Racing Previews

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Sunday: Race-By-Race for Seoul & Busan (December 8)

The season finale Grand Prix Stakes takes place at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. It’s no longer the richest race in the nation, nor the biggest in terms of betting, but it’s the oldest race on the Korean calendar and one that everybody wants to win. This year the race is sponsored by MBC and will be shown live on their MBC Sports+ channel. There are 11 races at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00 while at Busan there are 6 from 12:40 to 17:10. 

KRA Grand Prix Finish 2018 Triple Nine Cheongdam Dokki Today

A year ago, Triple Nine beat Cheongdam Dokki and Today to land the Grand Prix at the fourth time of asking (Pic: Ross Holburt/KRA)

Cheongdam Dokki, 4th two years ago and runner-up last year, is set to be favourite. Here’s the long version of the video preview:

And the shorter version:

Horse by horse:

  1. SHAMROCKER – A horse with far more talent than his 6 wins from 37 starts suggests, the six-year-old has spent his career running in the best races and chasing home the best horses, first Clean Up Joy, then Cheongdam Dokki and Moonhak Chief. This is his first time in this race, but he comes in having been his usual solid self over the season. He probably can’t win this, but he will run on strong late and can run into some money. He is the only horse in the race to have won at this distance – albeit a long time ago.

 

  1. TODAY – A revelation a year ago when 3rd to Triple Nine having briefly led close to home. He was still thought of as a sprinter then having never previously run further than a mile. He backed up his staying credentials by winning over 2000M a month later but then suffered an injury which kept him out of action until September when he returned in the Korea Sprint. That was too much too soon but he was 3rd to Dolkong and Cheongdam Dokki in the Cup Classic in October and then 2nd to stablemate Baengmunbaekdap over 1400M three weeks ago. He may be peaking at the right time. He’ll aim to lead from the start.

 

  1. NEW YORK MANGCHI – Stablemate of Today and not to be overlooked. He has though been handily beaten by Great King of two of his latest three starts – although he did previously beat him – which suggests he may well be found wanting when facing the very best here. Distance shouldn’t be a problem – he was 2nd to Great King over 2200M in September. Capable of running fast sectionals late on but may have too much to do.

 

  1. SILVER WOLF – The great mare. She’s a perfect five for five in 2019 although with the rules changed this year enabling her to participate in the Queens’ Tour races, she’s only faced the boys on one occasion. That was the Seoul Owners’ Association Trophy over 1200M where an out of sorts Cheongdam Dokki was among those she beat. We learned little from her three easy Queens’ Tour wins except that she is in good form. She ran in this race two years ago and found it tough but is arguably better now. A big placing chance.

 

  1. SHARK DAEJANGGEUN – By some margin the lowest rated horse in the field although he does tend to take on stiff company. Ran a good 2nd in the JRA Trophy on international weekend in September before finishing an excellent 5th in the President’s Cup a month ago. He is a closer so the additional trip will likely suit him, but the quality of the opposition should be too much here.

 

  1. GREAT KING – Enters in very good form having won his latest two in fine fashion leading all the way over 2200M and 2000M. with the likes of New York Mangchi, Jumbo Blade and Dongbang Daero behind him. He’ll go to the front here and while leading for the entire 2300M at Seoul is no easy task, he looks a quality horse who should go close.

 

  1. MOONHAK CHIEF – Sixth last year, he made his breakthrough at the elite level when winning the YTN Cup by a full twelve-lengths back in May before pushing Dolkong very close in the Busan Mayor’s Cup the following month. He then beat Cheongdam Dokki to comfortably win the international Korea Cup over 1800M in September. A lackluster performance in the KRA Cup Classic in October is of some concern but if he’s at his best, he will be a big danger. Antonio Da Silva, who rode him in Busan this summer, replaces the injured Moon Se Young aboard. He’ll be challenging for the lead at the start.

 

  1. JUMBO BLADE – A decent competitor but he has been beaten by several of these in his recent outings and form of 6th, 5th and 5th doesn’t inspire a huge amount of confidence. Likely to settle in the middle of the pack, he should see out the trip without any problems, but the competition looks too stiff.

 

  1. CHEONGDAM DOKKI – Could it finally be his year? He has a 4th and a 2nd to his name in the race and he enters the likely favourite. He had a difficult start to the year but his performances in his latest two outings when 2nd in both the Korea Cup and the KRA Cup Classic suggest that he is – if not back to his absolute best – at least somewhere approaching it. Whereas in the past two runnings he has set the early pace, this time he’ll most likely be content to let others do the early work. He is the one to beat.

