Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 16)

Graded Stakes action returns to Korea this Sunday with the running of the KNN Cup (KOR G3), the second leg of the Queens’ Tour, at Busan where Silver Wolf will be the star attraction and hot favourite. Before that, however, the weekend’s racing gets underway with a nine-race Friday program  on the South Coast from 14:55 to 21:00:

Busan Racecourse winning line

It’s Friday. It’s Busan

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

(6) PARADISE KING has run 3rd in both starts so far, the latest at this distance. His times haven’t been anything special, but he looks to have potential for improvement and is the one to beat here. (11) HIDDEN BOY is clear second choice. He disappointed slightly last time when well supported but has a couple of decent showings to his name over this distance and while he’ll need to overcome the wide draw to get forward, should be a factor. (5) TAMNA LIST was a little under par last start but has had over two months off since then and returns here with claims to go closer. (4) MYEONGGA DAERO and (9) USEUNG JIKIMI, the latter a big improver last time, are others with placing claims.

Selections (6) Paradise King (11) Hidden Boy (5) Tamna List (4) Myeongga Daero
Next Best 9, 1
Fast Start 6, 9, 11

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

Juvenile maidens here with only five of the twelve having raced before. There were high hopes of (3) YEONGCHEON JILJU when he debuted at the end of June. He’s a half-brother to a Korean Derby winner and a handful of other talented race winners and had trialled up well. While he only managed to finish 6th that day, weakening late on, he should have come on for the run and be given another chance here. Conversely, little was expected of (2) FINAL DREAM on his first go in July but he defied odds in excess of 120/1 to come home 2nd and he needs to be taken seriously today. (1) DAEJI JARANG was solid enough first-up too and can improve here. Of the debut-makers, (11) CENTUM BEONGAE was fastest in trials and can go well here while (9) HANSEN MULGYEOL is another that catches the eye.

Selections (3) Yeongcheon Jilju (11) Centum Beongae (2) Final Dream (1) Daeji Jarang
Next Best 9, 8
Fast Start 2, 3, 11

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

(4) NAEGA SAEGANGJA came close to making all over 1200M when up against some useful types over 1200M on July 12th. He drops back to the minimum distance today and from a good draw, can get on pace early again and stay on this time. Main danger is (12) GOOD TREND, whose latest form does indeed indicate a good trend. He ran a good 2nd over the distance last time on a sloppy track and another runner-up finish should be a minimum requirement here. (1) MACH RANGER ran well last time for a slightly unexpected 2nd and can place again here. He’ll have competition for that from the likes of (8) JIGURYEOK PALPAL, who was 3rd behind Good Trend last time out, and (9) TIME TOGETHER, up in class following a maiden win at the distance on July 26th and who should be competitive at this level.

Selections (4) Naega Saegangja (12) Good Trend (9) Time Together (8) Jiguryeok Palpal
Next Best 1, 6
Fast Start 4, 6, 12

Race 4: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Small field of weak maidens and a very tricky puzzle. We’ll go with (5) CASTEL CORE, who stepped up to this distance for the first time last start and ran a decent 4th in a creditable time on a sloppy track. He could be the one who has the most potential for improvement in him. (1) GASOK BULKKOT was much improved at this distance last time and looks to be the main danger. He’ll go back at the start but will plod on and should pass plenty. (6) LISTEN TO ME is another who has put in a decent time at the distance – albeit on a wet and fast track – and can place here. (7) TWO TWO HAMMER and unknown quantity (8) SIMON DREAM are others who could compete for minor money.

Selections (5) Castel Core (1) Gasok Bulkkot (6) Listen To Me (8) Simon Dream
Next Best 7, 4
Fast Start 5, 7

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

Very even looking race here with a number looking to have similar chances. (12) SEONGSAN POWER was a winner over a mile in a very fast time (even bearing in mind the conditions) on July 19th. She carries an additional 3kg today but drops back in trip and despite the wide draw, should be firmly in the hunt for another win. Speaking of fast times, (2) GAMDONGUI SUNGAN achieved that when 4th at this distance the same day. That came on the back of a 2nd place in more ordinary conditions in June and he should be a factor today. (1) ANY GOOD DAY has finished no worse than 4th in five starts so far and still looks to be on a upward trajectory. (5) DARK TEMPLAR and (9) ETERNAL TRON both come in after 2nd place finishes on their respective latest starts and both have claims on another place today.

Selections (12) Seongsan Power (1) Any Good Day (2) Gamdongui Sungan (9) Eternal Tron
Next Best 5, 3
Fast Start 1, 2, 4, 12

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

(12) HANSEN DREAM looked an outstanding prospect when winning his first two outings in dismissive fashion. He found himself rapidly up in class and also in distance to 1400M (more…)


Seoul Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 11)

Sunday sees a bumper 15-race daytime card at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


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

(9) AN MOK HANG was beaten when favourite on her latest start four weeks ago. That was against considerably better opposition than she faces today though and her previous runs suggest she has every chance here. (8) CHEONEUN JJANG comes in after a useful 3rd place last time out and looks to be one of the main dangers although (1) SEUNGNI JEONSEOL has also proven capable of running competitive times – she was found to have been slightly lame after her latest run and has had seven weeks off. If (10) SEOUL MAGIC can get a good start from the wide draw, he has placing claims too. There are two debut makers and of them, (4) JEONGMUN LASER put in a handy performance in his trial.

