Four-Time President’s Cup Winner Triple Nine Has Been Retired

Triple Nine, a record-breaking four-time President’s Cup winner and Korea’s all-time leading money earner, has been retired. The eight-year-old last ran in the Herald Business Cup in June and with racing in Korea on another indefinite hiatus, the decision was taken to retire him.

Triple Nine (Picture: Alex Cairns)

With fifteen wins from thirty-three starts in Korea and 4.7 Billion Won (US$4Million) in prize money, Triple Nine retires as one of the most successful and significant horses in local racing history. He won five Korean Group 1 races, including an unprecedented four consecutive Presidents Cups from 2015 to 2018 as well as the Grand Prix Stakes in 2018.

Bred by Isidore Farm on Jeju Island, and placed by owner Choi Byung-bu with trainer Kim Young-kwan at Busan, Triple Nine ran 2nd on debut as a juvenile in late November of 2014. He then won four in a row before being beaten by Yeongcheon Ace in the Korean Derby the following May. He would be runner-up again in the final leg of that year’s Triple Crown with stablemate Rock Band besting him in the Minister’s Cup.

Triple Nine in the President’s Cup winner’s circle for the 4th time (Pic: KRA)

There weren’t many more setbacks. In October of 2015, Triple Nine turned the tables on Rock Band to secure his first President’s Cup, a race he would go on to make his own. In the 2016 edition he defeated another stablemate, the Triple Crown winner Power Blade before equaling Dangdae Bulpae’s feat of three wins in the race in 2017 with Power Blade once more coming home in 2nd place. A year later he came from off the pace to score his historic fourth win in what is, Derby aside, the richest race restricted to Korean bred horse.

Triple Nine didn’t only run well against his fellow Korean-bred horses though. He finished in 3rd place behind the Japan-trained pair of Chrysolite and Kurino Star O in the inaugural Korea Cup in 2016 and was again the best of the locally-trained runners in the international race a the following year when 4th to London Town.

In early 2017, Triple Nine joined Power Blade in travelling to the Dubai World Cup Carnival. His 2nd place on his Meydan debut coupled with a 4th and a 5th in Group company earned him a spot in the Godolphin Mile and while that was a race too far, he had proved he could hold his own internationally, a precursor of what was to come from Korea-trained horses both in Dubai and at the Breeders’ Cup in subsequent years.

Across his career, Triple Nine also picked up victories in the Gyeongnam Ilbo and Busan Owners’ Cups but the one that appeared to be eluding him was the Grand Prix Stakes, the traditional season-ending finale in December. He finished 4th in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and 3rd in 2017. In 2018, he got it right, overhauling Cheongdam Dokki and Today in the closing stages to claim victory at the fourth time of asking. Future stars Dolkong and Moonhak Chief were 4th and 6th.

That would ultimately prove to be his final victory. Injury kept him out for the entire 2019 season and while he reappeared earlier this year to run a creditable 3rd in a tune-up race, racing’s enforced shutdown then intervened. His 8th place in the Herald Business behind Cheongdam Dokki in June and then the second shutdown meant that Triple Nine’s racing days were over.

“Triple Nine has had a huge influence on my life” said owner Choi Byung-bu. “He is like a child to me and I am sorry he can’t end his career in a flashy way. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have supported Triple Nine”.

That “flashy way” would have been an official retirement ceremony on a Sunday afternoon during racing at Busan Racecourse that as a Group 1 winner, Triple Nine would have been entitled to. Instead he quietly exits the scene, initially to Challenger Farm, which is also home to imported stallion Cowboy Cal.

Touch Star Man Too Good In Minister’s Cup as Korean Racing Shuts Down for a Second time

Two and a half months of behind closed doors action was brought to an end of Sunday when Touch Star Man confirmed his status as Champion Three-Year-Old by adding to his KRA Cup Mile win with victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Minister’s Cup at Seoul Racecourse. Following the conclusion of the meeting, Korean racing entered its most uncertain period since the Korean War with the sport going on indefinite hiatus from September after a rise in Coronavirus cases ended any prospect of any spectators – and therefore betting – being permitted for the foreseeable future.

A strong winner of the KRA Cup Mile in early July, Touch Star Man was never a factor in the Derby earlier in August though did rally late on to make it into 5th place. He was dominant in the 2000M Minister’s Cup, however, always racing prominently before leaving his rivals trailing in the home straight to record a four-length win.

It was an extremely turbulent race. After long-shot Miracle Icheon refused to leave the gates, Touch Star Man was involved in an incident himself when he crossed sharply causing a chain reaction that disadvantaged A To Z, Complete Kingdom and Top Day to all be impeded. Jockey Seo Seung-un picked up a five-day ban and was perhaps a touch fortunate that the incident was so early in the race and that his ultimate winning margin was so great.

More was to come on the second corner when at the back of the field, Derby runner-up Raon Tough Man took it upon himself to suddenly try to hurdle the inside rail. He achieved it and continued running on the empty inner-track but left jockey Choi Bum-hyun requiring hospital treatment for three fractured ribs after a heavy fall.

Thankfully the rest of the race passed off without incident and Touch Star Man [Testa Matta – Useung Touch (Menifee)] proved his superiority in the home straight. He moves on to five wins from nine starts. For jockey Seo Seung-un, it was a third win in a Classic race, having taken the KRA Cup Mile on Cheongnyeong Bisang in 2014 and the Korean Oaks on Deep Mind in 2019.

As for trainer Kim Young-kwan, Touch Star Man was his fifth Minister’s Cup winner. His previous ones were Namdo Jeap in 2009, Dongseo Jeongbeol in 2011, Rock Band in 2015 and Power Blade in 2016.

One of very few positives to come out of this wretched year is that the three-year-olds got to have their Triple Crown races (although the fillies have missed out on the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup, the final leg of the “Tiara” which was scheduled for this coming Sunday).

This year’s juveniles look set to miss out on most, if not all the rest of the season but at Seoul, they gave us a glimpse of what to look out for in next year’s Triple Crown in the inaugural running of the “Rookie Stakes”.

