Friday’s racing is at Busan with 8 races from 12:00 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens in the opener with six of the twelve racing for the first time. (1) LAND BANK is going to be a hot favourite. He led for much of the way around on debut over this distance on March 3rd, ultimately finishing 4th. He comes into a much better gate today, which should see him get a much easier run to the front, and with any kind of natural improvement from his debut, he will be hard to hold out. The rest of the exposed form doesn’t exactly stand out so we’ll turn to the first timers to find the dangers. (8) GLOBAL WEEK won his trial, settling handy and running through the line in a quick time. If the Hansen colt can bring that form to the races, he should be at least placing here. (5) THE PURE MAN also showed well in his heat, settling midfield and running on for 3rd and is another who won’t need to improve much to be competitive first-up. Returning to the experience, (7) HAPPY BRIANNA and (3) NEOGA CHOEGO probably have the most potential to improve.
|Selections||(1) Land Bank (8) Global Week (5) The Pure Man (7) Happy Brianna|
|Next Best||3, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 9|
Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million
Competitive maiden. We’ll take a chance on (9) PEGACORN, who has four top-four finishes from six starts so far and comes back in trip following a spin around a mile a month ago that ended in 4th place when on the pace throughout. Seo Seung-un climbs aboard here and today can be his day. (2) GLOBAL SARANG comes into the equation following a much improved 2nd place over 1200M on March 3rd. He’s been finishing off his races well and the additional half furlong may well suit. (1) HAPPY BLUE fills out the obvious top-three, having beaten three of today’s rivals on his way to a best to date 3rd over 1400M on March 5th when settling handy. He comes into a better gate today and should be close again. (4) ECTON POWER and (7) DREAM RUN among others in at least the placing frame.
|Selections||(9) Pegacorn (2) Global Sarang (1) Happy Blue (4) Ecton Power|
|Next Best||7, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 7, 9|
Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(5) DUBAI WONJEONGDAE got his maiden win at start number three over 1200M on March 5th when leading gate to wire and stopping the clock in a good time. He comes up in class here and slightly in trip too, but neither should be an issue and with a good draw, he can lead again and can go all the way again. (4) WORLD CLASS CAT remains a maiden after five attempts but has had plenty of near misses including on her latest when 3rd at this class and distance. She can sit handy here and has the strongest finish of any. (8) GOOD MAGIC got her first win on her second start in February before running a good 2nd on her first try at this class over 1200M on March 5th. She remains very nicely weighted and should be joining Dubai Wonjeongdae on the speed and be competitive all the way around. (3) SUCCESS TIME and (9) VEREUDA, both up in class after last start wins are among plenty of others to keep safe.
|Selections||(5) Dubai Wonjeongdae (4) World Class Cat (8) Good Magic (3) Success Time|
|Next Best||9, 10|
|Fast Start||3, 5, 8, 11|
Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Plenty in with a shout here. Without much conviction, we’ll go with (4) GOLD ROSE, who was a winner on debut all the way back last July but has been working towards another having most recently run 3rd at this class over 1300M having led until the final furlong. She comes slightly back in trip here, she draws well, and she has as good a chance as any. (2) UNJU MACH is up in class following a win over this distance on March 3rd. The time wasn’t fast but her won going away and under a light weight and from a good gate, he should measure up in this company. (1) MILK DAY is very experienced and can be a touch frustrating but the drop in trip compared to his recent outings may be in his favour and he could surprise at a probable each-way price. (7) BUILD UP and (8) TWO TWO LIME among others in the hunt.
|Selections||(4) Gold Rose (2) Unju Mach (1) Milk Day (7) Build Up|
|Next Best||8, 6|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 7, 10|
Busan Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Moon Se-young is in town to ride Eoma Eoma in Sunday’s G3 Busan Ilbo Sprint and his presence is probably enough to make (3) HALLOWEEN PARTY the favourite here. He could only manage 5th when sent oof at a short price at class and distance on March 5th, but he did beat a couple of today’s rivals and from a good gate, Moon can lift him over the line on top today. (6) HANGANG SAVER comes up in class having prevailed over this distance on February 24th when settling midfield and running on. He hasn’t missed the top-four since his debut and he comes down nicely in the weights to the extent that he should be competitive at this level. (8) KENDRICK has seemingly lost his way of late, but he has been back to trial since his most recent race and duly arrived from off the pace to cross the line in front in a fast time. If he is back to his old self, he has winning chances here. (9) YASAENGHWA and (4) INDY CHOICE are others to consider.
|Selections||(3) Halloween Party (6) Hangang Saver (8) Kendrick (9) Yasaenghwa|
|Next Best||4, 10|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 6, 11|
Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(3) GOLD CHEONSA is two for two so far and comes up rapidly in class following two relatively straightforward scores at 1200M and 1400M. She’s up slightly in trip as well but she has won her races in contrasting styles and under a light weight and from a good gate, maintaining that 100% record isn’t out of the question. She won’t be favourite though. That will be (7) HANEUL JILJU, who has only missed the top five once in fourteen attempts. Even though she doesn’t win out of turn, she scored at class and distance two starts back and while she is 4kg up on that victory and 2kg up on her last start runner-up finish over 1200M, she is ultra-consistent and will be there of thereabouts again. A winner of two from four, (1) ALIVE QUEEN returns from just over a year off. She didn’t offer too many clues in her trial earlier this month but she had plenty of ability in the past and with Seo Seung-un aboard, she will have plenty of backers first-up. (2) MAN OF THE STAR and (10) B. K. NEW MOON among others to keep safe in a fascinating race.
|Selections||(3) Gold Cheonsa (7) Haneul Jilju (1) Alive Queen (2) Man Of The Star|
|Next Best||10, 9|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 7, 10|
Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 60 Million
(5) BLACK MAMBA is two for two having ground out gritty wins in good times over 1300M and 1400M. That brings him rapidly up in class and significantly up in distance but he looks to be a progressive type and he can win again here. The main danger is (8) I WILL BE FREE. He was a class and distance winner two starts back and while he carries 4kg more than he did that day and could only manager 3rd when racing plenty of these, again at class and distance, on March 3rd, he is very consistent and should be in the mix. (10) LANE KILLER beat I Will Be Free and plenty of others who also go here in that class and distance affair on March 3rd and that’s enough to earn him a spot in the numbers here. He likes to settle back and run on so the wide draw shouldn’t be a problem and he is proven under plenty of weight. (9) DOCTOR PHARAOH and (2) B.J. CHIEF among others in the placing hunt.
|Selections||(5) Black Mamba (8) I Will Be Free (10) Lane Killer (9) Doctor Pharaoh|
|Next Best||2, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 8|
Busan Race 8: Class 2 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 90 Million
It’s hard to go too far past (5) GALAXY ROAD. He was a winner at this class over 2000M on March 5th when making all and with three of today’s rivals well back down the track behind him. The drop back in trip should be no issue and nor should the additional 2kg on his back and with Moon Se-young climbing on, he can win again. (8) BOLAVEN ran 5th behind Galaxy road in that March 5th race when handy throughout. He can mix his form but he is a winner over this distance at class 3 level and shouldn’t be ruled out here. (1) SKY MORE is a class and distance winner and today comes into a much better gate than he has in his latest two. He carries his fair share of weight but should be competitive in this company. The up in class (10) DAEJI CHOICE along with (6) POKPUNG EONDEOK are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(5) Galaxy Road (8) Bolaven (1) Sky More (10) Daeji Choice|
|Next Best||6, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 4, 10|