Selections (9) An Mok Hang (8) Cheoneun Jjang (4) Jeongmun Laser (1) Seungni Jeonseol
Next Best 10, 12
Fast Start 1, 9, 10

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

(7) MENI STAND returned from seven months out to run 3rd at thus distance on July 20th. She shifted in at the start that day and lost quite a bit of ground, only really making it up in the final furlong. If she gets a better start and gives herself more of a chance here, then she can win. (5) RAON JOY enters off the back of a pair of 3rd place finishes and can aim to match or even better those today while (1) NONGBUI SUCHEAHWA is another who had a hard time coming out of the gate on what was her debut six weeks ago but then ran on well. She should have come on for that and can improve here. (4) STORM FORCE and (12) FAMILY PARK are others in the frame.

Selections (7) Meni Stand (5) Raon Joy (1) Nongbui Sucheahwa (4) Storm Force
Next Best 12, 11
Fast Start 1, 5, 8, 12

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with only four of the twelve having raced before. One of those is set to be favourite though. (4) STRONG QUEEN was very slow to begin on debut from a wide draw but ran on very nicely to claim 5th. She’s much better drawn today and looks the one to beat. (2) WONDER PLACE debuted in the same race and while she came home 9th, Moon Se Young being aboard today will interest some. As for the other chances, it’s likely to be the first-timer starters. (8) DANGCHAN BARAM looks the best of them, having won her trial in a good time, beating a couple of these along the way. (7) RAON TOUGH MAN was also a trial winner and while his time was a little slower, can be considered first up too. (9) QUIET ADELE, 3rd in a trial behind Dangchan Baram, looks best of the rest.

Selections (4) Strong Queen (8) Dangchan Baram (7) Raon Tough Man (2) Wonder Place
Next Best 9, 6
Fast Start 1, 6, 8, 11

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

After an inauspicious debut in February, (7) KINGS CARRIAGE has put in two consecutive 3rd place finishes. He should be on the early speed today and has an excellent chance of improving further and making the breakthrough. (9) DIAVOLA finished behind King’s Carriage back in June but has since picked up a 3rd place of her own over 1200M four weeks ago. She can be a big danger here. Those two look head and shoulders above the rest although (4) CHEONNYEONUI GODO has hinted at ability and may compete for a place along with (6) WONDERFUL HEELS and (12) CHOEGANG CAMP, the latter making just her second start having looked useful in recent trials.

Selections (7) Kings Carriage (9) Diavola (12) Cheogang Camp (4) Cheonnyeonui Godo
Next Best 6, 1
Fast Start 3, 7, 8, 11

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

(2) GABO PULL QUEEN missed the break by a length or so when favourite over 1200M on July 13th and while without that she may still not have won, it certainly didn’t help her as she ended up running out 4th. She has a 2nd place to her name at class and distance though and she can be expected to go much closer today. Moon Se Young rides her for the second time, with the first having been her solitary victory. (1) CAMP BADA and (5) GEUM ROYAL came home 4th and 5th behind Gabo Pull Queen back in June and both have proven competitive at this level, as has (6) PRIME QUEEN. The three of those look likely to pose the biggest potential threats to the favourite although (3) NONSTOP FLYING is another who can go close.

Selections (2) Gabo Pull Queen (6) Prime Queen (5) Geum Royal (3) Nonstop Flying
Next Best 1, 7
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 7

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

(4) FLYING BULLET comes in here seeking her third consecutive victory having made all in her latest two, both over this distance and the latter at this class. She does carry 4kg more than last time but has potential for another win here. (5) FEDERAL CAT and (6) BAEKSANG came home 3rd and 4th respectively with just a length between them when they raced each other over class and distance on July 13th and both should be in at least the placing hunt once again. (2) DAEHAN ILPUM was just beaten a neck mat class and distance last start and can be respected here. (1) BULUI QUEEN remains a maiden after six attempts but is rarely too far away and drops back in trip following a creditable 5th over 1700M last time.

Selections (4) Flying Bullet (6) Baeksang (5) Federal Cat (1) Bului Queen
Next Best 2, 8
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 8

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

(8) DAEGUNUI GEOM returned from three months off to just get pipped by a nose in a good race at class and distance on June 15th. He had two of these behind him that day and following another eight weeks off, he looks ready to win. (5) LIL’ PATRON was one of those he beat that day and he looks to have potential for further development. He also runs for the first time since. (1) ENDURANCE was an also-ran in the Korean Derby this year and has finished 2nd in both subsequent starts. He’s up in class today but should be on pace and is likely to aim to be on pace. (4) BULGULUI RUNNER was an improved 3rd on what was just his second start in July and he can maintain his progress here. (6) CLEAN UP HERO returned to some kind of form with a 3rd place last time and can aim for the minor money again.