Thirteen juveniles went around in the 1200M test and it was Heungbaragi [Old Fashioned – Grand Marketing (After Market)] who led from gate to wire, just as he had done on debut a month ago. Will he get further? Which of the ones he beat will emerge as threats as the distances get longer? And what about Busan which was due to run its first big juvenile race later? Those are questions about which we can only speculate on the answers.

So what now? The new shutdown will encompass at least all of September and will likely include the Chuseok holiday in the first week of October. After that things will be dependent upon whether there has been an improvement in the Coronavirus situation to the extent that there is a real prospect of spectators being allowed on course or if the legislation to legalise online wagering is making progress.

The majority of KRA staff have been placed on furlough three-days a week, however, trackwork is for now continuing as normal so that if things do go well, the horses are ready to race right away with just a week’s notice to be given for resumption.

Minister’s Cup Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (August 30)

The 2020 Triple Crown concludes at Seoul on Sunday with the running of the Minister’s Cup. There are 12 races at Seoul along with 5 at Busan, both behind closed doors and with no betting. They are likely to be the final race meetings held in Korea for some time.

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

The two and three-year-old Korean-bred gallopers line up in the first. Cue the Star Wars puns as (1) JEDI looks hardest to beat coming off a nice performance on debut. The Cowboy Cal filly missed the kick last start before reeling off a strong last sectional to finish third behind Cobra Ball. The step-up to the 1300m looks ideal for the filly, who should put them to the lightsaber late (sorry). (6) REMEMBER WHEN looks next best after finishing second in three-year-old company last start over this distance. The Rock Hard Ten filly finished two and a half lengths off the winner when clocking a reasonable time. (10) CHAMPION GAMUN comes out of the same race as Jedi when finishing fourth. The two-year-old was another that hit the line strong but will need to improve to be considered a winning chance. (3) SUNNY K looks next best after finishing fifth at start two. The Officer filly gets a reasonable draw for the first time in her short career.

Selections(1) Jedi (6) Remember When (10) Champion Gamun (3) Sunny K
Next Best4, 11
Fast Start9

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky little maiden. (4) POWER MUSIC has the best time of any of these at the distance, achieved when running 3rd on a very wet track in July. She overcame a poor start to run on well for 5th at her latest start three weeks ago at 1300M and if she can just get herself into a decent position this time, she can win. (3) THROUGH THE SKY enters with the most convincing recent form in the race having registered a 2nd and a 3rd in his latest two. He’s well drawn to get on pace early and could go all the way. (11) TYCHE FIRE hasn’t shown much in the way of speed but did run an improved 3rd when stepped up to this trip a couple of weeks ago. Moon Se-young stays aboard and he should have more improvement in him. (8) RUFFIAN PARK and (9) THUNDER WIND are others who should go close.

Selections(3) Through The Sky (11) Tyche Fire (4) Power Music (9) Thunder Wind
Next Best8, 2
Fast Start3, 11

Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

The Class Five gallopers will line up in the third event over 1400m. In a race that lacks form, (9) BIG FACE looks the one to beat albeit the three-year-old still looking to break maiden status. The Simon Pure Colt has placed behind some handy types at his two starts back which puts him in good stead for his assignment. (11) GOSOK PEDAL will be second up after clocking a good time over the 1300m when first up. The Officer colt’s one win was when lining up over this distance. (7) GLOBAL WANGJA is another who is yet to break maiden status. The lightly raced four-year-old will drop back to the 1400m after finishing fifth over the 1700m last time out. His performances over the short course have been good. (4) SUNSHINE TEUKGEUP looks best of the rest but has been stuck in this class for quite some time.

Selections(9) Big Face (11) Gosok Pedal (7) Global Wangja (4) Sunshine Teukgeup
Next Best5, 8
Fast Start7, 9

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

(9) JEONGMUN BOLT was an outstanding winner over this distance at class 5 level on a relatively dry track back on July 12th. He reappears today up in class but with every chance of scoring again. He will try to lead from the gate. It won’t be easy. (4) ICE PUNCH was a similarly impressive winner at 1200M a month ago. He’s won two of four starts to be rapidly promoted to this level and from a good draw can sit just off the speed. The slight step up in trip today should only be to his benefit. (3) LUISA perhaps has a bit more to find but nevertheless was a good winner at 1200M last start and can be competitive at this level. As for those with experience at this class, (2) LION YEOJE was a touch disappointing on his first crack at it three weeks ago following a good win in July. With Munro on today, he must be given another chance.

Selections(9) Jeongmun Bolt (4) Ice Punch (3) Luisa (2) Lion Yeoje
Next Best5, 10, 11
Fast Start4, 9, 11

Seoul Race 5: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The fifth event will see a field of eleven line up over the 1400m. (4) GO UP is the on top selection coming off a good Class Five victory last time out. The Tiz Wonderful filly clocked a very impressive time (1:12.8) considering it was a dry track. She has accounted for herself well in all of her starts and with 53kg on her back she looks the one to beat. Apart from Go Up, you can throw almost the rest of the field into your selections. (10) LUCKY BONGHWA we will make second elect after a fair performance when resuming last time out. The five-year-old entire finished fifth behind Federal Cat when finishing off strong. The lightly weighted galloper should show some improvement second-up. (3) VICTORY KING has been consistent since resuming, finishing in the top five at all three starts. The Magician gelding comes off a fourth placed performance behind Haedeulmoe, not the strongest form but we will include him for his consistency. (5) BACK SPIN looks best of the rest second up after finishing fourth when first up.

Selections(4) Go Up (10) Lucky Bonghwa (3) Victory King (5) Back Spin
Next Best1, 7
Fast Start2, 4, 7

Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A maiden for three-year-olds and down with just four of the eleven having raced before. Of those four, (2) CHOEGANG DRAGON has appeared the most, racing three times already and in the latest of those recorded a 3rd place


Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 29)

With racing widely expected to have to shut down again from next week onwards as coronavirus reappears in Korea, this time in Seoul, Saturday is likely the penultimate day of action indefinitely in the capital city. The 15-race card is behind closed doors and runs from 10:45 to 18:00.

