Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (September 22)

Sunday sees a full program at Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). Heavy rain is on the agenda so bring an umbrella! Here are the Seoul previews with Busan selections at the bottom:


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

(11) POWER PRIDE overcame a bumpy start to record a career-best 3rd place on August 25th. He hasn’t shown a huge amount of speed so far, but this maiden today is one the weaker end of the scale and he may well end up making the breakthrough. (5) FLYING JUNO had a bit of a shocker last time out hanging outwards for a full two-furlongs around the turn. He had previously hinted at ability though and if he fixes his manners today, should go closer. (10) JEONGDONG SARANG will similarly need a line drawn through his latest offering and if so could be a factor. (2) MAD DIVA missed the kick on debut last month and should be better for the experience while (8) GEUMA IMPECCABLE is another with scope to improve.

Selections (11) Power Pride (5) Flying Juno (10) Jeongdong Sarang (8) Geuma Impeccable
Next Best 2, 1
Fast Start 5, 7

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(5) ANYANG JAGUAR showed a significant uptick in form when running 3rd over this distance on August 18th. She came from off the pace to run through the line well and is likely to be ridden further forward earlier today. (11) JANGGUNUI SIDAE has a 3rd and a 4th from her latest two and comes in fresh after almost three months off with solid claims to go close while another one drawn wide, (12) YAHO M J CAT has gone close at this distance before and should be in the mix here. (2) KOREA DAEJANGBU is another who has been knocking at the door without looking like winning and can aim to match the 3rd he managed last start. (7) UNHAE BEST looks best of the rest.

Selections (5) Anyang Jaguar (11) Janggunui Sidae (2) Korea Daejangbu (12) Yaho M J Cat
Next Best 7, 10
Fast Start 3, 5, 8

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(2) PSYCHIC BOSS jumped awkwardly and then got hampered early on but still managed to recover and record a runner-up finish on debut on August 18th. She steps up in trip for her re-appearance today and with a clearer run, looks the one to beat in this filly-only event. (9) KOOKA CAT missed out on a maiden win by a neck last start four weeks ago. She’ll be on pace from the start and should be very close once more. (4) CLEAR STORY was a touch disappointing in 5th last time out but can be given another chance to at least place here. (8) TOUGH GREAT and (12) HWANGGEUM STAR are others who should come into the equation at some point.

Selections (2) Psychic Boss (9) Kooka Cat (8) Tough Great (4) Clear Story
Next Best 12, 7
Fast Start 4, 9

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with four of the eleven racing for the first time. One of those debut-makers could well end up as favourite. (8) LEGEND STORM was an eye-catching ten-length trial winner last month in a fast time on what wasn’t an especially fast track. If he brings that kind of form to the races, he can make a winning start. (4) SIMPLE STYLE also looked handy in trials and is another who can make an immediate impact. The one the newcomers will need to beat is (9) MENI HERO. He’s run 3rd and 2nd in his two starts so far and a win doesn’t look too far away. He’ll be on pace from the start and that win could come here. (3) DAEHYEONG HOJAE and (11) P.K. HILL looks the best of the rest of the experienced ones.

Selections (8) Legend Storm (9) Meni Hero (4) Simple Style (3) Daehyeong Hojae
Next Best 11, 10
Fast Start 3, 4, 9, 11

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

(1) KINGS CARRIAGE is up in class following a six-length win over this distance on August 11th. The task is undoubtedly tougher today but from the inside gate, he can sit just off the early speed and finish strongly. (5) HWANGGEUM DOYAJI got her maiden win two (more…)


Silver Wolf Shows Her Superiority in KNN Cup

It always threatened to be a mismatch and that’s how it turned out as Silver Wolf once more asserted her dominance over the filly and mare ranks with a dismissively easy victory in the KNN Cup at Busan on Sunday afternoon.

The seven-year-old Aussie-bred mare kept her perfect record for 2019 intact by claiming the second leg of the Queens’ Tour, having already won the Ttukseom Cup and assuring herself of a second victory in the series with one race still to come.

In truth no other result was likely. With a local rating of 125, a full 32 higher than next best Sky Bay, if it had been a handicap, Silver Wolf would have put the rest of the field twelve points out of the scale.

Ultimately it was Sky Bay who put up the best fight, as last year’s Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup winner led from the gate and into the home straight.

But Sky Bay could do nothing as Yoo Seung-wan and Silver Wolf, who had sat comfortably in the middle of the pack throughout the early stages of the race, loomed up on the outside and cruised on by with a furlong to go for a four-length win on the line.

Silver Wolf has been conservatively campaigned for four wins from four  this year although she has only faced males on one occasion – when she comfortably dispatched them in the Seoul Owners Association Trophy at odds of 9/1.