Selections (8) Daegunui Geom (1) Endurance (5) Lil’ Patron (4) Bulgului Runner
Next Best 6, 2
Fast Start 1, 2, 5, 8

Race 8: Class 5 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

After a strong of near-misses, it’s about time (2) HOPE KINGDOM made the breakthrough and actually won a race. In two goes at this trip, he’s been beaten a nose the first time and then by three-quarters of a length the second. He can sit behind the early speed here and finish strongly. (11) ROYAL SMARTY is another who has taken to this distance well having run 2rd in his first try at it on July 14th. He’ll be a danger as will (4) TO THE VICTORY, who attempts two turns for the first time but could well get a soft early lead here and if he sees out the trip, could pull off a surprise. (7) INDIAN BOSS and (9) SUN QUEEN are others in the placing frame.

Selections (2) Hope Kingdom (11) Royal Smarty (4) To The Victory (7) Indian Boss
Next Best 9, 10
Fast Start 4

Race 9: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(9) ALIBABA MARINE was just beaten a nose over 1200M on June 23rd, having run 3rd the time before that. He steps up to two-turns for the first time today and it could be exactly what he needs to make the breakthrough. (1) DAE BYEONHWA has plenty of experience at this distance including a very good 2nd place last time. From the inside gate, he’ll be on pace from the start and should be a danger at the business end. (2) MAENGJU has been inconsistent over eight outings so far but has ability at this distance and can be in line for a place. (5) DONGBANG JIJON and (11) SPEED YEONGUNG are others who can be taken (more…)

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 10)

After a week off, racing returns to the capital on Saturday with 11-races from 14:25 to 21:00. Here are the previews:


Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

A maiden to kick things off and a few of them come in off the back of promising performances. (2) SINGSING JANGSU has a 2nd and a 3rd from two starts to date over 1000M and 1200M and the slight step up in trip today may be what he needs to make the breakthrough. He ran through the line well last start and can come from off the pace here. (3) MACH THUNDER was a much improved 2nd last time out on July 13th, beating (7) EAGLE EYE into 3rd. Both of those have claims here. (10) CHEONJI AEGA also took to this distance well on her second career start last month – this is a tougher race, but she should be a factor. (11) PUNGMUNEURO has been plodding around at this level for a long time now but can pick some minor money in this company.

Selections (2) Singsing Jangsu (7) Eagle Eye (3) Mach Thunder (10) Cheonji Aega
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 5

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

A last start class and distance winner, (11) SUHO carries an extra 3kg today but still looks nicely enough in to follow-up. He’ll have to overcome the widest draw but that’s exactly what he did last time and he can repeat. (10) CHEONJI POKPUNG is up in class having registered his maiden win by a cool five-lengths at this distance a month ago. Today’s company is stiffer but he should be competitive. (4) WIND RIVER had an erratic trip on his first try at this level last month and can improve today while (9) EX BLADE was found to have been lame after his latest disappointing outing back in May. He’s had eleven weeks off since and should go better here. (3) MISSILE CANDY looks best of the rest.

Selections (11) Suho (10) Cheonji Pokpung (9) Ex Blade (4) Wind River
Next Best 3, 6
Fast Start 3, 7, 11

Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with only five of the twelve having raced before. Of those, (5) COMPLETE KINGDOM was by some margin the most impressive, running 2nd at this distance on July 7th, beating two of these in the process. He should be on pace from the start and can lead all the way. (8) MONEY CHAMP was 4th in that race, a full eleven-lengths in arrears but looks to have scope for improvement here. (2) MASEONG TUHON was also 4th on her debut back in June and looks to have some potential too. Among the first time starters, (7) GEUMA FLAWLESS was the most eye-catching in trials and should go well first up. (3) WINNER BLUE also put in a tidy qualification run.

Selections (5) Complete Kingdom (2) Maseong Tuhon (7) Geuma Flawless (8) Money Champ
Next Best 3, 1
Fast Start 2, 4, 5, 7

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

(2) WINNER CROWN led almost from gate to wire, ultimately getting nudged into 2nd in a similarly good race on June 22nd. He’s well drawn to get on pace again and this time can lead all the way. He’ll be joined on pace early by main danger (7) JEONGSANG STAR, who is up in class following a five-length maiden score over this distance four weeks ago and looks to have scope for more development. (1) HWARYONG was slow to begin and then raced very ungenerously on his latest appearance behind Winner Crown in June. He got sent back to trial, ultimately having to go through three of them before being cleared for racing again. He won all three of those trials though and if he behaves himself, should go well here. (5) ROYAL SHALOM and (6) MACH TANSAENG are others in the hunt.

