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…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (May 4)

Racing moves up to Seoul on Saturday with 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


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

(2) STRONG VULTURE returned from almost eight months off to run a useful 4th at this distance on April 6th. He should have improved for that run and can go closer here, likely looking to lead from the start. (7) KAHINAH was disqualified from her latest effort at the end of March for causing another horse to unseat its rider. She only ran on moderately anyway but previously had been looking ready to win. Since then the stable has come into form and with Moon Se Young up today, can be a big factor. (8) CHEONNYEON HAPPY is another who seems to be inching closer to a maiden victory. She ran a close 3rd last time at this distance, beating a couple of these along the way. (1) ACE SHINE and (10) DREAM MONEY are others who can go close.

Selections (2) Strong Vulture (7) Kahinah (8) Cheonnyeon Happy (1) Ace Shine
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 2, 7

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

(11) GEUMA MAJESTY enters having finished as beaten favourite in both his latest two outings. He hasn’t run badly on either occasion and while he’ll have to overcome a wide draw again, the opposition today is not intimidating and he’s worth another chance on top. (3) CAMP BADA came home 4th but less than a length in arrears of the winner at this distance on March 31st. From gate 3 she’s nicely drawn to get to the lead and can go even closer today. (4) ROAD WOMAN returned from almost four months off to run a good 2nd first-up on April 6th over 1000M. She’s run well at this distance in the past and is in the frame here. (1) YAHO M J CAT and (2) NEOSEONG BYOKRYOK are others worth considering.

Selections (11) Geuma Majesty (3) Camp Bada (4) Road Woman (1) Yaho M J Cat
Next Best 2, 10
Fast Start 3, 11, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here and it’s one of the three debut-makers who might just be the one to beat. (4) MYEONGWANG certainly caught the eye when making all to win a trail in a fast time at the end of March and if he brings that kind of performance to the track, he’ll take some beating. Plenty of those with experience have shown promise too though. (3) CUPID YEOWANG ran a good 2nd in an all-filly affair a month ago. She’s still learning but looks on the right track and can continue her progress today. (7) HANSEN BLADE was similarly green on debut last month but still did enough for 4th and with improved manners should be closer here. (2) UTGE HAEJULGE and (9) JEONGSANG DREAM also come in following promising runs last time and can come under consideration.

Selections (4) Myeongwang (3) Cupid Yeowang (7) Hansen Blade (2) Utge Haejulge
Next Best 9, 10
Fast Start 2, 4, 7

Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Competitive handicap here with a number of the main contenders up in class. (6) RED BLADE may still be a maiden and may be up in class, but he still has every chance of scoring here. He come in following back to back runner-up finishes behind good winners and dropped back to 1200M, can make his breakthrough. (7) BULUI QUEEN is similarly up in class after two runner-up finishes and while she looks to have a little more to find, she should be competitive. (11) HAWK HAENGJINGOK was a winner on debut over 1000M three weeks ago and the increase in both class and trip are things he should be able to handle. Among those who have tackled this level before, (1) NEUL PUREUN CAT, who returned from his latest effort slightly lame, and (4) DANGDAE JILJU, who needs a line drawn through her latest effort, look best.

Selections (6) Red Blade (11) Hawk Haengjingok (7) Bului Queen (1) Neul Pureun Cat
Next Best 4, 9
Fast Start 1, 2, 7, 11

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

(3) TOHAMSAN POWER has been consistently close in three starts at this level and comes in following a close at hand 5th in a good race over 1300M last month. He’ll be on pace from the start and can return to the winner’s circle. (1) ILGAKSU actually beat Tohamsan Power back in January and he too is consistent. He stumbled at the start in his latest effort last month, putting him at an immediate disadvantage, so with a cleaner break, (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (May 3)

May’s racing kicks off on Friday at Busan where there are 9 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A filly-maiden to begin with (2) KAHEKILI ran a very solid 2nd on debut a month ago and Peter Wolsley’s filly looks very much the one to beat on reappearance today. She led for much of that race and should do so again and is this time unlikely to be caught. (7) VEGA THUNDER is the danger, having beaten four of these on her own debut the same day. She started at odds of 90/1 that day but will be given much more respect this time. (10) MILLION BEAT was 3rd in that same race and can build on it here while (9) QUEEN OF ADELE and (11) YEONGGWANGUI KISS are others who have shown improvement recently and could go close.