Silver Wolf’s win moves her on to sixteen wins from thirty-two lifetime starts, ten of them in listed or graded company. She has now won well in excess of US$2.5Million and sits behind only Triple Nine and Power Blade in the list of all-time money winners in Korea.

Come October, we will most likely see Silver Wolf back at Busan to contest the final leg of the Queens’ Tour, the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup over 2000M and provided she avoids any setbacks in the meantime, she will surely win that too.

Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (July 28) – Busan Owners’ Cup

There is a 12-race card at Seoul (10:45 to 18:00) but it’s Busan (just 5 races from 12:40 to 16:20) where the feature action is in the shape of the G3 Owners’ Cup. Last year’s winner Doraonpogyeonseon returns but faces the challenge of the up an comet Blue Chipper over the Busan mile. Horse by horse for the Owners’ Cup, followed by race-by-race for Seoul below:

Doraonpogyeongseon Owners Cup Korea Racing Authority

Doraonpogyeongseon winning the Owners’ Cup a year ago (Pic: KRA)

Busan Race 5: Owners’ Cup (KOR G3) 1600M) Weight for Age / KRW 500 Million

1. ACE KOREA – Ran 4th in the SBS Sports Sprint, his first run back in Korea following an unsuccessful stint at the Dubai Carnival where he blew the start both times. Returned to winning ways with a gutsy effort over 1400M three weeks ago. First try at a mile, he may be a little hesitantly away but should be quickly up with the leaders. Classy animal – don’t rule out.

2. FLYING MUNNING – Seoul raider, he’s consistent having finished in the top four in each of his most recent nine outings dating back a year. Recently promoted to class 1 after a win and two runner-up finishes at class 2 level both around two turns. First try in elite company today, he has drawn well to get on pace, but others are favoured.

3. TOSCONOVA CAT – Has established himself as one of the top class 1 competitors at Seoul and is versatile distance-wise. Comes in having run 3rd, beaten by Winner Gold, over 1400M a month ago. Generally settles towards the middle or rear and has a strong finish. Hasn’t carried this amount of weight in this kind of company before, which is a concern.

4. WINNER GOLD – Rounded out his 2018 campaign with back to back class 1 wins and while he’s yet to strike this term, he’s been in decent form with his most recent outing a 2nd place over 1400M beating Tosconova Cat in the process. Is rating means he has been giving away plenty of weight in his handicap appearances and while he failed to make an impact at level weights in the YTN Cup over 2000M in May, this should suit better.

5. BLUE CHIPPER – The emerging star. He’s had a career interrupted by injury but since his return to action in April he’s won three in a row in effortless fashion, posting some very fast times along the way. It’s his first try at a mile and his first go in elite company but he’ll be favoured get on top early and lead all the way.

6. KING OF GLORY – Same connections as Ace Korea and just like his Peter Wolsley-trained stablemate, he tackles the mile for the first time. He ran a very good 3rd to Gaon Champ in the Busan Ilbo over 1200M in April before winning a handicap at 1400M the following month. In his latest race, he ran 3rd to Baengmunbaekdap at 1200M a month ago. He’ll want to be close to the pace and distance is a question.

7. DORAONPOGYEONGSEON – Now six-years-old, he’s a multiple Stakes winning Sprinter and also the defending Champion having won this race a year ago. Many doubted whether he would get a mile but he proved them wrong when beating the likes of Silver Wolf. He’s run just twice this season, finishing 5th in the Busan Ilbo and 2nd in the SBS Sprint, both times behind Gaon Champ and both at 1200M. Slow away, if he looms up late, he can go close.

8. GOOD CASTING – After a career of near-misses he really started to thrive this year with a pair of wins at class 1 over 1400M and 1800M in the Spring. He then ran a good 2nd in the Busan Ilbo before a slightly disappointing 8th in the SBS Sprint, both at 1200M. Today’s distance should suit a little more and while there is an enforced jockey change due to Franco Da Silva’s injury, he has good chance of finding the money.

9. WILD THUNDER – Second visit to Busan in as many months having been well back in the June’s Mayor’s Cup. That was always going to be a stiff assignment and he looks likely to be outclassed here too.

10. HAVANA CHARLIE – An up and comer with three wins and three runner-up finishes from just seven career starts to date. The only three-year-old in the race, the only doubt is whether this may be a bit too much too soon. He comes in off a very nice win over 1400M at class 2 level in May and while up to a mile for the first time, he gets weight relief and could run into some money. His times have been consistently fast.

11. BAENGMUNBAEKDAP – Very good horse whose only recent disappointment was a poor showing at Seoul in the YTN Cup. That was sandwiched between two very good wins, most recently over 1200M when he beat King Of Glory, but he’s versatile at all distances. He’ll come from off the pace and can finish strongly. Stablemate of Blue Chipper, he may be the second string here, but he’s a real money chance.

