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

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

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

Busan World Sun

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

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

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

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

Next Best 2, 5

Fast Start 8


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

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

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

Next Best 6, 5

Fast Start 12, 4


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

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

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

Next Best 9, 3

Fast Start 5, 9


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

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

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

Next Best 5, 1

Fast Start 9, 10


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

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

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

Next Best 9, 12

Fast Start 4, 7, 8, 5


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

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

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 23)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul with 12 races from 10:45 to 18:00. The feature is the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup, the top race at the track open to imported juveniles. A full field of 14 will line up for the Listed event over six-furlongs.

There were 2 dead-heats for minor placings at Busan yesterday

In other news, Royce (@Roycee28) is back in Korea and chips in with today’s previews:

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

There are plenty of two-year-olds on debut in the first of the day. The effort of (9) SHINE FIGHTER on debut was good when going down a length to finish third behind Raon Dancer. The Rock Hard Ten filly clocked 61.8 for the 1000m on a good track. She’s drawn somewhat awkward but we saw her be one of the first to leave last time out so it should not be an issue. (10) GLOBAL THUNDER was overshadowed by winner Raon Tap Man when debuting last start to go down nine lengths and finish second. Regardless of the margin, he still ran 61.6 on a good track which will see him go a long way in this assignment. (6) ULTRA ANNIE overcame a wide gate on debut to finish third. She was beaten five lengths, but with the better draw she should get closer to the fence and enjoy a more economical run. (2) UNOECHANGCHEON is on debut but trialed well when qualifying. She is by a little known stallion in Tout but her dam won her a couple over 1400m. Watch what she does today as a guide.

Selections (9) Shine Fighter (10) Global Thunder (6) Ultra Annie (2) Unoechangcheon

Next Best 3, 8

Fast Start 9, 10

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

Another bunch of two-year-olds are engaged in the second with five of them previously having a start. The unraced (5) LUISA 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. (1) CUPID HONEY showed speed his first start before tiring in the straight. The time was respectable when comparing it to his opposition. Expect improvement second-up. (12) MONEY SILK was beaten a big margin on debut when fourth behind Geuma Kitten. The Any Given Saturday colt will improve off his first run when he ran through the line fairly. (7) BRAVO GWACHEON is expected to be in the market. He is another one beaten a big margin on debut but did manage to beat the majority of the field home.

Selections (5) Luisa (1) Cupid Honey (12) Money Silk (7) Bravo Gwacheon

Next Best 11, 6

Fast Start 1

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

The third on the card has twelve runners engaged with most coming of sub-par performances. (2) NONGBUI SUCHEAHWA looks hard to beat after finishing second last start over the 1000m. The Exploit filly settled midfield and let down nicely to record a good time of 61.8 on a dry track. If she can settle close to the speed from a good draw she should take some beating. Alan Munro will be legged aboard (5) COMPLETE MOTION who has placed over the 1300m prior. She settled well back last time out as early speed is not her forte, however with a slightly better draw she may be able to position behind the leading division and run into the money. (12) DASI DUSON will be given her first run beyond 1000m. The two-year-old will be partnered by Kim Deok-Hyeon who will most likely let her find her own feet early on in the race. (8) CHOGANGGUK passed a few in the straight last time out and is worth including in the novelties.

Selections (2) Nongbui Sucheahwa (5) Complete Motion (12) Dasi Duson (8) Chogangguk

Next Best 5, 12

Fast Start 7, 10

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

The fourth race has another field of maidens lining up over the 1300m. (9) SAENAE SPURT has improved with each run and based on his last effort looks a winning chance. The son of Menifee only went down half a length last time out over the same distance when running a handy time on a good rated track. Look for his four white socks hitting the line strong. On exposed form it appears (6) CHEONNYEONUI GODO looks a good each-way chance. The Clear Attempt colt finished second last time out behind Manse when overcoming the outside draw. Lee Dong-Ha retains the ride with previous performances suggesting he will work forward shortly after they jump. (8) POWER PRIDE was fair last time out when finishing fifth over the 1300m. He was ridden closer to the speed than anticipated and may appreciate less pressure in the early stages. (2) DIECO improved at his second start to place over the 1000m. Keep him safe in the minor placings as he attempts the 1300m for the first time.

