Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 3)

March’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with an 8-race program from 12:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Speed Young won the Breeders’ Cup in December but didn’t begun his 3-year-old campaign well. He will attempt to return to winning ways at Busan on Friday (Pic: KRA)

Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million

March kicks off with a maiden for three-year-olds and a couple come in looking ready to win. (9) DALLILLAEYO has been knocking on the door across his five starts, culminating with 2nd place on his latest over this distance on February 10th when he settled right back and worked home strongly. He has as good a chance as any here and the unfashionable jockey booking may mean he is at bigger odds than he should. Disputing favourite status will be (8) DIA BOSS. He too comes in off a 2nd place with a much-improved performance over this trip on January 29th when racing on pace throughout. He doesn’t have the benefit of as big an apprentice claim this time but he should go close. (7) NEOGA CHOEGO was 3rd on debut before running 7th behind Dallillaeyo on his reappearance. He comes down 3kg in the weights with last week’s treble winning rider Gwon O-chan aboard and he can make further progress here. (10) PINHOLE EYE and (12) SEOGWI FLASH both come in off last start 3rd place finishes and can aim for the places again.

Selections(9) Dallillaeyo (8) Dia Boss (7) Neoga Choego (10) Pinhole Eye
Next Best12, 3
Fast Start7, 8, 10, 12

Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies. (12) MIRACLE ONE is set to be a warm favourite based on her last start 3rd in a similar race over this distance on February 3rd when she overcame the same wide draw to get to the speed and beat a few of today’s rivals in the process. She may need a touch of luck at the start once more but she should prove too good. There are three debut-makers and among them (3) MASTER ROAD looks to have a fair shout first-up. She was on pace in her trial, crossing the line 2nd in a decent enough time and from a good draw, she can get to the lead again and be in this a long way. (11) SUCCESS TIME has a 4th and a 3rd in two starts so far, most recently at this distance. She came from off the pace last time so the wide draw shouldn’t be a problem and she can continue to make progress. (4) SOLEDAD and (10) FANTASTIC WOMAN others in the hunt.

Selections(12) Miracle One (3) Master Road (11) Success Time (4) Soledad
Next Best10, 6
Fast Start1, 3, 10, 12

Busan Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million

(5) SUCCESSFUL ran a solid 3rd on debut over 1000M back on December 23rd racing on pace throughout. It’s taken him a while to line up again but he looks very nicely in here, the additional furlong can suit and he is the one to beat. (11) DOCTOR CUCKOO has hinted at ability with back-to-back 4th place finishes from his latest two outings. With an apprentice claim he comes down in the weights here and should be aiming for an even better finish today. The solitary debut-maker is (10) LAND BANK. He put in a fair performance in his trial and couldn’t hope for a softer race to debut in. The jockey/trainer combination ensures that he will get plenty of backing. (9) UNJU MACH has mixed her form so far but has two 4th places and along with (3) WONDERFUL DIGGER, can enter the calculations here.

Selections(5) Successful (11) Doctor Cuckoo (10) Land Bank (9) Unju Mach
Next Best3, 4
Fast Start3, 4, 5, 11

Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Fillies and mares only in this competitive race. We’ll side with (2) PAN STAR, who comes up in class following her maiden win over 1300M back in December when making all. That was a win had been coming as she had made progress across all her starts so far and while she has been away for twelve weeks, from a nice draw and under a light weight, she can potentially lead all the way again. (9) GOHEUNG CLASS remains a maiden but comes up in class following a pair of runner-up finishes as well as a 3rd at class 5 level. She might have won last time were it not for a slow start and despite this ostensibly being harder, there isn’t much to fear here, and she can measure up at a distance that may suit. (6) SKY JEJUHYANG overcame the widest gate on February 10th to run 4th over 1300M. She draws better here, can be on pace, and can go close. (1) STATICE was an improbable winner of that February 10th race. Lightning may not strike twice but she does warrant more respect today and along with (10) WONDERFUL ANDOVER, the latter better than her latest two suggest and who trialled up somewhat smartly in February, can enter the calculations.