 

  1. DONGBANG DAERO – Ran a huge 2nd to Power Blade in this race two years ago, finishing superbly and only denied a head at odds in excess of 150/1. His form since has only been patchy though and he comes in having been well beaten in his latest two. We know he likes the track and the distance suits, but it would be a big surprise were he to repeat his former heroics

And race by race for Seoul:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The first on the card will see twelve Korean-bred gallopers go over the short course. Hansen filly (3) ONE AND ONLY gets a good opportunity to notch a win at her second start. She was good on debut when finishing fourth running a fast time when compared to her opposition in this assignment. She has drawn well and should take improvement from her first run. (6) LADY KELLY trialed well when qualifying for her first start. She was strong through the line and should be ready for a forward showing at her first start. (5) BAEKSAN THUNDER sat on speed at her first start before feeling the pinch late. She still clocked a good time given the track rating, expect improvement as from the Thunder Moccasin filly. (9) GRAND FLY looks the best of the rest handing in a fair trial performance.

Selections (3) One And Only (6) Lady Kelly (5) Baeksan Thunder (9) Grand Fly

Next Best 4, 1

Fast Start 3, 5

 

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of twelve Korean bred maidens will go over the 1300m in the second event. (11) P.K. DOLPUNG was much-improved last time out when finishing second behind Jangsu Nabom. Lee Hyeok put him into the race early last start and it is assumed that he will employ those tactics once again. He has drawn wide but look for him to come across shortly after they jump. (7) SISEONJIPJUNG ran on strong from well last time out over the 1300m. Well performed rider Lim Gi-Won will ride the Volponi colt for the first time. He struggles to muster speed early so expect another strong sectional from him. (3) SUN FIGHTING is a place chance if she continues to improve. She is lightly weighted and has drawn well. (9) ACE SHINE has placed at his past two starts. He drops back significantly in distance to 1300m and will have to lump the top weight from a wide draw. Johan Victoire, who comes off a riding treble last weekend will be looking to settle the Colors Flying colt in the first half of the field.

Selections (11) P.K. Dolpung (7) Siseonjipjung (3) Sun Fighting (9) Ace Shine

Next Best 8, 11

Fast Start 8, 9, 11

 

Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The third on the card is wide open with several chanced engaged. Two-year-old filly (10) GEOSEN JILJU saluted over this distance last start when breaking maiden status is Class 6 company. She posted an impressive time for this class when leading throughout, expect Park Eul-Woon to work forward from the wide draw and try and take up the running once again. (6) YEONGGWANGUI BEAT cannot be discounted as a winning chance. The Clear Attempt gelding ran on last start from near last to finish second behind Dynamic Punch. Yoo Seung-Wan will be legged aboard him for his assignment, it appears he has options as the horse has previously been settled both on speed or worse than midfield. (4) KINGLY is still looking for his first victory but ran a handy race last time out in this (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 6)

It’s Grand Prix weekend and ten horses, headed by Cheongdam Dokki will line up for the traditional end of season finale at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. Before that though, raing kicks off at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00.

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Plenty of decent betting contests across the card. Here’s Royce with the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of twelve Korean 2yo’s line up in the first on the card with seven of them on debut. Look for improvement from (3) GLOBAL TOP after finishing midfield when debuting last start. The Peace Rules filly sat wide throughout before running through the line fairly. With the better draw she should sit closer to the speed and be gifted an economic run. (8) ECHO MOON trialed well when qualifying. The filly clocked a good time in comparison to her opposition in this assignment and can figure first-up. (1) INDIAN CHAMP finished fifth on debut when he failed to muster shortly after the start. He picked up the bit and to run home strongly but still beaten a big margin. (11) YOU CAN MAGIC looks the best of the rest in a maiden with limited exposed form.

Selections (3) Global Top (8) Echo Moon (1) Indian Champ (11) You Can Magic

Next Best 2, 5

Fast Start 8

 

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

A field of twelve two-year-olds will all debut in the second on the card. The trial of (12) GOLDEN WINNER looked sensational to the eye. The two-year-old looked like a seasoned racehorse doing everything right for Choi Si-Dae who will ride him on debut. He coasted through the line in the trial extending nicely in the straight and he looks like a potentially nice horse. (4) ONE PICK is another that comes off a nice trial performance. He responded well to the persuader in the straight to run through the line strong and record a respectable time when compare to his opposition. (9) MINYEOBONG has a tricky draw on debut but the filly showed early speed in her barrier trial. She looks one to keep safe in your wider selections. (3) MR. VALOR sat on speed in his trial when recording a fair time. He can fill a place if he gets away cleanly.

