after a length spell, in his case almost seven months. He ran fairly for a close at hand 6th on his return over 1400M on November 20th and while he has never finished in the top-two, he has only finished outside the top-five once. He’ll be close again from a good draw. (9) NEW CROWN and (4) GUARDIAN ANGEL among others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(5) Total Eclipse (7) Money Case (3) Adele Stella (9) New Crown|
|Next Best||4, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 5, 7|
Busan Race 7: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
It took (11) MY STAR a while to figure things out, but she’s won two out her last three, both at this class and most recently over this distance on November 20th when on pace throughout. She has the challenge of the wide gate here, but an apprentice claim takes the edge off the weights and another win isn’t out of the question. The big danger is also the big winner form the draw in the shape of (1) BAEK GU. She comes in off a great 2nd place in a very quick time over the 1200M on November 27th. She gets a quick turnaround here and under a 4kg claim, she surely goes close. (2) FASHION FORCE ONE may be worth some thought on a place line. She’s never finished better than 3rd, being promoted to this level with three consecutive such finishes between July and September. Her latest run when 5th over 1200M suggests she can be competitive at this class and form a good draw she can go well. (3) MY SONG and (9) HAENAM JJANGDOL, the latter perhaps better for the rise in trip, are others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(11) My Star (1) Baek Gu (2) Fashion Force One (3) My Song|
|Next Best||9, 7|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 9|
Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
(9) TOP MATE returned from six months out to run 2nd over 1400M on October 30th when settling midfield and running on. That should serve as the perfect springboard to the step back up in trip to a distance at which he has run well at in the past and he is a big chance here. The trouble is, he loves to come 2nd – he’s been runner-up on ten occasions with just one win. If he finds one too quick again it could be (7) YEONGCHEON SOLEMIO. He had seemingly lost her way but roared back into form with a class and distance win on November 13th when making all and holding off a determined late challenge. He comes up 2kg in the weights but has solid claims to repeat. (8) HANEUL JEONSA comes up in class off the back of excellent recent form including back-to-back runner-up finishes at this distance. He is going to need to improve here but he comes down 4kg in the weights and he can measure up. (4) CHANGE BACK and (2) LUCAS SUN among others in the frame in what is perhaps the most competitive race on the card.
|Selections||(9) Top Mate (7) Yeongcheon Solemio (8) Haneul Jeonsa (4) Change Back|
|Next Best||2, 5|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 7, 9|
Busan Race 9: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(6) GEUMA SMARTY is rapidly up in class having won run 4th and 3rd in her first two starts before winning back-to-back races over 1400M and a mile to jump from class 6 to class 4 here. She settled midfield and ran on in both of those wins and she looks to have plenty more development in the tank. A hat-trick of wins is a possibility. (1) I WILL BE FREE also rose up rapidly to this level. He now has plenty of experience at it with six tries and has shown good consistency. He has a 5th and two 4th places from his latest three, all at the mile, and he is a danger here. Those two look a cut above the rest but (9) HWARANG BEST goes well on his day. His latest two over 1400M have been average but the last time he tackled this distance three starts back, he ran a strong 2nd in a good time. (8) HALLA NURI and (5) FIRST STAR other possible minor money hopes.
|Selections||(6) Geuma Smarty (1) I Will Be Free (9) Hwarang Best (8) Halla Nuri|
|Next Best||5, 3|
|Fast Start||4, 7, 8, 9|