Filly Triple Crown

Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (June 4)

The filly Triple Crown – the “Triple Tiara” – comes to a close at Seoul Racecourse on Saturday with Golden Power, who has won the first two jewels, the Luna Stakes and Korean Oaks, looking to complete a clean sweep. The Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup is race 7 on a 9-race program at Seoul which runs from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews:

Golden Power once more faces Raon The SPurt and Chamjoeun Chingu (Pic KRA)

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

Three-year-old maidens open the program. (5) CHANGER is probably worthy of favourite status, following a good 2nd at his latest start on April 23rd over this distance when he led for much of the way around. From a good draw, he can lead again and this time can go all the way. (3) RAY BOLT was significantly improved at start number three on April 16th when settling midfield and running on for 2nd place. It was a slowly run race but she looks nicely in here again and can go close. (1) RUN BOY RUN won a trial in April and then ran a decent 2nd on debut on May 7th, racing handy throughout. He should have come on for the experience and with some natural improvement should be in the finish again. There are four first-time starters and among them, (9) HIDDEN BLADE looks the more likely to make an impression first-up. (8) CLASS HEEMANG has been through a lot of trials and ran on well from an unpromising position in the latest of them.

Selections(5) Changer (3) Ray Bolt (1) Run Boy Run (9) Hidden Blade
Next Best8, 6
Fast Start1, 5, 10, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Maiden fillies only here. (3) CAMP SAVER has steadily improved across six starts so far, culminating in 3rd place at this distance on May 7th when settling handy and running on. She was the beaten favourite that day but she looks well in here and from a good draw, should be looking for another career-best finish. (1) CHEONDUNG OREUM is the probable betting favourite, based on a last start 2nd place on April 24th when settling back and running on well with a couple of today’s rivals back down the track behind her. She draws nicely on the inside to drop in again and she will be working home well. (5) DONGSEO YEOGEOL enters off a useful 4th place at this distance on March 20th in a fast, though wet assisted, time. She’ll be challenging Camp Saver for the early lead and can be in this a long way. (11) GUK HYANG was one of those beaten by Cheondung Oreum on April 24th and while drawn wide again can get closer today. (9) AL SIMON another in the placing frame.

Selections(3) Camp Saver (1) Cheondung Oreum (5) Dongseo Yeogeol (11) Guk Hyang
Next Best9, 6
Fast Start3, 5, 6, 12

Seoul Race 3: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(2) MIRACLE DAUGHTER’s maiden win had been coming and it arrived in emphatic style as she made all to score by nine-lengths over this distance on April 30th. She comes up in class here but keeps a nice light weight, draws very nicely and the manner of that win suggests there can be more to come. (7) MAKALU POWER returns to action for the first time since December when finally broke through at the twenty-first time of asking. It came at this class over 1400M and while he comes up in weight and will probably need this run, he looked sharp when trialing on May 13th and can go well first-up at an each-way price here. (6) GREENBACK took a couple of races to get accustomed to this level. Having previously raced forward, including on her maiden win at 1000M, last time out she was slowly away and went right back, running on well for 4th. She carries a light weight and should go close here. (1) YUKWAEHAN SEONTAEK, another racing for the first time since December, and (12) SONGAM BEST are other potential placers.

Selections(2) Miracle Daughter (7) Makalu Power (6) Greenback (1) Yukwaehan Seontaek
Next Best12, 9
Fast Start1, 2, 5, 12

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

(10) RAON THE PEARL is yet to finish any worse than 4th in four attempts with her win coming at 1200M at class 6 level two starts back. On her first try at this class and distance, she ran 4th on April 16th, settling in midfield and finishing off pleasingly enough. She may need a touch of luck from the gate given the wide draw, but if she can find a decent position, she has the strongest finish of any of these and is the one to beat. (3) CUPID WAY enters off a fair showing at this class and distance on May 8th when 5th. She likes to settle behind the speed and run on and she should be a danger late on here. (4) ROAD ACE went right back on his most recent appearance on April 24th, before finishing off strongly for 4th and he can match or better that here. (1) HOEDURYEONG mixes his form but has run a great time at this distance and from a good draw looks a place chance. (12) SMART HIGH another in the frame.

Selections(10) Raon The Pearl (3) Cupid Way (4) Road Ace (1) Hoeduryeong
Next Best12, 2
Fast Start2, 9, 10, 12

Seoul Race 5: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(3) PIEONADA has shown signs of getting back into form and was a good 2nd at this class and distance on May 8th when prominent throughout. Under today’s handicap conditions she comes down 2kg in the weights, draws well and is she can get on the early speed, could well go all the way. The main danger is (5) DREAM SPEED. A model of consistency having missed the top-five on only one of nine starts so far, she comes in off back-to-back runner-up finishes at this class, both over 1300M. This is her first try over 1400M and an apprentice jockey keeps her weight down. She has a big chance. (4) ORAE HAMKKEHAJA was a gate-to-wire winner on debut on May 7th. He comes up in class and in distance here but is down in weight and another bold showing is possible. (11) SMART JEONSA and (10) REAL PACK are others in the placing hunt.

