Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (February 4)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are 12 races from 10:40 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

Three-year-old maidens in the opener with five of the eleven racing for the first time. The favourite is the only one who has raced twice already. (3) RICH GATE was 5th on debut over 1000M in October before improving to 2nd when stepped up to 1200M at start number two on December 11th. From a good draw he can be on pace here and it should third time lucky. The most convincing dangers also have prior experience. (11) S.I. COCO overcame the same widest draw as today to go down a narrow 2nd on debut over 1000M on Christmas Day. It was a slowly run race, but he was doing his best work late and the step up in trip can suit. (8) SMARTY FIGHTER went through a plethora of trials before running 5th on debut at this distance, also on Christmas Day, and should benefit from the experience. Of the debut-makers (2) HEUIMANGUI CHANGA and (10) CHEONJI SKY look the most likely to make an immediate impact.

Selections(3) Rich Gate (11) S.I. Coco (8) Smarty Fighter (2) Heuimangui Changa
Next Best10, 5
Fast Start2, 3, 8, 10

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies here with three of the eleven racing for the first time. (4) ANYANG POKKYEOKGI is set to be hot favourite, based on her latest two which both ended in 3rd place, most recently over this distance on Christmas Day when overcoming the widest gate to lead. From a much better draw, she should get a more comfortable run today and may take some beating. Clear second favourite is (5) LADY TAEPUNG. She sat handy on debut over this distance on January 7th, finishing 3rd in a slowly run race and with some natural improvement, she can get closer today. (9) FALL IN LOVE looks the pick of the first timers. She went through two trials, improving significantly in the 2nd when 3rd across the line in a fair time having sat midfield and run on. The distance should suit first up, and a bold showing is possible. (2) MUNHAK CENTRAL and (11) BARAMUI HYANGGI others in the frame.

Selections(4) Anyang Pokkyeokgi (5) Lady Taepung (9) Fall In Love (2) Munhak Central
Next Best11, 1
Fast Start1, 5, 8, 11

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens. (8) SAENAE KHAN comes in with a 2nd and two 4th places from three outings to date, most recently as beaten favourite over this distance on January 7th. He led that day on what was his first stretch out at further than 1000M and he can go all the way this time. That will mean overturning the form on (10) BULUI NALGAE, who has really mixed his performances across four starts so far, two good and two poor. He was 3rd in the January 7th race having sat right back and then made ground late on passing tired horses. He shapes as the danger here along with (5) GEOSEN CHAMP who like Saenae Khan, has run 4th in both his latest two. He posted a good time over 1200M two starts back and can settle back and run on here. The form drops off a bit after those three but (1) LEGEND K and (9) BLACK GUN have hinted at ability and can be place chances.

Selections(8) Saenae Khan (10) Bului Nalgae (5) Geosen Champ (1) Legend K
Next Best9, 3
Fast Start2, 3, 8, 10

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A regular but very tricky maiden. There’s no clear favourite so we’ll take a chance on (2) TES MARY who has raced just twice, improving to 2nd on January 8th over 1200M when drawn wide and settling right back and running on. She draws much better here and should be running on strong again. (8) TWO ACE is yet to score in sixteen but has been ultra-consistent of late with a 2nd and two 4th place finished from his latest three. An apprentice keeps the weight light here and today could be his day. (11) JEONGWOO FOREVER is, like Tes Mary, another who can still have improvement in him. He has raced just three times and has finished no worse than 5th. He has finished off his races well and the step up in trip can be to his benefit. (1) BARAMSAL and the returning (3) ARCH SIN, who was on pace when requalifying in a trial a month ago, are among others who can place.

Selections(2) Tes Mary (8) Two Ace (11) Jeongwoo Forever (1) Baramsal
Next Best3, 12
Fast Start3, 5, 10, 11

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

(3) SUPER FINISH has finished no worse than 5th in four starts so far but remains a maiden. He is up in class here having got his second runner-up finish over this distance on Christmas Eve. He comes down slightly in the weights, draws very nicely and in a race that isn’t much stronger than he would have faced at class 6, he is the one to beat. It’s a very similar story with (6) GEUMSEONG SIDAE. He’s never finished any worse than 4th and comes up in class following back-to-back runner-up finishes, both times when on pace and most recently over this distance on January 8th. He comes down 2kg in the weights and has solid claims here. (9) HIT POWER was a winner on debut over 1000M being finishing down the field in the Listed Munhwa Ilbo Trophy. Though he could only mange 8th on his most recent outing at this distance on Christmas Eve, the time was good, and he beat a couple of today’s rivals. He should be much closer in this company. (4) COWBOY TANGO and (2) BIG SMART, the latter needing to be forgiven his latest effort, the logical other money chances.

Selections(3) Super Finish (6) Geumseong Sidae (9) Hit Power (4) Cowboy Tango
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start5, 6, 9, 11

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

Fillies and mares only here. (9) GEUMA ALLURE is yet to win in seven outings but has only missed out on the top four on one occasion. She comes in following her best finish to date when 2nd over this distance at this class on January 8th and despite coming up 2.5kg in the weights, she should be on pace and going one better here. She will be a hot favourite but (11) TAURUS QUEEN isn’t without a chance either. She comes up in class having won at the third time of asking on Christmas Day when settling midfield and running on over 1200M. The step up in trip can suit and the wide draw shouldn’t be problematic. (4) SINUI BANJEON can have a line drawn through his latest. She is yet to win but has a runner-up finish at this class over 1300M to her name two starts back and on that form is right in this. (1) ARGO GONGJU and (5) SUNNY BLADE among others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(9) Geuma Allure (11) Taurus Queen (4) Sinui Banjeon (1) Argo Gongju
Next Best5, 6
Fast Start1, 4, 9, 11

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

(4) SOMETHING LOST is yet to lose having won both starts to date in fine front-running stye. That brings him up to class 4 in double-quick time. He comes up in trip too but neither should be an issue and under a light weight and from a good gate, he can continue on his merry way here. (7) RAON THE PEARL was a very smart winner at this class over 1200M two starts back when settling back and running on in a very fast time. She stepped up to this trip last time out and ran homes a solid 3rd place carrying the same weight as today. Expect her to be running on again here. (11) TES GO DAEBO returns to action after eleven months out. He won his two starts prior to the layoff and looked well when trialling in early January. He will obviously need this but don’t rule out. (10) IMUGI and (2) SINHAN TEUKSONG others in at least the placing frame.