Selections (2) Winner Crown (7) Jeongsang Star (1) Hwaryong (5) Royal Shalom
Next Best 8
Fast Start 2, 7

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

(2) SAGWARANG returns to action for the first time in just under a year. She was developing into a classy filly before her layoff with two wins from four and looked in good touch when trialing this June. This isn’t the easiest race but she can make a winning comeback today. (7) D K NARIN came close to making all over this distance a month ago, ultimately ending in 2nd and a win looks to be in his near future. (8) CUPID GUY already has a victory to his name and while he was a little bit ordinary on his latest start, can come into consideration. (4) GULCHARMNAMUSUP and (5) PHOENIX WOLF are others who can go close.

Selections (2) Sagwarang (7) D K Narin (4) Gulcharmnamusup (8) Cupid Guy
Next Best 5, 6
Fast Start 2, 6, 9, 12

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

(1) NALARA HLL’s maiden win had been coming and she secured it with a six-length victory over this distance on July 7th. She is accordingly up in class today but if she gets to the front early, should have too much. (5) HUIMANG STAR is a twenty-race maiden but has been no worse than 4th in each of her latest five outings and should go close again. (6) TAEPUNG EYES and (7) CHEON GOE SEONG similarly come in with recent form reading well and have placing claims while (2) GLORY VERN looks best of the rest.

Selections (1) Nalara Hill (5) Huimang Star (6) Taepung Eyes (7) Cheon Goe Seong
Next Best 2, 4
Fast Start 1, 7

Race 7: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Four of these raced each other over class and distance on July 7th with (5) POP STREET coming out the best of them in 2nd place. He’s nicely drawn to get on pace today and should go close again. The worst of the four that day was pre-race favourite (2) SWEETLY HUMOR. He pulled hard in the middle part of the race before offering little at the business end, finishing well back in 6th, however, his previous form makes him worthy of another chance here. (1) SKY STORM was a little bit cold in spring but returned to form with a good 2nd at class and distance on June 2nd. (6) GAL IP and (10) UDAERYUNG are others in with a chance of at least a place.

Selections (1) Sky Storm (5) Pop Street (2) Sweetly Humor (6) Gal Ip
Next Best 10, 8
Fast Start 4, 5, 11

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

A good winner on debut in May, (4) MYEONGWANG ran 2nd on his first try at this class at the very end of June. He did though suffer quite a heavy bump at the start which cost him momentum and if he gets away cleanly this time, could quite easily lead all the way. (5) VALLEY QUEEN was an impressive maiden winner last start and while up in class today, looks to be the main danger. (10) HAE WANG beat three of these on his way to 3rd place at class and distance a month ago. He remains a maiden but looks to have placing chances again here. (1) HIGH BEAT and (6) GEUMBIT YEOLJEONG are others in the hunt.

Selections (4) Myeongwang (5) Valley Queen (10) Hae Wang (1) High Beat
Next Best 6, 3
Fast Start 3, 4, 5, 6

Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

After running 4th in her first two outings last autumn, (11) CHODONG BOBAE returned to action in April and has subsequently won three in a row. Her latest victory saw her defeat the talented Dokdo Ya at this class over 1300M a month ago. She carries a little bit more weight today but looks like she has plenty more wins in her. (9) MY SISTER NINA has proved versatile if inconsistent over five outings so far but her good performances have been very good. She just missed out by a nose over 1000M last start and can be a real danger here. (4) MUNHAKUI JEONSA has been solid across four starts to date and should be on pace early with a view to hanging on for a place. (6) AMERICAN FORCE ONE and (12) MANHATTAN MUSIC can also be taken into consideration.

Selections (11) Chodong Bobae (9) My Sister Nina (4) Munhakui Jeonsa (12) Manhattan Music
Next Best 6, 7
Fast Start 4, 7, 11

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

(4) MUNHAK TIGER maybe be developing a liking for finishing 2nd, with three runner-up finishes to a solitary win, but it’s the latter column that should be boosted here. From gate 4, he’ll be making the early pace and could be hard to beat. If he does fall short, (7) SOL PARANG could be one to take advantage. He beat a couple of these on his way to 3rd at class and distance last start and can finish well from off the pace here. (6) WILD FIGHT also enters in solid form with a good 3rd over 1400M last time and should be in at least the placing frame again. (1) MONTEVIDEO and (3) FLYING BOSS are not without claims either.

Selections (4) Munhak Tiger (7) Sol Parang (6) Wild Fight (1) Montevideo
Next Best 3
Fast Start 1, 4, 5, 6

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

(1) MUNHAK ARIARI came up slightly short when favourite for a similar class and distance affair last month, ultimately finishing 4th. It wasn’t a bad run though and having drawn the inside gate today, looks set to be a justifiable favourite once more. (8) EMPIRE KINGDOM should benefit from the drop back in trip today and should be one of the main dangers while (5) KWAEHAN YEBONGSAN was a little bit ordinary in good company last start but is a class and distance winner already and must be respected. (7) UP LIGHT, up in class and back in trip, and (9) EAGLES GRIFTER are others to take into account.

