Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 12)

There are 10 races at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

(11) GAMDONGUI SUNGAN beat three of these on his way to his second 3rd place finish last start. He only needs a top three finish to be up in class next time and he can exit the bottom tier of racing with a win here.  (7) FINE TRUMPET has shown some ability in two starts so far, finishing 5th and 4th and can continue to make progress here. (4) SPICE ROCK, half to Triple Nine is yet to offer much and was well back behind Gamdongui Sungan last start but still has every chance of coming good and can improve today. (6) GASOK BULKKOT and (12) SMILE KOREA are others with the potential to get better.

Selections (11) Gamdongui Sungan (7) Fine Trumpet (4) Spice Rock (12) Smile Korea
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 6, 7, 11

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

(4) NEW QUEEN comes in having been 2nd and 4th in her latest two, both at this distance, and looks the one to beat. From a good draw she can settle just off the early pace and finish strongly. (5) SILVER BEST finished 5th behind New Queen four weeks ago. He has a length and a half to find here and is another who can improve. (11) BAEKDU DAEHO drops back in trip after a couple of useful performances at a mile and can be involved. (6) DONGBANG NARAE finished 5th on debut three weeks ago and can build on the here while the wildcard is (12) JEONGUIUI GITBAL. He too finished 5th on debut a year ago almost to the day. He trialled up nicely in March and can go well first-up here.

Selections (4) New Queen (5) Silver Best (12) Jeonguiui Gitbal (11) Baekdu Daeho
Next Best 6, 2
Fast Start 2, 10, 11

Race 3: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Small but competitive field. It’s hard to recommend a twenty-race maiden but (2) DONE IT MY really has as good a chance as any. He ran well for a strong class and distance 4th last start, beating a couple of these in the process and today could be his day. (4) HANEOLUI BIT is a maiden too, although he has only raced eight times. He registered a good 2nd at this distance in December to get promoted to this class and then ran a creditable 5th on his first latest outing in February. He comes in off seven weeks rest and can play a big role. (3) TORNADO KING was one of those beaten by Done It My last start but should get to the front here and can go better. (1) MUJEOK BEAT and (7) INTERCEPTOR best of the rest.

Selections (4) Haneolui Bit (2) Done It My (7) Interceptor (3) Tornado King
Next Best 1, 6
Fast Start 3, 4

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

(4) CHEONNYEONUIJILJU is yet to win but has now finished 2nd on no fewer than four of his seven career starts. Franco Da Silva takes the mount for the first time. He should be on pace early and today should be his day. If he does fall short once more then (2) SUMMIT TODAY, who ran 3rd to (8) ON DAY’s 2nd last time at class and distance, looks the biggest danger. He’ll be on pace as well and should certainly overturn the form on On Day and challenge the favourite. (11) DOCTOR WEEK is up in class after a nice-looking three-length win at this distance three weeks ago. The draw has not been kind, but he can be competitive. (12) GHOST RIDER is a proven money winner at this level and should be in at least the placing frame.

Selections (4) Cheonnyeonuijilju (2) Summit Today (11) Doctor Week (12) Ghost Rider
Next Best 8, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 9, 11

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

Four of these raced each other at class and distance on March 15th. It was (5) HALLA HWANGHU who came out on top that day, finishing in 3rd place – having been sent off as favourite – and she’s worth another chance today. (6) NALGAEREUL PYEORA was 4th in that race, less than a length in arrears and should get close again while (11) MORNING BRAVO was further back in 6th but can improve on that today. Among those who didn’t go in that race, (9) ACE BOOM is up in class after a solid win at this distance four weeks ago. She was beaten by Halla Hwanghu in February but looks to have come on since. (2) POWER AMAZING, a “full” brother to Triple Crown winner Power Blade, was a winner at this class over a mile last start and interestingly drops right back in trip here. He will have backers.

Selections (5) Halla Hwanghu (2) Power Amazing (9) Ace Boom (6) Nalgaereul Pyeora
Next Best 11, 3
Fast Start 5, 9, 11

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

(11) JET SKY broke the track record for this distance on her way to victory on March 10th. It was a very wet track that day and it was a big uptick in form – she was sent off seventh best in the betting – but she looks nicely in here and can repeat. (4) AMAZING TAPIT (more…)

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Manuel Porcu Opens Korean Account With Weekend Double

While most of the attention this past weekend was focused on the opening leg of the 2019 Triple Crown at Busan, up at Seoul it proved to be an excellent couple of days for Manuel Porcu, as the track’s newest overseas jockey notched his first wins in Korea.

