Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (January 28)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul with a big 12-race meeting from 10:40 to 18:00. The feature race is the last with Simjangui Godong facing a stern challenge from Chief Indy, among others, at class 1 over 2000M. Here are the previews:

Former President’s Cup winner Simjangui Godong facess a tough ask at Seoul this Saturday (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies here with seven of the twelve racing for the first time. Three of those with prior experience debuted in the same race over 1000M on Christmas Day and it was (6) SARYEONI TYCHE who came out the best among them, racing just off the speed throughout and finishing in 3rd place. She has claims to come out on top here. Just a length behind there wasn’t much between (5) GREEN SHIELD and (10) TOP TIER, who came home 6th and 4th respectively. Top Tier had led until the furlong pole before being passed and while she draws wide today, should have enough early speed to get a good position. She doesn’t have the apprentice claim but Kim Yong-geun climbing aboard should balance that. The extended trip though may see Green Shield in overturning that form. She was doing her best work late in that race. Among the first timers, (3) WHITE DIA and trial winner (9) HAEJAE YEOGEOL perhaps best.

Selections(6) Saryeoni Tyche (5) Green Shield (10) Top Tier (3) White Dia
Next Best9, 11
Fast Start3, 5, 6, 10

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens all of whom have raced before though none at this distance. (6) ILDONG BAKSU has finished 3rd in both her prior starts, most recently  over 120M on Christmas Eve when handy throughout and finishing a length behind the odds-on favourite winner Jeomsuni Go. She’ll be exiting class 6 with any top-three finish and it could be a win. After a lot of trials (11) SINUI HAMSEONG ran well on debut on December 10th finishing 2nd over this distance to hot favourite J Motion. He was found to have bled after that so was stood down for a month and sent back to trial but he came through that successfully earlier in January and can go well again. (9) MONEY JANGGUN overcame a similarly wide draw to today to run 3rd over 1200M on November 19th. He also has a runner-up finish at 1000M to his name and can be a danger here. (5) FINE DAY and (10) HERO QUEEN others in the hunt.

Selections(6) Ildong Baksu (11) Sinui Hamseong (9) Money Janggun (5) Fine Day
Next Best10, 8
Fast Start1, 5, 6, 12

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(5) ROCK IMPACT is the only one in the field who has raced at the distance before and it seemed to suit as he produced a much improved performance to run 2nd in a fair time on December 11th when settling just behind the speed and then running on. He won’t need to improve too much to go one better here. (7) MISS WIN STAR has steadily improved across his four outings to date, culminating in a runner-up finish over 1200M on December 17th when he led for a large part of the races. That was his first time on the speed and he may go forward again here. (11) GANGCHEOL YEOGEOL has been finishing off her races well, improving each time and she may benefit from the step up in trip. The wide draw shouldn’t be a problem and nor should it be for (10) ARCH MEMORY, another who has steadily improved and runs through the line well. The form drops off after that but in a race devoid of much early speed, (6) SINPUNG YEOGEOL may get an easier run to the front today and can be in this a long way at probable big odds. 

Selections(5) Rock Impact (7) Miss Win Star (11) Gangcheol Yeogeol (10) Arch Memory
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start2, 6, 7, 12

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(11) ULTRA GALAXY has improved across his five starts so far with his latest over 1200M on Christmas Day being his best. He is yet to go further than that so this is a big step up but his running style – and today’s company – suggests he can be more than equal to the challenge. (7) HOUYHNHNM looked every much the perennial non-winner but capable of regularly picking up minor money, right up until his last start on January 7th when he stepped up to two turns for the first time and ran 2nd. It wasn’t a fast time, but he beat three of today’s rivals and won’t need to improve much to go close again. (4) STAR PRINCESS ran 3rd in that race, equalling her best finish so far. She went right back and ran on and with Johan climbing on today, may be further forward. (1) EUREKA and (5) SEMYEONG CAPTAIN are others with at least placing chances.

