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

There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10.45 to 18.00. Here are the previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Twelve maidens to kick things off with five of them racing for the very first time. A couple of those have some promise but we’ll start with the experience. (9) DREAM GIRLS has been to the races twice already and ran on nicely for 3rd on the latest of these on January 18th. She was nine-lengths behind a good winner but has cope for improvement and is a leading chance here. (1) NONSTOP WINNING raced twice without distinction early last year before suffering a setback which has kept him out of action since last month. He did though look very handy indeed when winning a January trial in a fast time and should be a different prospect this time around. (7) TIZ CITY was well supported on debut a month ago. He weakened late to finish 5th over 1300M and can be given another chance dropped back to the shortest distance today. Turning to the first-timers and (3) BEST TOUR was a trial winner back last November. It’s taken him a while to get to the track since then but should go well first-up from a good draw.

Selections (9) Dream Girls (7) Tiz City (1) Nonstop Winning (3) Best Tour

Next Best 5

Fast Start 1, 3, 5

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

The three-year-old-fillies will go over the six furlongs in the second event. (9) DAEJIUI YEOIN is one of only two debutants engaged in the field but judging by her trial she is ready to fire at her first start. The Simon Pure filly trialed nicely when clocking a good time on a dry-rated track. She took a sit behind the leaders in the trial before working through the line nicely. (5) OLD BLADE lines up for her second start after an encouraging debut. The filly finished third behind favourite Ice Punch and whilst she was well beaten we can expect further improvement at her second start. (1) MISS ELITE has been rattling off some good sectionals for this class. The Peace Rules filly will appreciate the extra furlong as she steps up to the 1200m for the first time. (6) HAPPY PLAN showed significant improvement at her second run when finishing second behind Jeonjeongsageum. She went over the 1300m last time out suggesting she should be capable of figuring over 1200m after sitting just off the speed last start.

Selections (9) Daejiui Yeoin (5) Old Blade (1) Miss Elite (6) Happy Plan

Next Best 4, 11

Fast Start 5, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Three-year-old maidens here with two of the ten making their racecourse debuts. And one of those first-timers looks a prospect with (5) SARAMIRANEUNBYEOL having won a trial in a fast time at the end of January. Moon Se Young partnered him in the heat and though he is suspended, Alan Munro is a more than adequate replacement and the colt can go very well first up. The favourite though will be (4) TOP SEED. He ran 3rd at this distance behind Choegang Teukgeup on what was his second career start three weeks ago, finishing strongly. He should have come on for that run and be fitter third-up today. (1) K N WONDERFUL may appreciate the slight step up in trip today following three solid if unspectacular efforts at shorter while (7) HONEY BUTTER BOBBY showed significant improvement when 3rd last start and can maintain that momentum here. Aside from Saramiraneunbyeol, the other debut-maker is Tony Castenheira’s (8) JANGSAN BADA. He too won his trial and there’s no reason why he can’t go well first-up.

Selections (5) Saramiraneunbyeol (4) Top Seed (8) Jangsan Bada (1) K N Wonderful

Next Best 7, 9

Fast Start 1, 3, 5

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

The fourth on the card looks to have only a handful of winning chances. Three-year-old (8) GEOMPO looks hard to beat coming off a last start second placing. The Hansen colt has been consistent since beginning his career in August last year, yielding a win and three minor placings from five starts. He’s an on speed runner and it looks as if this field will have trouble running him down. (5) SPEED GO lines up for his second start after winning on debut over the 1000m. Whilst it wasn’t the strongest field last start he went on for a dominant victory winning by five lengths. Of the speedier types engaged he has the best draw suggesting he may be first to cross. (7) KING SON is another that has had the one start for a victory. He hasn’t been seen since May 2018 and resumes twenty-two months later. It is hard to gauge where he is at but apart from the aforementioned horses the remainder of the field is not all that strong. (9) GOLD MOUNT was a winner back in October and has since finished fourth behind Complete Captain in similar class. The lightly raced five-year-old should be considered an each-way hope.

Selections (8) Geompo (5) Speed Go (7) King Son (9) Gold Mount

Next Best 4, 1

Fast Start 5, 7, 8

Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(5) BAEKDUSAN CHEONJI lost out by a nose in a desperately tight three-way finish at this distance on February 1st. The Hansen colt has taken well to racing around two turns and today

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (February 8)

Saturday racing is at Seoul with 12 races from 10.45 to 18.00. Potential racegoers should be aware that an external Union is planning to enter the racecourse to demonstrate at some stage so it may not be the most pleasant of days to attend:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

The first on Saturday will see a field of twelve maidens go over the short course. In a race that lacks form, (1) SIBERIA looks ready to strike at her first start after a solid trial. The Chapel Royal filly settled midfield before working through the line nicely when untouched by Kim Jeong-jun who rides her for her debut. (2) BEST PARTY was well beaten at her firs couple of starts as a two-year-old but has trialled reasonably since. The chestnut took up the running in the trial before going down a length. Look for improvement here. (5) SPRING COME lines up for his third start after being well beaten at his first couple of attempts. His times have been good enough to suggest he can run into the money. (9) BAEKDUWA HALLA ran a fair trial when qualifying for her first run. The Old Fashioned filly was slightly green but ran through the line reasonably.

Selections (1) Siberia (2) Best Party (5) Spring Come (9) Baekduwa Halla

Next Best 12, 11

Fast Start 2

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky little maiden this with no standouts but plenty having shown a bit of ability. Others have been faster over the distance than (4) ARARIYO but the colt has a 3rd and a 2nd from three starts so far. He was well back behind a good winner last time but has shown he knows what to do and from a good draw can lead from the start. (11) SHINY FIRE showed improvement when runner-up on what was her second career start. She led until the closing stages that day and will look to do similar here. She comes in after three months off and if she can overcome the wide draw, will be a danger. Moon Se Young climbs aboard (12) NONGBUI SUCHEAHWA. The filly has never been worse than 5th in five outings to date and should at least continue that run here. (6) HANSEN CHOICE and (9) NEVER WALK ALONE are others in the hunt.

