The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday where there are 9 races from 11:00 to 18:00:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Debut-maker (6) BLACK MAMBA trialled very nicely, settling off the pace and then running on strongly to cross the line in front in a good time on a very wet track without being asked for very much. First up at 1300M should suit, and if he brings that form to the races, he has every chance. (12) UNJU OREUM was much improved when stepped up to 1200M for start number two on January 13th, settling midfield, then dropping further back before running on well for 2nd. She was a long way behind a good winner but the additional half furlong can be to her benefit and the wide draw shouldn’t matter. (1) DALLILLAEYO has been knocking at the door in his latest couple with a 3rd place at 1200M followed by a 4th when tried at a mile. He draws nicely on the inside today and should be a threat. (4) HAERANG THE ONE and (3) FLYING AARON among others with placing chances.
|Selections||(6) Black Mamba (12) Unju Oreum (1) Dallillaeyo (4) Haerang The One|
|Next Best||3, 2|
|Fast Start||2, 9, 10, 11|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maiden fillies. (7) GOLDEN WAVE will be a warm favourite, having run on an pace 2nd on debut over 1200M on January 6th, well beaten by a good winner but having had to overcome gate eleven. She had previously shown well in a trial and with some natural improvement from her debut, may take some beating here. (10) U PING is done no favours by the draw but should have enough speed about her to get a forward position. She has been on pace in both her 2nd and 3rd place from her two starts to date and shapes as the main danger to the favourite here. (11) AQUA MAGIC ran 4th behind Golden Wave in that January 6th race, having sat handy throughout. She is another not favoured by the draw but can go close. (6) HAPPY TAEYANG and (1) UNMATCHED are potential improvers.
|Selections||(7) Golden Wave (10) U Ping (11) Aqua Magic (6) Happy Taeyang|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||6, 7, 10, 11|
Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
Standard maiden here and while (6) WIDAEHAN SEONTAEK remains scoreless from eleven starts, he come sin off his best finish to date when 2nd over 1200M on December 18th when settling midfield and running on. The engagement of a 4kg claiming apprentice means he carries even less weight this time, and today could well be his day. (12) PLAY THE INDY also has a runner-up finish to his name, achieved two starts back over this distance. He weakened having led over 1300M at his latest outing last month but while he does draw wide, can be given another chance here. (1) DOCTOR SHARK is yet to be in the top two but has finished between 3rd and 5th in no fewer than six of her seven starts to date. She comes back in trip today and should be close once more. (10) WONDERFUL APPEAL and (4) TWOTWO FLYING among others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(6) Widaehan Seontaek (12) Play The Indy (1) Doctor Shark (10) Wonderful Appeal|
|Next Best||4, 5|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 7, 12|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(1) SPECIAL ROAD is yet to finish any worse than 3rd from three outings to date and got her win at class 6 level two starts back when making all over this distance in an all-filly maiden in a good time. She then ran a front running 3rd when stepped up to 1300M for her first try at this class, again in filly company. She draws a great gate, carries a light weight and has every chance of leading all the way again. (7) BUDDY BUDDY made all on his second start to win over 1000M before finishing 5th of eight in the Gimhae Mayor’s Trophy for juveniles. He weakened late over 1400M on his most recent start n January 6th but should find this more suitable. (2) BEOLGYOUI KKUM is another all the way winner, his coming at start number two over this distance. He then led on his first try at this class over 1400M just two weeks ago, ultimately finishing in 4th place and is another who may appreciate the step back in trip. (5) DIABLO QUEEN and (8) PHANTOM ACE – the latter up in class here but one of few fancies who should be happy to take a sit and avoid a speed duel – others to consider.
|Selections||(1) Special Road (7) Buddy Buddy (2) Beolgyoui Kkum (5) Diablo Queen|
|Next Best||8, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 7|
Busan Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Fillies and mares only here and this lot really know how to mix their form so we need to catch one on a good day. That could be (12) SKY JEJUHYANG who seems to alternate good performances with poor ones. Her latest fell into the latter category but if we go on her showing two starts back when runner-up at class and distance then she has to be in with a chance. She does carry more weight than that day and has drawn wide but against this modest opposition, has as good a chance as any. (4) QUEEN OF SPIRIT is another who needs a line drawn through her latest effort but before that ran 4th and 2nd at 1300M and 1400M, both at this class. She tends to get a bit far back but similar runs to those two put her in with a winning chance here. (3) A. ONCE came out of gate ten and from off the pace to run 4th at class and distance on January 27th. She comes out of a better gate here and under a light weight, can be in the hunt. (1) KF OGONG and (5) TITAN K others who can place on their day.