12. PLACES TO GO – A solid class 1 campaigner but he has struggled when asked to run in elite company in the past. First trip to Busan and therefore first go at a mile but recent form suggests this is too stiff.



Race 1: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) CHOIN GANGJA was sent off as on odds-chance on debut on June 29th and duly obliged in confident fashion. He sat off the pace and ran on well so being up in class and distance today shouldn’t be an issue for him. (7) FLYING JOY remains a maiden but has finished in the top three on no fewer than ten occasions, including his latest two and should go close again. (10) MYEONGMA JILJU was just beaten a head over this distance last time, her second consecutive runner-up finish and will be a danger. (2) JACOB and (11) FEATHER LIGHT others who can go close.

Selections (5) Choin Gangja (7) Flying Joy (10) Myeongma Jilju (2) Jacob
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 1, 5, 6, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens with three of the ten having raced before. One of those, (5) JEONGMUN SUMMIT is set to be strong favourite. He ran 3rd on debut in in a good time over 1000M June 29th. He ran though the line well and can only benefit from the extra furlong today. Of the other two with racing experience, (1) STRETTO stumbled on jumping but otherwise did nothing wrong first-up in a challenging event over this trip and can improve today while (3) BAEK HAK has been back to trial since her first time and can get better here. As for the debut-makers. (2) RAPIDO BOLT and (10) HALLA BLOSSOM look the most likely to put in a decent effort. As ever in this type of race, watch the market for additional clues.

Selections (5) Jeongmun Summit (1) Stretto (2) Rapido Bolt (10) Halla Blossom
Next Best 3, 9
Fast Start 1, 4, 5

Race 3: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(10) WINNER MOUNTAIN has been getting closer across three starts to date, culminating in 2nd place last time. He’s run on well in both his latest two and the significant step up in trip today may suit. The primary danger looks to be (7) COLORS KING showed significant improvement last start, beating a couple of these on his way to a solid 2nd place. It was his first try at this distance and it suited him well. (1) PUER SPES has a 3rd place to his name around two turns and could get another one here. (6) SEOUL CITY makes a significant step up in trip having made all his previous starts at 1000M and can go better too. (3) FASTEST, who to date has been anything but, looks the best of a very limited rest.

Selections (10) Winner Mountain (7) Colors King (1) Puer Spes (6) Seoul City
Next Best 3, 5
Fast Start 5, 6, 8

Race 4: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(7) GWANGPOK JUHAENG beat (11) TANTAN WINNER came home 1st and 2nd with less than a length between them when they raced each other over class and distance on June 30th. The weights are pretty much the same today and a very similar outcome looks a distinct possibility with Gwangpok Juhaeng again slightly favoured. (10) HAMYANG SANSAM steps up in trip following a solid 3rd place at 1300M a month ago and it may well suit while (2) GEUMSUNI STAR is up in both class and distance following a maiden score over 1300M four weeks ago. He is likely to try and set the pace here and should be competitive. (6) RAON STELLA, also up in class after a maiden win – in his case at this distance – is another one capable of going close.

Selections (7) Gwangpok Juhaeng (11) Tantan Winner (2) Geumsuni Star (10) Hamyang Sansam
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 2, 3, 11

Race 5: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) REIGN finished midfield in the Korean Oaks and then an excellent 4th in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup. She returns to class 5 company today looking in good stead to pick up what would be just her second career win, the first having also been at this distance. She’ll aim to lead from the start. (9) CHEONNYEONUI BADA also got her maiden win at this distance in May before running a good 4th on her first try at this class last month. She ran on really well last time and can be a danger here. (4) MEISEI DREAM is relatively unexposed having only raced twice before, the most recent of them yielding his maiden win over 1300M. Up in class and trip today, she has good potential to show more. (7) JUNGDONG DOKJU is also up in class following a maiden win, in his case at this distance. (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (July 27)

With no racing on Jeju this weekend (Seoul is off next week), there is a huge 15-race card at Seoul on Saturday running from 14:00 to 21:00. Here are the previews:


Seoul nights with an angry monsoon sky are something to behold

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

(1) HANEUL GONGWON ran a solid 3rd on debut on June 22nd, finishing just a length behind the winner. It was an encouraging start and she won’t need to improve too much to win here. (6) JAENEUNG CHUNGMAN improved to 2nd on her latest start over 1300M. She drops back in trip today and should be firmly in contention. (8) YULONG FLYING put in a couple of promising performances in May and early June. He’s subsequently been back to trial which he came through in competent enough fashion. (4) ACE WIN and (7) GOLDEN ANGLE, the latter of whom may be the early leader – and struggled in the kickback when he didn’t last time – are others to consider.