Selections (4) Arariyo (11) Shiny Fire (12) Nongbui Sucheahwa (6) Hansen Choice

Next Best 9, 7

Fast Start 4, 11

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

The three-year-old Korean-bred gallopers line up in the third all looking for their first win. (6) HEUNG CAPTAIN was good on debut when finishing 2nd behind Dream Po Re over the 1000M. The son of Colors Flying bounced out of the gates well and found the fence early on. Expect him to work forward once again with limited speed engaged. (3) RAON HIGH is another on speed galloper who comes out of a three-year-old event where she finished 3rd. She was beaten 2.5L when clocking a time that should see her be competitive in this event. She placed in a juvenile event prior to her last run. (11) BARBELL looks one that can improve on his first couple of starts. The Old Fashioned gelding is likely to settle midfield or worse but can run into the money based on previous efforts. (2) SOJUNGHAN GOLDEN made up ground in the straight when debuting in a juvenile event in December. The Cielo Gold gelding gave the impression he will appreciate the extra furlong and perhaps longer in future starts.

Selections (6) Heung Captain (3) Raon High (11) Barbell (2) Sojunghan Golden

Next Best 9, 1

Fast Start 1, 3, 6

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

(2) DREAM PO RE was an impressive winner on debut on January 5th. The Shackleford colt is up in both class and distance today but the manner of his win suggests he should be firmly in the frame again. It took (4) DONGJJOK GLORY a few more goes to figure things out, but he was a very nice winner last month, coming from off the pace to score over 1300M. He too is up in class and is a contender. (11) WONDER K is yet to win but has run 2nd in his latest two. That has resulted in him being bumped up to this level, but Moon Se Young’s presence aboard means he is sure to be backed. Completing the list of those up in class is (9) STRONG RED, who made all to see off a somewhat limited field over 1300M in December. All four of those have claims here but if you prefer one with experience at this class then (5) DIA KEY is the one to go for. Having got his maiden win at 1000M in December, he stepped up to this level and ran 3rd, beating a couple of these, at 1200M a month ago.

Selections (2) Dream Po Re (5) Dia Key (9) Strong Red (4) Dongjjok Glory

Next Best 11, 6

Fast Start 2, 11

Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of maidens will go over the two turns in the fifth where there is a lack of form engaged. That means the form of (2) A ONE KING looks good enough to take this race. The Exploit four-year-old ran on strong over this distance last time out when finishing 4th behind Colors De Lago. His times have been far better than his rivals engaged. (9) WONDERFUL ORANGE has been hitting the line well of late when the race has

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

There are 13 Saturday races in Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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Moon Se Young is back from injury today

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

The three-year-old maiden gallopers line up for the first on the thirteen-event card where we can get excited to see some first starters who look to have some potential. (5) OLD BLADE produced an eye-catching trial when untouched by Antonio Da Silva, who will take the ride for her first start. She didn’t run the fastest time, but she covered the ground with ease and looked to have plenty left in the tank. She showed early speed in her heat so expect her to position on the pace. (3) MAGIC PLAN is another one that wasn’t asked for in her trial but seemed to cover the ground well. The Plan filly will be ridden by Park Tae-Jong and it will be interesting to see what she offers when in full flight. (1) ICE PUNCH has race experience and will line up for his second start. He was good on debut when second, less than two lengths behind Dia Key. Punters can rejoice as the amazing Moon Se Young is back in action, he will be aboard the amazing looking grey galloper. (6) CHEONJI ULLIM had one run back in July when finishing second behind Taktuein where the margin was eight lengths. Connections seem to have gone him right again and he can run into the money. Good race with some promising types.

Selections (5) Old Blade (3) Magic Plan (1) Ice Punch (6) Cheonji Ullim

Next Best 8, 7

Fast Start 1, 3, 5, 11

 

Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Weak maiden here but that means it’s very competitive with any number vying to be the least slow around the 1300M. It could well end up being (2) THANK YOU DAECHEON, who has been one-paced in two outings so far but has registered competitive times in decent company. He’ll settle just behind the pace and could out-plod them late on. (3) GLOBAL WANGJA ran through the line nicely for 3rd on debut over 1000M in December. The additional trip should suit, and he can be in the frame here. Draw a line through (4) EAST ONE’s latest effort which came from the widest barrier. He should be able to get to the lead here and can be a danger. (8) CHEONJI KKOT BARAM is one of only two in the race – the other being East One – who has a runner-up finish to his name and that should put him in the hunt as well. (11) SPEED DANCER looks best of the limited rest.

Selections: (2) Thank You Daecheon (3) Global Wangja (4) East One (8) Cheonji Kkot Baram

Next Best: 11, 5

Fast Start: 1, 4, 5, 10

 

Race 3: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The third event looks tough for punters with many chances engaged. The dominant form line appears to be the race which Bravo Gwacheon won back on 4th January. (7) WILD WOODS finished third in the race over 1300m when running through the line strong. The Forest Camp three-year-old is likely to work forward in a race that lacks speed and be one of the main players come the business end. (5) GUREUM BADA crossed the line with Wild Woods last start and is another of the main chances. The gelding improved significantly at his second start after being well beaten on debut. He should be able to settle in the first half of the field. (4) HONG SAN ran on fairly last start when lining up in a 2yo event won by Lady Kelly. He should appreciate an easier assignment along with a better draw suggesting Park Byeong-Yun may be able to settle him closer to the speed. (6) THE DREAM lost considerable ground when they jumped last start resulting in the Menifee gelding having to settle well back. The three-year-old managed to run home well when it was all over.

Selections (7) Wild Woods (5) Gureum Bada (4) Hong San (6) The Dream

Next Best 9, 8

Fast Start 3, 7, 8

 

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

(3) FUTURE FIRE steps up in class having secured his maiden win at the fourth time of asking on January 5. The manner of that victory was pleasing as he made all to score by a full-five lengths in a time that would win plenty of races at this level too. He’s drawn nicely once more and can lead all the way again. Experienced campaigners (6) GWANGYA BULGIDUNG and (11) BARAMUI MISO came home 4th and 5th with a length between them when they raced each other over the distance on January 4. Neither wins out of turn – or in the latter’s case at all – but both have enough about them to be competitive here and can aim to place. (2) BLUE DAEJAYEON tackles the distance for the first time and can go well from a good draw. (10) INDY LADY is inconsistent but is another capable of running into some money in this company.