|Selections||(12) Sky Jejuhyang (4) Queen Of Spirit (3) A. Once (1) KF Ogong|
|Next Best||5, 8|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 7, 12|
Busan Race 6: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(6) FINAL SEVEN comes in off his first disappointing outing to date when working hard to lead from a wide draw before weakening in the home straight over a mile on January 15th. At his prior start he ran a close 2nd in a decent time at this class and distance when on pace and back down in trip today and from a better draw, he should get a softer run and can win. Also drawn better today is (5) HWANGU FIGHTER. Not that gate eleven troubled him on January 6th when he got to a handy position and then ran on to win. He comes up in class here but is down in the weights and should measure up. One at odds could be (12) BUILD UP. He overcame the same wide draw to run 5th, beating a few of these in a quick race on a wet track on January 13th and under the same weight today, going even better isn’t impossible at what will surely be an each-way price. (8) GREAT ONE and (1) TEUKGEUP CAMP are others who come in off positive latest outings and can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(6) Final Seven (5) Hwangu Fighter (12) Build Up (8) Great One|
|Next Best||1, 3|
|Fast Start||5, 6, 10, 12|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(1) COLORFUL WIND’s recent form reads well and she beat a few of these on her way to 3rd place at class and distance on January 15th when settling right back and running on. With an apprentice engaged today she comes down in the weights, draws better, and could come out of top. (3) K.AI was a somewhat disappointing also-ran when well supported in that same race having been slower away than usual and never a factor. If he gets a better start here – and he should – we should see a different side to him today. (2) GOOD SOCKS is far better than her latest two efforts suggest. She has had three months off since her latest so comes in fresh this time and from a good draw can get on or close to the speed and just like K.Ai, we could be seeing a better version of her here. (7) ILNYEOM CHEONHA was one of those beaten by Colorful Wind last time out but has placed at class and distance and can be competitive here. (8) GOLDEN another in the hunt.
|Selections||(1) Colorful Wind (3) K. Ai (2) Good Socks (7) Ilnyeom Cheonha|
|Next Best||8, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 7, 9|
Busan Race 8: Class 2 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
This is the kind of race that may suit (6) POKPUNG EONDEOK. He doesn’t win out of turn but has seventeen top-five finishes from twenty-four starts and comes in off a really good 3rd place from a wide gate over 2000M on January 27th. He likes to settle back and run on and under a light weight again, he can go close. (11) WARRIOR CLASS comes up in class following a win over this distance in a super time on an admittedly wet track on January 15th when settling just behind the speed and proving too strong. That time was faster than anything here has managed for the distance and while the track was very fast that day, he comes down a full 5kg in the weights and a repeat can’t be ruled out. Also up in class is (8) STAR EYE. His class 3 win also came at this distance on January 6th when settling midfield and running on. He too comes down significantly in the weights and can measure up. (9) SKY MORE and (5) SO MUCH GO the other logical chances.
|Selections||(6) Pokpung Eondeok (11) Warrior Class (8) Star Eye (9) Sky More|
|Next Best||5, 2|
|Fast Start||4, 9, 10, 11|
Busan Race 9: Class 3 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(2) FASHION BLADE looks the one to beat here. She comes in off a good 3rd over 1200M at this class on December 23rd when beating a few of today’s rivals when settling midfield and running on well. She draws well again and third-up this preparation, she may well be peaking fitness-wise. (7) WONDERFUL FAGER returns to action after six months out. He has placed at class and distance and while he will need to be taken somewhat on trust, he trialled up promisingly in early January and can put in a bold showing first-up. (6) KING BROTHER had a poor day at the office over 1800M a month ago. He has run well at this distance though and while he is running out of class here, this shy at the class 3 stumps means he comes down a full 7kg in weight on his last outing. It’s not impossible. (12) ROAD TO V and (11) WORLD CHANGE among others in the placing frame.
|Selections||(2) Fashion Blade (7) Wonderful Fager (6) King Brother (12) Road To V|
|Next Best||11, 10|
|Fast Start||4, 8, 9, 10|