Selections (12) Golden Winner (4) One Pick (9) Minyeobong (3) Mr. Valor

Next Best 6, 5

Fast Start 12, 4

 

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A field of twelve maiden gallopers line up over the 1300m in the third where they have all previously been to the track. (12) POWER TRAIN was sent out at massive odds at his first start when finishing third. The colt settled well back on debut but was eye-catching when hitting the home like his namesake. The step-up to the 1300m looks ideal as he will get time to find his feet and reel of his strong sectional. (5) GOLDEN RAIN resumed last start when finishing second behind Yeongsong Bravo. The Tiz Wonderful colt should work forward early in this race and give the remainder of the field something to chase down. (10) TOP OF THE GIRL ran through the line in good fashion last time out. She is another that will be suited by the 1300m after settling back last time out. (6) FIRST STAR has been sent out short at her past couple of starts. She was sluggish away last time out but if she can sit closer to the speed she can figure.

Selections (12) Power Train (5) Golden Rain (10) Top Of The Girl (6) First Star

Next Best 9, 3

Fast Start 5, 9

 

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The fourth on the program has a field of twelve maidens to line up over the 1300m. (10) OASIS GIRL looks one of the better bets on the card. The filly was caught wide throughout last time out and still managed to clock a good time. Choi Si-Dae will be legged aboard for her fourth run where with the step-up to 1300m he can allow her to settle. She has previously shown a turn of foot and a maiden win shouldn’t be too far away. (8) MONOPOLY is another lightly raced galloper who ran fourth over the same distance last time out. The Simon Pure colt was somewhat one-paced through the line but did not yield ground. He will need a positive ride from Jeong Dong-Cheol to give the horse its best chance. (9) SEOBU GENTLEMAN is looking to break through at start ten. He placed twice in a row before finishing fourth last time out when short in the market. (12) SUPER GREAT looks a place chance at best on recent runs.

Selections (10) Oasis Girl (8) Monopoly (9) Seobu Gentleman (12) Super Great

Next Best 5, 1

Fast Start 9, 10

 

Race 5: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

There appears to be plenty of early speed engaged in the fifth on the card where a field of twelve will line up over the 1600m. Francois Herholdt appears to have a handy book of rides and that includes (4) BLUE POWER. The Blue Pin two-year-old will be suited if they go helter-skelter early as he will be ready to strike at the top of the Busan straight. He has had the four career starts, placing on two occasions and never finishing worse than fifth. (7) PARTY LION has each way claims based on recent performances. The Colors Flying filly has been well thought of in the market on numerous occasions but has failed to get closer than third. She normally has early speed so expect her to settle in the leading division. (8) TWO TWO DAY placed over the 1600m two starts back when finishing behind Afleet Young. His form lines are reasonable and has finished third at his past two starts. (5) JANGGUNEUI JILJU is one of the more experienced gallopers engaged. The filly is another that has placed over the 1600m and should be kept safe in your wider selections.

Selections (4) Blue Power (7) Party Lion (8) Two Two day (5) Jangguneui Jilju

Next Best 9, 12

Fast Start 4, 7, 8, 5

 

Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The halfway mark of the card will see a field of twelve line up over the short course. Choi Si-Dae has another strong hope in the form of (6) NEOLBEUN GOEUL. The lightly raced (more…)

Breeders’ Cup Sunday: Seoul & Busan Race-By-Race Preview (December 1)

The year’s top juveniles are set to face each other in the Breeders’ Cup (KOR G2) at Busan on Sunday afternoon. Seoul’s champion Roller Blade takes on Busan’s Save The World along with twelve others over 1400M, with the winner to be crowned the nation’s Champion two-year-old of 2019. There are 6 races at Busan from 12:40 to 17:10 while at Seoul there are 11 from 10:45 to 18:00.

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Roller Blade is in Busan for the Breeders’ Cup (Pic: KRA)

Here is the horse by horse guide to the Breeders’ Cup with Seoul’s race by race and selections for the remainder of the Busan card below:

  1. ROLLER BLADE – A winner of four from five so far including both of Seoul’s first two juvenile series legs, making all both times. He’s drawn well on the inside again and while he, like all the others here, is in unchartered territory at seven furlongs, he’ll surely stay on without issue. A big chance.
  2. K N ROAD – Just the one win from five but he ran 3rd in both Munhwa and Nonghyup Trophies, getting much closer in the latter. He seems to be improving and he is one who is set to benefit for the increase in distance today. A top jockey travels with him and he can go close.
  3. MARK ONE – No concerns about staying the distance with this one. If anything, it could be too short as he broke his maiden over a mile last month. He led all the way and has a big race jockey on board. Outsider but not without a chance of some money.
  4. MAN OF THE FIELD – He ran 3rd behind Save The World in the Breeders’ Cup Trial last month but was some way in arrears so has plenty to make up. He runs on well though so should appreciate the step up in trip and can run into some money again.
  5. YEONGCHEON JILJU – Half-brother to 2015 Korean Derby winner Yeongcheon Ace as well as a couple of other talented runners. His two wins have come at 1400M and he’ll handle the distance well. Deeper waters today and others are faster but he can come from off the pace and finish well.
  6. DETERMINATION – Looks a potential star in the making. After running 3rd on debut, he’s since won three in facile fashion including up at 1700M. Currently rated ten points below Roller Blade and Save The World, if those two end up going too fast, he’ll have plenty left late on to make his move.
  7. MENI HERO – Gets to take his chance after a spectacular success over 1300M at the end of October. It was only at class 5 but he absolutely blitzed them to register his maiden win. Obviously this is much harder but he’s drawn well to get on speed again and could cause problems.
  8. AFLEET YOUNG – Comes in off two nice wins over a mile, the most recent at class 5, coming from just behind the speed on both occasions. He’s shown a decent turn of foot as well but back at 1400M, others are favoured.
  9. TOP DAY – The only horse in the race from top trainer Kim Young-kwan. After winning his first two races very tidily, he’s struggled in three attempts since. Two of those were behind Save The World and he only managed 7th in the Breeders’ Cup trial. He will attract some support due to the stable and his dam is a Korean Derby winner but this looks a stretch. We’ll likely see him in contention in the Spring Classics.
  10. CHOIN GANGJA – Ran on very nicely from well back to end up 4th in the Nonghyup Trophy last month, He’s consistently posted competitive times and looks to be a progressive type who will only get better as the distances get longer. He has a real placing chance here.
  11. SAVE THE WORLD – The only one to come in with an unbeaten record having won his four races by a combined margin of twenty-one lengths. His latest was a comfortable score in the Breeders’ Cup Trial on October 27th beating Doctor Carson – who went on to win last week’s Gyeongnam Do Min Ilbo Cup – very easily. He has home advantage and he will be a deserved favourite.
  12. DONGTEUJA DAY – Beaten by Save The World on debut before winning his next two to earn a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Trial. Didn’t show up that day, weakening into last place. Gets another chance here but will be an outsider

Here are the Seoul Previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

A big day of racing kicks off with the two-year-olds lining up over the 1300m. (5) NEW MOON WARRIOR looks the one to beat coming off an impressive debut. The Peace Rules gelding bounced out of the gates well in his first run but couldn’t rein in the leader Power Tower. They ran a fast time and the step up to the 1300m should suit. (8) DAESUNG QUEEN is having her third career start. She has placed at both outings to date including a well beaten third last time out. This is her second run over the 1300m and she will take improvement out of her last run. (6) BAEKDUSAN CHEONJI will need to improve to be a winning chance but is in the mix to fill a place. Connections of the Hansen colt will be looking for improvement of his last run when finishing midfield over the 1300m. (11) BEST TAP ran home fairly last time out when finishing fifth behind Dynamic Punch. At his first start he finished third over the five furlongs. At both starts to date he hasn’t clocked fast times but he is one that can fill a place.

Selections (5) New Moon Warrior (8) Daeseung Queen (6) Baekdusan Cheonji (11) Best Tap

Next Best 2, 1

Fast Start 5, 8

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Another batch of two-year-olds will line up in the second but this time over the five furlongs. It is hard to go past the performance of (10) EAST ONE when looking at the times they posted last start. The son of One Cool Cat finished fourth behind Gyoryongdeuksu when running 62.2 for the 1000m. None of his counterparts in this assignment have posted a time close to his and based on that he looks the one to beat. He looks best suited to be ridden positively out of the gates and be on speed. (8) WANGINHAENGCHA handed in a nice trial performance when not over-exerted. Lee Dong-Ha has been riding well of late and he will have a good chance to finish in the money in this race. (3) SPEED BIRD is another that trialed fairly when qualifying. His dam was a handy Canadian-bred mare who won over $500k US in the states. Watch with interest as he takes to the track for the first time.

Selections (10) East One (8) Wanginhaengcha (3) Speed Bird (4) My Member

Next Best 6, 9

Fast Start 8, 10

Race 3: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

One of the best bets on the card will line up in the third over the 1200m. (8) MARK STORY made a lasting impression when blowing his rivals away on debut. The import ran a fair trial when not overly asked for but followed that up with an impressive debut win clocking 59.5 for the 1000m on a dry-rated track. We suggest his counterparts look at his head behind the gates because if all goes to plan, they’ll only see his backside in the run. (7) LORD BAN ran a fair race when debuting over the 1300m. He sat on speed and

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 30)

After Friday’s sad news from Busan with the passing of jockey Mun Jung-won, racing restarts on Saturday with a 13-race card at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00:

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Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Twelve juvenile maidens go round in the opener with four of them racing for the very first time. We’re going to side with experience though. (4) CHOEGANGMA ran 4th on debut in a solid time at the end of September. She was a touch one-paced but should have come on for the run and is a live contender here. (5) CUPID BISANG ran 2nd on her first attempt, sent off at three-figure odds with no disgrace in being a full ten-lengths behind the excellent winner K Top King. That was at the end of August so she has had three months off. That’s true too for (1) ARARIYO, who made his debut in a different race that same day and ran 3rd. From the inside, he should be on pace early and can be in the mix here. (6) ROYAL CHUKBOK was found to be lame after his latest effort and may improve here. Of the first-timers. (8) HWA SSI BYEOK was perhaps the best looking in trials.