Selections: (3) Future Fire (6) Gwangya Bulgidung (11) Baramui Miso (2) Blue Daejayeon

Next Best: 10, 5

Fast Start: 2, 3, 10

 

Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of twelve will go over the two turns in the fifth all looking for their first win. (7) BLUE CHARM is likely to start favourite but we would suggest avoiding short odds. The Song Moon-Gil trained galloper finished third last start behind Wang Taeng I in one of the stronger two-year-old events. Expect improvement from the Colors Flying colt at his (more…)

Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (January 5)

There are Sunday cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). Here are the previews, with Seoul first followed by Busan:

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It was a sunny but cold 2020 Opening Day at Seoul on Saturday

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

Three-year-old maidens here with no fewer than seven of the twelve going around for the very first time. Of those with experience, the clear standout is (7) GLORY FIGHTER. The Temple City filly came from off the pace to finish off well on debut over this distance on December 7th. She’ll want further eventually but for the time being, she looks nicely in here and is the one to beat. As for the others who have raced, none particularly caught the eye although (8) WONDERFUL MAGIC found himself on pace early before weakening and may have come on for that run while (2) GREAT WAY never really got going but previously performed adequately in a trial and is another who can improve. As for the first-timers, (5) HEUNG CAPTAIN is the obvious one. He was just beaten a head in a trial last November in a fast time and if he brings that form to the races, has every chance of making a winning start. (6) DREAM PO RE went through a couple of trials and he too posted a competitive looking time two weeks ago.

Selections: (7) Glory Fighter (5) Heung Captain (6) Dream Po Re (8) Wonderful Magic

Next Best: 2, 4

Fast Start: 5, 8, 10, 11

 

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

Twelve maidens will line up in the second on the card where the main chances appear to have been dealt wide draws. (12) GOOD WONDER makes her fourth career start and has seemed to improve with each run. The Hawk Wing filly was game last start when getting tired late after leading for the majority of the race. She did exert a lot of energy early in the run, she looks one that will appreciate to set a modest pace or take a sit. (11) SAEROUN BOBAE comes off a second last time out behind Samseong Viva. This looks a weaker assignment and she has each-way claims. She won’t be able to match the early speed so expect her to sit midfield. (1) ONE AND ONLY has posted good times over the five furlongs as she steps up to the 1300M for the first time. The filly has been able to settle just off the speed in her two runs to date and Kim Dong-soo can elect to sit closer if he wishes from the inside draw. (7) HANIL MOA is capable of running into the money after finishing in the top five at her past three starts. She is somewhat one-paced and will need to be in touch with the leading division at the top of the straight.

Selections: (12) Good Wonder (11) Saeroun Bobae (7) Hanil Moa (1) One And Only

Next Best: 9, 6

Fast Start: 3, 12

 

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

A pretty ordinary looking maiden featuring a few who do seem likely to make their breakthroughs at some stage. Most likely today is (2) FUTURE FIRE. He’s raced just three times so far, recording a 3rd and a 4th in his most recent two, the latter of which was at this distance. He isn’t the quickest of starters, but he is capable of running on well and he should come out on top today. (11) BOMNALUI GIEOK has shown steady progress over five outings and while his 3rd place at this distance last time out was in an even weaker race than this, he has good scope for more here. If he can overcome the wide draw to get on pace, he will be a factor. (6) NONGBUI SUCHEAHWA was sent off favourite for her latest back in November, She was ultimately a little one-paced and came home in 3rd but she should at least be matching that here. (3) CHEONJI KKOT BARAM and (10) LEGEND WIN, both of whom come in off career-best finishes, are others who warrant consideration.

Selections: (2) Future Fire (11) Bomnalui Gieok (6) Nongbui Sucheahwa (3) Cheonji Kkot Baram

Next Best: 10, 5

Fast Start: 3, 7, 10, 11

 

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

There is an abundance of speed engaged in the fourth, suggesting they will run the first half of the race in a good time as they sort themselves out. (12) SPEED BIRD was good on debut when winning over the five furlongs. The Kim Hag-soo trained galloper jumped quickly and led all the way clocking a good time for Class 6. Punters can expect another forward ride from Lee Hyeon-jong who partners the colt once again. (6) LUCKY BEOPJEON has been a model of consistency since beginning his racing career in June last year. Although he hasn’t notched his first win yet, he has finished in the top three on four occasions from five starts. He ran third behind Stretto last time out over this distance which reads well for this assignment. (11) SAMSEONG VIVA won over the 1300M last time out in class 6 company. Alan Munro will ride the three-year-old who appreciated sitting on speed last time out. (2) ROYAL GHOST is another looking for her first win. She has seven top four finishes from eight starts and has collected a cheque at her past two starts. From barrier two, she is a big chance to finish in the money once again.

Selections: (12) Speed Bird (6) Lucky Beopjeon (11) Samseong Viva (2) Royal Ghost

Next Best: 4, 5

Fast Start: 1, 5, 6, 9, 12

 

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

Plenty of in-form types clash in this nice-looking handicap. (8) DIA KEY steps up in class and distance following a good maiden win over 1000M on December 7th. He did previously weaken on debut at 1300M a month earlier but ran through the line well when winning and looks ready for the extended trip. (1) LUCKY MYEONGHO also comes up to the 1200M having a win and a runner-up finish, the latter at this class, over 1000M. Both he and Dia Key will be on pace from the start and the winner could come down to the one who sees out the trip better. (2) CHEONJI POKPUNG shouldn’t have too many problems with the distance having already won at further. He comes in off back to back 4th places and can improve on those today. (3) CAMP TOUCH and (7) DAEMA JIPUNG are others in the hunt.

Selections: (8) Dia Key (1) Lucky Myeongho (2) Cheonji Pokpung (3) Camp Touch

Next Best: 7, 12

Fast Start: 1, 8, 11

 

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

A field of twelve fillies and mares will face the starter in the sixth where they will go over the six furlongs. (7) JEOLYE was admirable last start when breaking maiden status. From barrier seven, the Secret Circle filly was never closer than four wide from the rail. She lost considerable ground on the turn before hitting overdrive and going on for a good win. She is penalized 3kg, but she showed last time out that she’s tough. (10) CLEANUP SHINE lines up for her second start after a respectable debut. The Awesome Of Course filly comes out of the Jeolye race where she finished third, beaten just over a length. With a bigger advantage in the weight scale, she can threaten. (4) NALARA HILL is one of the Korean-bred gallopers engaged who has won a couple in the easier grades. She has shown at her last two starts she can be competitive in this grade. She finished fourth last start behind Platinum Euro when one-paced through the line. (1) MOONHAK MISCHIEF finished third behind Mark Story on debut and then was somewhat disappointing at her second start when finishing midfield. She’s drawn well and can bounce back in this event.

