Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview

It’s Classic Trials weekend at  Busan with a big Triple Crown prep-race on Sunday. Before that, however, things get under at on the South Coast on Friday with an 11-race card which runs from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the Previews:

Busan Racecourse

It’s Friday. It’s Busan!

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

We begin with a maiden for three-year-olds and precisely half of the twelve have raced before. Of those experienced ones, (6) FINAL RULES ran well on debut for 2nd in January. She was scheduled to return two weeks ago but refused to load into the gate and had to be scratched. She’s since passed a stalls test and if she loads today, she can win. Of the others with experience, (1) MAJOR POWER has two 3rd places to her name and can aim to at least match those today. There are some promising first-timers. (7) BANJIUI YOJEONG is the pick of them having looked impressive in a trial at the end of January. She led all the way in that heat and with a good start can do the same here. (2) MILLION BEAT and (8) B.K. JOHN are others who can go well first up.

Selections (7) Banjiui Yojeong (6) Final Rules (2) Million Beat (1) Major Power
Next Best 8, 11
Fast Start 1, 2, 6, 7

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

(10) GIMABUDAEJANG beat three of these on his way to a close 3rd place at this distance three weeks ago. That was his second start back following six months away and he won’t need to improve by much to win here. (5) GOLDEN SHARP was one of the those beaten that day by Gimabudaejang but he previously ran 2nd at this trip in January and can be given another chance to get closer today. (4) DAENERYS IJI is another who ran in that race and can improve here. (6) YONGYEON and (12) TWO TWO WAY have both hinted at some ability and are others to take into account for the places.

Selections (10) Gimabudaejang (5) Golden Sharp (12) Two Two Way (6) Yongyeon
Next Best 4, 1
Fast Start 2, 5, 10, 12

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

Another maiden for three-year-olds and this one looks very competitive. We’re going to side with (8) FINE TRUMPET, who ran promisingly enough for a close at hand 4th on debut over 1000M on February 15th. He’ll be on pace here and the additional distance can suit. (11) MUNHWA SIGNATURE has raced twice so far, both at 1000M and was an improved 3rd in the latest of those. He is another who may well appreciated the longer trip. (1) WONDERFFUL IJI returned from several months out to run 4th at 1000M a month ago. She should have benefitted from that and can run even better today while both (3) GEUMGANG CHILBO and (6) SHE JUST QUEENDOM have raced at this distance before and both will be in the hunt here.

Selections (8) Fine Trumpet (11) Munhwa Signature (1) Wonderful Iji (6) She Just Queendom
Next Best 3, 12
Fast Start 4, 8, 9

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

(8) TWO TWO TURBO looks to be figuring things out and comes in having dead-heated for 3rd place at this distance three weeks ago. A couple of the others who go here were behind him that day and with a but more progress today, he should go very close. (10) BAEDARI CAPER is a seventeen-race maiden but enters off the back of his best finish to date two weeks ago and should be very much in the hunt in this company. (1) SPICE ROCK weakened on her first try at this distance in January, but she’s had eight weeks off since then and can be given another chance today. (2) SECRET LEGACY and (12) DONGBANG WARRIOR are others who should be competitive.

Selections (8) Two Two Turbo (1) Spice Rock (10) Baedari Caper (12) Dongbang Warrior
Next Best 2, 3
Fast Start 2, 5

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

(4) BAEKDU DAEHO stepped up to this distance for the first time on February 15th and improved to a career-best 2nd place, beating three of these in the process. He’s well drawn to get to the front early and could lead all the way. (1) HAENGBOK KOREA was 3rd in that race, two-lengths behind Baekdu Deeho. He too took to the distance very nicely and it was only his second lifetime start. He may well have more scope for improvement (more…)


Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race (March 3)

Sunday racing is at Seoul (11 races from 10:45 to 18:00) and Busan (6 races from 12:40 to 17:05). Seoul previews and Busan selections below:


Moon Se Young rode 2 winner son Saturday has plenty of chances on Sunday too 



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

Not the most inspiring of maidens to kick things off with but (6) GEUMA MAJESTY has shown enough over two outings so far to warrant favourite status. Although he was only 6th last time out, the margins weren’t huge, and the jockey booking will see him to the top of the market. (8) ANY FORCE ONE showed improvement on his second start at the end of January and can continue to make progress here. (5) GOLD PARTY showed promise on debut all the way back last July before running in to lacklustre performances in the autumn. She returns here after three months off and should be better. (2) THE CASTING and (11) BACK SPIN are others with some potential.

Selections (6) Geuma Majesty (8) Any Force One (11) Back Spin (5) Gold Party
Next Best 2, 10
Fast Start 5, 8, 9, 12

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

(8) JANGSAN FLY has taken to this distance well, finishing 2nd and 3rd in two attempts at it and beating a few these along the way. He led until close to home last time out and this time can lead all the way. (3) FEDERAL CAT ran 2nd on debut over 1000M four weeks ago, running on very nicely. The additional trip should suit, and he looks to be the biggest threat. (4) CLEAN UP TRIO ran very well for 3rd place at the distance a month ago and should be in at least the placing frame again. (2) RED BLADE and (11) PRVATE MAN are others to keep an eye on.

Selections (8) Jangsan Fly (3) Federal Cat (4) Clean Up Trio (11) Private Man
Next Best 2, 9
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 8

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

(12) GEUMBIT JANGIN is set to be hot favourite here. He was a winner on debut in October before running 5th on his return in a tight finish in what was a really good race over 1200M in November. He comes in here fresh and should have far too much. If instead of fresh, he proves to be a bit rusty, (5) BLUE FIRE is the most likely one to take advantage. He’s still a maiden but ran a close class and distance 2nd last time and should be winning sooner or later. Both of those two are set to try to find the early pace as is (9) SABA KINGDOM, who races for the first time since November. He showed promise as a juvenile last November and trialled competently enough in February. (7) KKEULEOJUNEUN SON and (11) SA SA are others with placing claims.

Selections (12) Geumbit Jangin (5) Blue Fire (9) Saba Kingdom (7) Kkeuleojuneun Son
Next Best 11, 2
Fast Start 1, 5, 9, 12

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

(9) HWA GI was a narrow class and distance winner on January 5th and returns here off eight weeks out with solid claims to repeat. She’ll ne on pace early and can go all the way. (2) CRAZY WIKI and (5) HEUNGBOK DREAM came home 1st and 2nd when they raced each other at the distance on January 19th. Both carry a bit more weight today but should be close. (8) PHOENIX WOLF remains a maiden but has been no worse than 3rd in her last four starts and she can maintain that run today. (4) JILPUNG GANGJA is the only locally-bred horse in the race. She’s rapidly up in class following back to back wins at domestic levels 5 and 6 but should be competitive here.

Selections (9) Hwa Gi (2) Crazy Wiki (4) Jilpung Gangja (8) Phoenix Wolf
Next Best 5, 10
Fast Start 1, 5, 8, 9

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

Three-year-old maidens here with five of the field starting for the very first time. Starting with the experienced ones, (5) TIMING GOOD ran 3rd on debut on January 12th beaten just over a length having previously won a trial and he will probably start as favourite. (11) WINNER CROWN is the only one n the field who has raced twice and he improved significantly on the second of those, only beaten a nose at this distance. He’ll need to be faster here but has a chance. Of the first-timers, (6) LUCKY BONGSEONG is the pick following a commanding trial performance two weeks ago. She made all that day and will try to do similar today. (1) JOY OF KING and (8) AN MOK HANG are others who could go well first-up.