Selections (9) Saenae Spurt (6) Cheonnyeonui Godo (8) Power Pride (2) Dieco

Next Best 11, 4

Fast Start 4, 5

Race 5: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

A field of twelve will line up over the two turns in the fifth on the card. Consistent type (5) GEUMA ZENITH looks the one to beat as he continues on his way through the grades. The Hansen colt finished third last time out over the 1700m behind Saba Kingdom whilst the start beforehand he won in similar company to this race. Drawn gate five he should works forward to sit on speed and proved hard to run down albeit with the 57kg on his


Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 8)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11.30 to 18.00. Here are the previews:

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

(1) TOUCH STAR MAN has a 4th and a 2nd from two starts so fire and while he was the beaten favourite last time but should make no mistake today. Seo Seung-un rides on what is his first mount back after a three-month suspension and it should be a winning one. There are a couple of dangers though. (4) VERRA DAY was a solid 2nd on debut at this distance on October 6th. He was beaten ten-lengths by a very good winner but showed enough to suggest a win of his own will come soon. (7) FASHION KEY also ran well for 4th on her debut and can improve here. (5) BEST HAPPY and (12) SPEED KINGDOM are others who can go well in what is a competitive race.

Selections (1) Touch Star Man (4) Verra Day (7) Fashion Key (5) Best Happy
Next Best 12, 11
Fast Start 1, 2, 5, 11

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

Small field and it’s hard to look past (5) YEONGSEONG BRAVO. An improved 2nd in decent company on his latest start on October 11th, he should have too much for this lot. (8) BEAUTIFUL KOREA and (3) SEUNGRIUI BULGIL came home 4th and 5th respectively in that same race and while they have a few lengths to make up, they look to be the most credible dangers here. (6) MAX POWER comes in having run a career best 3rd last start and can aim to match it here.

Selections (5) Yeongseong Bravo (3) Seungriui Bulgil (6) Max Power (8) Beautiful Korea
Next Best 1, 2
Fast Start 1, 2, 5

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

Tricky race. (8) TWO TWO DAY has run twice over 1000M and twice over a mile and has been steadily showing improvement. They split the difference with the distance today and he is likely to be ridden at the front and can win. Joining him on the early pace should be main danger (1) ECHO WHITE. She’s run 5th in both outings to date and will be expected to improve today. (9) PERFECT ANGEL ran well for 3rd on her latest start just two weeks ago and returns quickly with solid claims to at least match that today. (5) TIZ LINE and (6) YEOKJEONUI TAEYANG best of the rest.

Selections (8) Two Two Day (1) Echo White (9) Perfect Angel (5) Tiz Line
Next Best 6, 3
Fast Start 1, 8

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

Another competitive race. (9) DAEMANGUI GIL ran 3rd in the Gold Circle Trophy at the end of September and while he disappointed when favourite on his return over 1000M three weeks ago, looks worthy of another chance here. He’ll likely be on pace from the start and can go all the way. (3) SEOBU GENTLEMAN comes in having run 2nd and 3rd in his latest two and should be close by again. (6) KING DOMBO too was an improved 2nd on his latest over a mile and looks in with a shout of the places again. (5) GOLDEN MANE PARIS and (7) JILJU YEOHAENG are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (9) Daemangui Gil (3) Seobu Gentleman (6) King Dombo (5) Golden Mane Paris
Next Best 7, 1
Fast Start 3, 9

Race 5: Class 4 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

It took (1) ROYAL SOLDIER a couple of goes to figure things out but he has shot rapidly up in class having won his latest two in fine fashion. Both were at this distance and both were in fast times and a similar performance here should see him home on top again. (3) RAPTOR CORE ran 3rd in a fast time last start and while she was well beaten by a good winner, should go close here. At the other end of the experience scale, (4) RACHEL comes in following some consistent recent performances and should go close again. (5) EURO SHINHWA and (6) YEONGGWANGUICHEON are others in the hunt.