Selections: (7) Jeolye (10) Cleanup Shine (4) Nalara Hill (1) Moonhak Mischief

Next Best: 6, 12

Fast Start: 1, 2, 4, 10

 

Race 7: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(1) JEONGMUN SUMMIT registered two good wins at 1200M and 1000M and was sent off favourite at 1300M on November 24th. From a wide draw and after a bump at the start, he was unable to get to the front and then over raced around the turn before weakening. (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 21)

The final weekend of racing at Seoul for 2019 gets underway on Saturday with 11 races from 10.45 to 18.00:

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

Twelve debutants line up in the first on the card where a couple of them have shown some ability with soft trial performances. (8) LUISA was nominated for an event a few weeks back but was scratched on race day. She looks one that may be ready to hit the ground running early. She covered additional ground due to a wide draw in her trial and let down nicely in the straight to finish second. She is by Federalist and out of a handy mare in Kkakjaengi who won six races and amassed over US$500k. She’s a well-developed two-year-old (477kg) and will be watched with interest. (2) ALL BAEK won her trial in good fashion and should be considered a winning threat. The Hansen filly cornered awkwardly in her trial but won her heat in an effortless performance. Ham Wan Sik rode a couple of these in their trials and has elected to go with her. (1) LONDON HEAT posted a fair time but was urged along in her trial similar to that of race conditions. She has drawn well and should be kept safe in selections. (7) GLOBAL SUN finished second in her trial when lining up on a wet rated track. The horse’s silks have had plenty of success of late.

Selections (8) Luisa (2) All Baek (1) London Heat (7) Global Sun

Next Best 4, 5

Fast Start 1, 2

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

A lackluster field of twelve will face the starter in the second on the card over the short course. (6) JILJUUI KKUM lines up for her second career start after finishing fourth on debut. She ran on strongly at her first career start a posted a relatively fast time. If Choi Bum-Hyun can get her to sit slightly closer to the speed in the run she will take some holding out. (7) LAKE STAR is another having her second start after finishing midfield on debut. The lack of strength of her opposition in this race means she can run into some money. She showed a reasonable turn of foot last time out. (10) GLOBAL WANGJA ran fourth in his trial in only a fair time but thay may be good enough to collect a cheque. With the awkward draw he may be forced to settle rearwards and save his effort for the home straight. (2) SUPER PARK was well beaten on debut but it was a much stronger affair. With the drop in class, combined with a better draw keep her safe in your numbers.

Selections (6) Jiljuui Kkum (7) Lake Star (10) Global Wangja (2) Super Park

Next Best 8, 9

Fast Start 9

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

The third on the card will see the maiden gallopers stretched out to the 1700m. (10) CHEONNYEONUI GODO was disappointing last time out when one paced through the line over 1300m. His performances prior were strong enough to suggest he is a winning hope in this event. He ran over the 1700m three starts back when finishing fourth in an event superior to this assignment. (1) BAEKDUSAN CHEONJI ran a better race last time out. The Hansen two-year-old ran on fairly from the tail to finish fifth over 1300m. He may be better suited by the 1700m giving him more time to find his rhythm and work into the race. (8) SEN KING sat on speed last time out when yielding ground in the straight to finish fifth. He ran over 1700m two starts back when using the same tactics and finished midfield. Given the lack of depth in the field anything sitting on speed may be able to hold on for some minor money. (3) HONAM DAERO looks next best after finishing third over the same distance last time out. The three-year-old did not clock an impressive time but he showed some fight in the run home.

Selections (10) Cheonnyeonui Godo (1) Baekdusan Cheonji (8) Sen King (3) Honam Daero

Next Best 12, 11

Fast Start 3, 8

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

The fourth race will see a field of twelve line up over the two turns at Class 5 level. (5) STRONG QUEEN looks ready to break through after being the bridesmaid and not the bride at three of her five career starts to date. A big positive is the rider change with Grand Prix winning jockey Antonio Da Silva being legged aboard. She is likely to settle just behind the speed and fly home. (7) GEUMSUNI STAR looks a winning chance as well consistently finishing in the top four at his past few starts. The three-year-old finished behind a very nice two-year-old in the form of Determination last time out. He has been running times that will see him one of the main chances in the race. (8) QUIET ADELE broke maiden status last time out in a weaker affair. The two-year-old will be stretched out to the 1700m for this first time after showing a nice turn of foot last time out. She has the featherweight of 52.5kg and will be steaming home in the final stages. (9) BLACK GINGA has been thereabouts and can run into some minor money once again.

Selections (5) Strong Queen (7) Geumsuni Star (8) Quiet Adele (9) Black Ginga

Next Best 10, 1

Fast Start 6

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

The fifth race is an interesting affair with some progressive gallopers engaged. (11) GLOBAL THUNDER looks a nice galloper coming off a last start win. He has a mature racing style with him settling well just behind the speed last time out before being extricated of heels and running the pacemakers down. The time wasn’t the fastest however he will take improvement from that run and he also looked like he had another gear that wasn’t used. (4) P.K. HILL backed up his maiden victory with an impressive second behind Elite Lady. She is a speedy type who has drawn well and may even lead. (7) RED SUN ran on well last time out when getting well back in the run early. The Ecton Park three-year-old is likely to be beaten for speed in the early stages but should flood home. (9) SPECTOR QUEEN is another back marker who has shown a good turn of foot in the weaker grades. She ran a good time on a dry track last start and a similar performance will see her figure in this assignment.