Selections (6) Lucky Bongseong (5) Timing Good (8) An Mok Hang (11) Winner Crown
Next Best 1, 4
Fast Start 1, 5, 6, 8

Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Fillies only. (10) SMARTY ADELE won on debut last summer and having taken part in a succession of tough races since, looks ready to strike again here. She ran a solid 2nd place on her first try at this distance at the end of January and could well have too much today. (5) LUCKY SOCHEON is up in class and starting for the first time since a good win at this distance in December and she should be a factor. (4) M.J. TOWN was 2nd in that December race and also comes up in class here after following-up with a 3rd place in (more…)

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

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are 12 races from 10:45 to 18:00:


It’s been a long time since Choinma won – can he return to the winner’s circle at last on Saturday? (Pic: KRA)

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

Three-year-old maidens to get us underway with six first-timers and six who have raced at least once before. (1) GEUM ROYAL was a rated 75/1 chance on debut on January 27th but ended up coming home in 2nd place. He’ll be much shorter today and can go one better. (5) PRIME QUEEN was much better-fancied in the same race but got a bad trip and raced greenly too. Hopefully she’s learned a bit and should be better today. (10) BLACK PUPIL is the only one of these who has raced twice and she improved last time. Of the debut-makers, (8) GABO PULL QUEEN and (4) FLYING THOR look most likely to make an impact first-up.

Selections (1) Geum Royal (8) Gabo Pull Queen (4) Flying Thor (10) Black Pupil
Next Best 5, 2
Fast Start 2, 5, 10

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

(6) COLORFUL JOY has finished 3rd on both starts to date and in the latest of those he just came off the worst in a very tight three-way finish. Even a place today will see him up in class next time, but he should exit class 6 with victory here. (3) ENDURANCE was much improved on his third start a month ago and looks to be figuring things out. He’ll be the main danger. (5) KKAEUCHIM also seems to be on the correct trajectory and can continue to improve. As for the rest of them, (4) NONSTOP WINNING and (8) KING OF EAGLE perhaps have the best chance of improving on indifferent debuts.

Selections (6) Colorful Joy (3) Endurance (5) Kkaeuchim (4) Nonstop Winning
Next Best 8, 2
Fast Start 5, 10

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

(7) VICAR BRACING is the one to beat here. He was favourite at this distance on February 2nd but was slow out of the gates and lost ground. He’s not a front-runner anyway but that did seem to do his chances in, and he ultimately finished 5th. Moon Se Young’s on today and he gets another chance. (9) WHITE FLOWER finished 6th in that race and is one of those who may challenge here while (10) DAEJI GONGJU and (11) SONGAM BARBIE came home 5th and 6th in a slightly stronger race than this last month and should be in the placing hunt. (5) LADY DIA best of the rest.

Selections (7) Vicar Bracing (11) Songam Barbie (9) White Flower (10) Daeji Gongju
Next Best 5, 6
Fast Start 5, 9

Race 4: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) FIRENZE HILL got his maiden win at this distance in December and then beat two of these on his way to 3rd place on his first try at this class on January 27th. He’ll be favourite. (6) WINNER BROWN has a 2nd and a 4th from two goes at this class so far. He should be on pace early and is one of two principle dangers. The other is (2) RICH RULES. A winner on debut in January, he is up in class here and while he will need to improve, he’s had seven weeks off and could go well. (4) EOMJI YEOWANG and (12) BANGTANMA, the latter up in class following back to back runner-up finishes, are others who can go close.

Selections (5) Firenze Hill (2) Rich Rules (6) Winner Brown (12) Bangtanma
Next Best 4, 1
Fast Start 1, 6, 9

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

Competitive looking filly-maiden. (4) DANGDAE JILJU comes in off the back of consecutive 3rd place finishes over 1000M. She’s run on very nicely both times and the step up in trip today may be what she needs to make the breakthrough. (1) IRON HEART was 3rd at this distance last time, an improved performance which she can build on today and she is set to be a big danger. (2) REIGN has been inconsistent but does have a 2nd place to her name and can be considered while (9) BLUE MEGA ELLA has run 6th in both outings to date, the most recent being at this distance and she should be on pace from the start. There are two first-time starters and of them, (5) DIA ROAD is from a top stable and trialled nicely four weeks ago.