Race 1: Class 4 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

The first event on another mammoth fifteen-event card will see the imports line up over the short course. (1) SIRIUS A looks a big chance in the event after finishing third on debut behind a very impressive Balvenie. Moon Se-young sticks with the Malibu Moon colt who has drawn favourably for his second run. (7) MUNHAK MOON is another main chance that finished second on debut behind Spring King. The Gemologist colt clocked a good time given he was on debut, with some improvement he is an each way chance. (8) NAESAENGAE CHOEGO comes out of the Balvenie race where the two-year-old finished fifth. He yielded ground after sitting on speed early in the event. (10) DUSON JANGGUN looks best of the debutants after a fair trial. Place chances look best for the Broken Vow two-year-old on debut.

Selections(1) Sirius A (7) Munhak Moon (8) Naesaengae Choego (10) Duson Janggun
Next Best6, 3
Fast Start1, 7 ,8

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

A field of eleven juveniles all making their racecourse debuts will line up in race 1. The eye-catcher in trials was one of the fillies, (7) REAL CONCORD. While her fast time was helped by a very wet track, the manner in which she ran away from the rest of the field was impressive and if she can bring that form to the actual races, then she looks good for the win. (2) M J STORM is the first foal out of Smart Time, a winner of five races here up to class 2 level. M J Storm won his trial in good order and shapes well to go well first-up today. (6) CHEONGSAN GANGHO and (11) CHOEGANGYEONGCHEON both ran 2nd in their respective heats and both should be competitive. So should (8) NUBIGO who looked as though she knows what’s required of her when 3rd in a trial all the way back in June.

Selections(7) Real Concord (2) M J Storm (6) Cheongsan Gangho (11) Choegangyeongcheon
Next Best8, 10
Fast Start1, 7

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The two and three-year-old Korean-bred gallopers line up in the third where there are many chances. (3) JINTTOBAEGI finished of nicely in his debut run when second to Hwanggeum Power. The two-year-old is likely to camp on the leader’s backs for being presented by Lee Hyeok to finish off strongly. (1) HAPPY DAY is another two-year-old that showed plenty on debut. The filly comes out of the same race where she finished third. (2) HOEDURYEONG steps up to the 1200m after finishing second behind Raon Dia on debut. The margin was big between first and second but we suspect he will appreciate the step up to the 1200m. (6) HEALING GONGJU looks next best after finishing third on debut when clocking a good time on a dry track.

Selections(3) Jinttobaegi (1) Happy Day (2) Hoeduryeong (6) Healing Gongju
Next Best5, 11
Fast Start2, 11

Race 4: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Only one of these has raced at the distance before. That’s (1) ABOUT SOMETHING and she took to it well, running 4th on her latest start just over a month ago. She’ll need to improve again but it bodes well. (9) BIROE KING beat three of these on his way to 3rd place over 1200M on August 1st. He ran on strong that day for what was his second 3rd in two starts and the additional trip may well be to his benefit today. (6) RIDE MAN and (8) A.P. PATEK were back down the track behind him that day but the latter especially looks like he wants furthers and having previously been a runner-up at 1300M, looks to have solid claims here. (10) GO WELL went ok when 4th over 1200M on August 2nd, coming from off the pace and is another for whom the step up in trip should suit.

Selections(8) A. P. Patek (9) Biroe King (1) About Something (10) Go Well
Next Best6, 7
Fast Start1, 4, 9

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The Class 6 Korean-bred gallopers line up in the fifth where there looks only a handful of winning chances. (7) GHOST VILLAGE goes on top with no great deal of confidence. The Quality Road colt finished midfield behind Old Blade on debut. Whilst beaten a big margin the quality of opposition is much less here, plus we are expecting some natural improvement at her second start. (11) MAX DAERO comes off a last start fifth


Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 28)

The delayed 2020 Korean Triple Crown will finally conclude this weekend with the Minister’s Cup at Seoul on Sunday. Before that, things kick off with a 15-race behind closed doors Friday card at Busan from 11.30 to 18.00.

Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A pretty average set of maidens to kick things off. (2) ROYALIST hasn’t exactly been quick across three starts so far but he has been consistent and he has shown he can run on pace. He led most of the way around before weakening to 5th over 1300M two weeks ago and dropping back in trip today could be the one to beat. Of those who have tackled this distance before, (5) BEODEUL BARAM has recorded the fastest time. The track condition had plenty to do with that but she dead-heated for 3rd that day so clearly knows how to race and can be a threat. (10) MOVIE BROTHER was a much-improved 2nd on his latest start two weeks ago and while that was, if anything, an even poorer race than this, gives some confidence about another good performance. (1) THALE NOI and (7) NEW LUX are others who can improve.

Selections(2) Royalist (5) Beodeul Baram (10) Movie Brother (7) New Lux
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start2, 8

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Eleven maidens of which five are unraced will line up in the second event over the six furlongs. (11) CHOEGANG CUPID has had two starts to date and comes off a last start second when clocking a time that reads well for this assignment. He has sat on speed at both of his starts to date, expect Lee Hyo-sik to ask him to work forward as soon as the gates open. (5) TOP OF KOREA lines up for his second start after finishing fourth behind Geuma Bonny on debut. He was unable to reel in the leading division on that occasion, but he should take some improvement from the run. (7) COLOR WIND will line up for her second start after finishing midfield over the short course on debut. She clocked a time that with some improvement will see her figure in this event, as long as she can run the 1200m out strong at this point in time. (3) HAVE A GOOD TIME debuts after a fair trial and is capable of finishing in the minor money.

Selections(11) Choegang Cupid (5) Top Of Korea (7) Color Wind (3) Have A Good Time
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start5, 8, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(4) BARAMAUI YEOSIN beat a couple of these on her way to 2nd place behind Eagle Star at this distance on August 7th. There have been a couple of false dawns for him in the past but he won’t need to improve much on last time to be winning here. (9) GENERAL ANN ran well for 3rd over 1200M earlier this month. She finished well and steps up to 1300M for the first time with solid claims to go close. Similarly, (5) DAEHO ARA was a solid 3rd first-up just over a month ago. He too tries this distance for the first time and continue his positive momentum today. (8) YEONGGWANGUI EAGLE was 5th behind General Ann last start and does have a runner-up finish to his name already. In this company he can get close. Three of the runners get to carry just 50kg due to having apprentice jockeys claiming the maximum 4kg. Of the three, (2) TWO TWO CHALLENGER, impressive in a trial earlier this month, is perhaps the one to look out for.