Selections(4) Something Lost (7) Raon The Pearl (11) Tes Go Daebo (10) Imugi
Next Best2, 8
Fast Start2, 3, 4, 6

Seoul Race 8: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It’s been a while between drinks but (1) THE QUEEN JUSTICE will be expected to return to winning ways here. She has been getting closer across recent start with runner-up finishes in her latest two, both at this class and distance. She does come up 3kg in the weights, but she draws well, and today’s company is not intimidating. Jo In-kwon can pick his spot and she should be too strong late on. (6) MEDICI WOLF is at the other end of the experience scale, having only raced three times. She did run 3rd in the Gwacheon Mayor’s Trophy last November though and placed in her other two starts as well. She comes up in trip here but looks to have plenty of scope for development, and she can go close. (5) BYEOLBIT BOSEOK hinted at a return to form when 4th at class and distance in December. That was his third start this preparation, he has had a further nine weeks off since and under a light weight looks nicely in here. (2) ARFONS and (8) OKRYONG among others in the placing frame.

Selections(1) The Queen Justice (6) Medici Wolf (5) Byeolbit Boseok (2) Arfons
Next Best8, 12
Fast Start2, 4, 9, 12

Seoul Race 9: Class 5 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(1) K N TIZWON beat three of these on his way to 3rd place at class and distance on January 8th, settling back in midfield and working home well. He comes in under the same weight and from a better gate, he looks to be the one to beat. (8) MORNING PRINCE comes up in class and significantly in distance following his maiden win at start number five over 1300M on December 17th. He has proved versatile in his running style and there’ s no reason this can’t suit. (6) JEONGMUN CHOEGANG has come back into form over his last couple of starts with a 3rd and a 2nd, both over 1400M. Back in the dim and distant past, he recorded his solitary win over this distance and while he is up in weight, he can’t be ruled out here. (11) NEOREUL EUNGWONHAE and (4) BLOW MIND among others who can challenge for the minors.

Selections(1) K N Tizwon (8) Morning Prince (6) Jeongmun Choegang (11) Neoreul Eungwonhae
Next Best4, 5
Fast Start2, 6, 8, 9

Seoul Race 10: Class 3 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(8) DOUBLE EDGE overcame severe interference on the home turn to win at class and distance in November but than ran 2nd in a similar race on December 18th when favourite. He drew the widest gate that day so may have an easier time of it here and he can return to winning ways. That would mean overturning the form on (7) WONPYEONG COD, the winner of that December 18th race when he settled back and ran on well for his second consecutive score. He comes up 3kg in the weights to Double Edge’s 1kg raise but a repeat win shouldn’t be ruled out. (10) WONDERFUL DEVIL is another who comes in looking for a hat-trick of victories. Her latest was at this class and distance on January 8th when settling last before finishing very strongly. She is up in the weights but remains in the hunt. (9) CHOEGO BLACK is up in class following a win over 1700M at class 4 level a month ago. That took him to three wins from seven and he can measure up in this company. (1) TOP SEED another to keep safe in a competitive race.

Selections(8) Double Edge (7) Wonpyeong Cod (10) Wonderful Devil (9) Choego Black
Next Best1, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 6, 9

Seoul Race 11: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

(3) VICEROY won a valuable Trophy race on international weekend last September and then had over three months off before returning on Christmas Eve to beat plenty of today’s rivals in a fast win at this class and distance. He comes up 3kg in the weights but that’s balanced a little by a better draw and he is the one they’ll need to beat. (8) MUNHAK FIRE got the closest on Christmas Eve, running home 2nd having gone right back. He was one of the longest shots on the board that day but should be kept safe this time. (6) HEUNG DREAM overcame gate elven in that race to run on for 3rd. He draws much better here and looks a place chance again. (10) BOLT MAN and (2) NEMO PRINCESS among others capable of challenging for the minors.

Selections(3) Viceroy (8) Munhak Fire (6) Heung Dream (10) Bolt Man
Next Best2, 7
Fast Start2, 3, 4, 7

Seoul Race 12: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Competitive race to close out the card. (3) CHOEGANG QUEEN comes in off a good class and distance 2nd on December 11th when she was handy throughout and ran on well. She has won at this distance and from a good draw can sit on or just behind the speed again and give herself every chance. (5) CHAMJOEUN CHINGU returns to action for the first time since last season’s Triple Tiara in which she finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the three legs. She trialled up back in November looking well and at her top form has claims here. (7) POWER BOX ran 4th behind Choegang Queen in that December 11th race. He has run very consistent times at the distance and he should be in the finish here. (12) CHUNJI GWANGPUNG was 2nd in a very fast race at class and distance two starts back before running 3rd over 1700M on Christmas Eve. With an apprentice engaged he comes significantly down in the weights and that can balance the wide draw. (8) ROYAL ELVIS one of the others in the frame.

Selections(3) Choegang Queen (5) Chamjoeun Chingu (7) Power Box (12) Chunji Gwangpung
Next Best8, 2
Fast Start3, 5, 7, 10