Selections (4) Dangdae Jilju (1) Iron Heart (5) Dia Road (9) Blue Mega Ella
Next Best 2, 6
Fast Start 5, 6, 8, 9

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

(9) SUN OF THUNDER is up in class and despite being winless, looks nicely in here. He’s finished 2nd in in two of three starts to date and missed out by only a neck last time despite getting a challenging trip. He can win. (1) SHADOW MONEY and (7) CHANGSEONG LUCKY came home 5ht and 7th respectively when they raced each other at class and distance. Shadow Money was exceeding expectations that day while (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (March 1)

The weekend’s racing gets underway at Busan on Friday with 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


Franco Da Silva has had an excellent start to 2019 and has a number of chances of Friday

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

Three-year-old maidens to begin with and while eight of the twelve have raced before, it’s one of the four debut-makers who’s set to be favourite. (6) SMART MOD trialled a couple of times last summer in good fashion, but setbacks kept him from making his debut. He trialled again similarly well last month and if he brings that form to the races, should win. Of those with prior experience, (9) MERCI CHERIE ran well for 3rd on debut at the end of December and while he was a touch disappointing on his return, can be backed to improve here. (3) RAPIDO MAN debuted last September and finally returns having trialled well in February – he is from the track’s top stable and will be expected to improve. (2) BUSAN CITY looks best of the rest.

Selections (6) Smart Mod (9) Merci Cherie (3) Rapido Man (2) Busan City
Next Best 4, 12
Fast Start 3, 7, 12

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

Weak maiden here and (4) LISTEN TO ME, who after a shaky debut, has put in two solid 4th place finishes beating a couple of these in the process. She won’t have to be much better to win this. (5) SINHEUNG JANGSU has shown glimpses of ability with a pair of 5ths among three outings so far. She should be on pace early and can cause problems for the favourite. (8) ARA MYUNGMA managed a 3rd place on her only try at this distance so far. She struggled at 1300M last time but should be better here. (1) WORLD SLAM and the solitary debut-maker (2) RAINBOW PARK are others to consider.

Selections (4) Listen To Me (5) Sinheung Jangsu (8) Ara Myungma (1) World Slam
Next Best 2, 3
Fast Start 5, 9, 12

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

With a 3rd and a 2nd from two starts so far, (5) WONDERFUL MORNING should be making his breakthrough here. He just missed out by half a length at this distance last time having led almost the entire way around and can get it right this time. (1) MAEPSI COLOR was a much-improved 2nd on his latest effort on February 1st and looks set to go well again. (10) USEUNG STORY came home 3rd in that same race, less than a length behind Maepsi Color and he too can be a threat once more. (11) GUKMIN STAR steps back up in trip after a good 3rd around 1000M five weeks ago and should be in at least the placing hunt. (2) DOCTOR WEEK had a poor day at the office when well backed last time out but has run well at this distance before and can be given another chance here.

Selections (5) Wonderful Morning (1) Maepsi Color (10) Useung Story (2) Doctor Week
Next Best 11, 6
Fast Start 1, 5, 8

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

(1) MORNING WANGJA and (6) CHEONJI KINGS came home 3rd and 4th when they raced each other over this distance on February 1st. They were a long way behind the winner and runner-up, but both showed enough to suggest they’ll be competitive in this kind of company. Cheonji Kings is favoured to overturn that form and take the honours here, most likely leading all the way. (10) YEONGBONGSAN has been inconsistent but should have enough about him to challenge for a place here. (2) DARK TEMPLAR and (3) YAKSOKDAERO are others who should go close

Selections (6) Cheonji Kings (1) Morning Wangja (10) Yeongbongsan (2) Dark Templar
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 2, 6

