Saturday’s racing is at Seoul with 10 races from 10:35 to 18:00. Here are the previews:
Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million
Competitive maiden to open with. (2) YAMUJIN SAEGANGJA has run fairly in her latest two, most recently leading for much of the way around 1300M on April 1st and ultimately finishing 4th of eight in a fair time. Slightly back in trip, she can be on pace again and has as good a chance as any. The probably betting favourite is (4) WHITE WITCH. That’s on the back of her very close 2nd place at this distance on March 26th when she overcame gate ten to race on pace. She comes into a better gate today, she should be on the speed again, and she could go one better. (1) SILVER PURGE won a February trial before running a fair 5th on debut at this distance on March 12th. She should have come on for that run and can go closer here. (6) TWO ACE and (7) HANGANG POWER others with minor money hopes.
|Selections||(2) Yamujin Saegangja (4) White Witch (1) Silver Purge (6) Two Ace|
|Next Best||7, 3|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 4, 8|
Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 25 Million
Seven fillies and two colts in this maiden. (3) SOARA MEME will be a warm favourite having improved to 2nd at start number two on March 19th when slowly away from a wide draw before running on strongly. She comes into a much better gate so may be ridden forward and she should prove too strong. (9) BEST PLAN is yet to finish in the top-two in nineteen attempts but does have seven finishes between 3rd and 5th to her name. She enters with recent form reading positively and a career-best finish isn’t out of the question here. (1) RAON JUMP was a close 4th at this distance on April 2nd, equalling her best finish so far. She tends to get a bit far back in her races before running on too late, but she has a strong finish and if she can be withing striking distance at the top of the straight, she can go close. (4) CHALLANHAN BULKKOT and (5) FIRST CHOUX others to consider for the places.
|Selections||(3) Sorara Meme (9) Best Plan (1) Raon Jump (4) Challanhan Bulkkot|
|Next Best||5, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 3, 4, 6|
Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 40 Million
Three-year-old maidens and quite a few look ready to win. After stumbling and throwing his jockey in the home straight two starts back having worked hard to get forward from the widest gate and then tiring, (7) DAEJANGBYEOL returned to run a close 3rd over this distance on March 18th when settling back and running on well. Similar tactics could prevail here and Johan climbing on is a plus. (9) FIRST USER improved to 2nd at start number two on March 25th when settling handy and running on. Despite the draw, she should be on or close to the pace again and can be a danger. (4) HALLSTATT has two placings from four starts including a runner-up finish on his latest over this distance when he led for much of the way. He’s had eleven weeks off since and should be competing for the early lead again. (6) CLUB D has come from midfield to run 2nd and 3rd in his latest two and should be running on again. (5) JEONGSANG HIT ran a creditable 4th on debut and can build on that here.
|Selections||(7) Daejangbyeok (9) First User (4) Hallstatt (6) Club D|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 9, 10|
Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Fillies and mares only here. (2) DUSON CLASSIC remains a maiden after nine attempts but has six top-three finishes and enters off a close 2nd place at class and distance on March 25th when settling just behind the speed and running on well. Coming into filly and mare only company, she comes up 2.5kg in the weights, but a similar run here will see her hard to hold out. (3) WIDAEHAN HANMA got her maiden win over this distance in January and has since run 2nd in two tries at this class over 1400M and most recently at this distance on March 19th when she only went down by a neck. Her time in that race was as quick as any of these have recorded over the distance and she looks a serious chance here. (7) RAON CITY GIRL was a somewhat unexpected maiden winner over 1200M on March 19th. She comes up in class but remains nicely weighted and can measure up. (8) GALSAEK HYANGGI and (5) OKDONG GONGJU others who can enter the calculations.
|Selections||(2) Duson Classic (3) Widaehan Hanma (7) Raon City Girl (8) Galsaek Hyanggi|
|Next Best||5, 7|
|Fast Start||2, 4, 9, 11|
Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(2) COMPLETE LEVEL won on debut last August over 1000M before following up with a runner-up finish at class and distance in September. He then had a series of small injuries and illness that kept off the track, but he returned to full training again in mid-March and looked very well when 2nd in a trial earlier this month when settling back and running on in a quick time on a wet track. He’ll need this but if he shows any of his original form, he can win first-up. (8) SUNGAN TOUCH enters with his recent form reading very consistently, most recently a close 2nd place at class and distance on March 18th when ridden on pace. He can settle just behind the lead here and can run into some money again. (3) ULTRA SOCKS was 3rd in that March 18th race, just a neck behind Sungan Touch. From a good gate expect him to be challenging for the lead again and to be in this a long way. (9) BEST FALCON and (5) BICHUICA are among others in at least the placing frame.