Selections (1) Haneul Gongwon (8) Yulong Flying (6) Jaeneung Chungman (7) Golden Angle
Next Best 4, 5
Fast Start 7, 10, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Not the strongest of maidens this so we’ll be looking for something to step up. (7) GOLD HERO ran 3rd on debut on an all-filly affair on June 30th and so naturally draws the eye. The time was slow though and others may be favoured. (6) SAMAE JILJU has shown some ability with a 3rd and a couple of 4th place finishes. She got a bad bump at the start last time and later was found to have bled. Accordingly, she went back to trial and went well. (9) SEONGPAJANG too had excuses last time in that she was found to be slightly lame. Back fully fit she should go much better today. (1) GOLDEN SPARK has been no better than average so far but has arguably been racing in better company so may improve. (2) USEUNG MACHA drops back in trip and can also be considered.

Selections (9) Seongpajang (6) Samae Jilju (7) Gold Hero (1) Golden Spark
Next Best 2, 5
Fast Start 1, 2, 10, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens with four of the ten having raced once before. Of those, (6) K N ROAD is set to be strong favourite here. He ran a decent 3rd on debut on June 15th and while he was a good seven-lengths behind the winner, it was a useful time and he should have come on for the run. (4) JEONGSEONG STAR didn’t do herself any favours on debut when hanging out in the home straight but does look the most credible danger here. Otherwise it’s the first time starters we need to look out and of those, trial winner (7) RUFFIAN PARK looks the most likely, along with (1) ILBO DEUNGCHEON and (9) RAIN K.

Selections (6) K N Road (4) Jeongseong Star (1) Ilbo Deungcheon (9) Rain K
Next Best 7, 8, 3
Fast Start 4, 7, 8, 9

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

Another set of average maidens. (5) GWACHEONUI BYEOL beat (1) RECENT DREAM as the pair came home 2nd and 3rd in a similarly weak affair over the same distance on July 7th. It was an uptick in form for both and they can keep it going here with Gwacheonui Byeol again favoured to come out on top. After a couple of promising trials, (10) WINNER TEMPLAR didn’t do a lot on debut at the end of June but should have come on for the run and can improve today. Similarly, (2) TRUE RUBY underwhelmed on her first star but can build on it here. (3) HWANGGEUM STAR the best of a limited rest.

Selections (5) Gwacheonui Byeol (1) Recent Dream (10) Winner Templar (2) True Ruby
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 5, 6, 7, 9

Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Two and three-year-old maidens and a big prize on the line with just three of them having run before. (12) MYEONGJIN FLY ran a strong 2nd on debut on June 22nd. He was beaten five-lengths by a good winner (King’s Step) but it was promising nonetheless and he looks the one to beat here, even though he will have to overcome the widest draw to get to the front. (11) BRIGADIER GENERAL ran 3rd in that same race just over two-lengths in arrears of Myeongjin Fly. He too has drawn wide but he looks to be the most significant threat. As for the first-timers, (3) MOVIECUS caught the eye when winning a trial just two weeks ago and looks set to go well first up. (6) MUNHAK BOSS also won his heat and can be dangerous. (9) GAYA YEONGBONG best of the rest.

Selections (12) Myeongjin Fly (11) Brigadier General (3) Moviecus (6) Munhak Boss
Next Best 6, 7
Fast Start 3, 6, 11, 12

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Since getting her maiden win in December, (1) INDY LADY has been knocking on the door of a repeat with some very respectable recent results almost all of which were in better company than this. That includes her latest 5th place when she led for much of the race. From the inside gate she can get to the front here and should win. (2) CHAMP K got his maiden victory at this distance in April and ran a solid 5th on his first try at this class in May. Granted there were only eight runners but the margins were narrow and he comes in off twelve weeks’ rest with strong placing chances. (3) BLESSING ROAD showed signs of a return to form on his latest outing and should be close to a place here. (7) NAE GIRUI BIT and (8) P.K. GUNHWANG are both up in class following maiden wins at this distance and both should be competitive at this level too.

Selections (1) Indy Lady (8) P.K. Gunhwang (2) Champ K (3) Blessing Road
Next Best 7, 10
Fast Start 1, 2, 3

Race 7: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Since being promoted to this level following a win back in March, (7) GENERAL ROSE has registered three consecutive 4th place finishes. It’s time for her to step and she can do that today, likely leading from the start. It won’t be easy though. (1) RAON PATRICK will be on pace too and while she is up in distance for the first time, she looks ready for it and will be a threat. (5) M J PARTY and (4) INDIAN ECO came home 3rd and 4th when they raced each other on June 30th at this distance and both can go close once more. (11) HANSEN BAROWS got a poor trip last time and can go better today.