Selections (1) Royal Soldier (3) Raptor Core (4) Rachel (5) Euro Shinhwa
Next Best 6
Fast Start 1, 3, 6

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

(3) BANJIUI YOJEONG wan four times between March and June, winning two of them and returns here for the first time in five months. She absolutely blitzed a trial in the middle of October and if she brings that form to the races, she’ll be very hard to beat. (7) HAPPY YEOGEOL is up in class having won well over this distance four weeks ago, taking her record to two wins from three and she is the main danger here, most likely joining the favourite on the early pace. (6) SO MUCH GO led for much of his debut appearance a month ago, weakening a little late on and should have come on for that run. (1) B.K. SOUND and (4) JEONSAUI JILJU are both better than their respective latest outings suggest.

Selections (3) Banjiui Yojeong (7) Happy Yeogeol (6) So Much Go (4) Jeonsaui Jilju
Next Best 1, 8
Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 7

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

(5) ONE CHANCE has been consistent across eight starts so far and comes in following a strong 2nd place at this distance last time. She can settle just behind the early pace here and could well come out on top. (8) TRIPLE SILVER and (9) TOHAM STAR are both up in class having come home 1st and 2nd when they raced each other at this distance on October 11th. There was just a neck between them that day and both should be competitive at this level. The experienced (3) YEONGGWANGUIFACTOR had a poor day at the office over a mile last time but can be better dropped in trip today. (11) JOEUN HAE looks best of the rest.

Selections (5) One Chance (9) Toham Star (8) Triple Silver (3) Yeonggwanguifactor
Next Best 11, 1
Fast Start 6, 7, 9, 11

Race 8: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(1) KAHEKILI raced three times between April and June, winning one and running 2nd and 3rd in the other two. She hasn’t raced since but looked well when a close at hand 2nd in an October trial and she’ll be the one to beat here. (6) DAEJI JARANG remains a maiden but is up in class having run a good 2nd at this distance lats start and should be competitive at this level. (2) HAPPY AGAIN struggled last start over 1300M but should be better dropped in trip today. (3) LEMON EYE and (7) CHEONGPUNG NANHYANG are others who can find the places.

Selections (1) Kahekili (6) Daeji Jarang (2) Happy Again (3) Lemon Eye
Next Best 7, 4
Fast Start 1, 2, 8

Race 9: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(8) GRAND JILJU and (1) LEGACY were 1st and 2nd when they raced each other on a wet track at class and distance on October 18th. The pair of them look set to be the leading contenders here with Legacy slightly favoured to come out on top this time. (10) CENTUM BEONGAE recorded his maiden win at the third time of asking last month and is accordingly up in class today but with solid claims to be competitive at this level. He’ll be on pace from the start. (4) HIDDEN BOY and (9) MAJOR PUNCH are others who can go close.

Selections (1) Legacy (8) Grand Jilju (10) Centum Beongae (4) Hidden Boy
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 8, 10

Race 10: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(8) REVERSE SWEEP returned from almost eight months off to run a good 2nd at class and distance on October 11th. He should have come on for that run and will be the one they need to beat today. (1) ECHO SUN is rapidly up in class having won his latest two in fine style, most recently at this distance, and he’ll be competitive today. (2) SANGSEUNG POWER has run 4th and 5th in two starts at this class following a good win back in August and he too looks nicely in here. (7) AMAZON YEOGEOL hasn’t quite lived up to her early promise but could improve today while (9) WONDERFUL COUNTRY is another who will be expected to go close.

Selections (8) Reverse Sweep (2) Sangseung Power (9) Wonderful Country (1) Echo Sun
Next Best 7, 10
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

Race 11: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(8) SEONGSAN SIMON come sin off back to back runner-up finishes, both at 1400M and both times in similar strength company to today. He led last time before getting headed late on and back down in trip today can go one better. (1) FASHION OF MARINE was beaten by Seongsan Simon two starts back but ran a good 2nd behind the talented Seobu Cat a month ago and should be in the hunt here. (3) DAEJI CHAMP is another who has a recent reverse to Seongsan Simon but can get closer today. (6) CHEONNYEONUI BADA returns for the first time since March and looked good in trials.

Selections (8) Seongsan Simon (1) Fashion Of Marine (6) Cheonnyeonui Bada (3) Daeji Champ
Next Best 7, 2
Fast Start 1, 3, 4

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 2)

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 60 Million

We begin with juvenile maidens with five of the twelve having raced before. Of those five, (7) SHINY FIRE and (8) GYORYONGDEUKSU will be expected to push on from competent debuts and go close here. The favourite will be a first-time starter though. (4) BAEKSAN THUNDER ran out a ten-length winner of a trial on October 11th making all in a facile manner in a faster time than any of the experienced ones here managed on their racing debuts. If he brings that to the track today, he’ll not be beaten. Of the other newcomers, (6) HURRICANE SOCKS and (9) EAST ONE look to have the most promise at this stage.