Selections(4) Baramui Yeosin (9) General Ann (5) Daeho Ara (2) Two Two Challenger
Next Best8,
Fast Start2, 4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The fourth is an all-aged maiden for the Korean-bred gallopers. (6) DIVINE QUEEN looks hardest to beat in a weak affair. She improved significantly at her most recent outing when finishing third behind Echo Good. She normally jumps with them and should sit just behind the pace in the run. (2) JANGMI GONGJU is another galloper that improved last time out when finishing third behind Doctor Khan over the six furlongs. A similar performance to that of last start will see him as an each way chance in this assignment. (10) QUEEN FLYING looks the likely pacemaker and it will be a case of how long she can hold on. (9) FAMILY DANCER is first up after some reasonable performances earlier on in the year. She trialed up only fairly coming into this new preparation.

Selections(6) Divine Queen (2) Jangmi Gongju (10) Queen Flying (9) Family Dancer
Next Best7, 5
Fast Start10

Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(1) ROCK PEGASUS significantly improved to finish strongly for 2nd place over 1300M on July 31st. It was a useful time albeit on a wet track, and the step up in trip to 1400M today may well suit. (10) MARK STAR has put in


Hope For Korea’s Racing Industry as Lawmakers Propose Online Wagering Bill

The beleaguered Korean racing industry was thrown a potential lifeline this week after local media reported that a group of fifteen lawmakers submitted a bill to the National Assembly seeking to allow the online sale of horse racing betting tickets.

Racecourses in Korea have lain empty since February

The group, led by Representative Kim Seung-nam of the ruling Democratic Party, have proposed a partial amendment to the Korean Horse Racing Act which currently only permits wagers to be taken in person at a racecourse or off-track betting facility.

A spokesperson for Representative Kim said the group understood there are those who are concerned about the effects of legalizing online wagering but that “minimizing the damage to the industry while preventing the spread of the coronavirus is also needed. The bill allows for a temporary suspension of online wagering should the turnover exceed an acceptable level that is set by the government.”

Racing in Korea was suspended in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while it resumed in June, the races have been run behind closed doors, with neither the racecourse or off-track facilities allowed to admit customers.

Both of Korea’s international races, the Korea Cup and Korea Sprint, scheduled for September have been postponed by one year with the prolonged shutdown having caused an unprecedented near-collapse of the industry.

Some other racing jurisdictions in the region such as Japan and Hong Kong have been able to continue their operations during the pandemic largely unaffected with their customers being able to place their bets online from home. The Japan Cup will be held as planned in November, albeit with only Japan-trained horses competing. Korea remains one of the only countries in the world to still not allow online wagering.

Horse racing’s collapse would have dire consequences. Not only are the racing and breeding industries significant employers, but the Korea Racing Authority is one of the largest taxpayers in Korea and provides significant support to rural communities.

Of total wagering turnover, 73% is returned as dividends, 10% goes to general taxation, 4% to local education programs and 2% to support farming and fishing communities. Operating expenses account for 7% of turnover while profits are 4% with the majority of that contributed back to an agriculture development fund. It is estimated that by the end of August, 751.7 Billion Korean Won (US $634 Million) in tax revenue will have already been lost.

Should the bill proceed in a normal manner, it would be expected to go through the various committee stages between October and December of this year before potentially coming to a vote of the full National Assembly in early 2021. All infrastructure for the processing of online bets already exists and is ready to go as soon as legalization takes place.

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 22)

We remain at “social distancing level 2” so that means that Seoul’s Saturday card can proceed. There are 15 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

Eleven two-year-old Korean-bred gallopers will kick off proceedings where eight of them will grace the track for the first time. (6) BLACK CAR caught the eye in her qualifying trial when clocking 61.8 seconds for the 1000m. The time she clocked was much faster than any of her counterparts in this race. Trial watchers will note the way she covered the ground with ease. (4) JOEUNGIRL was another filly who trialed well. She won her heat by six lengths with more left in the tank. (5) COLJOY looks a top four chance on the basis of his trial. The Colonel John gelding clocked a fair time for his trial but will need some improvement to be a winning chance. (8) STAR BLADE looks next best after finishing second in his heat where he clocked 62.8 seconds on a firm surface.

Selections(6) Black Car (4) Joeungirl (5) Coljoy (8) Star Blade
Next Best9, 7
Fast Start8

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

A maiden for three-year-old fillies only and a good one too with no fewer than four of them having run 2nd on their respective latest outings. One of those was (5) SARYEONI QUEEN, who was a front-running runner-up over 1000M on debut on July 25th. She should have learned from that and the step up in trip should be of little consequence and from a good draw she can lead again. (10) MAY BLUE and (6) GRACE QUEEN came home 2nd and 3rd when they raced each other over 100M on July 19th. Both step up in rip for the first time and both should be in the hunt to match or even better those finishes today. (11) WIND HILL does have experience of this distance, having run 2nd at it a month ago, leading until close to home. The draw has not been kind to her today but she should still go close. Among those who have raced at 1200M before, (9) GLOBAL SUN has recorded the fastest time, something she achieved when runner-up to Choego Camp a month ago and she too should be in the hunt today.

Selections(5) Saryeoni Queen (10) May Blue (11) Wind Hill (6) Grace Queen
Next Best9, 4
Fast Start4, 5, 7, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Korean-bred maidens line up over the six furlongs in the third event. (4) CHEONSANGUI YEOIN looks hard to beat on the strength of her two runs to date. The Forest Camp filly comes off a last start third behind Joy Of King when clocking 62 seconds flat for the 1000m. This is her first try over 1200m. (8) SOARA BABA powered through the line last time out. The two-year-old is likely to settle rearwards once again with a wide draw. (10) USEUNG HWANHUI is another back marker who clocked a time that will see her be competitive in this event. (2) JEONGMUN LION looks next best based on the Divine Park colt’s trial last month where he clocked a reasonable time.