Selections (1) Munhak Ariari (8) Empire Kingdom (5) Kwaehan Yebongsan (7) Up Light
Next Best 9, 2
Fast Start 1, 5, 9


Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 4)

Busan will take next weekend off and they’ll certainly have earned it as they go out with a bumper 15-race card on Sunday with races from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Busan Racecourse

Busan Sunday

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

A very ordinary maiden to kick things off. (4) TOHAM IMPACT has in no way impressed across her five starts to date but she has managed a 2nd and a 3rd in that time, which is considerably more than any of her rivals have done. She won’t need to improve very much to win this and that will be reflected in her odds. (2) CHEONGPUNG NANHYANG managed a best of 5th in four starts before a layoff that commenced in March. She looked good though when trialing up in mid-July and is a place contender first-up today. Similarly, (7) B.K. VICTOR returns for the first time since last December and served up a promising trial. (8) RAINBOW PARK and (10) HUIMANG SOYEO are perhaps the best of a weak rest.

Selections (4) Toham Impact (2) Cheongpung Nanhyang (7) B.K. Victor (8) Rainbow Park
Next Best 10, 12
Fast Start 2, 6, 7, 10

Race 2: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Small but competitive field. (4) ROYAL SOLDIER was a very fast winner in the slop at this distance two weeks ago and while he steps up in class today, there seems little reason to oppose him. From a nice draw, he should be on pace early and lead all the way. (7) HUNTER PARK remains a maiden but has no fewer than nine top-five finishes from thirteen prior outings. He probably won’t win this either but can go close again. (2) BAEJJANG drops back in trip today having run 6th last start. He triumphed at class and distance in June and can place here. (1) SECHAGE ran 4th last time and can aim to match or better today.

Selections (4) Royal Soldier (7) Hunter Park (2) Baejjang (1) Sechage
Next Best 6
Fast Start 2, 4

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

(4) SUN MOUNTAIN comes in off back to back 3rd place finishes, both at class and distance. He comes from off the pace and while he needs to be careful not to leave himself too much to do again, today could be his day. (3) HWARANGUICHAMPION offered some promise in two starts earlier this year. He returns following four months off and looked reasonably sharp when trialing up in July and comes straight into consideration here. The one they need to beat though is (7) CHEONNYEONUI ULRIM. He was a much-improved 2nd at this distance last time out a month ago and can build on that today. (5) WONDERFUL CITY and (8) CHARGE POWER are others in the placing frame.

Selections (4) Sun Mountain (7) Cheonnyeonui Ulrim (3) Hwaranguichampion (5) Wonderful City
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 7, 8

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

Juvenile maidens here with seven of the nine having raced once each before. The best of those was (8) MARK ONE, who ran 2nd on debut on July 5th. The winner of that race, Top Day, went on to score again last week and it should be Mark One’s turn today. (2) HANSEN FLASHY also ran well for 4th on her debut back at the end of June and she can build on that today while (6) BLUE POWER did nothing wrong either, finishing 6th but only two-lengths behind the winner on his first try. Expect a fast start from him here. (1) WAKANDA and (3) YEONGGWANGUI PARK are others with the potential to get better.

Selections (8) Mark One (2) Hansen Flashy (6) Blue Power (1) Wakanda
Next Best 1, 3
Fast Start 6, 8, 9

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

(10) MAGIC FLYING ran out a class and distance winner on June 30th, with a front-running performance. He only carries slightly more weight today and could well repeat. Fifty-five race maiden (4) ONNURI GANGJA has somehow managed to register five runner-up finishes from his latest six starts and no worse than 5th in his most recent ten. He could actually win this but either way he looks at the very least as though he’s set to continue his remarkable run of near-misses. Another maiden, but with far fewer miles on the clock, is (3) ROYAL TICKET. All four of his previous tries at this distance have gone well and he should be in the mix here. (7) EL DRAGON has struggled on wet tracks when well-backed in her latest two but could improve today.

Selections (10) Magic Flying (4) Onnuri Gangja (3) Royal Ticket (7) El Dragon
Next Best 6, 8
Fast Start 2, 7

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

(2) MENI QUEEN ran out a good winner, making all over this distance on debut on July 12th. She is up in class today but looks to have plenty of potential for more and from a nice draw, she can repeat. (8) TOHAM STAR looks a big danger though. Having got his maiden win at this distance at the end of June, he ran 2nd over this trip on a sloppy track two weeks ago and looks nicely in to go very close today. (3) WONDERFUL TALE came up short on her first try at this class a month ago. While her May win came over 1000M, she has a 3rd place to her name at this distance and can be given another chance here. (1) GOLDEN SHARP and (7) TRUE SIGNATURE are others in the hunt.