Porcu, who is from Italy, made his Seoul debut on March 30th but drew a blank on his first weekend with his best finish being a 4th. Returning last Saturday with a more promsing book of rides, it didn’t take long for him to make his breakthrough, the 25-year-old scoring on race 2 on Winner Say for trainer Luigi Riccardi and owner Katsumi Yoshida. Porcu guided the filly, who began as favourite,  to her maiden victory by almost three lengths.

Sunday saw a repeat for Porcu, as he took race 3 on 7/1 chance Royal Shalom. He would then conclude his weekend’s work with a close 2nd place on 50/1 outsaide Bright Cat in the class 1 feature.

Porcu, who can ride at 51kg, joins five other foreign jockeys in the weighing room at Seoul. They are French pair Johan Victoire and David Breux, Antonio Da Silva of Brazil, the UK’s Alan Munro and Japan’s Masa Tanaka.

Global Chukje Blows Away Cup Mile Rivals To Claim Triple Crown 1st Leg

If there is to be a Korean Triple Crown winner this year, his name will be Global Chukje, the colt running out a dominant winner of the 1st leg, the KRA Cup Mile at Busan on Sunday afternoon.

The Rock Hard Ten Colt, trained at Seoul by Choi Sang-sik, entered the race having won four of his previous five starts and was sent off as the 5/1 co-favourite.  Drawn in gate 10, Global Chukje was able to avoid a coming together at the start that disadvantaged a number of those on his inside and, under jockey Yoo Seung-wan, was able to take up a position just off the lead.

When early leader Lion Sun started to weaken on the turn, Global Chukje assumed command and never looked like being caught, running on to win by a full eight lengths on the line. Filly Dae Wan Ma came home in 2nd under Antonio Da Silva and now looks a strong favourite for the Korean Oaks, while betting favourite Precede came home 4th, one place ahead of stablemate Glitter.

Disappointment of the race was Doctor Thunder, who started the race as co second-favourite but after showing towards the front early on, weakened to finish last.

The race time of 1:40.5 was exactly the same as Power Blade’s in 2016 and ranks exactly in the middle of average times for this race. The margin of victory was the biggest since Money Car’s eleven-length romp in 2011. Global Chukje is the first Seoul-trained horse to win the race, since Cheongnyeong Bisang in 2014.

For trainer Choi Sang Sik, it was a second Group win, his first coming in the Seoul Owners’ Cup all the way back in 1995, although he did win the Listed Segye Ilbo Cup for the same owner, Jang Jae-hyeung, with Global Fusion in 2016. For jockey Yoo Seung-wan, it was his first Classic victory, however, as regular rider of the great mare Silver Wolf, he is no stranger to the Graded Stakes winner’s circle.

Global Chukje is by Rock Hard Ten and out of the Forest Camp mare Spin Up. Spin Up did her racing in Korea, winning three of eighteen career starts between 2011 and 2013. She began prodigiously, winning two of her first three but failed to win after the January of her three-year-old season. Her only previous foal, only raced twice.

Of the eleven previous winners since the Cup Mile became the first leg of the Triple Crown in 2008, two of them have gone on to win the Derby, Sangseung Ilro in 2009 and Power Blade on his way to sweeping the Triple Crown in 2016. This year’s Derby is at Seoul Racecourse on May 12th.

KRA Cup Mile Sunday Seoul & Busan: Race-By-Race Preview (April 7)

The KRA Cup Mile, the 1st leg of the 2019 Korea Triple Crown takes place at Busan today. It’s race 5 on a 6-race card which runs from 12:40 to 18:00.  SEE HERE FOR FULL CUP MILE PREVIEW. There is also an 11-race card at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Race-By-race for Seoul is below with Selections for the rest of the Busan card at the bottom:

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Power Blade won the Cup Mile on his way to the Triple Crown three years ago

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

(3) MENI SPEED has shown progress over his three starts so far and was 3rd last time out at this distance three weeks ago. She can settle behind the early lead here and can finish strongly. (1) GEOTAP is a little more experienced and has a decent record over this distance. She too was 3rd last start, despite a troubled start, and should be close here. (5) GWANGPOK JUHAENG was 7th in the same race but had previously registered a 2nd place at the same distance and can be competitive today as can (6) MAIN EVENT and (8) GREEN PARK.