Selections(4) Cheonsangui Yeoin (8) Soara Baba (10) Useung Hwanhui (2) Jeongmun Lion
Next Best2, 1
Fast Start4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

After an unpromising trial, (7) FLYING STEED ran well for 5th on debut over this distance on August 2nd. The time was boosted somewhat by a very wet track but it was encouraging nevertheless, and the addition of Moon Se Young will do nothing to harm her chances. (4) WANGINHAENGCHA looked ready to win having started the year with a pair of minor placings before the shutdown intervened. She ran a solid 5th first-up last month, beating a couple of these along the way and from a good draw, has serious claims today. (2) HEUNG DREAM should also be on the early speed. He steps up in distance for the first time and it may well suit. (3) AMAZING WHIZ has already managed a couple of 4th places and can be aiming to at least match those today.

Selections(4) Wanginhaengcha (7) Flying Steed (3) Amazing Whiz (2) Heung Dream
Next Best9, 8
Fast Start2, 4, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The Korean-bred maidens line up over the 1300m in the fifth event on the card. (1) ACE HAMSEONG looks ready to breakthrough after placing at both starts this time in. His last effort saw him finish third behind Korean Pearl over this distance when clocking a respectable time. (2) POTENTIAL ENERGY finished fourth when resuming behind K.N. Power. The filly showed speed out of the gates on that occasion, with some improvement she can figure in this event. (4) CHEON CHONG has finished close up at his past couple of starts when hitting the line strongly. He steps up half a furlong which should assist his chances. (10) SPEED FLYING resumed over 1400m where the Colors Flying filly finished second. She showed a nice turn of foot so look for her eating up the ground late.

Selections(1) Ace Hamseong (2) Potential Energy (4) Cheon Chong (10) Speed Flying
Next Best11, 3
Fast Start1, 2

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (Friday August 21)

The recent uptick in Covid-19 cases in Korea has ended any prospect of punters returning to racecourses for the forseeable future and if the situation doesn’t stabilise soon, is likely to see racing forced back on an extended break. For now though things continue behind closed doors and with no legal betting in Korea. It’s a big weekend of action with the SROA Trophy and Ttukseom Cup at Seoul on Sunday but before that things get underway with a 15-race Friday card at Busan from 11.30 to 18.00. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Juvenile maidens kick off the card with six of the eleven racing for the very first time. We’ll go with experience though and (2) GOOD SOCKS showed potential when 3rd on debut on July 24th. The filly is well drawn to get to the front here and the additional furlong shouldn’t be an issue. (1) YEONGGWANGUICHUKJE ran 5th in that race. He is the only entrant to have raced twice prior to today and having run on well both times at 1000M, looks like he could benefit from the increased trip today. (4) ALPHA AGAIN led on debut and while he weakened late on, he should have come on for the run and can improve on the 4th place he secured. Among the first-timers, (10) PYEONGHWA SIDAE looked well when 3rd in a trial last month and can go well first up here with a top jockey on board.

Selections(2) Good Socks (1) Yeonggwanguichukje (4) Alpha Again (10) Pyeonghwa Sidae
Next Best3, 8, 7
Fast Start2, 4

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The Korean-bred maiden gallopers line up in the second where there is limited early speed engaged. (6) WISE GIRL looks a promising type after finishing second on debut. The filly rattled off a solid sectional after settling well back in the run. If Jo In-kwen can settle her closer from barrier six she looks a good chance of breaking through. (5) SUN ALPHA looks an each-way chance from a good draw. The Thunder Moccasin colt should be able to settle closer in the run. Two starts ago the three-year-old finished third behind Wind Park which reads well for this assignment. (3) CHEONMA HASEO is another that looks capable of figuring. The chestnut has had the three starts with a career best fourth to date, which came at his most recent start. (7) GABO TODAY looks next best but times he has clocked to date have been slow.

Selections(6) Wise Girl (5) Sun Alpha (3) Cheonma Haseo (7) Gabo Today
Next Best8, 1
Fast Start7, 8

Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(1) HAPPY SONG looked ready to win with a solid 3rd place on the weekend of the shutdown in February over this distance. Aside from an April trial which offered few clues, she’s not been seen since but if she can pick up today from where she left off, she has to be considered a real chance here. (6) HAMAN HAPGANGJEONG has shown improvement over three starts so far, culminating in a 4th place last time out at this distance. She tends to take an age to get going but in this company she won’t need to improve very much to go close. Both (2) BAEDARI SUNSHINE and


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

There are 15 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00. Unfortunately the meeting must be held behind closed doors. One thing to note is it has been raining hard in Seoul all night and there is no let up forecast all day:

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

A valuable juvenile maiden kicks off the card with five of the eleven runners having raced before. Of those, (8) GREEN POKJU was the best, finishing 2nd of 12 at this distance on a good track in a creditable if unspectacular time. He jumped awkwardly that day, meaning he had to come from off the pace and if he gets a better start, has every chance of going close. (6) GREEN JJANG and (9) CHEONMA TODAY also put in decent efforts on their respective debuts and can be considered for improvement, but there are several first-time starters who have claims. (1) GRAY CAT was the best in trials, making all to win his heat in a good time on a wet track. Having drawn the inside again, he can get to the front from the start and looks very much in the hunt. Similarly, both (4) MYEONGJIN CANDY and (5) LUCKY JAESAN made all to win their respective heats and shouldn’t eb too far away.

Selections(1) Gray Cat (8) Green Pokju (5) Lucky Jaesan (4) Myeongjin Candy
Next Best6, 9
Fast Start1, 4, 5, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The two and three-year-old gallopers line up in the second where there looks to be a host of potential pacemakers. One of those pacemakers is (10) WINNER QUARDRILLE who lines up for her second career start. She debuted late June where running a fair time for the six furlongs, finishing fifth behind Whiz Moment. With some natural improvement at her second start she can go close. Moon Se-young sticks with her which is a good sign. (3) NONGBON RAK is third-up after a good performance to finish second behind Never Walk Alone last start. If she gets away cleanly she can sit on speed and have every chance of winning come the top of the straight. (9) ONLY WINNER trialed up nicely when not fully exerted underneath Kim Jeong-jun. The filly coasted through the line and looked to have plenty more to give. (6) RAON SPECIAL looks next best after clocking a good time when fourth behind Good Vow last time out. She is one of the likely closers with a chance engaged in the race.