Selections (8) Toham Star (2) Meni Queen (3) Wonderful Tale (1) Golden Sharp
Next Best 7, 9
Fast Start 2, 3, 7, 8

Race 7: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) NEW QUEEN remains a maiden after fourteen attempts but enters here with a 3rd and two runner-up finishes from her latest three outings. She should be close to the early pace today and looks sure to be close once more. She may well again find one or two too quick though. (5) TIZ JOYFUL ran a slightly disappointing 6th when not allowed things (more…)

Busan Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 3) – You Hyun Myung Chases 1,000 Winners/Seo Seung-un Suspended 3 Months

With Seoul taking its annual one-week summer break, it makes for a rare Saturday card at Busan. There are 8 races on a twilight card from 16:30 to 21:00.


Jockey You Hyung Myung could break the 1000-winner barrier this weekend

Jockey You Hyun Myung begins the weekend on 996 career winners and with fifteen rides across Saturday and Sunday, many of them fancied, looks likely to break the 1,000 winner barrier at some point over the weekend.

It’s less good news for another of Busan’s top jockeys though. Seo Seung-un was suspended for three calendar months last Sunday upon the conclusion of an adjourned inquiry into his ride on Mujeok Veteran in race 4 on Sunday July 21st. Mujeok Veteran, a 9/1 chance, was leading when Seo stopped riding at the furlong pole, not noticing that Nangman Jeonsa was directly behind him and closing fast.

Seo Seung Un Glitter

We’ll not see Seo Seung-un in the saddle until November following his mistake 2 weeks ago

Upon discovering the threat, Seo recommenced riding 50 metres from the line but it was too late and Nangman Jeonsa won by a nose. It’s proven to be a costly mistake.

Here are Saturday’s previews:

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

Competitive maiden to open proceedings with four of the twelve racing for the first time. (4) THUNDER BAY has been steadily improving across five starts to date culminating in a 2nd place last time out over 1300M. He drops back in trip today and could go one better. He isn’t a fast starter though so he has to be careful not to leave himself too much to do. If he does, then (9) STOLEN BEAUTY is likely to be on pace and can take advantage. She weakened badly over 1300M last start but should be much better at the shorter trip today. Other than that pair it’s the debut-makers who look most dangerous. Both (1) HANEOL BULPAE and (10) BIG PICTURE put in useful trial performances and should go well first-up.

Selections (9) Stolen Beauty (4) Thunder Bay (10) Big Picture (1) Haneol Bulpae
Next Best 8, 3
Fast Start 8, 9, 10, 12

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

Juvenile maidens here with precisely half the ten-strong field having raced once before. The most impressive of those was (6) YEONGWON DYNAMO, who ran 3rd on debut, beating to of the others here in the process on July 5th. He won’t need to improve much if he is to win this. (7) CAPTAIN STEALTH was 4th in that race, three-lengths adrift of Yeongwon Dynamo and he has potential to get closer here while (1) YEONGSEONG BRAVO was further back but likewise should have come on for the run. Among the debut-makers, (4) YEONGGWANGUI START has looked competent over the course of two trials and has every chance of making a positive impact first-up today.

Selections (6) Yeongwon Dynamo (7) Captain Stealth (4) Yeonggwangui Start (1) Yeongseong Bravo
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 4, 5, 6, 8

Race3: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(9) TWO TWO CAPTAIN has been knocking on the door for a while now and comes in off the back of three decent showings over this distance. The caliber of opposition he faces today looks significantly weaker and he should finally get that maiden win. (1) ANGEL KING STAR steps up in trip after a solid 3rd over 1300M last time out and looks set to benefit from the additional distance today while (8) JILJU YEOHAENG ran indifferently last time she was tired at a mile but returns after a useful 3rd, also at 1300M, three weeks ago and can go better this time. (3) SEOBU GENTLEMAN and (6) HORTENSE are others with the potential to improve.

Selections (9) Two Two Captain (1) Angel King Star (8) Jilju Yeohaeng (3) Seobu Gentleman
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 3, 8, 9

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

(11) THE FACT was the longest but one shot on the board when getting his maiden win at the fifteenth time of asking just two weeks ago. Normally, we’d be a little bit skeptical of such an outsider repeating the trick right away but he’s not up much in the weights and if anything, faces a weaker set of rivals today. He could win. (4) NEOLBEUN GOEUL returned from six months off to record his maiden win over 1000M in June. He never got going on his first try at this class last month but with a better start today, can be given another chance. (6) THUNDER STRUCK was 5th behind The Fact last start and can get closer today while (8) ONE CHANCE and (9) MAJOR POWER both come in with recent form reading well and can be considered.