Selections (4) Baeksan Thunder (8) Gyoryongdeuksu (7) Shiny Fire (6) Hurricane Socks
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 4, 7, 8, 12

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

More juvenile maidens this time with just three having previous experience. None of them have really caught the eye although the pair who have raced twice, (1) WONDERFUL ORANGE and (8) LUCKY MYEONGHO will be expected to improve here. That leaves us once more with first-timers. There were three standouts in trials. (11) RIDE LUCKY came from off the pace to record a strong 2nd in a good time. His stable has been in solid form of late and he is the likely favourite. The only trial winner among them is (10) USEUNG GAK, who made all to take his heat by a neck. It wasn’t particularly fast, but Moon Se Young is aboard, and he will attract plenty of support. (2) CUPID HONEY recorded the fastest trial time of any of them when 5th in a good heat last month.

Selections (11) Ride Lucky (10) Useung Gak (2) Cupid Honey (1) Wonderful Orange
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 1, 3, 8, 10

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

(4) JOEUN GAMUN ran an improved 3rd on what was his second career start on September 21st. He’s had six weeks off since and is nicely drawn to get to the lead here with solid claims of coming out on top this time. (1) DANGCAHN BARAM has run in two solid performances so far, last time finishing 5th in what was arguably a better race than this. She too should be on pace from the start and can go close. (9) STUNNING AGAIN has been up and down across eight starts so far but should be beating plenty of these. (6) DALRINEUN BITKKAL and (11) PEACE OF RULES look best of the rest.

Selections (4) Joeun Gamun (1) Dangchan Baram (9) Stunning Again (11) Peace Of Rules
Next Best 6, 7
Fast Start 1, 4, 9, 11

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

(2) CAPTAIN BEST comes in having run 2nd and 3rd from his latest two and needs only a top three finish to be bumped up in class. Last start he hung inwards to the extent he gave his jockey great difficulty riding him out and was accordingly sent back to trial. He came through that and if he behaves himself today, he should win. Main danger looks to be (3) JANGSU NABOM. After an indifferent debut, he’s recorded a 2nd and a 3rd, both at this distance and should be challenging Captain Best for the early lead. (10) P.K. DOLPUNG was well back in a good race last time but proved himself capable of running a decent time and can improve today. (4) SPECIAL CHAMP and first-timer (9) KING KANMOREU are others who can go close.

Selections (2) Captain Best (3) Jangsu Nabom (10) P.K. Dolpung (4) Special Champ
Next Best 9, 11
Fast Start 2, 3, 10

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

(1) NOLBU CHEONHA was an improved 3rd on his second career start on October 6th. He perhaps left himself a bit too much to do from a wide draw that day, but this time has the inside and can settle just behind the early speed and if he quickens the same way again, can win. (5) SAMSEONG VIVA also improved on his second start and should go even better stepped up in trip today. He’s the main danger although (7) PENUMBRA already has a 2nd place to his name at this distance and should go close again too. (2) SAEROUN BOBAE and (4) JACKS KHAN are others who can challenge for at least places.

Selections (1) Nolbu Cheonha (5) Samseong Viva (7) Penumbra (2) Saeroun Bobae
Next Best 4, 9
Fast Start 2, 3, 9

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

Good race this. (2) GALLOP CURLIN has run 2nd and 3rd in his latest two, both over this distance and a win seems likely sooner rather than later. He’ll go right to the front here and it could be today. (1) MIGHTY WING ran a good 2nd over 1700M last time out and dropping back in trip today looks to be the main danger, also from the front. (5) DAEGUN ILGAL has been hovering around the periphery of the places and also drops back from 1700M and into contention. (9) BEST EVER and (10) ACE CHAN are others who can be competitive in this company.