|Selections||(2) Complete Level (8) Sungan Touch (3) Ultra Socks (9) Best Falcon|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 3, 9|
Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(3) GEOLJAK DREAM was a winner over 1300M at class 5 level in February before having a hard time on her first try at this class on April 2nd when working hard from gate ten but being unable to get to the lead and ultimately weakening and finishing midfield. She comes into a much better gate today and she can be given another chance. (11) GLOBAL KANGTA was an all the way winner over 1200M at class 5 two starts back before making light of the same gate he draws today, settling back and running on for 2nd place, well beaten by a good favourite but comfortably ahead of the rest. His strength is his versatility, and he can be expected to be running on strongly here. (4) CUPID BISANG doesn’t exactly win out of turn but has been a model of consistency of late and can pick up a cheque again here. (8) DIA KEY and (1) SAENAE WIN others to keep safe.
|Selections||(3) Geoljak Dream (11) Global Kangta (4) Cupid Bisang (8) Dia Key|
|Next Best||1, 9|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 5, 7|
Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Plenty in the frame here so we’re happy to take a chance on (11) YEONGUNG DAEMA. It’s been a while between drinks (eighteen starts), but his recent form reads well, and he has run good times at the distance. The wide draw shouldn’t be a problem as he has a good finish on him and today could be his day. (5) THE FAVORITE may hold that very status for once. She comes up in class following a good win at this distance on February 18th. That was her first score, but it had been coming and after ten weeks off and continuing under a light weight, she will have plenty of backers. (2) OKRYONG is another who doesn’t win out of turn, but he also has some quick times at this trip and draws nicely to get on pace and to be in this a long way. The form drops off a bit after those three with (1) PIEONADA and (7) HAWK PRINCE perhaps the next best.
|Selections||(11) Yeongung Daema (5) The Favorite (2) Okryong (1) Pieonada|
|Next Best||7, 3|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 5, 9|
Seoul Race 8: Class 3 (1700M) Special Weight B / KRW 75 Million
After seven months out, (10) BYEOLNARA JILJU returned to action in January and has since run 2nd in both starts back, both over 1400M. He stretches out to two-turns for the first time, and it can suit and third-up this preparation, he can be peaking fitness-wise. (11) SURE WIN won at class 4 level over 1800M in March which earned her a shot in the Donga Ilbo Trophy earlier this month. That didn’t go well but back in more amenable company today, she can be given another chance. (6) MIGHTY WELL has plenty of experience at this level and has posted good times at this distance. He can settle back and run on or sit in midfield and either way he should pose a danger at the business end of the race. (5) LUXURY CAPTAIN comes up in class but is significantly down in weight and may make some each-way appeal. (3) LUCKY HOON is better than his latest and should strip fitter second-up after a spell.
|Selections||(10) Byeolnara Jilju (11) Sure Win (6) Mighty Well (5) Luxury Captain|
|Next Best||3, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 10, 11|
Seoul Race 9: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
(9) SINUI ADEUL has won his latest two, most recently at this class and distance on March 4th when settling just behind the speed and running on to win well, beating four of today’s rivals. He comes up a full 4kg in the weights, but he has run some super times over this distance and looks very much the one to beat again. (6) COSMO has finished in the top-two eight times out of ten and has never been worse than 5th. She was 2nd on her first try at this class over 1400M on February 18th having led for most of the way. She comes in here fresh, down in trip and under a light weight and while Sinui Adeul beat her at class 3 level in January, she is the danger here. (4) HEUNG DREAM was 2nd in that March 4th race behind Sinui Adeul and while she too carries his fair share of weight, he can be close again. (8) MUNHAK FIRE and (1) VICERORY among others in the hunt.
|Selections||(9) Sinui Adeul (6) Cosmo (4) Heung Dream (8) Munhak Fire|
|Next Best||1, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 2, 3, 6|
Seoul Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million
(5) RAON THE ARIA can return to winning ways here. She has been slowly away in both her latest two, ending up too far back before finishing strongly but from a good gate and under a light weight, she is worth another chance. (1) GLOBAL GOLD comes up in class following a good win over this distance on March 26th when he settled back and ran on. He is nicely weighted and can measure up in this company. (2) CHOEGANG BLACK returns to action for the first time since she was an also-ran in Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup, the final leg of the Queens’ Tour over 2000M last November. She looked well when a front-running 2nd in a good time in a late March trial and back in more amenable company, she shouldn’t be far away. (7) BEST TIME and (8) JILJU BORN are others who can enter at least the placing calculations.
|Selections||(5) Raon The Aria (1) Global Gold (2) Choegang Black (7) Best Time|
|Next Best||8, 3|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 8, 9|