Selections(11) Ultra Galaxy (7) Houyhnhnm (4) Star Princess (1) Eureka
Next Best5, 12
Fast Start5, 8, 11, 12

Seoul Race 5: Class 3 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(5) HANGANGUI GISANG is a perfect four from four with his latest win coming on Christmas Eve when stepping up to class 3 for the first time, he made all to score by six-lengths over 1700M He comes up 3.5kg in the weights from that day but draws nicely enough at the unique mile start and he will be odds-on to strike again. (3) MIGHTY GOOD is on a win streak of his own, having taken his latest two both at class 4 and both over 1700M. He likes to come from off the pace so Antonio should be able to save some ground early while the others battle it out on the short run to the first corner. He is up in class but down significantly in weight and can measure up. Also down in weight is (1) DUSON MEONGGUN who benefits from an apprentice claim. He finished midfield behind Hangangui Gisang last time out but is a winner at this class over 1400M as well has holding a 3rd place at a mile. Don’t rule out a bold showing. (2) BYEOLUI SUNGAN is better than his latest two outings suggest and should be kept safe, while (9) YAHO GOLDEN CAT is another in the hunt.

Selections(5) Hangangui Gisang (3) Mighty Good (1) Duson Meonggun (2) Byeolui Sungan
Next Best9, 4
Fast Start1, 5, 7, 8

Seoul Race 6: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

One of the trickier races on the card. We’ll side with (10) ECHO ZONE, who has maintained consistent form since being promoted to this level after his maiden win at class 6 in September. He was 2nd at this class and distance two starts back before running 3rd over 1300M on Christmas Eve, both times with at least one of today’s rivals behind him. He can settle just off the speed and can win. (5) YEONGUNG DAEMA recorded back-to-back class and distance runner-up finishes in November and December, both in times faster than anything else in this race has recorded for 1400M. He was slowly away from a wide draw on his latest but still ran on well for 5th and from a better gate today is a solid win chance. (1) BLUE INDY overcame a wide gate to run 3rd at class and distance on Christmas Day. The time was slow but with a better draw here, he can go close. (11) GONGONILCHEOK and (9) GRAND POWER among others who should be in the mix.

Selections(10) Echo Zone (5) Yeongung Daema (1) Blue Indy (11) Gongonilcheok
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start3, 9, 10, 11

Seoul Race 7: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(12) WONDERFUL INDY comes in off a strong 3rd place at class and distance on December 18th when after settling back, he ran on strong. Tactically versatile – his class 6 win was gate to wire – he can overcome the widest draw here, as well as the slight increase in weight, and he can win. The main danger emerges from the opposite end of the barrier. (1) LUCKY CROWN enters off a close 3rd over 1700M when midfield and finishing well on December 18th. At the start before, he was 2nd in a fast time over 1200M. He’ll be in the hunt here. So too (5) CUPID BISANG, who comes in off three consecutive 3rd place finishes, all at this class and two of them at this distance. In this company and from this draw, he should be on pace and can be in this a long way. (10) SAINT LUCCA and (6) PERFECT TIME among others to enter the calculations.

Selections(12) Wonderful Indy (1) Lucky Crown (5) Cupid Bisang (10) Saint Lucca
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start5, 6, 9, 11

Seoul Race 8: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Four last start winners are among five up in class here. (6) ACHIM DONGJA looks the most likely to win again. After running 3rd on debut in November, he secured his maiden win on December 17th when breaking midfield before being ridden up to sit on the shoulder of the leader before taking command in the home straight. He should have further improvement in the tank. (12) BLACK MOTION was certainly eye-catching on debut over 1000M on December 17th, sitting handy and then winning by five-lengths. Superficially neither the class and distance raise nor the wide draw should be an issue and he can go close again. (4) POWERFUL HWASEONG broke through on Christmas Day on what for him was the sixth time of asking. It was emphatic as well and a similar performance should be more than competitive at this level. Of those with experience at the level, (1) LONDON QUEEN and (2) EUNHYE, the latter returning to action after ten months out but who trialled well in December, look the best.