Selections (11) The Fact (4) Neolbeun Goeul (6) Thunder Struck (8) One Chance
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 8

Race 5: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

It’s about time (1) CURLIN FANTASY got his maiden win. He had a hard time against stiff opposition at 1800M last start but looks to be in a more suitable spot here. Last time he ran at this distance he was 2nd and can come from off the pace with a strong late run here. (8) EAST WIND has also produced some decent performances at this distance and can be a danger while (3) TAP SOCKS showed signs of life on his latest outing with a solid 5th over 1300M and looks ready to try further once more. (4) KARIN won back to back races in May and June, both at this trip and while she struggled on her first try at this level four weeks ago, she can be given another chance under a light weight and with an (more…)

Sensational Blue Chipper Smashes Mile Record On Way To Owners’ Cup Romp

Blue Chipper announced his arrival in the elite tier of Korean and then some as he left a Group 3 field trailing in the distance in the Owners’ Cup at Busan Racecourse this afternoon, demolishing the previous track record for the mile by over a full second for good measure.

Blue Chipper debuted back in September of 2017 but would only race twice more over the next fifteen months as a succession of injuries kept him off the track. However, since returning in April this year, he’s managed to stay fit and reeled three dominant wins, moving up to class 1 along the way.

Those victories led him to be sent off as favourite for the Owners’ Cup, ahead of defending champion Doraonpogyeongseon and Ace Korea. Ultimately it was no contest.

Away well, Blue Chipper showed immediately at the front of the field and while he didn’t start to extend until they came off the turn, once he did, the others were unable to match and the final margin of ten-lengths on the line could have been significantly further had jockey You Hyun-Myung so desired.

Blue Chipper’s stablemate Baengmunbaekdap pipped King Of Glory for a distance 2nd.

Blue Chipper now moves on to 6 wins from 7 starts. Today was his first crack at a mile and so long as he stays sound, he now must surely be a big prospect for either the Korea Cup or Korea Sprint at Seoul in early September.

Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (July 28) – Busan Owners’ Cup

There is a 12-race card at Seoul (10:45 to 18:00) but it’s Busan (just 5 races from 12:40 to 16:20) where the feature action is in the shape of the G3 Owners’ Cup. Last year’s winner Doraonpogyeonseon returns but faces the challenge of the up an comet Blue Chipper over the Busan mile. Horse by horse for the Owners’ Cup, followed by race-by-race for Seoul below:

Doraonpogyeongseon Owners Cup Korea Racing Authority

Doraonpogyeongseon winning the Owners’ Cup a year ago (Pic: KRA)

Busan Race 5: Owners’ Cup (KOR G3) 1600M) Weight for Age / KRW 500 Million

1. ACE KOREA – Ran 4th in the SBS Sports Sprint, his first run back in Korea following an unsuccessful stint at the Dubai Carnival where he blew the start both times. Returned to winning ways with a gutsy effort over 1400M three weeks ago. First try at a mile, he may be a little hesitantly away but should be quickly up with the leaders. Classy animal – don’t rule out.

2. FLYING MUNNING – Seoul raider, he’s consistent having finished in the top four in each of his most recent nine outings dating back a year. Recently promoted to class 1 after a win and two runner-up finishes at class 2 level both around two turns. First try in elite company today, he has drawn well to get on pace, but others are favoured.

3. TOSCONOVA CAT – Has established himself as one of the top class 1 competitors at Seoul and is versatile distance-wise. Comes in having run 3rd, beaten by Winner Gold, over 1400M a month ago. Generally settles towards the middle or rear and has a strong finish. Hasn’t carried this amount of weight in this kind of company before, which is a concern.

4. WINNER GOLD – Rounded out his 2018 campaign with back to back class 1 wins and while he’s yet to strike this term, he’s been in decent form with his most recent outing a 2nd place over 1400M beating Tosconova Cat in the process. Is rating means he has been giving away plenty of weight in his handicap appearances and while he failed to make an impact at level weights in the YTN Cup over 2000M in May, this should suit better.

5. BLUE CHIPPER – The emerging star. He’s had a career interrupted by injury but since his return to action in April he’s won three in a row in effortless fashion, posting some very fast times along the way. It’s his first try at a mile and his first go in elite company but he’ll be favoured get on top early and lead all the way.

6. KING OF GLORY – Same connections as Ace Korea and just like his Peter Wolsley-trained stablemate, he tackles the mile for the first time. He ran a very good 3rd to Gaon Champ in the Busan Ilbo over 1200M in April before winning a handicap at 1400M the following month. In his latest race, he ran 3rd to Baengmunbaekdap at 1200M a month ago. He’ll want to be close to the pace and distance is a question.

7. DORAONPOGYEONGSEON – Now six-years-old, he’s a multiple Stakes winning Sprinter and also the defending Champion having won this race a year ago. Many doubted whether he would get a mile but he proved them wrong when beating the likes of Silver Wolf. He’s run just twice this season, finishing 5th in the Busan Ilbo and 2nd in the SBS Sprint, both times behind Gaon Champ and both at 1200M. Slow away, if he looms up late, he can go close.