Selections (2) Kahekili (7) Vega Thunder (11) Yeonggwangui Kiss (9) Queen Of Adele
Next Best 10, 3
Fast Start 2, 8, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A maiden for three-year-olds with five of the twelve racing for the first time. (7) YEONGGWANGUICHEON debuted all the way back last June and looked very promising running in a 2nd and a 3rd from 2 starts. He then had some setbacks but returns here having looked very good in an April trial and if he can bring that form to the races, will have a serious chance first-up. (8) GRAND YEONGUNG ran an improved 3rd at this distance on his own return from three months off and can continue to improve here while (3) HUSE JEWANG and (11) AUTO SONIC are others with scope to get better. The one they’ll need to beat though is one of the first-timers. (6) HANSEN DREAM looked very capable in trials, is drawn well to get on pace from the gate and could well make a successful start.

Selections (7) Yeonggwanguicheon (6) Hansen Dream (8) Grand Yeongung (3) Huse Jewang
Next Best 11, 10
Fast Start 6, 7

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

(8) EVER CHAMPION ran 4th on debut at this distance on March 22nd. He was beaten ten-lengths by a good winner but showed enough to suggest he can be winning sooner rather than later and looks the one to beat here. (7) TITLE CODE returned from four months off to run a solid 4th  at the end of March and looks set to go better here, while (11) SPICE ROCK and (6) MAX POWER came home 3rd and 4th respectively when they raced each other at this distance three weeks ago and both can aim to at least match that today. (2) SUNDAY GLORY raced five times last year without success but returns here after five months off looking in good shape following an April trial win.

Selections (8) Ever Champion (7) Title Code (2) Sunday Glory (11) Spice Rock
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 9

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

Not the strongest of maidens here and that makes (9) DOCTOR MIMI a warm favourite to make the breakthrough. She’s run well at this trip in the past and steps back up following a good 3rd over 1300M last start. She’s not a front-runner but shouldn’t be too far away and can win. (11) ALBERT KING was beaten by Doctor Mimi when they raced each other over this trip at the beginning of March, but he too comes in having run well when dropped back in trip last time out. He’ll come from off the pace and finish strongly. (12) RINGING FLYING was 4th behind Albert King on his latest start and can go close again while (1) EL DRAGON and (10) POWERFUL PIT are others in the frame.

Selections (9) Doctor Mimi (11) Albert King (12) Ringing Flying (10) Powerful Pit
Next Best 1, 6
Fast Start 12

Race 5: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(9) RAPIDO MAN is a winner of two from four so far and is up in class following his latest score which was a comfortable victory over 1300M on April 14th. He’s up in distance to a mile for the first time too but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t suit, and he can lead from the start. (6) BRAVE KINGDOM too takes on a mile for the first time. He registered his maiden win at this class over 1300M last month and can be a threat here. (5) CURLIN FANTASY is yet to win in thirteen attempts but has done his best work at this distance, just missing out by a nose in February, and should go close again. (4) GRAY STORM and (more…)

Busan Ilbo Sunday – Seoul & Busan Race-By-Race Preview (April 28)

The second leg of the Sprint Series takes place at Busan on Sunday and it’s set to be a big one as New Legend, five-for-five in Korea, takes on Doraonpgyeongseon and a host of top sprinters in the Busan Ilbo Cup (KOR G3) over 1200M. It’s the first leg of the 2019 Sprint Series which concludes with the Korea Sprint International race in September. There are 6 races at Busan on Sunday from 12:40 to 17:10 as well as a full program at Seoul with 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00. Race-by-race is below along with horse-by-horse for the big race:

Doraonpogyeongseon SBS

Two-time SBS Sprint winner Doraonpogyeongseon is among those looking to upset New Legend 

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

Three-year-old maidens to kick things off and nice and competitive it is too. The pick is (9) ROYAL GHOST, 3rd in both her starts so far and only narrowly defeated in a tight three-way finish last time out. (2) GEUMSUNI STAR has a 3rd and a pair of 4ths from his latest three and while all three times he’s been quite far back, his times at this distance have been decent and he has potential for more. (10) MANSEOK JIGI ran a couple of times at the end of last year and hinted at ability. He looked very solid when trialling up two weeks ago and can be considered first-up. As can the solitary debut-maker (11) CHUNGDAM HORANGI. He impressed in his heat and should do well here.