Selections (2) Gallop Curlin (1) Mighty Wing (5) Daegun Ilgal (10) Ace Chan
Next Best 9, 8
Fast Start 1, 2, 4

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

(5) STUNNING HANSEN should have too much here. A very good winner in a fast time over this distance on debut last month, she is up in class today but really should be repeating. (6) YULONG FLYING got his maiden win in impressive fashion at the start of September before running a solid 2nd on his first try at this class. He’ll join the favourite in challenging for the early lead and can go close. (4) SENTOSA is a maiden but rarely misses by much and should be around the places again. (10) BLUE DAEJAYEON and (11) LOOKING GOOD – the latter racing for the first time in six months but was looking good in an October trial – are others to consider.

Selections (5) Stunning Hansen (6) Yulong Flying (4) Sentosa (11) Looking Good
Next Best 10, 7
Fast Start 5, 6, 10, 11

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

(3) BLADE STORM returned from six months off to get his maiden win first-up in September. He followed that up by running 3rd on his first try at this class on October 5th. Both those races were over 1000M, but he looks ready to tackle the increased distance and is the one to beat here. (12) MASEONG JILJU steps up in class having registered his maiden win at the fourth time of asking in October. It was at this distance and he made all and has very chance of being competitive at this level. (9) WONDERFUL RUBY only managed 7th last start but the margins were narrow, and she was first-up after four months. She should improve today. (2) ROYAL GHOST and (11) IL MARE are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (3) Blade Storm (12) Maseong Jilju (9) Wonderful Ruby (11) Il Mare
Next Best 2, 7
Fast Start 3, 9, 12

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

(1) BUCKETFUL GOLD is a winner of one form eight so far but comes in having been runner-up in each of his latest three outings, including the most recent at class and distance. From the inside gate he should be prominent early and can go one better. It took (4) BACK SPIN five attempts to make her breakthrough but she clearly enjoyed winning as she immediately followed up with another. That’s brought her rapidly up in class and while this is obviously tougher, she should be competitive again. (7) CHODONG BOBAE won three in a row between April and July and has continued her solid form with a pair of 3rd place finishes. 3rd would be a minimum requirement today. (3) HANSEN BAROWS and (11) RAON PATRICK are others who can compete for places.

Selections (1) Bucketful Gold (7) Chodong Bobae (4) Back Spin (3) Hansen Barows
Next Best 11, 6
Fast Start 1, 4, 7, 8

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

(5) DAEBAK HAENGJIN beat a couple of these on her way to 2nd place at class and distance on September 22nd. She remains a maiden after ten attempts but that was her fifth runner-up finish. She has a chance here and should be on pace but may have to settle for 2nd again. That’s because (3) KILIUI JEWANG is also present. He drops back in trip following spins around 1700M and 1600M. This should suit better, and he could well lead gate to wire. (12) CHOIN BOLT won three of his first four and while he may well have found his level now, he should be very competitive here. (2) JANGSAN BEARS and (7) K.N ACE are others with claims on at least the places.

Selections (3) Kiliui Jewang (5) Daebak Hanegjjin (12) Choin Bolt (7) K.N Ace
Next Best 2, 4
Fast Start 3, 9, 10, 12

Race 11: Class 3 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(12) PRIMO ran 3rd in a good race at class and distance on September 22nd. He has plenty of solid results at this level and while drawn wide, he doesn’t need to lead, and could well come home on top here. (6) MONEY DAERYUK drops back in trip after a good 2nd over 1400M at the end of September. She came from well off the pace today and will look to do similar here and even at the shorter distance is capable. (1) BACK TO BACK wilted in that same race behind Money Daeryuk last time but is better than that and back in trip today should be better. (3) GEUMA THUNDER and (9) GLOBAL NEWS, the latter returning for the first time since March, are others in the hunt.

Selections (12) Primo (6) Money Daeryuk (1) Back To Back (9) Global News
Next Best 3, 7
Fast Start 3, 4, 7, 9

Race 12: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million

(1) SUPER FLUID and (11) CHEUNGDAM GENIE came home 1st and 2nd with just a head between them when they raced each other over class and distance on September 22nd. They are both up in the weights today although the raise is more severe on Super Fluid and that may well be enough for that form to be reversed today. (7) JJANG KONG drops back in trip following a decent 4th over a mile on October 6th and should be in the hunt to improve here. (4) RAPIDOCUS and (6) SIN DOLGYEOK are others with placing claims.