Selections (11) Global Thunder (4) P.K Hill (7) Red Sun (9) Spector Queen

Next Best 10, 8, 12

Fast Start 5

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

The sixth race on the card will see another field of Class 5 gallopers line up over the 1000m where the on-speed engagements look the main chances. (3) LUCKY SANGUN set the track alight last time out when clocking 59.9 for the 1000m on a sloppy track. The Old Fashioned two-year-old has drawn ideally to sit on speed once again and will be benefited by the claim of Kim Deok-Hyeon. (1) CUPID HONEY looks the main threat after an impressive start to his racing career winning at just his second start. Lee Hyeok will ride the two-year-old for the first time and is likely to try and keep Lucky Sangun outside of him and not give up the lead. (4) SENTOSA is a ten start maiden but a win doesn’t look too far away. The filly comes of a fourth last time out when somewhat one paced through the line. She has finished in the top four at her past nine starts and continues to earn. (7) MISSILE CANDY looks best of the rest after running on well last time out from well back.

Selections (3) Lucky Sangun (1) Cupid Honey (4) Sentosa (7) Missile Candy

Next Best 8, 12

Fast Start 1, 3

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

There does not appear to be an outright pacemaker in the seventh race where the majority of gallopers like to settle midfield or worse. (7) GEUM ROYAL is looking for three straight wins. The progressive type won in good style last time out when winning by four lengths. The three-year-old will have apprentice Kim Deok-Hyeon aboard once again who has not been defeated on the Chapel Royal colt to date. Although the galloper has the claim, the weight is the biggest concern rising four kilograms on his last win. (11) RAON HANNIBAL has been impressive to date in the weaker grades. The filly finished third last time out when having her first try at Class 4 level. The wide draw makes it tough but she is lightly weighted and a good ride from Lee Hyeok will see her in the mix at the business end. (6) BAEKDUUI JEONGSANG finished second behind Geum Royal last time out. The four-year-old carried 1.5kg more than the winner last time out whilst this time he will get a 2kg weight advantage. Leading rider Kim Yong-Geun will be legged aboard which is also a positive. (10) JEMA TEUKGEUP has previously won in this class and should be considered an each-way prospect. The filly comes off a last start third when hitting the line hard.

Selections (7) Geum Royal (11) Raon Hannibal (6) Baekduui Jeongsang (10) Jema Teukgeup

Next Best 5, 4

Fast Start 2, 7

Race 8: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The imported maidens will take to the track in the eighth where the field is inexperienced (4) LORD BAN has had just the two starts and placed on both occasions. The two-year-old finished behind a handy type in Mark Story last time out and looks hard to beat. He tried to lead last time out before being ran down. Expect Song Jae-Chul to employ the same tactics from barrier four combined with limited early speed drawn inside of him. (9) SOUL MERIT showed improvement at his second career start. The American Pharoah colt ran through the line well after settling midfield. He is lightly weighted, if Choi Bum Hyun manages to get him one off the fence he should have a soft enough run to steam home. (2) DORAON POPEYE has had two race starts yielding two placings. The gelding ran a good time last start over the same distance, a similar time in this event will see him collect some money. (8) MOONHAK EMPIRE ran through the line fairly at his first start. With some natural improvement at his second start he can finish in the top four.

Selections (4) Lord Ban (9) Soul Merit (2) Doraon Popeye (8) Moonhak Empire

Next Best 7, 1

Fast Start 4

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

The ninth on the card has plenty of in-form gallopers, some proven in Class 3 company whilst some look progressive types coming off Class 4 victories. Whilst there appears to be plenty of early speed engaged, (11) GAON FORCE looks one that has the speed to overcome his wide draw and either find the fence or sit outside the leader. His last win was impressive showing early dash and going on to win. He’s proven over 1700m in good time suggesting he will take some beating. (2) SEMYEONG GISANG comes off a win over the same distance last time out in Class 4 company. The Clear Attempt colt did a brilliant job to lug the 57kg over the two turns and post a good time. He is aided by the claim of Moon Sung-Hyeok. (1) TRI THUNDER has been in good form winning two of his past three. He hasn’t been given much respect of late when being sent out at juicy odds but he has proved the he has ability. He has sat in the leading division at his past few starts and the inside draw will mean he will get every chance. (4) SMARTY BLUE should be respected. He is hard to gauge as this is his first run since July but he trialed well and he has a record of six top three finishes from ten starts including three wins.

Selections (11) Gaon Force (2) Semyeong Gisang (1) Tri Thunder (4) Smarty Blue

Next Best 3, 5

Fast Start 2, 4, 7, 11

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

The tenth is another 1700m event for the Class 3 gallopers. (9) DANCING BLADE looks hard to beat coming of a third last start behind the impressive Raymond. The filly is second up this preparation and she should strip fitter after her first up performance. Antonio Da Silva replaces Kim Yong Geun. (8) HWANSANG STAR finished second behind Jewangui Byeol in a race that quite a few of these runners are coming out of. The Violence three-year-old ran through the line well and has been a model of consistency of late. (2) CALL WIN appears the best drawn of the favoured gallopers engaged. He won two in a row, including one in this class before finishing third in the Jewangui Byeol race. He has been racing on speed at his past few starts which seems to be working yielding the two wins and a placing. (6) SLING STONE has shown plenty of potential is his eleven start career to date. He finished midfield last time out in his first attempt in Class 3 company. Prior to last start he put successive wins together in Class 4 company.

Selections (9) Dancing Blade (8) Hwansang Star (2) Call Win (6) Sling Stone

Next Best 7, 10

Fast Start 2, 9

Race 11: Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

A compact field of nine will face the starter in the last on the card. (5) PENETRO looks a good chance in a race with limited chances. The Spicule gelding was hindered by his natural early speed last time out when jumping well only to have three of his rivals kick up and keep him wide throughout. He looks one that will park just off the speed and run home strong as we saw two starts back when defeating the talented Yaho Smart Cat. (3) M J POWER looks the natural danger and may start favourite in the event. He comes out of the Kookje Shinmun Cup where he was outclassed down at Busan. He was a Class 2 winner two starts back when given a peach of a ride from Lim Gi Won. He is a consistent type and is a winning chance. (9) PHEONIX SUN has gone off the boil of late but is has plenty of talent. He hasn’t had a run for three months which is maybe what he needs to reinvigorate his performances. The lightly raced six-year-old has won five races from twelve starts and is a Class 2 winner back in April. (2) CREMOA POWER is another that has ability but hasn’t been putting his best foot forward of late. In a weak Class 2 event he is a chance of running into some minor money.