Selections (4) Choegangma (5) Cupid Bisang (1) Arariyo (8) Hwa Ssi Byeok
Next Best 6, 2
Fast Start 1, 4, 9, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(3) BEST LUCKY has improved across three starts so far and having led for much of the way on his first try at this distance on October 27th, ultimately finished a creditable 3rd. He’ll be sent to the front again and won’t need to improve on that performance too much in order to strike here. (2) SMART HANSEN recovered from a bad start to run a good 2nd on his latest at the beginning of this month. It looks like he’s figuring things out after nine attempts and should be a danger here. (6) WONDERFUL CAT stepped up to this distance last time and recorded her best finish so far, running a close 3rd and can build on that here. (7) WONDERFUL ORANGE and (9) CLEAN HEART are others who have shown some promise and can improve today.

Selections (3) Best Lucky (2) Smart Hansen (6) Wonderful Cat (7) Wonderful Orange
Next Best 9, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 7

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(8) GONGJAK WANG was 4th on what was his second start and first at this distance on November 3rd. He ran on well and showed enough to suggest that he’ll be the one to beat in this less than intimidating field. (7) GOOD WONDER has run creditably in both starts so far, running an improved 5th on her latest appearance at the end of last month. She’ll likely be ridden on the pace today and can continue her development here. (5) TA MINA ran 2nd in a similar strength race to this back in August and while she was only 6th on her reappearance in October, should fare better in this company today while (12) CHEONJI KKOT BARAM has held her own in two outings so far and can contest the money today. There is one solitary debut-maker. It’s taken (2) GAROSUGIL an age to get to the races but he looked handy enough in a trial earlier this month and couldn’t ask for a softer introduction to racing.

Selections (8) Gongjak Wang (7) Good Wonder (2) Garosugil (5) Ta Mina
Next Best 12, 6
Fast Start 4, 7, 9, 12

Race 4: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Two standouts as these maidens go around two-turns. (6) PUNCH POWER gets the verdict. He finished off nicely for 3rd over 1300M in better company than this three weeks ago and should have the beating of these. The only logical danger is (4) NOLBU CHEONHA and he’s not to be taken lightly. He’s run in a 3rd and a 5th from his latest two, both at 1300M and just like punch Power, there seems little to suggest that he won’t stay a further trip. Both favourites will be ridden patiently and should be too strong late on. (8) ALL MY QUEEN has some promising results to her name and finally steps up to two-turns after eleven outings at shorter. She looks clear best of the rest. (3) KING OF THE FIELD and (7) GOK MA DAN are others who can compete for the minor places.

Selections (6) Punch Power (4) Nolbu Cheonha (8) All My Queen (7) Gok Ma Dan
Next Best 3
Fast Start 1, 7

Race 5: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(6) WHITE COMET scored his maiden win with an all the way performance over this distance in September. He followed it up by running 2nd to Jeongmun Summit when favourite on his first try at this class on October 26th. He didn’t manage to get to the front that day but that’s what jockey Park Tae Jong will be aiming for straight from the gate here, and if he achieves it, he will take some beating. If he does come up short, then (1) LUCKY MYEONGHO is the most likely to take advantage. He’s up in class after a very good maiden win on his third start on November 2nd. It was slightly unexpected but it was a fast time and from the inside, he can challenge the favourite right from the start. (3) MACH THUNDER’s disappointment last start can be explained by the fact he came back slightly lame. It was just two weeks ago but he has looked back to fitness in work and should be better here. (4) ACE WIN and (8) DALLINEUN ACE are others in the hunt for minor money.