Selections (7) General Rose (1) Raon Patrick (11) Hansen Barows (4) Indian Eco
Next Best 5, , 106
Fast Start 1, 7, 11

Race 8: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(2) BEST EVER seems to have got to grips with this level and ran a decent 4th over 1300M on his latest start in June. A previous attempt at this distance didn’t go so well but he looks ready for another crack and can come from just behind the early pace to go close here. It’s a very competitive race though. (6) BRANDON already has a class and distance 2nd to his name and while he was only 6th last time the margins were tight and he was less than two-lengths behind the winner. He too will come from behind the early lead. (11) EVER THE CHAMP beat three of these on his way to a close at hand 2nd place on June 22nd and is likely to be one of those setting the pace here. (3) EMORY SOCKS and (10) DOLGYEOK APEURO are others in the hunt.

Selections (6) Brandon (2) Best Ever (11) Ever The Champ (3) Emory Socks
Next Best 10, 9
Fast Start 8, 9, 11

Race 9: Class 3 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(4) CLEAR GEOM comes here off a shock win in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup, the final leg of the “Triple Tiara” for three-year-old fillies, a month ago. She came from off the pace to run down a tiring leader that day and has to be given serious respect back in this class today. (7) BODEURAM is a clear danger with a win and a pair of runner-up finishes from his latest two starts. He looks set to lead here and won’t be as easy for Clear Geom to run down over 1700M as those fillies were at 2000M. (6) JUMBO CAPTAIN was a class and distance winner last start, leading all the way, and while he carries an additional 4kg today, is to be taken seriously. (2) GIDONG DAEGANG and (5) LOVELY NUTE are both better than their latest outings suggest and both have placing claims.

Selections (4) Clear Geom (7) Bodeuram (5) Lovely Nute (6) Jumbo Captain
Next Best 2, 1
Fast Start 6, 7

Race 10: Class 3 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Small but very competitive field. (2) KILIUI JEWANG makes a return to this distance following a 2nd place finish in a really good race over 1200M last month. He has to carry top weight but that’s for a reason and under Lee Hyeon Jong, he could win here, likely trying to lead all the way. It’s a tough ask though. (3) INCHEON CHIEF was 4th behind Kiliui Jewang in June and has since run 3rd at 1400M. The Pioneerof The Nile colt steps up to two turns for the first time today and it seems likely to suit. (8) HWANSANG STAR remains a maiden but has several near-misses and should be close at hand again. (1) JUMEOK DOKKI and (7) SAMSAM VICTORY are others more than capable of finding the money.

Selections (2) Kiliui Jewang (3) Incheon Chief (8) Hwansang Star (7) Samsam Victory
Next Best 1, 6
Fast Start 2, 7, 8

Race 11: Class 5 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Another competitive race but (8) SIMON QUEEN ran 3rd on her first try at this level on June 30th. While she was a long way behind classy winner Running Box, it was a good performance that if repeated in this company can see her home on top. (7) KING OF RULES remains a maiden but steps up in class nonetheless today with some solid runs behind him and he should be competitive. Another maiden (1) HANEUL ACE had a poor day at the office on his latest start but is better than that and can demonstrate it here. (2) NONSTOP HAENGJIN steps up in class after a maiden win over 1000M on June 23rd and is in with a shout of at least securing some minor money. (9) BARAMUI SORI looks best of the rest.

Selections (8) Simon Queen (7) King Of Rules (2) Nonstop Haengjin (1) Haneul Ace
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 3, 9, 10

Race 12: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) COLORFUL JOY is moving rapidly up the classes having won his latest two by as many as he pleased. He actually gave up three-lengths with a poor start last time but cruised on by to win by a cool seven on the line. While he can’t afford that kind of start in sterner company today, he should be completing a hat-trick here. (5) BEYOND OVER enters off the back of consecutive runner-up finishes and while he may find one too quick again, shouldn’t be far away. (6) ISCRA was a narrow class and distance winner on June 30th and while he’s up quite a bit in the weights, can hold his own again. (2) WONDERFUL TRUTH and (11) GLOBAL CHEONHA are others to keep an eye on.