Selections(10) Winner Quardrille (3) Nongbon Rak (9) Only Winner (6) Raon Special
Next Best1, 11
Fast Start1, 2, 3, 10

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

Two and three-year-old maidens line up here. (4) GANA PARK has raced twice do far, finishing 3rd and 2nd, the latter at this distance. For the first time she’s drawn a good gate and with Moon Se Young taking over in the saddle, she looks hard to beat here. (11) LUCKY SEOKPO returns to action for the first time since the shutdown. He has a 2nd place finish to his name at this distance on debut in January and looked when posting a fast time on a dry track in a June trial. (3) PRIME SUMMIT has registered decent times in both her starts at 1000M so far and steps up in trip for the first time here. It may suit and she may well aim to lead under Lee Hyeok. (1) OKCHUMA and (9) GEUMA COLOSSAL are among others who have hinted at ability and may improve today.

Selections(4) Gana Park (11) Lucky Seokpo (3) Prime Summit (1) Okchuma
Next Best9, 7
Fast Start3, 4

Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The Korean-bred fillies go around in the fourth where we blackbooked one last time out. (2) LOVE WITH ME was the horse we suggested following, after a gutsy performance over 1300m last time out when second behind Cheonji Yeogeol. She was headed in the run home before fighting back, it was a fast finishing type that nabbed her in the end. With gate two she can kick up and a similar effort will see her go close. (1) BLACK SILVER is drawn well also and likewise has early speed. The Tout filly will be stretched beyond 1000m for the first time. She went down three lengths behind Good Vow last time out when unable to reel the leader in. (4) POWER MUSIC improved second-up last start to finish third behind Old Blade. The Winchester filly is capable of camping behind the speed and showing a turn of foot late. (6) SYDNEY MONEY is second up after finishing fifth behind Top Seed last time out. The filly is capable of placing over these sprint distances as seen in previous preparations.

Selections(2) Love With Me (1) Black Silver (4) Power Music (6) Sydney Money
Next Best7, 8
Fast Start1, 2

Race 5: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(5) TERRA SPEED comes in off a solid first-up 4th place over 1300M a month ago. He drops back to this trip for the first time and from a good draw should be prominent early and has as much chance as any of winning this. Joining him on speed early should be (3) WINDY RUSH. She led on debut at this distance on July 12th only to weaken a little late on. She should have come on for that experience and can play a role here. (1) HURRICANE SOCKS and (9) GABO SARANGHAE both showed development in their respective latest starts, both coming home in 4th place. The former steps up to this trip for the first time and it may well suit. (11) BOBBY BLADE has been a touch one-paced in her three starts so far but hasn’t been too far away in her latest couple and can challenge for the minors here.

Selections(5) Terra Speed (3) Windy Rush (1) Hurricane Socks (9) Gabo Saranghae
Next Best11, 6
Fast Start3, 5, 6

Race 6: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Eleven maidens line up in the sixth event where there is no standout. In a race that lacks in-form gallopers, (6) SPECIAL STORY is the on top selection after finishing third when resuming. The Afleet Again filly appears to have appreciated the enforced break, showing us that she can run through the line strong over the six furlongs last time out. (3) SEOUL CROWN looks an each way chance based on the strength of his most recent run. The One Cool Cat colt failed to run on last start when settling for fifth. With a run under his belt he can finish closer today. (7) GO AHEAD will be stretched out to the six furlongs at her second start. She clocked a reasonable time on debut when running through the line one-paced. She is likely to be given time to find her feet by Kim Ok-sung before asking her to improve from the 600m pole. (1) STAR RUSH looks next best after finishing fourth when resuming in only a moderate time.

Selections(6) Special Story (3) Seoul Crown (7) Go Ahead (1) Star Rush
Next Best2, 5
Fast Start3, 6

Race 7: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Really competitive filly and mare race for the level. (11) BAEKSAN THUNDER may still be a maiden but she beat three of these on her way to a close runner-up finish over 1300M on July 19th. The draw is not ideal but she should be able to sit outside the early speed and finish strong to go close again. (4) DREAM GIRLS was a good maiden winner on what was her fourth outing on July 5th. The win had been coming and she did it well from the front over this distance. She is up in class today but nicely drawn to lead again and two in a row is a distinct possibility although she must avoid shifting outwards in the closing stages like she did last time. Also up in class after a maiden win is (8) RAPIDO ARES. In her case it came at just the second time of asking as was a similarly front-running performance at this trip. There is no reason why she can’t be competitive at this level. (9) CHEONEUN JJANG was 4th behind Baeksan Thunder last start and can aim to match that here.

Selections(4) Dream Girls (11) Baeksan Thunder (8) Rapido Ares (9) Cheoneun Jjang
Next Best3, 1, 7
Fast Start1, 4, 7, 8

Race 8: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

A field of eleven line up in the eighth event where the majority of them are well tried. (9) WONDERFUL STORM is a less experienced type who lines up for his third career start. He won on debut when we he resumed late June and then last start finished midfield when being tried over the 1300m. He is capable of improving once again, his time last start was good enough to consider him a winning chance in this event. (10) SUPER LUCKY BOY was a surprise winner last start when leading all the way for Lee Hyeok. He was disappointing on debut but rebounded in great fashion. There is a query with the 1300m but we expect him to get better as he goes deeper into his racing career. (6) DAEGUN OK broke through for her first win last start at attempt fourteen. She has consistently finished in the first five and can do so once again here. (7) PRIMA NIKE looks best of the rest after showing some improvement last start.

Selections(9) Wonderful Storm (10) Super Lucky Boy (6) Daegun Ok (7) Prima Nike
Next Best2, 3
Fast Start1, 2, 4, 9, 10

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

Imported maidens here with only three of them having troubled the placings board so far. The standout of those looks to be (5) FULL BOOSTER, who comes in having run 3rd at the distance on July 18th. That was his first up run and while he was previously good on debut before going astray a little in two further starts prior to the shutdown, this time he can maintain his momentum. (2) SUN BOOM hasn’t shown much in the way of speed but it’s been enough to see him to a 3rd and a 4th place finish in two starts back and he too can maintain that positive run of form today. (3) JANGSAN MONSTER ran well on debut all the way back in December last year before running poorly second-up in January. He’s not raced since but performed promisingly in a trial only last week and should be in the hunt in this company. There are three first-time starters and of them (4) CHEON GUN was marginally better in trials.