Selections (6) White Comet (1) Lucky Myeongho (4) Ace Win (8) Dallineun Ace
Next Best 3, 9
Fast Start 1, 6

Race 6: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Ultra-competitive five-furlong dash here with any number in with a chance. (6) JOEUN GAMUN has steadily improved over three starts so far, culminating in a maiden win over this distance on November 2nd. This is a markedly stiffer test but he has scope for more (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 29)

+++PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RACES SCHEDULED FOR BUSAN RACECOURSE ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2019 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED++++

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Da Silva also gets a ride in the weekend’s big race, the Breeders’ Cup for Juveniles on Sunday afternoon. That race will see Seoul’s top two-year-old Roller Blade, facing off with his Busan counterpart Save The World for the first time. We’ll have plenty more on that race as the weekend progresses but in the meantime, here’s Royce with Friday’s previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A field of twelve maiden two-year olds will line up over the 1300m in the first at Busan. (7) OASIS GIRL looks ready to breakthrough after a solid performance last time out when finishing second over the 1000m. The Thomas Gillespie trained filly parked just behind the speed before running through the line strong. She was beaten less than a length and steps up to the 1300m for the first time at her fourth career start. (10) HAPPY YOJEONG ran on impressively on debut over the short course. The grey filly is being stretched out to the 1300m at her second start which should not be a problem based on her first run where she sat off speed and ran on strong. (6) MASTER BELLA was encouraging on debut when overcoming a wide draw to settle just off the leading division. The Colors Flying filly finished off well finishing third behind Unbongsan and Oasis Girl. (11) BLUE POWER has placed over the 1300m previously. Whilst it was in weaker company the Blue Pin colt should be kept safe in your selections.

Selections (7) Oasis Girl (10) Happy Yojeong (6) Master Bella (11) Blue Power

Next Best 1, 2

Fast Start 5, 7

 

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The second on the card has another field of maiden where there is a severe lack of depth engaged. (3) FIRST STAR appears to bring the strongest form lines into the race. The Simon Pure filly has had three starts for two top four finishes including a reasonable fourth placed performance last time out when she passed a few in the straight. She has drawn favourably and should be in a position to strike when they swing for home. (12) TWO TWO DAY has placed at his past two starts. The Any Given Saturday colt has bounced out of the gates well at his past couple of starts. He should have the speed to overcome the outside draw and settle in a forward position. (11) MR. VALOR is debuting after a soft trial. His dam produced Smart Valor, Couragio and True Valor who have all won multiple races for Isidore Farm. He wasn’t fully asked for in his trial and can figure first-up. (6) SPEED KINGDOM was far from disgraced last time out when finishing sixth over the 1300m. This assignment looks easier, keep the Clear Attempt colt safe in your wider selections.

Selections (3) First Star (12) Two Two Day (11) Mr. Valor (6) Speed Kingdom

Next Best 4, 2

Fast Start 6, 11, 12

 

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The third on the card will see twelve maidens trying to break maiden status over the short course. (5) GOLDEN RAIN looks mighty hard to beat in this based on him much-improved last start effort. The Tiz Wonderful chestnut ran 1:02.9 last time out on a dry track for the five furlongs, with that time looking superior to his counterparts engaged. Choi Si-Dae retains the ride with the three-year-old carrying the same weight as last start. (7) NORTHERN DREAM is having her third career start. The lightly weighted filly finished fourth last time out when settling in the first half of the field.  Expect further improvement and a positive ride from Jeong Dong-Cheol. (9) FAMILY DANCER finished midfield last time out over the same distance. In a race that lacks depth she can collect some prizemoney. (2) CHEONJI DOKJU was somewhat one-paced last time out when running finishing fifth behind Big Picture. She is second-up and looks a place chance on her effort first-up.

Selections (5) Golden Rain (7) Northern Dream (9) Family Dancer (2) Cheonji Dokju

Next Best 3, 12

Fast Start 3, 5, 7

 

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

There looks to be an abundance of speed engaged in the fourth on the card. (8) SEOBU GENTLEMAN has finished in the top five on five occasions from nine starts suggesting a maiden victory cannot be far away. The Hansen colt ran a fair time for this grade last time out and his early speed should see him get every chance. (6) WORLD SLAM is another that has been trying to breakthrough for quite some time. He led before they balanced up for the run home last time out and eventually let a few pass him. He will be competitive in a field that has limited strength. (11) PARTY LION will jump from the outside at her seventh career start. You Hyun-Myung will jump aboard the three-year-old for the first time. She ran a respectable time last start and is a top three chance. (7) TOHAM STRONG managed to place last time out in a weak field and can pick up some minor money once again.

Selections (8) Seobu Gentleman (6) World Slam (11) Party Lion (7) Toham Strong

Next Best 5, 3

Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 11

 

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The term “throw a dart” has never been more appropriate when analysing the field for the fifth on the card. With little confidence (5) FLYING KINGS is the on top selection. The Colors Flying colt missed the start hopelessly last time out and with a clean break in this he has to be considered one of the main chances. He ran a good time for this class two starts ago and should sit in a good position from barrier five. (4) MAX POWER should be kept safe given it appears to be one of the easier assignments she has lined up in. There’s very little speed engaged so she can sit in the first two if Jung Do-Yun chooses to do so. (11) BORNE MATTA is first up since May. The three-year-old ran an average trial time going into this preparation but has had three top five placings from five career starts. (3) BAEDARI CAPER has the ability to collect some minor prize money in a race lacking strength. (more…)

Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 24)

On Saturday at Seoul, Raon First ran out the impressive winner of the Listed Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup. On Sunday it’s the turn of Busan’s juveniles to run for big money as the Gyeongnam DoMin Ilbo Cup takes centre stage. There are 6 races at Busan from 12:40 to 17:05 while at Seoul there are 11 from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the Previews:

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Raon First was the dominant winner of the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup at Seoul on Saturday. Who will win Busan’s equivalent on Sunday?