Selections (3) Colorful Joy (5) Beyond Over (6) Iscra (11) Global Cheonha
Next Best 2, 7
Fast Start 2, 3, 4, 7

Race 13: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(6) MIGHTY WING remains a maiden after eight attempts and while he came up short as favourite last time over 1700M, he didn’t run badly and is worth another chance down in trip in a similar strength race today. He should be on or close to the early speed and stay on all the way. The main dangers are likely to challenge for the early lead too. The principal one is (11) CHOIN BOLT, a winner of three from four so far to move rapidly up the classes. This is his toughest assignment to date and the draw has done him no favours, but if he gets away well, he could be hard to beat. (3) PRETTY ODD BOY has out in three promising runs since returning from six months off and shouldn’t be too far away. (1) BLUE FIRE and (9) FASHION PEOPLE are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (11) Choin Bolt (6) Mighty Wing (3) Pretty Odd Boy (1) Blue Fire
Next Best 9, 2
Fast Start 3, 5, 6, 11

Race 14: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(9) ACTIMON got his maiden win at the sixth time of asking over 1300M at the end of May. He’s had nine weeks off since then and is up in class today but he could well be the one to beat. (3) MALIBU GINGER has been running creditably in tough company recently and should be a danger. He is likely to lead early. (10) NIMUI HYANGGI has a 3rd and two runner-up finishes from three attempts so far at this level. he too will look to lead early and is more than capable of going all the way. (5) DAEBAK HAENGJIN comes in following four consecutive 2nd place finishes. That’s put her up in trip and while she might struggle to get so close this time, she’s a contender for some minor money. (7) DORAON NALRI looks best of the rest.

Selections (10) Nimui Hyanggi (9) Actimon (3) Malibu Ginger (5) Daebak Haengjin
Next Best 7, 6
Fast Start 3, 10

Race 15: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

(1) ULTRA PUNCH beat three of these on his way to victory over class and distance on June 9th. It was a return to form for a gelding who’s shown bug potential as a juvenile and he can back it up with another win here. (3) YAHO STRONG CAT was 3rd in that race and is a class and distance winner himself. He’s consistent and is set to be a big danger. (6) GIO STAR has plenty of experience at this level and is consistently close. While he usually finds one or two too quick, he can place again. (2) TAP FASHIONED is another with plenty of recent near-misses. Those see him up in class today but he can be competitive under a light weight. (9) SAMSEONG DONGHANG on the other hand is a little bit inconsistent but goes well on his day and could be an interesting outsider.

Selections (1) Ultra Punch (3) Yaho Strong Cat (6) Gio Star (2) Tap Fashioned
Next Best 9, 11
Fast Start 1, 3, 9


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (June 15)

There are 10 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00.


Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) 2yo / KRW 75 Million

The first crop of two-year-olds for the new season take to the track in the first on the card. Replay watchers would have identified that the trial from (5) TAKTUEIN was impressive. The big filly was still on the bridle when running 1.02.8 in a 1000m barrier trial in late May. (6) ROLLER BLADE ran a slightly faster time but was asked for more of an effort in his trial on the same day. The Officer colt worked straight to the front and ran through the line strongly. (7) LUCKY BEOPJEON trialed behind the well performed Sky Bay when finishing midfield but running a fast time. Of the remainder (12) JANGSU NABOM ran a reasonable time when overcoming a wide gate in his trial.

Selections (5) Taktuein (6) Roller Blade (7) Lucky Beopjeon (12) Jangsu Nabom
Next Best 11, 9
Fast Start 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

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

A lack of exposed form is the theme of the second where eleven maiden gallopers will line up over the 1300m. (6) NAE GIRUI BIT looks hardest to beat coming off a last start second behind Crazy Q. The chestnut is likely to position just off speed from his middle draw and run home strong. (1) MACH CHEONHA will have her seventh start after being sent out at short odds last start and only managing to finish fifth with no excuses. From the inside expect her to sit prominent. (8) QUEEN STREET worked forward early last time out and capitulated to run fifth behind Simon Queen. If she can get across from barrier eight early on and have an economic trip she can run into the money. (2) J N LEE looks the best of the rest in a field that lacks depth.

Selections (6) Nae Girui Bit (1) Mach Cheonha (8) Queen Street (2) J N Lee
Next Best 7, 3
Fast Start 2, 7, 8

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A field of eight will go over the 1300m in the third of the day. (4) SMART GUNHWANG showed plenty of promise at his first start when finishing third over the 1300m. The son of Tiz Wonderful finished three lengths behind Gabo Pull Day when they ran a good time for this company. (2) HUSH DAEBO is also having his second run in the event. He settled well back on debut and ran through the line fairly. Moon Se-Young resumes and will take the reins. (8) CRAZY QUEEN was sent out at very short odds last time out coming off a second two starts back. She settled well back last time out and may be forced to do the same with a wide draw. She looks and each way chance with the claim. (3) COLORS DE LAGO improved last time out when third behind Jeongmun Sai. She may have the speed to lead in this race.