Selections (5) Penetro (3) M J Power (9) Pheonix Sun (2) Cremoa Power

Next Best 6, 4

Fast Start 3

Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (December 15)

There are Sunday cards at both Seoul (11 races from 10.45 to 18.00) and Busan (6 races from 12.40 to 17.05). Here are the previews:

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

Twelve two-year-olds line up over the 1000m in the first on the card. (5) HANSEN CHOICE was impressive on debut when finishing second behind Road Ran over the 1000m. She ran a good time in comparison to what we have seen from her rivals in this race. Leading rider Kim Yong-Geun will be legged aboard once again and is likely to work forward on her from barrier five. The chestnut is unique to look at with three white socks and splashes of grey through her coat no doubt from her sire Hansen. (2) BIG PLAN enters the race coming off a solid trial. The filly will jump from barrier two and should be able to enjoy a run just behind the leading division. (1) GWANGYA SIDAE looks a chance to figure if she can find some improvement on her debut run. She ran fourth on a sloppy rated track when jumping from the inside. (6) SAENAE CHOICE was sent for a break after her debut in July and has since trialed. She finished midfield in the trial in a reasonable time.

Selections (5) Hansen Choice (2) Big Plan (1) Gwangya Sidae (6) Saenae Choice

Next Best 7, 3

Fast Start 1, 5

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

The two-year-olds will again line up in the second where we have six debutants and six gallopers lining up for their second career start. (3) MONEY SIJANG ran a promising race on when debuting to finish second behind Nunbusin Hansen. Lee Hyeon-Jong will jump aboard the Peace Rules filly where he will be looking to ride her forward as per last start. (8) CHEONJI BARAM looks one that will appreciate the step up to 1300m after running through the line strong over 1000m on debut. The colt ran a fair time on a rain affected track and with improvement at his second start looks an each way chance. (2) BLUE CHARM ran on well last start but got too far back in the early part of the race. Kim Yong-Geun stays aboard the Colors Flying suggesting he must have a reasonable engine. (6) HERITAGE will benefit from his first up run and should be in better condition this time around.

Selections (3) Money Sijang (8) Cheonji Baram (2) Blue Charm (6) Heritage

Next Best 1, 7

Fast Start 3, 6, 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

There is plenty of in-form gallopers in the Class 5 event where we see the Korean-breds line up over the 1000m. (4) COMPLETE KINGDOM looks one of the main chances after a good performance in Munhwa Ilbo Cup when fifth behind the well-performed Roller Blade. The Colors Flying colt is now back in Class 5 company with just 53kg on his back. He looks one that can go through the easier grades quickly. (3) CHEONHA YEOJE finished second behind an impressive winner in the form of East Jet. He’s one of the likely pacemakers and has drawn ideally to get the run of the race. (9) YULONG FLYING has been a model of consistency since resuming from a spell back in Jul. He has finished second at his past two starts in good time and cannot be discounted. (1) SONGAM CANDY broke through at just his second start last time out. He ran on from midfield over the 1000m and looks one to follow as he is stretched out in distance.

Selections (4) Complete Kingdom (3) Cheonha Yeoje (9) Yulong Flying (1) Songam Candy

Next Best 8, 11

Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 11

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

The fourth on the card has an evenly matched field to line up over the 1300m. (6) SUNSHINE TEUKGEUP has had plenty of starts when compared to the majority of her counterparts but her recent runs have been good. She comes out of races where they ran significantly faster times and she was not far away last start. (11) DASHING CANOE will have her third fourth start in Class 5 company, but she is one that can figure in a race with no standout. She has been settling rearwards in her runs and looks as if she will have to once again with gate elevent. (12) COILRO looks an each-way chance for our newest expat trainer Tony Castanheira. The Chapel Royal filly finished second last time out when three lengths behind Yeonhui Ilchul. She needs further improvement to be a winning chance. (9) NUNBUSIN HANSEN is expected to be a main player in the market. Kim Yong-Geun sticks with the lightly weighted filly which is a good push for punters.

Selections (6) Sunshine Teukgeup (11) Dashing Canoe (12) Coilro (9) Nunbusin Hansen

Next Best 7, 11

Fast Start 7,9

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

The first over two turns will see a field of twelve go over 1700m at Class 5 level. (1) CITY SONGAM looks the one to beat coming off a second behind Cutie Barbie. He’s an on-speed runner so the inside draw should see him work forward and take some running down in a mediocre event. (3) GOLD LEVEL has been in reasonable form and looks an each way chance. The filly ran on well from midfield last time out over the same distance. She gets a three-kilogram advantage on City Songam but she cannot get too far back in the run. (7) HAETBINNA gets his easiest assignment in some time and can run into the money. The seven-year-old will have to carry equal top weight as he dropped back in class two starts back. (10) MENI SPEED finished off fairly last time out in a slowly ran race. The Menifee three-year-old has lacked early speed at his past couple of starts and with gate ten he will most likely settle midfield or worse.

Selections (1) City Songam (3) Gold Level (7) Haetbinna (10) Meni Speed

Next Best 11, 9

Fast Start 1

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

Wide open race over the mile at Busan with several having serious claims on the win. We’ll side with last start winner (9) CASTEL CORE to overcome the 3kg penalty extra he has to carry today and win again. He loves the distance and has beaten several of these in recent outings. Although that win on November 10th, was his maiden, he looks to have more in the tank. (1) MARU JJANG ran 2nd to Castel Core in that race a month ago. It was the second time in a row he has finished within half a length of our pick and he can get close to him once more. (5) TOUCH STAR MAN had to be scratched from a planned start two weeks ago when he got caught in the gate prior to the start. He’s suffered no ill-effects and steps up to a mile for the first time with his last start form having taken a boost by the horse he beat, Thunder King, striking by nine-lengths on Friday. He should be a real factor here. (12) LEGACY is another who tackles a mile for the first time today and comes in off the back of two good 3rd places over 1300M. (7) FINAL FRONT looks best of a talented rest.

Selections: (9) Castel Core (5) Touch Star Man (12) Legacy (7) Final Front

Next Best: 1, 8

Fast Start: 7, 9, 12

Seoul Race 6: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

The sixth on the card in far from the strongest Class 4 we have seen at Seoul. (8) MUSTANG RUN looks hard to beat coming off a last start second over the same distance. Lee Hyeok will ride the chestnut who is likely to push forward in the early stages. The past two runs of (6) MEOTJIN WANGJA suggests that the two-year-old will appreciate the step up to the 1700m for the first time. The Temple City colt ran through the line strongly last start and he gives Boo Min-Ho a good chance to notch his first

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Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (December 7)

It’s Grand Prix Eve! We’ll have a full preview of Sunday’s big race up later but in the meantime there is a big Saturday card at Seoul to get through with 13 races from 10:45 to 18:00.