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

Ten three-year-old maiden imports here with five having raced before and five making their debuts. Of those first-timers, (6) SSONSAL has gone through plenty of trials, most recently last weekend when he made all in a fast heat. So long as he didn’t leave his race there, the Adios Charlie colt has an excellent chance first-up here. (1) JANGSAN BOBBY and (4) EVERLASTING GIRL are other debut-makers who showed promise in trials but it’s two experienced ones who are likely to be the biggest threats. (8) RETURN OF SUBSIDY and (10) JINJJA GANGJA came home 2nd and 4th respectively when they raced each other on February 1st over 1300M. Both look to be improving and can appreciate the drop back to the minimum trip here.

Selections (6) Ssonsal (8) Return Of Subsidy (10) Jinjja Gangja (4) Everlasting Girl
Next Best 1, 5
Fast Start 5, 6, 8

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

Four of these raced each other at the distance on February 1st and it was (6) CHOEGANG SEONBONG who came out on top, finishing in 2nd place – his best performance in sixteen starts.  He could go one better here, but it won’t be easy. (9) MARU JJANG was 3rd in that race and (3) DYNAMIC BOLT 4th and both have claims to get closer this time. (4) HARVEST SEASON ran a close 4th at this distance just two weeks ago and makes a quick return with Franco Da Silva in the saddle. There’s not much early speed in this race and he could be tempted to try and lead all the way. (11) ALBERT KING is another who comes in following an encouraging performance last time and may be considered.

Selections (4) Harvest Season (6) Choegang Seonbong (11) Albert King (9) Maru Jjang
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 4, 8, 9

Race 7: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) RAON ARES got his maiden win in impressive fashion at the beginning of January over 1000M but was a significant let-down when well-backed for his first try at this level over 1300M later that month. He steps back slightly in trip today, should be on pace from the start, and can be given another chance. (8) POWER WINDY was another who performed significantly below market expectations last time. He raced most ungenerously but does have ability and if his manners are better, he’ll be much closer this time. (2) HEUIMANG YEOJEONSA won on debut back in October and finally reappears here following a couple of setbacks. He was quite ordinary in a trial last week but was competent enough and can go well. Also returning for the first time since October is (1) MUJEOK VETERAN. He displayed plenty of talent across four starts prior to the layoff and looked good when trialling two weeks ago. (7) TWO TWO SPINO is up in class today and despite remaining a maiden, should be comfortable in this company.

Selections (5) Raon Ares (1) Mujeok Veteran (7) Two Two Spino (2) Heuimang Yeojeonsa
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 2, 5, 7

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

(6) YEONGGWANGUIFORCE is up in class today having secured his maiden win at the third time of asking four weeks ago. It was at this distance and he prevailed by four-lengths and has every chance of winning again today. Main danger is (5) ROCK CHOICE. His maiden win came at this distance in December and after having a hard time over a mile, he dropped back to 1300M last time for a good 3rd place in what was a fast race. (2) AMAZING WINNER is another one up in class after a maiden win and while she perhaps has a bit more to find, she should be competitive. (8) ATOMIJI and (10) COMING AGAIN are others who should be in at least the placing hunt.

Selections (6) Yeonggwanguiforce (5) Rock Choice (2) Amazing Winner (8) Atomiji
Next Best 10, 1
Fast Start 1, 2

Race 9: Class 3 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million

(9) VANJEFE comes in here in solid form having beaten plenty of these in recent outings. He was somewhat surprisingly beaten last time by (4) DYNAMIC ROOKIE but has every chance of overturning that form here and can return to the winner’s circle. Dynamic Rookie will be one of the principle dangers but there are plenty of other capable ones here. (5) DUBAI TEUKGEUP is two starts into a comeback following several months out. He ran 5th behind Vanjefe on his latest outing six weeks ago but can get closer today. (2) YONGGU tries this trip for the first time after closing out 2018 with a good 2nd at a mile and can be considered as well. (12) DELMARUI GIJEOK looks best of the rest.