Selections(6) Achim Dongja (12) Black Motion (4) Powerful Hwaseong (1) London Queen
Next Best2, 8
Fast Start1, 3, 8, 9

Seoul Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Fillies (and one mare) only here. Four of these raced each other in a similar class and distance race on Christmas Day. (1) MIGHTY LOOK debuted in that race and overcame a wide draw and a slow start to run on well for 5th. She should have derived benefit from that run, she draws much better today, and with some natural improvement, she’s the one to beat. (7) MENI GOLD was the filly who finished best of those who return from that Christmas afternoon race. She sat in the front of midfield and ran on well for 3rd, albeit well behind the leading pair. That continued a consistent run of form that has seen her miss the top-five on only one occasion from her ten starts, and she is sure to be in the frame again. (11) WELLBEING CHAMPION comes up in class having won well over this distance on December 17th. She is nicely weighted here with her running style the wide draw shouldn’t prove problematic. (8) MOONHAK SONG and (12) GOLD POWER others in the placing frame.

Selections(1) Mighty Look (7) Meni Gold (11) Wellbeing Champion (8) Moonhak Song
Next Best12, 4
Fast Start2, 5, 8, 12

Seoul Race 10: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(6) SAENAE QUEEN was a winner on debut in August and then got promoted to this class with back-to-back wins over this distance. She was a front-running 3rd on her first try at this class on December 17th behind the very good Leewolma, and she could well have too much today. (3) IRON MUSKET produced a strong performance to edge out Saenae Queen for 2nd place in that December 17th race, coming from off the pace. She was an outsider that day but only comes up 1kg in the weights, she draws much better, and she will warrant more respect here. (12) JAY PHOENIX won two and registered a 2nd and a 3rd in four starts up to August last year. He was gelded after that August win and returns here fresh and in contention having won a trial in late December. (9) VYING BLADE and (11) RAON THE WEEKEND are among plenty of others with at least minor money hopes.

Selections(6) Saenae Queen (3) Iron Musket (12) Jay Phoenix (9) Vying Blade
Next Best11, 7
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 11

Seoul Race 11: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

This is a really good race and very few of these winning could be termed an upset. Without much conviction we’ll side with (8) MACH STAR who will ostensible up in class, comes in off two very good runner-up finishes, most recently over a mile and both times from awkward draws. She comes down 3kg from her last outing, she has a great finish on her and she should go close. (4) KINGS EYE won back-to-back races over 1300M and 1200M in September and October before running 3rd in a valuable race on December 18th at 1700M when he led. He has only missed the top-four on one occasion and should be close here again. (2) MAGIC HOUR is another rapidly up in class having won two from three so far including last time when handy and running on over 1200M. He comes up to this distance for the first time but is nicely drawn and weighted and should be in the mix. (9) ELITE RULES was a class and distance winner on Christmas Eve and while up in weight, should be there or thereabouts again. (7) REMARKABLE another firmly in the frame in a race where there may be some value to be found.

Selections(8) Mach Star (4) Kings Eye (2) Magic Hour (9) Elite Rules
Next Best7, 11
Fast Start2, 3, 5, 11

Seoul Race 12: Class 1 (2000M) Allowance / KRW 110 Million

A rare Saturday class 1 and it brings a intriguing match-up between (3) CHIEF INDY and (12) SIMJANGUI GODONG, who last faced off when the latter was defending his President’s Cup title on November 13th. While beaten by Raon First, Simjangui Godong ran a strong 2nd (ahead of Winner’s Man who was loosening up for the Grand Prix), five lengths ahead of Chief Indy, who had got a long way back in the early stages, in 6th place. Simjangui Godong has since had a tough run when back in the field in the Grand Prix Stakes while Chief Indy was a good winner at class and distance on Christmas Day. Despite an apprentice claim on Simjangui Godong, Chief Indy has a 3kg weight advantage and a better draw and that may be enough to overturn the form. It’s not a two-horse race. (4) MOONHAK CHIEF has hinted at a return to form and ran 2nd to Chief Indy on Christmas Dar. Once more he has to carry a lot of weight but can be competitive again. (6) WINNER GOLD and (7) LIL’ PATRON others with placing chances.

Selections(3) Chief Indy (12) Simjangui Godong (4) Moonhak Chief (6) Winner Gold
Next Best7, 5
Fast Start4, 5, 9, 12