Here are the previews – Alan Munro could well be the jockey to follow today with plenty of live chances:

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

The opener is a juvenile maiden with a full field of twelve, all but two of whom have raced before. The pick is (6) GEOMPO, who races for the fourth time having gotten progressively closer across his preceding three. He was sent off as odds-on favourite last start only to go down by a length to good winner Wish Me, but is well worth another chance today, Lee Hyeon-jong will send him to the front and he can lead all the way. Top Busan jockey Seo Seung-un is in town to ride in Sunday’s Grand Prix Stakes and he picks up a nice ride in the shape of (12) MONEY CHAMP. He’s recorded solid times in his three outings to date and should be aiming to at least match the runner-up finish he scored a month ago, (2) CHEONGSAN GASE has hinted at ability and may improve but it’s the two first-timers who look next best. Both (5) DREAM GIRLS and (10) GLORY FIGHTER looked competent in trials and both should go well first-up.

Selections (6) Geompo (12) Money Champ (5) Dream Girls (10) Glory Fighter
Next Best 2, 11
Fast Start 2, 5, 6, 12

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

(9) CHOEGANG TEUKGEUP performed creditably for 2nd place on debut over 1000M on November 2nd, finishing three-lengths behind Lucky Myeongho, who last week went on to finish runner-up at a higher level. He steps up slightly in trip today and he could well be the one to beat. (4) A TO Z and (2) JEONJEONGSAGUEM came home 3rd and 4th respectively when they raced each other at this distance on what was both of their debuts on November 10th. There was just a neck between them that day and both should be in the hunt to match or better those finishes today. (6) HEUNGHAENG JILJU displayed poor manners on his first try at this distance last start but still managed to finish 4th and he can go better here. (10) RUFFIAN PARK overcame a poor start last time to run 3rd over this trip and is another in the frame.

Selections (9) Choegang Teukgeup (10) Ruffian Park (6) Heunghaeng Jilju (2) Jeonjeongsaguem
Next Best 4, 12
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 9

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

Alan Munro is aboard another leading chance here with (10) SAMSEONG VIVA set to be favourite. He ran a solid 2nd on his third career start – and first over this distance – on November 2nd, running on well but unable to get to a good winner. He’s drawn wide but should be able to overcome that to get on pace and can win. (12) CHOEGANG MAGIC had a poor day at the office last start but is better than that having previously managed a 2nd and a 3rd place and looks well worth another shot here to return to the money. (1) HAWKUI YEONGGWANG missed the kick by a length last time but recovered to run 3rd, one place ahead of (4) SAEROUN BOBAE in 4th. Both will be aiming to match those finishes today. (3) A. P. PATEK raced greenly for 4th on debut four weeks ago and with better manners can improve further here.

Selections (10) Samseong Viva (3) A. P. Patek (12) Choegang Magic (1) Hawkui Yeonggwang
Next Best 4, 9
Fast Start 2, 4, 7, 10

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens with only two of the twelve having lined up in the gate before. Neither (7) DIA KEY nor (11) GOSOK JUHAENG impressed at all on their respective debuts although Dia Key didn’t do much wrong and has scope for improvement. That means we’ll turn to the first-timers to find our picks. (12) ICE PUNCH is a half-brother to a number of decent ones, most notably Mirae Yeongung, a winner of 11 from 39 across his career. Ice Punch looked good when 2nd in a trial at the end of October and despite the wide draw, looks a real chance here. Filly (10) CHEONGDAM YEOGEOL also ran well for 2nd in her trial just a couple of weeks ago and should be the principal danger. (4) POTENTIAL ENERGY and (8) RAON HIGH are others who caught the eye in the mornings and can transfer their talents to the races.

Selections (12) Ice Punch (10) Cheongdam Yeogeol (8) Raon High (7) Dia Key
Next Best 4, 2
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 8

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

One should really exercise caution when recommending a twenty-eight race maiden but if (5) CITY CHAMP runs like he did when a close at hand 5th over class and distance on November 17th, then he really should be winning this. It was a competitive time for this level – helped by a wet track – and continued his run of good form. If today isn’t his day, it may well never be. (2) DAE YONGWANG is up in class having scored his maiden win last start. He now has a win and a 2nd place in two attempts at this distance and can maintain his good run of form today, although he will probably need to improve on the times he’s registered if he is to win. (4) WONDERFUL DANCER also comes up in class following a maiden win last start over 1300M. A previous try around two-turns didn’t go especially well but he looks ready for another crack at it today. Also up in trip is (1) ECHO FIRST ON. He’s an import who found himself demoted from class 4 but looks to have ended up in a nice spot here with his latest effort encouraging. (7) PRINCE OF SUN best of the rest.

Selections (5) City Champ (2) Dae Yongwang (1) Echo First On (4) Wonderful Dancer
Next Best 7, 11
Fast Start 4, 7

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

(4) GO UP made all on debut over this distance on November 9th to record a stylish looking win. Accordingly, she’s up in class as she makes her return today but she looks to have plenty of potential and won’t need to improve by very much in order to win this. This is a decent looking race though. (8) EAGLE EYE ran out a nine-length winner at this distance last month and also steps up in class. She’ll have to go some to repeat that but nevertheless will be competitive at this level. (10) WINNER BLUE left himself too much to do when 3rd last start. Expect him to be ridden on pace today and he can be a danger. (3) CHO ORONG MA and (6) MASYA both enter with recent form reading well and both look good to challenge for at least the places.

Selections (4) Go Up (8) Eagle Eye (10) Winner Blue (3) Cho Orong Ma
Next Best 6, 7, 12
Fast Start 1, 4, 10, 12

Race 7: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Very competitive race with plenty having solid claims. (2) MENI STAND blew the start and blew his chances when racing at class and distance on November 2rd. She had been going well prior to that and provided she gets out of the gate on good order today, should get much closer. (10) JANGSU NABOM is up in class following an all the way score over this distance at the start of November. This is significantly stiffer but if he gets in front again, he may well go close. (1) CHEONGSU BIG EAR and (4) SEUNGNI JEONSEOL had less than a length separating them when they came home 3rd and 4th in what was arguably a stronger race than this on October 20th. Both have serious chances here. Among the rest, (6) BLUE DAEJAYEON remains a maiden but has shown he is capable of running a time and could end up in the mix today.