Selections(5) Full Booster (2) Sun Boom (3) Jangsan Monster (4) Cheon Gun
Next Best8
Fast Start2, 4, 5

Race 10: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The lightly raced imports and one Korean-bred runner take to the track in the tenth. (1) MUNHAK ENCORE is the on top selection after improving at his second start. The We Miss Artie colt finished fourth behind Looking First where the margin was just over three lengths. Moon Se-young will jump aboard and be aided by a good gate. (3) DAEGUNUI GEOM has placed on four occasions from eight starts and is still looking for that elusive win. The Majestic Warrior colt looks well placed in this event, if he can overcome the 57.5kg on his back he is a big chance. (7) SONGAM TIZ is the one Korean-bred galloper engaged and has started his career with a bang. The Tiz Wonderful colt has won two of his three starts including a win when resuming last time out over the 1200m. This will be his toughest test to date but he looks well placed in the event. (6) CHANGSEONG SUHO is next best after finishing midfield behind Legend Day last time out, which is one of the stronger Class Four races we’ve seen in recent times.

Selections(1) Munhak Encore (3) Daegunui Geom (7) Songam Tiz (6) Changseong Suho
Next Best11, 8
Fast Start3, 7, 11

Race 11: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) JILJUUI KKUM strolled through the minor classes prior to the shutdown and returned to run a strong 2nd to the talented Looking Good on what was his first crack at class 4 on June 21st over 1400M. A half-sister to sprint star Doraonpogyeongseon, the drop back in trip should hardly be a problem and she looks bound for the higher levels. Under a nice light weight again today, she should win. (10) FIRENZE HILL was a front-running 2nd at class and distance on July 11th. He doesn’t win out of turn but that was a nice uptick in form and suggests the hiatus may have done him some good. It’s also possible the enforced break has benefitted (9) STRONG VULTURE. He seemingly completely lost his way prior to this shutdown but does have plenty of ability and trialed well a couple of months back. He’s the wildcard here. (7) JEONGMUN SUMMIT has the fastest time of any of these at this distance and looks nicely in to find a place again.

Selections(1) Jiljuui Kkum (10) Firenze Hill (7) Jeongmun Summit (9) Strong Vulture
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start1

Race 12: Class 4 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

The Class Four gallopers line up in the twelfth over 1400m where we think there is one of the better bets on the card. (7) SARYEONI WINNER is yet to break maiden status but has been good in her four career starts to date. The filly was placed in a trophy race upon resuming and performed fairly when finishing midfield behind Geosen Jilju. Back into restricted grade she should be able to notch her first win. As always when Moon Se-young is legged aboard, it’s a good sign. (2) AMIGO RARO resumed in good style to finish second behind Yori Jori early July. The Summer Front colt will step up to the 1400m at his second start back where he has previously placed. He looks one of the likely pacemakers engaged. (4) GOLD BLUE MAGIC is another potential pacemaker after sitting handy to the speed last start when finishing fourth behind Echo Bill. She will drop back to the 1400m for the first time this preparation. (9) WIND SKY looks next best coming off a last start third behind Complete Kingdom over 1700m. He is another that will drop back in distance.

Selections(7) Saryeoni Winner (2) Amigo Raro (4) Gold Blue Magic (9) Wind Sky
Next Best3, 1
Fast Start2, 4

Race 13: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) JEONGMUN SAI beat a couple of these when coming from well off the pace to win at this class over 1800M on June 28th. It was one of the slowest times you’ll see for a race at that distance but he won handsomely enough and while he is conceding significant weight to the rest of the field, another win isn’t impossible. (9) FIORE ran out a somewhat unexpected class and distance winner in early July and then returned later in the month to miss the start but still run on for 3rd over 1400M. She remains nicely weighted and her good form can continue. The big danger though could be (6) NANGMAN STAR. He’s only won once from thirty-seven starts but ran very nice race for 3rd at class and distance on July 12th in a useful time. Moon Se Young takes over aboard today and he looks very nicely in here. (7) GEUMA SUPREME and (11) DUMANGANG are others capable of going close.

Selections(6) Nangman Star (1) Jeongmun Sai (9) Fiore (7) Geuma Supreme
Next Best11, 3
Fast Start2, 4

Race 14: Class 2 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

We are quite keen on our selection in the fourteenth where only a small field will face the starts. (8) RED BLADE looks mighty hard to beat in the event after finishing fourth behind Flying Ford last time out over 1400m. Moon Se-young will jump aboard the Menifee gelding for the first time and is likely to push him along early from the wide gate. He has shown some good performan ces over the middle distances previously including a Class Three win over 1600m last preparation. (3) GOLD HAMMER looks next best but will face stiffer competition as he lines up in Class Two company for the first time. The entire comes off a third behind Mighty Go over 1200m last time out. He has been tried over the two turns on multiple occasions and performed well. (1) DORAON NALRI is another that will line up in this class for the first time. He placed second when resuming mid-July and will be stretched out to the two turns second-up. (6) SEOUL TANK looks capable of running into some minor money. The Giant Oak gelding will be one of the backmarkers but is capable of reeling off a strong sectional.

Selections(8) Red Blade (3) Gold Hammer (1) Doraon Nalri (6) Seoul Tank
Next Best7, 2
Fast Start1, 7 ,8

Race 15: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

(2) EAST KINGDOM was a super winner at this class over 1200M on July 12th, coming from off the pace and running on strong. His manners weren’t great that day and it was an uptick in form. Additionally, he will need to carry an extra 4kg today, but he remains a winning chance. (1) JANGSAN FLY ran a good 2nd also at 1200M on July 18th. He is by no means a prolific winner, but he carries less weight today and has strong claims. (7) BEST LUCKY drops back in trip after an all the way win over 1700M a month ago and is another one who comes in nicely in the weights. (3) DAE BYEONHWA is a regular place-getter at this level and indeed has clocked the fastest time of any of these at this distance. He was 4th behind East Kingdom on his latest start and can match that today. (4) ACE SOLONGO, 4th to Eoma Eoma last start, and (8) GEUMA ACME are others in the hunt.

