Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 14)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with an 8-race card from 12:00 to 18:00. Seo Seung-un and Park Jae-i, respectively 1st and 4th in the 2023 Busan Jockey Premiership, are both absent as they are in Seoul to ride in Sunday’s Herald Business Cup. Here are the previews:

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

Three-year-old maidens. (7) SANSANGGEUISANG has made steady progress across four starts so far, culminating in a narrow 2nd, beaten only a nose, when on pace over this distance on March 19th. He’ll be on pace again and this time can go one better. (9) EVERY KING IJI was an improved 2nd at start number two over this trip back at the start of February. He settled back and ran home well that day so the wide draw shouldn’t be a problem and while he’s had ten weeks off since then, he can be a danger. (1) HAVE A GOOD YEAR also improved second-up when 4th at this distance on March 10th. He draws very well again to challenge for the lead and should be in this a long way. He’ll be joined up front by (4) ARION QUEEN, who has run 4th in both her latest two, both times on pace and she can match or better that here. (6) CHOEGANG CHONGAL another potential improver.

Selections(7) Sangsanggeuisang (9) Every King Iji (1) Have A Good Year (4) Arion Queen
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 7

Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million

(3) VELOCIRAPTOR has hinted at ability across her seven outings and comes in following her best finish to date when 3rd over this distance o March 26th when she was bumped at the start causing her to be slowly away and settled right back, before shifting out wide and running on strongly in the straight. She can build on that here and with a better start, has strong claims here. (5) QUEEN ROMANCE was 4th in that same March 26th race racing handily throughout. She was just half a length behind Velociraptor and while she does come up in the weights in the absence of an apprentice claim, Franco climbs on and she can be a danger. (8) E-CASH has the fastest time among these for the distance and looks nicely in here with a 3kg claim. She can be running on late. (7) GOLDEN CAMP and (4) CHOICE ROAD are others with minor money hopes.

Selections(3) Velociraptor (5) Queen Romance (8) E-Cash (7) Golden Camp
Next Best4, 6
Fast Start1, 4, 6, 9

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

This is a weak maiden. (1) TWOTWO FLYING has five top-five finish from eight starts including a 2nd place over 1200M in a good time in February. She finished well back on his latest appearance on March 12th but comes into a better gate and comes down in the weights. There isn’t much early speed so she could get an easy run from the inside. Four of these raced one another over this distance on March 19th with (4) KICK’N RUSH having finished the best of them in 2nd having settled in midfield and then run on. That was her best performance to date and is enough to put her in the mix here. (7) ROCKS ran 3rd in that race, half a length behind Kick’N Rush. For her too that marked a best finish to date and while she comes up in the weights without an apprentice claim, she can challenge again. (5) PURPLE STAR returned from almost a year out to run 5th in that race and should strip fitter for the run. (3) SUCCESS YEONGGWANG another in the placing hunt.

Selections(1) Twotwo Flying (4) Kick’N Rush (7) Rocks (5) Purple Star
Next Best3, 6
Fast Start1, 3, 5, 7

Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Good race for the level featuring five last-start winners, four of whom are up in class as a result. We’ll side with one who wasn’t a last start winner though. (3) FAST GUN got his maiden win over this distance in January before running 2nd on his first try at this class over 1400M on March 12th. He comes up 3kg in the weights but that’s balanced a bit by a good draw, and he can win here. (2) SAEKDAL FIGHTER has won his latest two, most recently at this class over 1200M on March 17th when uncharacteristically coming from well off the pace. He too comes up in the weights but should be competitive here. (12) K GOLD BAR is one of those last start winners having led for most of the way around before scoring by eight-lengths over 1400M on March 17th. The draw does him no favours here, but the manner of that win suggests there is more to come. (7) DONGNAM WINNER and (9) NAKDONG JEONSA among plenty of others in the frame.

Selections(3) Fast Gun (2) Saekdal Fighter (12) K Gold Bar (7) Dongnam Winner
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start2, 5, 7, 12

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

Competitive race. (8) FAST FURY enters with recent form reading well. She got her solitary win at class 6 level three starts back over 1200M and has followed up with two solid runs for 4th at this level. While she draws a touch wide, she has good early speed so should find her way to the front, and she can win here. (4) MULTI HIT made all to secure his first win at the fourth time of asking back in February. He finished midfield on his first try at this class on March 17th, but he was less than three-lengths away from the winner in a tight finish and had to contend with the widest gate. From a better draw today, he should be closer. (2) GOLDENTHUNDERBOLT dead-heated for 3rd place in that March 17th race (the margins really were small that day) coming from off the pace and can be working home strongly again. (7) TWO TWO LIME and (6) MILK DAY among other potentials.

Selections(8) Fast Fury (4) Multi Hit (2) Goldenthunderbolt (7) Two Two Lime
Next Best6, 10
Fast Start1, 4, 8, 10

Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Tricky race. (12) ARCTURUS will have the challenge of a wide draw and he has certainly mixed his form, but he has run well at this trip before and carries a very light weight. His 7th of nine in the Gyeongnam Shinmun Trophy can be discarded and going on his 2nd place at class and distance two starts back, he is right in this. (2) AREUMDAUN INYEON comes up in class after an all the way win in a super-fast time on a wet track over 1300M in January. She’s had thirteen weeks off since then but carries a light weight, draws well, and should measure up in this company. (11) BEASTLY returns to action for the first time since running 3rd over 1200M last October. He looked very well in a March trial and can go well first up. (8) LEGACY and (1) NAMED among other placing hopes.

Selections(12) Arcturus (2) Areumdaun Inyeon (11) Beastly (8) Legacy
Next Best1, 6
Fast Start1, 5, 7, 11

Busan Race 7: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Small but competitive field. (7) SPICE ECTON has seven top-three finishes from nine starts so far including his latest two which have both ended in 3rd places at class and distance. He carries the same weight today and looks nicely in. (1) CATCH THE VICTORY beat Spice Ecton as the pair ran 2nd and 3rd over class and distance on February 17th. He then took a shy at the class 2 stumps on March 17th which didn’t work out – though he didn’t run badly in midfield – but back down in class today and from the inside gate, he should be more comfortable. (2) NAMDO QUEEN comes in off a solid 3rd place at class and distance on February 24th and under a similarly light weight can go close again. (5) WINNING DANCER and the first-up (4) TTEUGEOUN MANNAM among others who can enter the calculations.

Selections(7) Spice Ecton (1) Catch The Victory (2) Namdo Queen (5) Winning Dancer
Next Best4, 6
Fast Start1, 2, 5, 6

Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1800M) Special Weight B / KRW 75 Million

(4) STAR MATTA came from off the pace to run out a good class and distance winner on March 24th. He has won over this distance from the front as well and while he comes up 2kg in the weights, he gets a better draw, and he will be heavily favoured to repeat. (3) EUNSEONG WINNER was 4th in that same race. She carries a very light weight and from a good draw can get closer today. (2) TRIUMPH KING is another last start class and distance winner having come from midfield to score on March 12th with three of today’s rivals back down the track behind him. He comes up slightly in the weights but can be competitive again. (7) LANE KILLER and (5) LUCAS SUN are among others to keep safe.

Selections(4) Star Matta (3) Eunseong Winner (2) Triumph King (7) Lane Killer
Next Best5, 8
Fast Start1, 3, 4, 5