Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 11)

Highly thought-of three-year-old filly Raon Giant steps up to 1800M in the class 2 feature at Seoul on Saturday. She will be the main attraction on the 10-race card that runs from 10:35 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Raon Giant easily won the Gwacheon Mayor’s Trophy last November (Pic: KRA)

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maiden fillies in the opener and (10) APEX will be at the top of the market. After an inauspicious debut in November, she has since run in a 3rd and a 2nd in two subsequent starts, once from off the pace and once when on the speed, both at 1300M. Despite the wide draw she should have enough about her to get to the lead early here and she won’t have to improve much to win this. The main danger is (5) MUNHAK CENTRAL. She improved to 4th at start number two over this distance on February 4th when coming from well back and while she is yet to stop the clock in a fast time, she should appreciate the slight step up in trip and can continue to make progress. There are two debut-makes and (4) FIJI BLADE could be one to keep an eye on. She went through two trials, improving in the second of them when she led and from a good draw, she can be on pace and in this a long way. (9) LADY TAEPUNG and (2) HAPPY PLAY others who could come into play.

Selections(10) Apex (5) Munhak Central (4) Fiji Blade (9) Lady Taepung
Next Best2, 1
Fast Start1, 4, 9, 10

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

Three-year-old maidens with four of the eleven racing for the first time. Three or four of these look ready to win but we’ll side with (9) K N GOLDEN KING. He ran a sold 3rd on debut when he settled midfield and ran on over the same trip as today. It wasn’t a quick race, but he should have derived benefit from the experience and Moon Se-young remains aboard. One of those ready to win is a debut-maker. That’s (1) BULPAE BLADE. Who led every step of the way to win a trial on February 17th in a decent time well clear of the rest. He draws very nicely to lead again and if he brings that form to the races, he can make a bold showing first up. (8) SMARTY FIGHTER improved to 2nd at start number two over this distance on February 4th. He carries the same weight and draws the same gate and can go close again. (7) SINUI HAMSEONG and (3) TAMRA CHOEGANGJA others in the hunt in one of the more intriguing recent maidens.

Selections(9) K N Golden King (1) Bulpae Blade (8) Smarty Fighter (7) Sinui Hamseong
Next Best3, 5
Fast Start1, 6, 8, 10

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million

Regular maiden here and (4) TEUKGEUP DAERO is the one to beat. After a fair debut on Christmas Eve when she was slow away but rallied, she reappeared on February 4th to run a good 2nd behind the favourite over this distance when settling midfield and finishing well. With a little more natural improvement from that, she can win. (5) SONGAM ARCHGIRL is the clear second pick. She managed three top-four finishes from four starts in the first half of last year before suffering a setback that saw her unable to race after June. She looked very well when 2nd in a January trial and while she will clearly need this, it is hardly the most intimidating race to return in. (2) HUMMING BIRD had a poor day at the office at his latest outing in December. Going on his previous start when 2nd at 1200M in November, then he can be right in this (9) BEST PLAN and (3) AREUMDAUN SAI potential improvers.

Selections(4) Teukgeup Daero (5) Songam Archgirl (2) Humming Bird (9) Best Plan
Next Best3, 8
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 8

Seoul Race 4: Class 6 (1700M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million

Weak maiden which (3) CAMINO should be winning. He has raced just three times with his best being 3rd over 1200M on Christmas Day but he stepped up to this trip on February 26th and ran 5th of twelve  in a time faster than any of the others have managed for the distance. He won’t need to improve much to win, probably leading all the way. (1) TIZ HUNTER got his best result to date when coming up to this distance for the first time on February 12th. He settled right back as he had in every start so far but for the first time was able to run on and finish 3rd, beating a couple of today’s rivals. A similar run will see plenty come back to him again here. (8) GREEN BULPAE was 4th behind Tiz Hunter in that February race, similarly coming from off the pace. That was a marked improvement for her too and she can be considered. (7) CLAIR POWER and (5) UDDUG other placing chances.

Selections(3) Camino (1) Tiz Hunter (8) Green Bulpae (7) Clair Power
Next Best5, 4
Fast Start3, 4, 5, 7

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

Having run 2nd on debut, (7) ORCHID VALLEY was a good winner at start number two on January 14th, providing Antonio Da Silva his 300th Korean winner in the process. He comes up in class here as well as marginally up in trip, but he comes down in the weights and from a central draw can sit handy and prove too strong. (6) STRENGTH got his maiden win in eye-catching fashion two starts back but was a touch disappointing when sent off as favourite for his first try at class and distance on February 11th, leading for much of the way but ultimately weakening to finish in the middle of the pack. He can be given another chance here. (9) MAGLE DAY comes up in class having won at start number four over this distance on February 11th, having raced handy throughout. He had been building up to that win and with some more natural improvement, he can measure up here. (8) RIVER TAEYANG and (2) COWBOY TANGO are others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(7) Orchid Valley (6) Strength (9) Magle Day (8) River Taeyang
Next Best2, 5
Fast Start5, 6, 8, 9