Selections(1) Jangsan Fly (2) East Kingdom (7) Best Lucky (4) Ace Solongo
Next Best8, 3
Fast Start7

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

This Sunday sees the Busan Mayor’s Cup, the final leg of the Stayers’ Series where Cheongdam Dokki will once again seek to see off the likes of Tiz Plan and Shamrocker to take a clean sweep off all three legs having already won the Herald Business and YTN Cups. Before that though there is a big 15-race card at Busan on Friday running from 11:30 to 18:00. With Coivd-19 confirmed cases having risen to between 40-50 per day this week, there is still no sign as to if and when racegoers will be allowed to return to the tracks. Here are the previews:


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

Two-year-old gallopers kick of proceedings on Friday with six of the eleven engaged previously raced. (3) GALLANT WARRIOR is the on top selection in a race with many chances. The Old Fashioned colt has performed well at his two starts to date, coming off a last start fourth behind a handy type named Doctor Fashion. (7) CLEAN HIT trialed up nicely in his heat, when only having to be asked for in the last half furlong. He clocked a good time considering there was minimal urging from Lyu Gwang-hee. Busan’s leading rider You Hyun-myung will ride the colt on debut. (4) LUCAS SUN lines up for his second start after finishing midfield on debut behind World Cheonsa. The Purge colt was beaten a big margin, but his time was good and the winner looks an above average type. (5) THE FIRST FACTOR is another that finished behind a special one last start, named Winner’s Man. The filly settled better than midfield before running through the line one-paced. If she can find some improvement on top of her last effort, she can run into the money.

Selections (3) Gallant Warrior (7) Clean Hit (4) Lucas Sun (5) The First Factor
Next Best 12, 2
Fast Start 6, 10, 12


Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The second is an all-aged maiden for the Korean-bred gallopers where a field of ten will start over six furlongs. With very little speed engaged in the event it looks a good opportunity for (4) RAPTOR MAN to break through under new apprentice Mo Junho. The Rock Hard Ten gelding brought up his first placing last time out, when second behind Pai Blade. He looks one that appreciated the enforced break, he should be able to jump and run from gate four and prove hard to beat. (5) POWERFUL LEGEND looks capable of running into the money after finishing third last time out over this distance. The three-year-old gives the indication he is backmarker so don’t expect him to be settling in the first couple. (6) RAPIDO QUEEN will debut in the race. The Sadamu Patek filly clocked a fair time in her trial, many of these have shown limited ability suggesting she can figure at her first start. (10) HUIMANG SOYEO looks next best as she lines up for her first-up run. She trialed up well and has previously placed in similar company.

Selections (4) Raptor Man (5) Powerful Legend (6) Rapido Queen (10) Huimang Soyeo
Next Best 1, 2
Fast Start 4, 9


Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Another all-aged maiden for the Korean-bred gallopers here with a field of eleven engaged. In a race lacking depth, (9) DOCTOR KHAN goes on top after finishing third last start over this distance behind Nice One. The Menifee gelding was beaten ten lengths on that occasion but this is a much easier assignment. There should be some natural improvement with this start being his third career run. (6) SPRING FIRE is another that was beaten by a big margin when placing in an age-restricted race last time out. The Lion Santa filly finished third but clocked a time that will see her competitive against a field of this caliber. (2) MYEONGGA DAERO looks capable of running into a place with a good draw. The four-year-old has had eighteen starts, yielding just one place. He comes off a last start fourth when clocking a fair time behind Kkumeul Neomeo. (4) KING BROTHER has finished midfield at his three starts to date. He resumes in this event coming off a fair trial.

Selections (9) Doctor Khan (6) Spring Fire (2) Myeongga Daero (4) King Brother
Next Best 10, 3
Fast Start 6, 11


Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The two and three-year-old gallopers line up in the fourth over 1300m, all looking for their first win. In a very even contest, (10) TWO TWO CELEB looks capable of being in the finish. The Cowboy Cal filly will carry just the 51.5kg coming off a midfield performance behind World Cheonsa. This race looks an easier assignment, where she will get the services of You Hyun-myung. (4) ECHO GOOD was slightly disappointing last time out when well thought of in a similar event. The Tiz Wonderful filly could only manage fifth, when one-paced in the run to the line never looking a winning chance. (5) ROYALIST lines up for his third start, coming off a fifth last time out over this distance. The Chapel Royal three-year-old was beaten a big margin but this looks an easier assignment. He did place behind Smart Value on debut. Flashy chestnut (9) TAPIT WONDERFUL looks an each-way play based on his two starts to date. The three-year-old placed on debut and then was beaten seven lengths when finishing fourth behind Top Of The Girl.

Selections (10) Two Two Celeb (4) Echo Good (5) Royalist (9) Tapit Wonderful
Next Best 11, 7
Fast Start 1, 5


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

The fifth will see the Korean-bred fillies line up over 1300m. (8) DASEUNG E produced a good performance last time out when finishing second behind Wind Park in similar company. The filly sat on speed and went down less than a length, over the same distance as this event. If she can hand in a similar effort, she should go close with minimal early speed engaged in the event. (7) QUEEN VRONSKY has notched two placings from as many starts including a last start second behind Top Lucky. The filly has the ability to close over a sprint distance, the additional half furlong should be in her favour. (3) SATURDAY QUEEN went down a head last time out when second behind Blue Ember. The Any Given Saturday four-year-old maps to sit just behind the speed and be given every chance as heads turn for home. (5) CAPSTONE comes out of the same races where she finished fourth. She was somewhat one-paced through the line but is capable of figuring.

Selections (8) Daseung E (7) Queen Vronsky (3) Saturday Queen (5) Capstone
Next Best 10, 1
Fast Start 8, 10


Race 6: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The next best thing from a dead certainty will line up in the sixth where a compact field of eight will go over the 1400m. (3) PORRIMA lines up in a race which she should win by panels. The Old Fashioned filly is the only runner to bring any reasonable form into the race. She comes off a last start third behind Adele Classic where she was comprehensively beaten. This race looks much easier, expect her to work to the front and not be headed. (2) TRUE WARRIOR is fourth up and should be rock hard fit. He (more…)