Selections (3) Meni Speed (1) Geotap (5) Gwangpok Juhaeng (6) Main Event
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 4, 5

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

(3) VICTORY KING has steadily improved over three outings so far and was a more than useful 2nd at this distance last start despite getting his run checked in the closing stages. He should take some beating here. (7) CHAMP K has a 3rd place to his name at this distance and can be a threat while (2) NONSTOP WINNING will need to improve but can be respected after 3rd place in an admittedly slow time at this distance last start. The solitary debut-maker (5) COIN BLADE has looked competent enough in trials and can be a factor first-up here.

Selections (3) Victory King (7) Champ K (5) Coin Blade (2) Nonstop Winning
Next Best 8
Fast Start 3, 7

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

Fillies only in this maiden. (3) SINBU enters following a 3rd and a 4th from her latest two starts, both at the distance. She should be on pace here and could well have too much. (4) STAR SOCKS and (9) ANYANG LEOPARD both put in improved performances, finishing 4th in their respective latest starts and both have placing claims while (7) ROYAL SHALOM got sent back to trial after a disappointing effort last time and came through the subsequent heat looking much better. The main threat to the favourite, however, looks to be one of the first-timers, namely (8) MIGHTY LUCK. She ran 2nd in a trial in a decent time and this looks an excellent race to start off in.

Selections (3) Sinbu (8) Mighty Luck (4) Star Socks (7) Royal Shalom
Next Best 9, 6
Fast Start 3, 7, 8

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

(6) GEUM ROYAL is up in class after registering his maiden win at the second time of asking a month ago. He made all that day and while he will need to improve, he should be competitive. Likely favourite though is (4) SA SA. An impressive maiden winner last November, he’s found his feet at this level and was 3rd in a stronger race than this last month. He’ll be on pace and could be hard to beat. The very experienced (10) PARTY POWER was 2nd at class and distance three weeks ago and should be in the placing hunt again as should (2) MY HAWK and (8) ROYAL BRONZE.

Selections (4) Sa Sa (6) Geum Royal (10) Party Power (2) My Hawk
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 1, 2, 4, 8

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

This is a very nice-looking race but (2) DOKDO YA is the slight pick. He was 2nd in a fast contest on an admittedly wet track at the distance last start and returns after a couple of months off with strong claims to go one better. It won’t be easy. (7) SINGGEUREOUN (more…)

Triple Crown 2019: KRA Cup Mile – Full Preview

The 2019 Korean Triple Crown gets underway at Busan on Sunday when sixteen three-year-olds go to post for the KRA Cup Mile. Since the race gained its status as the opening leg of the Classic series in 2008, favourites have won five of the eleven running but this year, identifying who the favourite will be could be as taxing as finding the winner in what looks like a hugely competitive contest.

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Who will succeed Divide Wind as the KRA Cup Mile Champion?

Champion juvenile, the unbeaten King Socks, doesn’t race. In fact, he hasn’t stepped on to the racetrack since winning the Breeders’ Cup last December. He has two stablemates going though in the shape of Precede and Glitter and both will be among the top line of favourites. Busan’s Classic trial winner Yeonggwangui Secret is absent too, having pulled up lame after that race. However, Seoul’s trial winner Dae Wan Ma is present along with a host of very promising up and comers.

There is foreign interest too. Bart Rice saddles Good Dancer while Franco Da Silva rides leading contender Doctor Thunder. Francois Herholdt gets the leg-up on Gabo Day while Antonio Da Silva, who rode Dae Wan Ma to victory in the Sports Seoul, retains the mount. Also coming down from Seoul is Alan Munro, who on Friday added Busan to the list of tracks he’s ridden a winner at. He’ll ride Gaon Force, who was 3rd in the Sports Seoul.