Selections (9) Vanjefe (5) Dubai Teukgeup (4) Dynamic Rookie (2) Yonggu
Next Best 12, 11
Fast Start 5, 9

Race 10: Class 1 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 110 Million

A rare Friday class 1 and (12) BAENGMUNBAEKDAP is the one they’ll need to beat here. He comes in following a win and a 4th place in two tough races over 2000M and could well have too much. (2) APPROACH and (4) GOOD CASTING both return after short absences and both can go well here but the biggest danger may be the still somewhat unexposed (1) NEW YORK MANGCHI. A winner of four from nine so far, he’s up in class today following a fine and battling win on his first try at this distance on February 1st.  He’ll be on pace from the start and he could go close. (5) PASHA another who should be in the hunt.

Selections (12) Baengmunbaekdap (1) New York Mangchi (4) Good Casting (2) Approach
Next Best 5, 9
Fast Start 1, 3, 8

Race 11: Class 4 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

A winner at this distance at class 5 in January, (10) PRECEDE finished 3rd on his first try at this level four weeks ago. This looks a less onerous assignment and while he needs to overcome the widest gate, he can get on pace early and is likely to lead all the way. (4) WONDERFUL STORY was a class and distance winner last time and while he carries some extra weight today, should be a factor again. (1) JANGHAN JILJU steps up in trip following solid recent work at 1300M and has placing chances. (7) MYEONGSIN POWER and the returning (3) EVELYN are others in the hunt.

Selections (10) Precede (4) Wonderful Story (1) Janghan Jilju (7) Myeongsin Power
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 10


Dolkong Goes Again At Meydan Tonight


He did quite well:

Dolkong will make his third Dubai World Cup start when he tries his luck in the Listed Curlin Handicap at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening (1.50am Friday mmorning Korea time).

The Simon Foster-trained 5-year-old ran 6th in Group company over a mile in January before running 3rd in a handicap at tonight’s distance of 2000M last month. That day’s winner Salterin Dubai, also returns. Olivier Doleuze will ride Dolkong for the second time.


Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (February 24)

It’s set to be a very mild Sunday and there are big cards at both Seoul and Busan. The captial hosts 11 races from 10:45 to 18:00 while at Busan there are 6 from 12:40 to 17:05. Here are previews of both tracks:


Derby winner Ecton Blade is out of form but is in action at Busan on Sunday

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

(5) SENTOSA has been knocking at the door and got close to being let in last time when just being beaten a neck over this distance in December. She’s had over two months off since and is well drawn to get on pace and potentially go all the way. (3) DAEJI YEOGEOL is the main danger and likely favourite. While she only managed 5th over 1300M last time, she’s gone well at this trip before and looks to have plenty of improvement in her. (1) BORN ANGEL ran 2md on his last try at the distance and should be close while (2) SOBAEK YEONGJU and (4) GIVEN RUNNER are others in the placing hunt.

Selections (5) Sentosa (3) Daeji Yeogeol (1) Born Angel (2) Sobaek Yeongju
Next Best 4, 10
Fast Start 4, 5, 7, 10, 11

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

(6) BLACK PARTY is set to be a warm favourite here. Having run 5th n debut in December, he improved to a good 2nd when put up to this distance on his reappearance last month and should have too much for this lot. (11) HAERANG didn’t look to be amounting to much across her first three outings but has improved significantly in her latest two and can continue to make progress today. She was 3rd last time ahead of (12) HIT THE PACE in 5th and he’s another with potential to go better here. (2) DIA PARK steps up in trip for the first time and should be competitive while (7) HAMYANG SANSAM could only manage 7th on her first try at this distance four weeks ago but may have come on for that and can be closer this time.