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens in the opener and having only been beaten a nose on debut in a fast time at this distance, (8) J.S CAPTAIN is the warm pick to prevail here. He almost made all that day and ended up nine-lengths clear of the 3rd place-getter. With a decent start here, he should win. (3) BIG RIVER also led for much of her debut on October 19th, ultimately going down to 3rd in the final furlong. She’ll join the favourite on pace and should go close again. (1) TERRA SPEED and (6) FUTURE FIRE are the only two in the field to have raced twice already. Both improved at the second time of asking and can show more development today. (11) BOHEMIAN MUSIC looks best of the rest at this stage.

Selections (8) J. S. Captain (3) Big River (6) Future Fire (1) Terra Speed
Next Best 11, 7
Fast Start 1, 3, 8, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Regular maiden here but a couple of promising ones are engaged. (7) HALLA BLOSSOM has shown steady improvement across three outings so far, culminating in a 2nd place over 1000M on October 19th. He tackles 1300M for the first time here and it may well suit. Crucially, he looks to be the only one to be consistently good at getting on pace so he may find an easy lead and maintain it all the way. (1) JEONGSEONG HOLIDAY stepped up to this trip last start and ran a good 3rd. He hasn’t shown much in the way of speed so far but can continue his development today while (10) DAEGUN OK similarly seems to be figuring things out and comes in off a 3rd and a 2nd both at this trip. (4) YAHO M J CAT and (9) JACKS KHAN are others in at least the placing hunt.

Selections (7) Halla Blossom (1) Jeongseong Holiday (10) Daegun Ok (4) Yaho M J Cat
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(6) BRAVE QUEEN ran 2nd on debut in September before registering her maiden win at the second time of asking, getting the best of a tight three-way finish, on October 6th. She led every step of the way that day and will endeavour to do the same here with solid claims of a repeat. (4) MUNHAK KING was 3rd behind Brave Queen on debut and followed up with another 3rd place finish on his re-appearance. He’ll be a danger but may have to settle for another placing as the other “Munhak”, (3) MUNHAK REWARD, also has ability. She steps back in trip following a useful 2nd place over 1300M four weeks ago and looks nicely in here. (2) EOMAMUSI and (9) SHARK JJANG are others to consider.

Selections (6) Brave Queen (3) Munhak Reward (4) Munhak King (2) Eomamusi
Next Best 9, 7
Fast Start 2, 4, 5, 6

Seoul Race 4: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Wide open race. No previous winners among them but three do come in off last start runner-up finishes and it is those three who looks set to be contesting top honours. (5) D K PURMIR is perhaps the slight pick. He was 2nd on debut over 1000M in August before having two months off and then stepping up to this trip on October 26th and running another close 2nd in a fast time having led nearly the whole way around. Nicely drawn to lead again, today can be his day. (4) CHARLIE STYLE showed significant improvement on his second outing last month in what was a good race for the level. He steps up in trip for the first time and can be dangerous. As can (11) MEOTJIN WANGJA. He’s appeared just the once and was beaten less than a length over 1000M, running through the line well. (8) MABOSS and (12) MOONHAK QUEEN, the latter debuting following a solid trial performance, are others to keep handy.

Selections (5) D K Purmir (4) Charlie Style (11) Meotjin Wangja (12) Moonhak Queen
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 1, 4, 5

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Not the stiffest of maidens here and, stepping up to two-turns for the first time, (7) SOUTHERN MAN looks the one to beat. He’s been knocking at the door over shorter trips for some time and while he is a natural front-runner, he could well simply outstay this lot to get his maiden win. (10) MANE HANA has experience of this distance already and comes in off a useful 3rd in marginally better company than this over 1300M last start. (5) GOLDEN SPARK tried this distance for the first time four weeks ago and ran a creditable 4th, beating tow of these in the process, and can build on that today. (1) HONAM DAERO and (8) KKOKKOMA LADY are others in the hunt.