Here’s the horse-by-horse guide:

  1. HANEULEUL DALRIDA – Won well in a good time over 1700M last start in February. It was at class 5 though so this is a considerable step up and he carries more weight. Has run best from the front and will try and lead.
  1. YEONGSEONGFIGHTING – Beaten by promising filly Nakita on debut and has won both starts since at 1300M and 1600M. Made all last time at this distance, has a top jockey on and while not among the favourites, not totally without a chance.
  2. GABO DAY – Won three in a row at 1300M but only managed 7th when well supported in Gyeongnam Sinmun having been difficult to load. Distance a question at this stage but trialled well last week.
  3. GAON FORCE – Class 5 winner at 1700M in February though we can probably draw a line through his superfast 4th over the same distance in March on a soaking wet track. Close at hand 3rd in the Sports Seoul and jockey a plus. Front-runner. Not impossible.
  4. JOY OF LUCK – Unexposed in terms of distance and weight. 2nd over 1200M at class 4 last time. Front runner so will be looking for a fast start. Won’t be among favourites although Jockey has won this race twice.
  5. LION SUN – 3rd in the Gimhae Mayor’s Cup in October and beat the promising Seobu Cat last start at 1000M. Distance a real question at this stage though. Likely to be on pace.
  6. PRECEDE – A very good class 4 winner at this distance on March 1st, his second score at a mile. Big race jockey on and has proven versatile in winning both from the front and from behind though likely to let others go forward here. Big chance and possible favourite.
  7. GLITTER – Avoided both Breeders’ Cup and Gyeongnam Shinmun but is one of the furthest along with a class 4 win at a mile and 3rd place over 1800M at class 3. From the top stable and has to be taken seriously. Stablemate of Precede. Will settle just off the pace
  8. GOOD DANCER – Strong run for 3rd in the Gyeongnam Sinmun where he showed some resilience to fight back after being headed. Well back behind Doctor Thunder at this distance in February but looks to have progressed since. Interesting outsider.
  9. GLOBAL CHUKJE – A winner of four from five and 3rd in the other, he’s the only class 3 winner in the field having struck at that level over 1700M on March 2nd. Big chance to take this race for Seoul. Settles midfield.
  10. YEONGGWANGUI FIGHT – Well back in the Breeders’ Cup and 5th in the Gyeongnam Shinmun but style may suit this extended trip. Nevertheless, plenty to find if he is to overturn the form.
  11. MYEONGPUM CHUKJE – Finished 4th in the Sports Seoul, three-lengths behind the winner but previously won very well over 1700M at class 4. Distance today should suit and although he may need even further, he is a contender.
  12. DAE WAN MA – Runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup, she had a hard time at 1700M in January but won a hard-fought Sports Seoul last month at 1400M. Distance and draw are questions marks, but she has a real chance.
  13. DOCTOR THUNDER – Since finishing 3rd on debut, he’s won four in a row including last start at a mile. Drawn wide but doesn’t need to lead. In form jockey and if he gets a nice spot after the break, could well be the one to beat.
  14. YEONGSEONG ACE – Class 4 winner over 1300M last start but will have to find plenty here. Came from well off the pace that day so likely to go back here and try and mop up the pieces late on.
  15. WONDERFUL FLY – Just beaten a head in the Sports Seoul Cup in what was his first race since last July and his first defeat. Unexposed and a wildcard. Widest draw not ideal but he ran on well last time and could be a player.

VERDICT: It’s a great looking race with a full field and any number of winners. The Kim Young Kwan pair of (7) PRECEDE and (8) GLITTER look formidable but there are enough doubts about both to make it possible to elsewhere. We’ll go with (14) DOCTOR THUNDER to come through with a late run to score under Franco Da Silva though. Expect very solid runs too from the Seoul challengers (10) GLOBAL CHUKJE, (12) MYEONGPUM CHUKJE and (4) GAON FORCE. Sports Seoul winner (13) DAE WAN MA surely comes into play as well.

Selections: (14) Doctor Thunder (7) Precede (10) GLobal Chukje (12) Myeongpum Chukje
Next Best: 4, 8, 13, 16, 9
Fast Start: 1, 4, 5, 6
Closers: 11, 14, 15

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 6)

Saturday’s racing is at Seoul where there are 11 races from 10L45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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

(1) MONEY SHARP has had a number of near-misses over nine starts so far and given today’s opposition, he should be making his breakthrough at last. (4) SEUNGRI LIKE had a poor day at the office behind Money Sharp last start but can be given another chance having run into trouble at the start, losing plenty of ground. The time before, he ran 2nd at this distance and with a better start today, should be on speed and can be a danger. (2) CARROT SEEKER showed some improvement last time and can be in the hunt while (5) INGRAN QUEEN and (9) SERA YEOJE are others who may improve in this company.