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(6) TES GO DAEBO returned from eleven months out to run a solid 4th at this class and distance on February 4th having overcome the wide draw. Before his layoff, he won back-to-back races settling midfield and running on and he should be a whole lot better for that run last month. He will be the hot favourite here. (2) BLACK MASK comes back in trip after two underwhelming showings over 1700M. Back to one turn racing he may be ridden closer to the speed today and he has an excellent record of finishing in the money. Expect improvement. (1) GREAT THUNDER is a winner at this class over 1200M as recently as last November. It’s been a while since he tackled the seven-furlongs but he is nicely drawn here to be on pace and he can be in this a long way. (5) ALCHAN NURI and (4) TAEYANGTAGO are the other logical money hopes.

Selections(6) Tes Go Daebo (2) Black Mask (1) Great Thunder (5) Alchan Nuri
Next Best4, 3
Fast Start1, 3, 6, 7

Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It’s risky recommending horses who at their last start won unexpectedly at very big odds, to repeat. Especially if they are carrying a full 5kg extra and will be a much shorter price this time around. Nevertheless, we are going to side with (1) GWANGYANG EUTTEUM, who pulled off that unexpected victory on February 19th, leading from gate to wire. He draws very well though, he should lead again, and lightning may well strike twice. (11) GLOBAL KANGTA has won two of his latest three to get rapidly promoted to this class. At his latest he made all to win over this distance at class 5 level on February 12th but he has good finishing speed too so doesn’t need to lead and he can be a big danger late on here. (9) WONDER K mixes his form but in this company he should be competitive. (10) IMUGI and (7) THUNDER FLASH others in the hunt.

Selections(1) Gwangyang Eutteum (11) Global Kangta (9) Wonder K (10) Imugi
Next Best7, 4
Fast Start1, 3, 5, 9

Seoul Race 8: Class 4 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 60 Million

Competitive race. (11) WINNER YOUNG is an up and comer who is yet to finish outside of the top four in five starts. He stepped up to this class on February 5th and ran a solid 3rd over 1700M, settling back and running on. He should have benefitted from the two-turn experience and despite the wide draw, he can win today. Plenty of these raced one another over 1700M n February 11th. (2) VIKING HEART was the favourite that day and he continued a solid run of form with another near-miss, running 3rd having been handy throughout. He comes up a little in the weights but draws nicely and he should have the beating of plenty of these again. He will though need to overturn the form on (9) ROYAL HAMSEONG. He came from well off the pace under a perfectly timed Munro ride to win that February 11th race at big odds. He comes up a full 4kg in the weights, but a repeat can’t be ruled out. (10) TIZ ENERGY and (4) WORLD RACER are among plenty of others with at least placing claims.

Selections(11) Winner Young (2) Viking Heart (9) Royal Hamseong (10) Tiz Energy
Next Best4, 12
Fast Start2, 4, 8, 11

Seoul Race 9: Class 3 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 75 Million

(1) WONPYEONG COD won back-to-back at a mile in November and then a valuable race over 1800M in December to get promoted to this class. He opened his 2023 campaign with a 3rd place at this class and distance in a slowly run race on February 4th when as usual settling back and then running on. There might be a bit more speed for him to attack here and while he carries his fair share of weight, he is the one to beat. (2) COMPLETE TIME needs to be forgiven his latest when on pace but weakening. He was previously going very well and today gets a much better draw which should give him an easier run to the front. He’ll be in this a long way. (11) THE QUEEN JUSTICE comes up in class and in distance following a good win over 1400M on February 4th. He recent form has been good and the way she has been racing suggests the extended distance can suit under a light weight. (10) YEONGGWANGUI MISO and (8) GOLDEN SERVICE among others to keep safe.

Selections(1) Wonpyeong Cod (2) Complete Time (11) The Queen Justice (10) Yeonggwangui Miso
Next Best8, 9
Fast Start2, 5, 6, 10

Seoul Race 10: Class 2 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 90 Million

(2) RAON GIANT is a winner of five from six so far, including the Listed Gwacheon Mayor’s Trophy for juveniles last November. In each of her last four she has led every step of the way and she steps up to the Oaks distance of 1800M looking to burnish her Triple Tiara credentials. This field can provide a stern examination, but she should pass it. (1) JEONGMUN BOLT is perhaps the most likely to beat her. He comes in following an on pace win at class and distance on January 29th and while he is up a full 6kg in the weights, he is in very good form and can go close again. (9) JANGSAN MONSTER is up in class after an all the way win over this distance on February 5th. He has an excellent record of getting in the top-three and while he draws the widest gate, that shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage in this small field. (5) BOLT MAN and (4) WILDLY ROMANTIC others in the minor money frame.

Selections(2) Raon Giant (1) Jeongmun Bolt (9) Jangsan Monster (5) Bolt Man
Next Best4, 3
Fast Start2, 4, 6, 7