8. GOOD CASTING – After a career of near-misses he really started to thrive this year with a pair of wins at class 1 over 1400M and 1800M in the Spring. He then ran a good 2nd in the Busan Ilbo before a slightly disappointing 8th in the SBS Sprint, both at 1200M. Today’s distance should suit a little more and while there is an enforced jockey change due to Franco Da Silva’s injury, he has good chance of finding the money.

9. WILD THUNDER – Second visit to Busan in as many months having been well back in the June’s Mayor’s Cup. That was always going to be a stiff assignment and he looks likely to be outclassed here too.

10. HAVANA CHARLIE – An up and comer with three wins and three runner-up finishes from just seven career starts to date. The only three-year-old in the race, the only doubt is whether this may be a bit too much too soon. He comes in off a very nice win over 1400M at class 2 level in May and while up to a mile for the first time, he gets weight relief and could run into some money. His times have been consistently fast.

11. BAENGMUNBAEKDAP – Very good horse whose only recent disappointment was a poor showing at Seoul in the YTN Cup. That was sandwiched between two very good wins, most recently over 1200M when he beat King Of Glory, but he’s versatile at all distances. He’ll come from off the pace and can finish strongly. Stablemate of Blue Chipper, he may be the second string here, but he’s a real money chance.

12. PLACES TO GO – A solid class 1 campaigner but he has struggled when asked to run in elite company in the past. First trip to Busan and therefore first go at a mile but recent form suggests this is too stiff.



Race 1: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) CHOIN GANGJA was sent off as on odds-chance on debut on June 29th and duly obliged in confident fashion. He sat off the pace and ran on well so being up in class and distance today shouldn’t be an issue for him. (7) FLYING JOY remains a maiden but has finished in the top three on no fewer than ten occasions, including his latest two and should go close again. (10) MYEONGMA JILJU was just beaten a head over this distance last time, her second consecutive runner-up finish and will be a danger. (2) JACOB and (11) FEATHER LIGHT others who can go close.

Selections (5) Choin Gangja (7) Flying Joy (10) Myeongma Jilju (2) Jacob
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 1, 5, 6, 11

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens with three of the ten having raced before. One of those, (5) JEONGMUN SUMMIT is set to be strong favourite. He ran 3rd on debut in in a good time over 1000M June 29th. He ran though the line well and can only benefit from the extra furlong today. Of the other two with racing experience, (1) STRETTO stumbled on jumping but otherwise did nothing wrong first-up in a challenging event over this trip and can improve today while (3) BAEK HAK has been back to trial since her first time and can get better here. As for the debut-makers. (2) RAPIDO BOLT and (10) HALLA BLOSSOM look the most likely to put in a decent effort. As ever in this type of race, watch the market for additional clues.

Selections (5) Jeongmun Summit (1) Stretto (2) Rapido Bolt (10) Halla Blossom
Next Best 3, 9
Fast Start 1, 4, 5

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

(10) WINNER MOUNTAIN has been getting closer across three starts to date, culminating in 2nd place last time. He’s run on well in both his latest two and the significant step up in trip today may suit. The primary danger looks to be (7) COLORS KING showed significant improvement last start, beating a couple of these on his way to a solid 2nd place. It was his first try at this distance and it suited him well. (1) PUER SPES has a 3rd place to his name around two turns and could get another one here. (6) SEOUL CITY makes a significant step up in trip having made all his previous starts at 1000M and can go better too. (3) FASTEST, who to date has been anything but, looks the best of a very limited rest.

Selections (10) Winner Mountain (7) Colors King (1) Puer Spes (6) Seoul City
Next Best 3, 5
Fast Start 5, 6, 8

Race 4: Class 5 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(7) GWANGPOK JUHAENG beat (11) TANTAN WINNER came home 1st and 2nd with less than a length between them when they raced each other over class and distance on June 30th. The weights are pretty much the same today and a very similar outcome looks a distinct possibility with Gwangpok Juhaeng again slightly favoured. (10) HAMYANG SANSAM steps up in trip following a solid 3rd place at 1300M a month ago and it may well suit while (2) GEUMSUNI STAR is up in both class and distance following a maiden score over 1300M four weeks ago. He is likely to try and set the pace here and should be competitive. (6) RAON STELLA, also up in class after a maiden win – in his case at this distance – is another one capable of going close.

Selections (7) Gwangpok Juhaeng (11) Tantan Winner (2) Geumsuni Star (10) Hamyang Sansam
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 2, 3, 11

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

(2) REIGN finished midfield in the Korean Oaks and then an excellent 4th in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup. She returns to class 5 company today looking in good stead to pick up what would be just her second career win, the first having also been at this distance. She’ll aim to lead from the start. (9) CHEONNYEONUI BADA also got her maiden win at this distance in May before running a good 4th on her first try at this class last month. She ran on really well last time and can be a danger here. (4) MEISEI DREAM is relatively unexposed having only raced twice before, the most recent of them yielding his maiden win over 1300M. Up in class and trip today, she has good potential to show more. (7) JUNGDONG DOKJU is also up in class following a maiden win, in his case at this distance. (more…)