Selections (1) Money Sharp (4) Seungri Like (2) Carrot Seeker (9) Sera Yeoje
Next Best 5, 3
Fast Start 4, 5

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

Three-year-old maidens and while the field is small, it’s competitive. (5) MISTER HERO hasn’t raced since a 4th place last October but trialled competently in decent company in mid-March and should go well first-up here. (4) KKAEUCHIM has shown steady improvement over his four outings and can continue his progress today while (8) STUNNING AGAIN offered some hint of ability for the first time when 6th of 11 on his latest start a month ago. However, it’s debut-makers we’ll turn to for our picks. (9) HANSEN BLADE made all to win a trial two weeks ago and a similar performance today will make him hard to beat. (7) DAEGUN POWER too impressed in a heat just last week and should be competitive here.

Selections (9) Hansen Blade (7) Daegun Power (4) Kkaeuchim (5) Mister Hero
Next Best 9, 1
Fast Start 2, 4, 5, 9

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

Another weak maiden. (4) CUPID CHOICE looks to be figuring things out having been an improved 3rd last start. She’ll be on pace here and could lead all the way. (2) WINNER SAY may have finished better than 5th on debut had she not had to be checked when improving into a narrow run coming off the turn. Nevertheless, it was an encouraging start and she can get closer here. (1) GEOM HYANG too did nothing wrong on her first appearance in February and can have also come on for it. (9) YULONG FLYING looks the type who may come good sooner or later while of the first-time starters, (5) SILVER DRAGON has the best chance of making an immediate impact.

Selections (4) Cupid Choice (2) Winner Say (1) Geom Hyang (5) Silver Dragon
Next Best 9, 7
Fast Start 1, 4, 8

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maiden fillies. (6) SAENAE VICTORY enters off a career-best finish of 2nd last time over this distance. She was beaten five-lengths by a decent winner, but it continued a run of encouraging performances and she could be the one to make the breakthrough here. (12) SONGAM BARBIE is the only other one in the field who has a top-three finish to her name, and she looks to be the main danger although (3) ROAD WOMAN, who races for the first time this year, looked sharp in a trial last month and can be expected to go well. (1) YAHO WHITE CAT and (8) GWACHEON GONGJU are others who can improve.

Selections (6) Saenae Victory (12) Songam Barbie (8) Gwacheon Gongju (3) Road Woman
Next Best 1, 5, 7
Fast Start 1, 3

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

Three-year-old maidens. (3) SUHO comes in having finished 2nd over this distance on March 23rd. That was just his third career start and came after a 4th place the time before. He’s the one to beat here. (8) TAP LINE was just a head behind in 3rd place that day although he displayed poor manners in the home straight. He was 2nd on debut a month earlier and will be the main danger again. (7) P.K. GUNJU can have a line drawn through his latest one as he took a heavy bump at the start and can be given another chance here. (4) KING OF RULES and (6) STRONG VULTURE are others who can enter the placing frame.

Selections (3) Suho (8) Tap Line (7) P.K. Gunju (6) Strong Vulture
Next Best 4, 5
Fast Start 2, 6, 7

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

(1) ENDURANCE was certainly eye-catching when scoring by ten-lengths over this distance to earn his maiden win on March 2nd. He was stepped up to 1700M for his first try at this class two weeks ago but after leading for much of the way around, he weakened late on and ultimately finished in 5th. Back down in trip today, he’ll be the one to beat. It was a similar story too for (3) SPEED HEUKRYONG, who after registering his maiden win in February similarly found it challenging around two turns last month and should be closer today. (2) SHADOW MONEY should break a run of four consecutive 5th place finishes – hopefully by finishing better than 5th here – while (7) BANGTANMA and (more…)

Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (April 5)

The 2019 Korean Triple Crown starts this weekend with the KRA Cup Mile at Busan on Sunday. We’ll have a full preview of the big race on Saturday but before that, the weekend’s action gets underway at Busan on Friday with 10 races from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