Selections (6) Black Party (11) Haerang (12) Hit The Pace (2) Dia Park
Next Best 7, 4
Fast Start 2, 6, 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(10) MYEONGJIN MAN is the one to beat here. He only ran 4th when favourite on his latest start on January 6th but he was fractious in the barriers and lost ground at the start. He passed a subsequent stalls test and should be better today. It’s a similar story with (1) PARRHESIA, who stumbled at the start last time and never really recovered. That was over 1700M, so we’ll give him another chance here as he won impressively at this distance in December. (8) TRI THUNDER steps up in trip and into contention here while (3) MAPAEBONG and (4) MENI SMART are others who can be forgiven lacklustre latest outings and should both be in the frame today.

Selections (10) Myeongjin Man (1) Parrhesia (8) Tri Thunder (4) Meni Smart
Next Best 3, 5
Fast Start 1, 4, 6

Seoul Race 4: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(6) BEST STAR made all to win by five-lengths on debut at this distance on January 19th. He’s up in class here but the manner of that win is enough to put him on top for a repeat. (9) SOMETHING NOBODYNO was almost as easy on the eye when scoring on what was his second career start a month ago. He too led all the way and looks to have what it takes to handle himself at this level and beyond. (3) RAISING ANGEL won on debut just before Christmas and then finished a creditable 4th on her first try at this level in similar company last month. She can build on that today. Draw a line through the latest effort from (1) POP STREET – he suffered a bad start and was later found to be lame – after almost three months off, he gets a fresh start. (2) DAMON ANGEL too is better than his latest outing suggests.

Selections (6) Best Star (9) Something Nobodyno (1) Pop Street (3) Raising Angel
Next Best 2, 11
Fast Start 1, 5, 6, 11

Busan Race 1 Selections: 8, 5, 2, 7

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

Fillies and mares only and it’s a strong race for the level. (8) DADDY GLORY has won two out of her latest three in fine fashion and is up in class following a four-length score last time. She can set up camp behind the early speed and finish strongly. Plenty of others with a chance too though. (4) MATCH QUEEN is up in class too after a seven-length win at 1000M and while a previous try at this distance didn’t go well, she looks ready for another crack. (9) ACE SOLONGO has won twice at this distance and comes in after a close 3rd in a similarly strong race over 1000M last month. (3) GONG SAN was a class and distance winner in December and must be respected while (11) BODEURAM too has solid claims for at least a place.

Selections (8) Daddy Glory (9) Ace Solongo (3) Gong San (4) Match Queen
Next Best 11, 2
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 12

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) GREAT WIN is up in class following a dominant win at this distance on January 18th. Well drawn to be on speed again, he has every chance of following up. (3) POWER AMAZING was a touch disappointing last time but has a 3rd place at class and distance and top jockey on here. (11) LUCKY ADELE steps up in distance for the first time and can get close. (7) NEW JACK SWING is another who has demonstrated some ability at this trip (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Alan Munro To Make Seoul Debut – Race-By-Race Preview (February 23)

Globe-trotting jockey Alan Munro will finally make his Korea bow on Saturday. The English Classic winning rider begins an initial four-month license at Seoul Racecourse with five rides across the weekend.

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Alan Munro rode his first winner in 1985, aged 18 at Yarmouth, serving his apprenticeship under Barry Hills and Mel Brittain becoming a fully-fledged rider in 1990. A year later, shortly after becoming retained jockey for Prince Fahd Salman he won the Epsom Derby on Generous, trained by Paul Cole. The pair would go on to win the Irish Derby and then the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Munro continued to meet with success throughout the early and mid-1990’s, winning Group races on two continents with Zoman in 1992 before relocating to Hong Kong. There he would win both the Hong Kong Gold Cup and Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Industrialist in 2000.

After taking four years away from the sport, Munro returned to action in the UK in 2005 where he won the Northumberland Plate, Ebor and Cesarewitch on the popular Sergeant Cecil. Since leaving the UK permanently in 2010, Munro has plied his trade around Asia with stints on the NAR circuit in Japan, in Mauritius and most recently in Singapore.