Selections (9) Royal Ghost (11) Chungdam Horangi (2) Geumsuni Star (10) Manseok Jigi
Next Best 4, 7
Fast Start 4, 7, 9

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(9) CHEONNYEONUI BI ran on well for an improved 3rd place over 1300M four weeks ago and steps up in trip to two-turns for the first time with solid claims to get her maiden win. She’ll go back at the start and the extra trip should suit. (1) LUCKY FACTORY, (11) INDIAN BOSS and (5) BINNANEUN RUBY filled out 3rd to 5th when they raced each other at this distance on March 23rd and all three will have placing designs here. (12) CHOEGANG PARTY looked good when trialling last week and is another who may appreciate the step up in trip.

Selections (9) Cheonnyeonui Bi (1) Lucky Factory (11) Indian Boss (12) Choegang Party
Next Best 5, 8
Fast Start 1, 11

Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Four of these raced each other at class and distance on March 23rd and they filled out the top four places. (8) CHANGE MAKER was the one who came out on top that day, finishing well to score by half a length and he must accordingly be respected here. (5) HWANSANG STAR was 2nd, registering his third consecutive runner-up finish and he too should be in the hunt again. Favourite that day though was (1) MIGHTY M. It was his first try at the distance and he should have come on for having run well in 3rd. He is given another chance as top pick here. (2) PALA STAY was 4th in that race and can aim to match or better that here while among the ones who didn’t go that day, (7) DAEGUNUI GIL looks best

Selections (1) Mighty M (5) Hwansang Star (8) Change Maker (2) Pala Stay
Next Best 7, 12
Fast Start 1, 4, 5

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

Having scored his maiden win over 1000M in February, (3) BUCKETFUL GOLD ran a good 2nd on his first try at class and distance on March 24th. He should have come on for that and can go one better today. It won’t be easy though. (8) DIXIE AGAIN was an eye-catching winner on debut last month, scoring by six-lengths over this distance. He’s up in class today but looks very competitive. (2) EX BLADE also steps up after a gutsy win, again at this trip on March 31st and should be in the hunt as well. (9) VICAR BRACING was a mildly disappointing 4th when favourite two weeks ago but gets another chance here with Moon Se Young keeping faith, while (11) MAPAEBONG comes in with his most recent form reading well and can go close too.

Selections (3) Bucketful Gold (8) Dixie Again (9) Vicar Bracing (2) Ex Blade
Next Best 11, 5
Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 8, 10

Busan Race 1 Selections: 1, 9, 2, 10

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

(8) HORSE QUEEN led for much of the way around at class and distance on March 24th only to be denied by a nose on the line. The Testa Matta filly will be on pace again today and this time can get home in front. Joining her on the early pace is principal danger (5) SLING STONE. He too narrowly missed out last time but has won well at this distance before and should go close. (1) CHEON GOE SEONG remains a maiden but is up in class after a close 2nd place last start and should be competitive. (6) YEOKDAE CHOEGO, 4th behind Horse Queen last start, and (10) STRIDE UP, are others who should be in the frame.

Selections (8) Horse Queen (5) Sling Stone (1) Cheon Goe Seong (6) Yeokdae Choego
Next Best 10, 11
Fast Start 5, 8

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(5) SUCCESS PARTY won on debut at this distance the tail-end of last year but was disqualified when passing the line 1st on his second start in January. He ran 4th in Busan’s Classic trial in March and dropped back slightly in trip today, he’s going to be a strong favourite. (6) ROSA remains winless in six attempts but has plenty of near misses and should be aiming for at least a fourth runner-up finish today while (7) JUNGKKOT is an up and comer who should have progressed from a 4th place on her first try at this distance a month ago. (8) FOREVER NINE and (10) HAPPY KOREA are the others with serious placing claims.

Selections (5) Success Party (6) Rosa (8) Forever Nine (10) Happy Korea
Next Best 7, 3
Fast Start 5, 6

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

Really competitive race with lots coming off last start maiden wins. (5) YEONGHWAS FLYING was perhaps the most impressive of them, although both (7) DIA STORM and (9) WINNER CROWN also have solid cases in that regard. All three should be firmly in the frame today. Winner Crown will aim to lead from the gate as will (1) ROYAL BRONZE, who already has experience at this level and ran a good 3rd second-up on April 7th. On the subject of experience, (6) PARTY POWER races for the fiftieth time today and while a win looks unlikely, the mare is more than capable of finding the money in this company.

Selections (7) Dia Storm (5) Yeonghwas Flying (9) Winner Crown (1) Royal Bronze
Next Best 6, 3
Fast Start 1, 9, 10, 11

Busan Race 3: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) TOHAM ACE has finished no worse than 4th in six outings so far and is up in class having been on target over this distance last month. He made all that day and can do the same again here. (2) SANGSEUNG DAEHAN was a winner at this class and distance on March 24th. It was his maiden win on his twelfth start, and he is carrying an additional 3kg today, but he warrants respect. As does (11) EAST WIND, who was 2nd in that race, continuing a run of placing finishes. (6) VEGA KHAN and (9) MYEONGSIN POWER are others who can be expected to be close.