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It’s Friday. It’s Busan

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

Three-year-old maidens to kick things off with seven of the twelve having raced before. Among those, (9) SMART MOD is comfortably the top pick having run 2nd on debut on March 1st. He was the beaten favourite that day after also impressing in useful company in trials but today he should make no mistake. (12) GOOD TREND didn’t do too much wrong on his first start four weeks ago and can improve on the 6th place he registered while the only one of these to have already raced more than once, (5) CHODONG RUSH offered some evidence of progress when dropped back to this trip in January and returns after three months out for a fresh start here. Of the first-timers, (2) KAHEKILI is a half sister to prolific winner Cinderella Man and trialled well. (4) ME NOVIA also went well in trials.

Selections (9) Smart Mod (2) Kahekili (12) Good Trend (4) Me Novia
Next Best 5, 8
Fast Start 2, 6

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

He’s been inconsistent across seven outings so far but (2) GOLDEN SHARP is the slight pick to prevail here. True, his best work to date has been at 1000M but a previous try at this distance yielded a 5th place finish and after a solid 3rd at the minimum last start, he looks well placed to get to the front from a good draw and go all the way. (10) DAEHO JILJU races from the first time since finishing 3rd behind Golden Sharp’s 2nd in January. It’s his first crack at the distance today and he should be close. (6) DAEHEUNG SIDAE enters off a solid enough last start 4th at this distance and can match or better today while (7) ALBERT KING and (11) RINGING FLYING, both back in trip today, should also be in at least the placing hunt.

Selections (2) Golden Sharp (10) Daeho Jilju (6) Daeheung Sidae (11) Ringing Flying
Next Best 7, 12
Fast Start 2, 11

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

(5) MATCH WINNER ran 3rd on debut in a useful maiden at this distance on March 8th, running on well. There could be more to come and with a bit of progress today, he looks the one to beat. (3) MAJOR POWER had two 3rd place finishes and a 4th among four outings so far. She’s not the fastest of starters but can take up a handy position here from a decent draw and should be competitive. Since returning from six months out, (9) GIMABUDAEJANG has progressively improved over three starts and steps up to this distance for the first time. He’ll be on pace and can be taken seriously. (6) SMART WINNER beat three of these on his way to an improved 3rd when stepped up to this trip on March 15th and looks set for more development. (1) ECTON SMILE was 4th in that same race and is another with at least placing chances today.

Selections (5) Match Winner (9) Gimabudaejang (3) Major Power (6) Smart Winner
Next Best 1, 10
Fast Start 4, 9, 10, 11

Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Maiden fillies here and the banker favourite of the day goes. (1) BANJIUI YOJEONG ran 2nd on debut on March 8th, running prominently throughout having previously impressed in trials. She’ll be on pace from the start and a similar performance should prove far too much for her rivals here. The main danger could be one from the same owner. (10) BANJIUI JILJU debuts here having performed strongly in trials and has every chance of going nicely first-up. Also debuting with decent claims is (6) LUCKY TOGETHER, who showed plenty of promise when trialling a month ago. Of the others who have raced before, (4) MILLION BEAT and (9) TWO TWO WAY look the best.

Selections (1) Banjiui Yojeong (10) Banjiui Jilju (9) Two Two Way (6) Lucky Together
Next Best 4, 7
Fast Start 1, 7, 9

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

(4) YONGYEON is one of three of these up in class following a maiden victory last start, in his case a front-running four-length score at this distance. He’ll be on pace again and is the slight pick to repeat. (12) FINAL RULES made all for a two-length win four weeks ago (beating Banjiui Yojeongsa, who we saw in race 4). That was just her second start and she looks to have improvement in her. Similarly, (1) SINHEUNG JANGSU led from gate to wire to win by five-lengths on March 1st and while she probably has the most of the three to find, shouldn’t be far away here. Of those with prior experience of this class, (7) YAKSOKDAERO and (8) SUCHEOJAKJU are the best looking.

Selections (4) Yongyeon (12) Final Rules (1) Sinheung Jangsu (8) Sucheojakju
Next Best 7, 6
Fast Start 1, 4, 10, 12

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

(8) SAMBA RHYTHM got her maiden win by six-lengths just before the New Year and then ran a solid 2nd on her first try at this class in January, both at this distance. Things (more…)