Munro kicks off his Seoul stint on previously unraced three-year-old filly Daegun OK in race 1 on Saturday and also has rides for trainer Kim Hak Soo and Song Moon Gil later in the day. Here’s the race-by-race:

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

Three-year-old maiden fillies to begin with. Only two have raced before and for one of those, it was eight months ago. The other one, (4) BEST SINHWA didn’t do too much wrong on debut and can match the 4th place she achieved that day. (7) GEUM STAR performed very nicely in her trial, getting out of the gate well and leading for much of it. She should go well first-up. (3) TAP LINE was just a couple of lengths behind in the same heat and can also be competitive. That was Tap Line’s second trial having previously run 2nd to (6) COMPLETE SHOCK, who is another who looks to potentially have some talent. (1) WINNER SAY and (2) CHOWON MARU are others who may be backed first-up here.

Selections (7) Geum Star (3) Tap Line (2) Chowon Maru (1) Winner Say
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 2, 7, 10

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

(9) BINNANEUN RUBY is the likely favourite here. She’s a fifteen-race maiden but recent form reads well, and she beat a couple of these on her way to a close 3rd place at the distance a month ago. She can settle behind a pace that will probably be set by (1) BULUI QUEEN, who steps up in trip following a couple of encouraging performances at 1000M. (3) SPECIAL BIRD is another who will aim for a fast start. She ran 4th at this distance last time and should be looking to better it here. (8) BAEKDU GEOPO and (12) A ONE HAMMER are others in the hunt.

Selections (9) Binnaneun Ruby (1) Bului Queen (3) Special Bird (8) Baekdu Geopo
Next Best 12, 7
Fast Start 1, 3, 6, 12

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

A competitive maiden for three-year-olds. Both (2) SIMJANGUI GODONG and (6) JEONGSANG STAR come in having finished 3rd on their respective debuts. Both are firmly in the hunt here with Simjangui Godong marginally favoured. (1) HEUK JEONSA was an improved 2nd behind Jeongsang Star last time and can continue his progress today. (3) EX BLADE similarly ran pleasingly enough for 5th on his debut last month and may appreciate the extra distance here. There are four first-timers and among them, (10) SPADE MASHIE looks the pick. He showed promise on a trail at the beginning of this month looks nicely placed here.

Selections (2) Simjangui Godong (6) Jeongsang Star (10) Spade Mashie (1) Heuk Jeonsa
Next Best 3, 9
Fast Start 1, 9

Race 4: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Maidens with seven of the twelve trying two-turns for the first time. (4) MYEONGMA JILU has a best of 3rd from three starts so far. That was at 1000M, but she ran well enough over 1300M last time to suggest she can be a factor here. (3) SINUI CHUKBOK has also only appeared three times, all of them at 1000M. She too has shown a little bit of promise and may suit the big step up in trip. (11) EVERYTHING WIN beat a couple of these on her way to 4th place at 1300M on January 26th and could be ready to give two-turns another shot here. Similarly (7) CHA MARU, who has a 4th place to his name at this distance – albeit almost a year ago – enters with recent form reading positively and can go close. (10) LUCKY FACTORY looks best of a very mediocre rest.

Selections (4) Myeongma Jilju (11) Everything Win (7) Cha Maru (3) Sinui Chukbok
Next Best 10, 2
Fast Start 3, 6, 7

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

Two standouts here and they’ll be coming out of the widest gates. (11) BULHUUI MYEONGGOG got his maiden win at the 21st time of asking on January 12th at this distance. The time before he was just beaten a nose. He does carry an additional 4kg today, but he can repeat. (12) MASYA remains a maiden following ten attempts but has come close in her latest two, just going down by half a length over 1300M last time. She tries two-turns for the first time here and it may well suit. (6) BAEKDUI TAEYANG and (9) FIRST QUEEN, the latter 5th behind Bulhuui Myeonggog last month, should both be (more…)