Selections (4) Smart Gunhwang (2) Hush Daero (8) Crazy Queen (3) Colors De Lago
Next Best 5, 7
Fast Start 3, 4, 5, 8

Race 4: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The fourth on the card has an abundance of early speed engaged. (3) WONDERFUL DIXIE looks one of the better bets on the card coming off successive good performances. The Eurosilver colt finished third last time out behind Tohamsan Power and gets in to this race well weighted. The three-year-old has ran some handy times over the 1000m suggesting the drop back in distance will not concern him. (9) GAL IP had her first run in Class 4 company last time out and performed fairly. She settled midfield before passing a couple in the straight. The 5f will enhance her chances of a forward showing. Expect improvement today and keep her safe in your selections. (7) CHANGSEONG LUCKY was a winner in Class 5 company last time out. The four year old produced a fast sectional to get there in the shadows of the post. (10) UNDEFEATED has picked up a cheque in this company at his past couple of starts and should be kept safe in your selections.

Selections (3) Wonderful Dixie (9) Gal Ip (7) Changseong Lucky (10) Undefeated
Next Best 1, 4
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 6

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

The fifth on the car looks a race in two where they will both position on speed. (4) VICTORY KING has drawn well for his assignment. The Magician three-year-old is yet to (more…)

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

The final leg of the 2019 Korean Triple Crown, the Minister’s Cup, takes place at Seoul this Sunday but the weekend’s action gets underway on Friday at Busan with 9 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Busan World Sun

It’s Friday! It’s Busan!

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

An inexperienced field of eleven will go over the five furlongs to get things underway at Busan. (5) QUEEN OF ADELE brings the dominant form lines into the race finishing in the top three on two occasions from her past three starts. Expect polished jockey Seo Seung Un to position the Colors Flying filly close to the speed. (9) STOLEN BEAUTY showed early speed last time out over the five furlongs when managing to settle second from the outside gate. Her draw is marginally better and this looks a slightly weaker assignment. (3) CHODONG JINJU is having her fourth start after finishing well back last time out. Her performance two starts back was good when producing a nice turn of foot. (10) DARUI BADA passed a few in the straight last start and appears a place chance at best.

Selections (5) Queen Of Adele (9) Stolen Beauty (3) Chodong Jinju (10) Darui Bada
Next Best 4, 6, 1
Fast Start 4, 5, 9, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

There is a lack of exposed form in the second with the field having a collective twenty-nine starts between them for just five top three finishes. The lack of form suggests that debutant (10) PARADISE KING can figure in this event after a handy trial. The Hansen colt finished second in the trial when ridden hands and heels through the line. The trial time was 1.02.6 which will see him be competitive. He showed early speed in the trial so expect him to sit in the first half of the field. (7) TOHAM IMPACT has placed on two occasions from four career starts. He was slightly disappointing last time out when sent out at short odds and only beating a few home. Look for him to bounce back in this event where he drops back to the 1000m. Seo Seung Un will ride (3) CHODONG YEOSIN for the first time today after she finished second (2.5L) behind Goldui Inyeon. (6) SPICE ROCK has shown she can run home well and appears a place chance on recent runs. (2) BEAUTIFUL KOREA was much-improved last time and can build on that run here.

Selections (10) Paradise King (7) Toham Impact (3) Chodong Yeosin (6) Spice Rock
Next Best 2, 4, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 10, 12

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

First starter (4) WONDERFUL COUNTRY has had two trials as he comes into his debut preparation. The three-year-old ran 1.03.2 when winning a barrier trial on 19/06/01. The Menifee chestnut was asked for an effort but still appeared to have plenty in the tank. He will most likely jump at an each-way price in a wide open field. (5) ZET KING appears the main danger with the drop back in distance to 1300m looking ideal. Trainer Kim Byung hak has engaged Seo Seung Un for the ride and from barrier five it is expected he will work forward early. (8) DONGBANG NARAE has been sent out at reasonably short odds at her first two career starts. She has only managed to finish midfield and both runs have been on wet tracks. Look for her to improve. (3) BAEDARI CAPER has been around a while having twenty starts and yet to finish closer than third. He is a place chance at best.

Selections (4) Wonderful Country (5) Zet King (8) Dongbang Narae (3) Baedari Caper


Next Best 2, 10
Fast Start 4, 5, 7, 12

Race 4: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Three-year-old Officer filly (3) MAJOR PUNCH looks as if she will appreciate the mile as she lines up in race four. She was last on the turn at her most recent run and finished off well to finish fifth.  If she gets away well at the start she will take some beating. (7) PARTY WINNER is having start six in this event and has managed to finish in the top five on three occasions from his five starts to date. (6) CHEONNYEONUI ULRIM showed early speed last time when finishing fifth behind Karin who has gone on for successive victories. Expect him to sit just behind the speed and look for improvement at start four. (8) YEONGWON CHAMP appears the best of the rest and is a place chance. (1) GRAND CAPTAIN has hinted at improvement recently and can also be a threat for the money.