Selections (11) Cheungdam Genie (1) Super Fluid (7) Jjang Kkong (4) Rapidocus
Next Best 6, 2
Fast Start 2, 11

No Change In Juvenile Ranks as Save The World & Roller Blade Win Again

It’s as you were at the top of the Two-Year-Old rankings in Korea as the two races making up Seoul and Busan’s second-legs of the 2019 Juvenile Series ended with the same horses coming out on top.

Save The World – seen here winning the GC Trophy in September – is now 4 for 4

At Busan we know that Save The World is a cut above the rest while at Seoul the only thing cleared up is that Roller Blade is just a bit better than Choegang Team at this stage with the personal battle between the pair of them now standing at 2-1 in Roller Blade’s favour.

Having comfortably won last month’s Gold Circle Trophy, Save The World was sent off a prohibitive 1.4 faovurite for the Breeders’ Cup Trial (Listed-1200M). He drew the widest gate, but it was no issue at all as he cruised away from his rivals in the home straight to record a six-length win over 2nd placed Doctor Carson with Man Of The Field a further three lengths back in 3rd.

It was a fourth win in four starts for Save The World and he’s done it unhurried by a 21-length total margin. He’s crying out for a challenge and for that he’s going to need to face the best from Seoul.

In the Capital, the NACF Chairman’s Trophy (Listed-1200M) also went the same way as the 1st leg of the Juvenile Series, the Munhwa Ilbo Cup, as Roller Blade once more kept Choegang Team at bay for a comfortable score.

In both races Choegang Team was sent off as favourite having beaten Roller Brade in the Breeze-Up Grads race in August. While Choegang Team was wide the whole way around in the Munhwa, this time Moon Se Young managed to find the rail behind Roller Blade but his colt had no answer in the home straight.

Just as in the Munhwa, KN Road came home in 3rd place – though much closer this time – while a newcomer to the Series, Choin Gangja, finished a promising 4th.

So the Series will finally come together at Busan on the first Sunday in December for the Breeders’ Cup. For now Save The World and Roller Blade head there as favourites with the former having home track advantage. Plenty can change with the juveniles over the course of a month though.

In other action across the past weekend, we really need to talk about East Palos – not something we expected to need to do.

The concluding race of the weekend at Seoul was a class 1 handicap over 1400M with Global Captain, 7th in the Korea Sprint, sent off as favourite. He ran well as well under a good ride by Ham Wan Sik, but it was to no avail as East Palos was way too good, pulling away to win in what was the fastest time of the year for the distance at Seoul.

East Palos’s winning time of 1.24.0 was a full half-second quicker than the previous best which was set by…none other than East Palos. In fact, the only quicker time over the distance in Korea this year was set by Ace Korea on a soaking wet and fast track at Busan last week. With Sanggam Mama and his big rating present, East Palos was four points out of the scale and only carrying 52kg, but it was a remarkable performance nevertheless.

East Palos was ridden by Alan Munro, who was recording his third winner and the day and fourth across the weekend.

Next week sees one of the most valuable races of the year in the shape of the President’s Cup (KOR G1) at Seoul on Sunday. For the first time since 2014, there will be a new name on the Trophy with four-time winner Triple Nine absent.

Silver Wolf Sweeps the Queens’ Tour Again

Silver Wolf has once more swept all three legs of the Queens’ Tour Series to be crowned Korea’s Champion Filly or Mare of 2019.

The seven-year-old Australian import won the Ttukseom Cup, KNN Cup and Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup in 2017 butbwas ineligible for last year’s series as it was at that time only open to fillies and mares aged five and under.

That restriction was lifted this year and the Series proved to be a cakewalk for Silver Wolf. The last leg did though prove the toughest as she first had to battle to find a clear run at the top of the stretch and was then pushed all the way by fast finishing pair Gold Blue and Seouri Byeol. The margin on the line was less than two lengths.

Silver Wolf (Oratorio) was winning for the fifth time in a row in an unbeaten 2019 campaign. She has seventeen career wins from thirty-three lifetime starts and on Sunday broke the 3 Billion Won Prize Money mark. She now lies in 3rd on the all-time money earners list behind only Triple Nine and Power Blade, the latter of whom she holds a win over.