Selections (1) Toham Ace (2) Sangseung Daehan (11) East Wind (9) Myeongsin Power
Next Best 6, 7
Fast Start 1, 2, 11

 Seoul Race 7: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Fillies and mares only here. (1) GONG SAN comes in off the back of two consecutive runner-up finishes, both at class and distance. She’s not a fast starter so she may need a little bit of luck in running, but she’s the class filly of the race and can win this time. (5) ACE SOLONGO beat a couple of these on her way to 2nd place at class and distance on March 30th and looks to be the main danger today although the up in class (8) MUNG CHI, (more…)

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

There are 11 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. Jockey Lee Hyeon-jong returns from national service. Here are the previews.


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

Not the strongest of maidens to kick things off with and that could give (1) CARROT SEEKER the chance to finally make his breakthrough. He’s run well enough for 4th in his latest two outings, both at this distance, and has as good a chance as any here. (2) DALLINEUN UNGJI comes in following a 2nd place finish in his most recent start and steps back up in distance today looking the main danger. He’s likely to be on the lead early alongside (10) I’M HAPPY and (6) CHEONHA YEOJE who came home 3rd and 5th respectively when they raced each other over 1000M on March 10th and should be in the hunt as well. (8) IL MARE looks best of the rest.

Selections (1) Carrot Seeker (2) Dallineun Ungji (10) I’m Happy (6) Cheonha Yeoje
Next Best 8, 4
Fast Start 2, 6, 9, 10

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maiden fillies only here. (2) SEOUL CITY improved on what was her second career start over this distance on March 24th, running 3rd and she won’t need to get much better in order to win what is a weak affair. The same is true for (7) HWANGGEUM DOYAJI, who ran 5th on debut in a different race on the same day, having started poorly, and (12) CHODONG BOBAE, who returns for the first time since last autumn when she registered back to back 4th place finishes. She was slow in a trial last month but couldn’t ask for a softer race to return in. It’s also a nice race to debut in and Simon Foster’s (10) KOOKA CAT won a trial at the end of March and could go well first-up today.

Selections (7) Hwanggeum Doyaji (10) Kooka Cat (2) Seoul City (12) Chodong Bobae
Next Best 5, 4
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 10

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

More maiden fillies but this heat looks a little stronger. (1) RUNNUNG BOX ran 2nd on debut over 1300M behind a colt who went on to win again last week. From the inside gate he should be on pace from the start and is favoured to go one better today. (4) SEONGPAJANG too finished runner-up on debut a month ago and while she has a little more to find, she’ll be on pace as well and could go close. (12) GEOM HYANG improved significantly on her second start three weeks ago, running a close 3rd and can build on that momentum today while (2) GOLDEN JAY and first-time starter (6) COLORS WING are others who can be considered.

Selections (1) Runnung Box (12) Geom Hyang (4) Seongpajang (6) Colors Wing
Next Best 2, 7
Fast Start 1, 2, 4, 7

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

More fillies all this time it’s not a maiden. (2) UDAERYUNG was a winner on debut in January and has since run 5th and 3rd in two starts at this level, the latest of which was over this distance on March 23rd. She’ll aim to lead here and is the one to beat. (10) INDY LADY has also proven herself effective at this level with a 2nd and a 3rd place from her two most recent. She’s run best when making all so if she can overcome the wide draw, has solid claims to go close. (3) GENERAL ROSE is up in class having registered her maiden win with a five-length score at this distance last month She’ll need more improvement in this company but has potential. (4) MASYA and (7) SILVER LION, the latter and improved 2nd behind a very good winner last time, look best of the rest.

Selections (2) Udaeryung (10) Indy Lady (3) General Rose (7) Silver Lion
Next Best 4, 5
Fast Start 2, 7, 8, 10

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

(10) ACTIMON ran 2nd in a decent race at class and distance on March 24th, coming form off the pace to finish strongly. There will likely be similar tactics today and he can go one better. (7) EONEU MEOTJIN NAL ran 4th in that race, a couple of lengths in arrears. Jockey Moon Se Young gets on Actimon this time but there’s a more than adequate replacement in Alan Munro and he can get closer today. (2) GEUMA ANNUITY comes in having run 2nd in both his latest two outings. He’ll be on the early speed here but may (more…)