Selections (3) Major Punch (7) Party Winner (6) Cheonnyeonui Ulrim (8) Yeongwon Champ
Next Best 1, 4, 9
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 7

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

A field of ten will go over the mile in the fifth of the day. Three-year-old (10) DAEHO JILJU looks as if he will appreciate stepping back up to the mile after winning two starts back over the distance. He has been consistent since starting his career in December. He has shown he is versatile in his short career after settling both on speed and midfield. (7) YEONGGWANGUI CHEER was sent out favourite by punters last time out and won by a head. He has to carry the 55kg in this but is considered an each-way chance. (1) URANUS J has been consistent at this level at his past few starts and will be aided by an inside draw. He worked overtime last time out with a wide draw but will have an economic run in this event. (4) ALBERT KING took ten starts to break maiden status two starts back. He followed it up with a midfield performance behind Bobae Dream last time out. He looks one to include in your exotic bets. (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (June 1)

June gets underway with a 10-race program at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(8) CLEAN UP TRIO has been knocking on the door for some time and while he was slightly disappointing in a tougher race at this distance last time out, his could be his day to make the breakthrough. There are plenty of others in with a chance though. (3) FIRST THUNDER has looked promising since returning from ten months off in April. He was a solid 5th last start at the distance and can get closer today. (1) WONDERFUL HEELS and (5) FLYING BULLET have also hinted at ability and this is a very good opportunity for them to improve. (6) CHEONJI POKPUNG looks best of the rest.

Selections (8) Clean Up Trio (3) First Thunder (5) Flying Bullet (1) Wonderful Heels
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 3, 8

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

Ryan Curatolo made his Seoul breakthrough last week and the French jockey has an excellent opportunity to add another with (8) STRONG VULTURE, a much-improved 3rd last start. He should be on pace early and can win. (9) YEONGGWANGUI BEAT looks the main danger having finished 3rd on debut over 1200M, running on well. (5) IRON HEART was favourite for her latest start back in March but raced ungenerously throughout ultimately finishing in 5th place. She had shown ability prior to that and if she fixes her manners, she has a real chance. (3) COMPLETE MOTION and (4) JIOBANA are others in the hunt.

Selections (8) Strong Vulture (9) Yeonggwangui Beat (5) Iron Heart (4) Jiobana
Next Best 3, 6
Fast Start 4, 5, 8

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

(9) CUPID GUY was a brisk winner at class and distance on April 27th, coming from just off the speed to win by half a length over decent opposition. He carries an extra couple of kilos today but can win again. (11) CHOEGANG STAR is up in class having secured an equally impressive victory at this distance four weeks ago. The Midshipman colt will need to overcome the widest draw but looks to also have potential for more improvement. (3) MUNHAK FIRE enters after back to back 4th place finishes and could go closer here while (5) K.N ACE and first-time starter (6) MOONHAK EKATI are others to keep an eye on.

Selections (9) Cupid Guy (11) Choegang Star (5) K.N Ace (3) Munhak Fire
Next Best 6, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 11

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

Back to maidens here. (2) NAE GIRUI BIT finished off very nicely for 4th over 1000M on May 11th. He steps back up in trip today looking ready to go very nicely from a similarly off the pace run. (1) J N LEE ran 5th that day, half a length behind Nae Girui Bit. That was an uptick in form and while the distance is more of a question for him, he can go close again. (3) RECOVERY TAP has been a little one-paced so far but offered some evidence of improvement which she can maintain here, while (7) MACH CHEONHA too showed promise when stepped up to this distance for the first time three weeks ago.

Selections (2) Nae Girui Bit (7) Mach Cheonha (3) Recovery Tap (1) J N Lee
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 3, 6

Race 5: Class 4 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(12) TOHAMSAN POWER was a very solid winner over 1200M at this class last time out on May 4th. He’s carrying an extra 4kg here and has the widest gate, but both can be overcome, and he can win again. (10) HWANG GEUM SAJA also needs to defy a wide draw and get to the front early but if he can do that, he has a very good chance as his recent form reads well. (3) SENSE JAENGI can have a line drawn through his latest and given another chance today while (1) GOOD CAIRO improved when tried at this trip for the first-time last start and can continue to make progress here. (8) PRETTY ODD BOY looks best of the rest.

Selections (12) Tohamsan Power (10) Hwang Geum Saja (1) Good Cairo (3) Sense Jaengi
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 3, 10, 12

Race 6: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Both (1) FEATHER LIGHT and (5) QUEEN OF CAMP have had a number of near-misses across their respective starts. Both have gone well over this distance already and both look to have an excellent chance to finally make the breakthrough here. It’ a toss-up but (more…)