Selections(2) Pan Star (9) Goheung Class (6) Sky Jejuhyang (1) Statice
Next Best10, 11
Fast Start2, 6, 9, 10

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

(7) FANTASTIC DAY was a smart winner on debut over 1000M in December before finishing down the field in a lightning quick race over this class and distance on January 13th. The way the track was playing that day suggests not too much should be read into that and he’s favoured to return to winning ways here. (5) SPECIAL WIND enters off a good 3rd place at class and distance on February 3rd only narrowly going down. He remains a maiden after nine attempts but is third-up this preparation and could be peaking today. The form drops off precipitously after those two so they will make for a very short-priced quinella. Something has to finish 3rd though. (9) GOOD STAR carries top weight and mixes his form but based on his 4th place two starts back, he looks well in this. (4) HWARANG ACE and (11) STAR CLASS others who can potentially improve off disappointing latest outings.

Selections(7) Fantastic Day (5) Special Wind (9) Good Star (4) Hwarang Ace
Next Best11, 12
Fast Start3, 7, 11, 12

Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Intriguing race in that (1) MAN OF THE YEAR, the winner of last season’s Busan Classic trial, returns to action for the first time since finishing back in the field in the KRA Cup Classic, the first leg of the Triple Crown, last April. He has had a variety of setbacks since then but trialled very well in December and while he is going to have to be taken on trust first-up, he could well win. A safer bet may be (2) HANEUL JILJU. She comes in off a narrow win at this class over 1400M on February 5th when making all and comes back to a distance at which she has run fast times. She draws well and will be a big player here. (10) GOLDEN ran out a class and distance winner in a comically fast time on February 10th. It was the kind of time that wins Korea Sprints and should be taken with a pinch of the proverbial but while he comes up a full 5.5kg in the weights, he should be kept safe. (12) MAN OF THE MAN and (4) ACHIM BIT among others who can enter the placing calculations.

Selections(1) Man Of The Year (2) Haneul Jilju (10) Golden (12) Man Of The Man
Next Best4, 6
Fast Start1, 2, 6, 7

Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 60 Million

Good race. (9) ATLAS is a progressive three-year-old filly who ran 3rd in the Listed Gyeongnam DoMin Ilbo last November and began her three-year-old campaign with a smart win over 1400M on January 27th when settling midfield and running on well. She steps up to the Oaks distance today and under a still light weight, she can win again. The main danger is in the adjoining gate. (8) I WILL BE FREE was a class and distance winner on January 29th, settling handy and running on. He comes up in the weights although an apprentice claim once more mitigates that and he has every chance of scoring again. (7) DAEHO NURI was the longest shot on the board when winning at class and distance on February 5th, settling right back and running on. He only comes up 1kg in the weights and warrants more respect here. (10) B.J. CHIEF was 2nd in that race and along with (1) SORI TAEPUNG is another to keep safe.

Selections(9) Atlas (8) I Will Be Free (7) Daeho Nuri (10) B.J. Chief
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start1, 4, 9, 12

Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(8) JEULGEOUNYEOJEONG ran out a winner at this class over 1400M on January 29th, settling midfield and running on strongly. Her only finish outside of the top-three so far was in the Breeders’ Cup champion juvenile race and up in trip today, she can continue on her winning way. (3) YEONGCHEON SOLEMIO is a winner at this class over 1800M. His latest two efforts have been indifferent. But an apprentice jockey brings the weight down significantly here and he can be given a chance. (2) SPEED YOUNG won the Breeders’ Cup at the start of December coming from off the pace to become champion juvenile, but was somewhat lacklustre on his first try at this trip on January 27th. That’s enough to not make him favourite here but he still warrants another chance. (6) GALLANT WARRIOR and (1) KING BROTHER are others in the placing frame.

Selections(8) Jeulgeounyeojeong (3) Yeongcheon Solemio (2) Speed Young (6) Gallant Warrior
Next Best1, 4
Fast Start2, 3, 6, 8