Selections (2) Meni Stand (1) Cheongsu Big Ear (10) Jangsu Nabom (4) Seungni Jeonseol
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 6, 10, 11, 12

Race 8: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Having run 3rd on debut in September, (2) GLOBAL PARTY returned and put in a rare sub one-minute time over the 1000M to win by three-lengths on November 3rd. He gets another crack at this class and while he does carry more weight and tackles an additional furlong and a half, he looks a worthy favourite. (10) GEUMJAYU looked all at sea in her first two efforts but has started to figure things out in her second two, running 3rd and 2nd, last time beating a couple of her rivals here. She led until close to the finish last time and should be on speed again. Another one in the leading division early will be (3) MOONHAK MISCHIEF. She did nothing wrong when 3rd on debut in a decent race over 1000M and can build on it today. (7) GOLDEN SERVICE and (12) EUNEO CHUKJE are others in at least the placing frame.

Selections (2) Global Party (10) Geumjayu (3) Moonhak Mischief (7) Golden Service
Next Best 12, 9
Fast Start 2, 3, 7, 10

Race 9: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) DYNAMIC PUNCH has moved rapidly up the classes with back to back wins and the manner of his latest one, where he crushed a useful looking class 5 field by a full six-lengths suggests there is plenty more to come. From an ideal draw, he’ll aim to lead all the way again and is likely to be hot favourite to complete his hat-trick. (1) STRIDE UP’s recent form has been good and he beat three of these on his way to his second consecutive 3rd place finish last time out. He’ll sit behind the early speed and finish strongly. (7) MAMMA ROMA pulled hard first-up three weeks and then failed to see out the 1700M. She should be better for that run and can improve today. (9) CHAMP K was 5th behind Stride Up last start and can get closer while (11) RAON PATRICK is better than her latest couple of efforts suggest and she too can challenge for some minor money.

Selections (3) Dynamic Punch (1) Stride Up (7) Mamma Roma (9) Champ K
Next Best 11, 2
Fast Start 2, 3, 10, 11

Race 10: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Having finished as an also-ran in the Korean Derby and Minister’s Cup, (11) DO KKI BLADE was given four months off and seemed to benefit for it when running out a seven-length winner on his return to action on October. He comes in fresh again here following nine more weeks off and while up in class, looks very much the one to beat again. He’s drawn wide but will attempt to get across and make all. (7) HYEONMU was the longest shot on the board when pulling off a shock win at class and distance on November 2nd. Lightning probably won’t strike twice although that day’s runner-up (2) GUREUM SONJITHAE can aim for a place again. A bigger danger is likely to be (6) MIREU STORM. He’s run 2nd in three of his latest four outings, all of them at class and distance and 2nd will be a minimum aim again. (5) VALLEY QUEEN is up in class after showing lots of speed over 1000M. This is her first try at further than the minimum distance and if she gets the trip, she’ll go close. (3) WONDERFUL TRUTH found herself overmatched in the Jeju Governor’s Cup last month but should be better in shallower waters today.

Selections (11) Do Kki Blade (6) Mireu Storm (5) Valley Queen (3) Wonderful Truth
Next Best 2, 1
Fast Start 2, 3, 5, 11

Race 11: Class 3 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

Two starts into a comeback, (6) GOLD HAMMER came from just off the pace to secure his maiden win at class and distance on November 3rd. He carries an additional 3kg today, but looks to have plenty of potential for further progress and he is the one to beat. (3) SABA KINGDOM is up in class having won his latest two, both at this distance, in fine order. He’ll be up with the pace from the start and the favourite will have to try and come past him. (9) ALIBABA MARINE’s woeful performance last start can be explained by the fact he was found to be lame afterwards. He’s had two months off since and back fully fit, should be a very different proposition today. (4) CHANGE MAKER too has excuses for his poor run last time, having missed the jump, and should be better here. (7) UP LIGHT looks best of the rest.

Selections (6) Gold Hammer (3) Saba Kingdom (4) Change Maker (9) Alibaba Marine
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 3, 8, 11

Race 12: Class 2 (1800M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

(2) MYEONGPUM CHUKJE finished 5th, 4th and 2nd in the three legs of the Triple Crown this year and comes in having been an also-ran in last month’s President’s Cup. He was 4th on his first try at this class back in September and has the ability to win this. There is a big danger though in the shape of (9) COLORFUL JOY. A winner of four from seven in total, he steps up in class having scored over 1700M with a front-running performance back in October. He tackles the additional half furlong for the first time but that shouldn’t be a problem and he has every chance of winning again. (5) RAPIDOCUS returned to form with a strong 2nd place last time and while he hasn’t yet lived up to his early promise as the competition has become stiffer, he still has plenty of time. He’ll be ridden patiently here and can finish strongly. (12) SUPER FLUID was 3rd behind Rapidocus last start and can aim for another placing finish here. (4) MEGALIOS is a class and distance winner and warrants respect.

Selections (9) Colorful Joy (2) Myeongpum Chukje (5) Rapidocus (12) Super Fluid
Next Best 4, 8
Fast Start 2, 6, 7, 11

Race 13: Class 1 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

(11) SKY BAY spent the summer and autumn chasing home Silver Wolf in all three legs of the Queens’ Tour, finishing 4th, 2nd and 4th. She returns to handicaps here very nicely weighted and if she’s at the top of her game, she’ll take some beating. (2) ANOTHER SMART ONE is two starts into a comeback following six months out. He’s posted fast times when running 5th ion both those races which were arguably better than today’s. A similar run should see him much closer. (9) GANGTOMA went a bit cold over the summer but comes in after three months off and should be better for the layoff. (7) WINNER RED’s recent runs have been in Stakes and Listed company and he is another who should appreciate the more limited opposition today. (10) DYNAMIC JULJU is best of the rest.

Selections (11) Sky Bay (2) Another Smart One (9) Gangtoma (7) Winner Red
Next Best 10, 5
Fast Start 1, 2