Selections (7) Southern Man (10) Mane Hana (5) Golden Spark (1) Honam Daero
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 5, 7, 9

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million 

The second on the card is over the mile where several of the main players are to be tested over the distance for the first time. (5) YEONGGWANGUI PARTY comes out of the Gimhae Mayor’s Cup where beaten a distant eighth. Whilst not up to the top level two-year-olds the Office colt looks hard to beat in Class 5 company. Lee Hyo-Sik is likely to let him free-wheel to be near the speed. He ran through the line strong over 1300m two starts back in similar grade and should run the mile out strong. (3) TOP FIRE has been sent out at a short price for all four of his career starts. He broke his maiden last start when stepping up to the mile for the first time. You Hyun-Myung sat the chestnut on speed last time out in a change of tactics, expect to see a similar ride engaged. (1) (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race preview (November 22)

It’s the first of two big weekends for the country’s top juveniles but first of all there is an eleven-race Friday card at Busan from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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Glitter seeks a hat-trick of victories at Busan on Friday (Pic: Ross Holburt/KRA)

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Maiden fillies to kick things off. Plenty come in with encouraging recent form and (9) TNUNDER VEGAS is the slight pick having beaten a few of these on her way to 5th and 4th place finishes in her latest two outings. Expect her to be close to the early pace here and she can go closer once more. (4) MAGIC STEALTH and (8) CHODONG JINJU both come in having recorded 3rd places in their respective latest outings and can match or better that today while (10) HUIMANG SOYEO showed significant improvement when registering a 3rd of her own two weeks ago and can build on that performance here. There are two first-time starters and (6) TOP QUEEN looks a prospect. She went through a trial in May and then again earlier this month, both times looking sharp and can go well first-up.

Selections (9) Thunder Vegas (6) Top Queen (4) Magic Stealth (8) Chodong Jinju
Next Best 10, 7
Fast Start 6, 7, 8, 9

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Small field of nine but a big prize for these juveniles. It’s hard to look past (1) FANTASTIC WINNER. Having won a trial in September, he was just beaten a head on debut over 1000M on October 18th with a couple off his rivals here well back down the track behind him. The additional trip shouldn’t be an issue and he should win. (4) TOP BEST and (2) BURNING STAR ran 3rd and 6th in that race and both can build on those reasonably promising debuts today although the main danger is set to be (5) YEONGSEONG VICTORY. He also ran 2nd on his debut a month ago and looks to have plenty of ability. (8) FUTURE KING best of the rest.

Selections (1) Fantastic Winner (5) Yeongseong Victory (4) Top Best (8) Future King
Next Best 2, 9
Fast Start 1, 5, 8

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

More juvenile maidens here with three of the ten racing for the first time. One of those first-timers is the pick. (2) GABO DAY is from the track’s top stable and looked competent trialling up with plenty to spare last month. This looks a sensible distance to debut at and he can win. (3) MASTER KING steps up in trip following a solid 4th place on debut five weeks ago and should be one of the main dangers. (5) MARK STAR finished last on his first try at the beginning of last month and was accordingly sent back to trial. He looked a different animal, romping home in his heat by eight lengths and should be much better today. (6) DONGNIP YEOLGANG and (7) CHEONNYEONUI GIL are others in the frame.

Selections (2) Gabo Day (3) Master King (5) Mark Star (7) Cheonnyeonui Gil
Next Best 6, 8
Fast Start 2, 3, 8

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRWS 24 Million

After a tilt at a mile last time, (2) CHEONNYEONUIHEUIMA drops back to the 1300M over which she ran 2nd, beaten a head, back in August. She’ll come from just off the pace and today could well be her day. (7) YEONGWON DYNAMO stepped up to this trip last start and finished a useful 3rd, which she can build on today, while (12) QUEEN UP was an much improved 2nd in a similar race to this four weeks ago, coming from well off the pace with a strong late run. (1) TOP SKY ran 5th on debut and is bound to get backing given the jockey/trainer combination. (11) WONDERFU EI is another who can go close.

Selections (2) Cheonnyeonuiheuima (7) Yeongwon Dynamo (12) Queen Up (1) Top Sky
Next Best 11, 3
Fast Start 1, 4, 9

Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It took her fourteen attempts but the manner in which (5) ECHO NILE registered her maiden win three weeks ago, was certainly eye-catching, making all to win by two-lengths over 1300M. She carries an additional 4kg today, but a repeat looks very much on the cards. (12) SPEED FURY returned from eight months off at the end of October to take his record to three wins from four starts. He carries even more weight than Echo Nile but looks a talent and must be considered a danger. (2) BLACK EAGLE WING has been 4th in both starts so far and can improve today while (3) YEONGGWANGUI SAVE and (7) AMAZING TAPIT are others who can at least place.

Selections (5) Echo Nile (12) Speed Fury (2) Black Eagle Wing (7) Amazing Tapit
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 5, 6, 7

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

(4) CURLIN TIME was a promising looking juvenile this time last year but having finished (more…)