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Filly & Mare Sunday: Seoul & Busan Race-By-Race Preview (December 19)

Last Sunday Heat Yegam confirmed his position as Champion three-year-old colt with victory in the Minister’s Cup. This week it’s the turn of the fillies to finish up their Triple Crown. It will be one of Luna Stakes winner Raon Pink or Oaks winner Choegang Black, both of whom return to face each other again in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup over 2000M. One race earlier, the older fillies and mares get to run for a big prize in the Jeju Governor’s Cup with Raon First set to be a hot favourite. There are 10 races at Seoul from 10:45 to 18:00 while at Busan there are 7 races from 11:10 to 16:40. All betting locations are open however attendance must be pre-booked using the MyCard app. Here are the previews:

The finish to the Korean Oaks. Choegang Black, Raon Pink and Serve Ace return to Seoul for the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup (Pic: KRA)

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

Juvenile maidens in the opener with all but one racing for the very first time. And among those first-timers there was a stand-out trial performance from (8) JAY PHOENIX. From the widest gate he cruised to the lead and continued that cruise to cross the line a full two-seconds faster than the next home. If he brings that form to the races, he wins. The sole entrant with previous experience came close on debut. After winning a trial (10) BLACK MASK was sent off hot favourite on October 16th but ultimately came home in 2nd place. Nevertheless, it was a quick time, and he comes in after nine weeks off, ready to be in the mix again. Back to the trial videos for the rest and (2) NERWOOLI won his heat in good fashion while there were also encouraging performances from (7) BURUI SINHWA and (11) HAPPY MIX.

Selections(8) Jay Phoenix (10) Black Mask (2) Nerwooli (7) Burui Sinhwa
Next Best11, 12
Fast Start1, 2, 8, 10

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

Juvenile maidens and (9) ILNYEOM CHEONHA will be favourite. Having run well in a trial, he was 2nd on debut on November 21st at this distance, overcoming a slightly sluggish start to run on well. It was a fair time and faster than any of the others recorded on their respective debuts and he is the one to beat. (7) RAON THE FIGHTING also ran 3rd on debut on November 19th. He sat behind the pace and ran on pleasingly enough and should have come on for the run. There are three first time starters and the one which will attract the most interest is (5) GEUMA UNO. He was an on-pace 2nd in his heat in a fair time and the Kim Young-kwan/You Hyun-myung connection will ensure he is well backed first-up. (6) ALL CROWN and (10) PLAY THE INDY both hinted on debut that they have some potential and can also be in the mix for minor money.

Selections(9) Ilnyeom Cheonha (7) Raon The Fighting (5) Geuma Uno (6) All Crown
Next Best10, 3
Fast Start4, 5, 6, 7

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

Filly maidens only here and it could be a chance for (6) DELPHINI to get her first win. She returned from six months out to run a pleasing 3rd over this distance in a similar race on November 21st, running on as is her style. From a nice central draw and with Munro aboard, there isn’t too much to fear here.  Vying with her for favourite status will be (8) GALSAEK HYANGGI. She’s shown improvement over three outings to date, culminating in 3rd place on her first try over today’s trip on November 20th when she went back and ran on strong. She’ll be in the finish again. (1) FLEX QUEEN recorded her best finish to date at her latest start when 2nd over this distance. She led that day and from the same inside gate today will surely aim to do the same. (7) EAST MAGIC and (5) WONDERFUL NIKIYA are among a few others with at least placing chances.

Selections(6) Delphini (8) Galsaek Hyanggi (1) Flex Queen (7) East Magic
Next Best5, 4
Fast Start1, 5, 7, 11

Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

Tricky race. (5) DAEHO NURI has finished no better than 5th in four attempts so far but he has run the kind of times that ought to be competitive here. From a good draw, he can sit handy and run on and this could be his day. (8) ALIVE STAR returns to action for the first time since May. He is the only previous winner in the field and while being first-up in thirty-two weeks is obviously going to pose some questions, he looked well enough when running 3rd in a late November trial. If he is at his best, he can win this. (3) ARTIE’S GAL races for the first time in even longer. His best result was a 3rd place on debut at this distance in a slow race more than a year ago, but he won a trial in November leading all the way, has a good draw and a featherweight to carry. (14) GREEN SPEED has already finished as runner-up at this distance. She led for much of that race so may need a touch of luck early from the widest gate, but she can be considered. (2) DOCTOR TANGO another placing chance.

Selections(5) Daeho Nuri (8) Alive Star (3) Artie’s Gal (14) Green Speed
Next Best2, 6
Fast Start2, 3, 12, 14

Seoul Race 3: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

(5) SAENAE HWANGJE showed improvement when stepped up to two-turns for the first time on November 14th, settling handy and running on for 2nd place. The time wasn’t fast, but he won’t need to go much faster to win this. (7) VIVA CHAMPION comes up to this trip for the first time after a couple of creditable performances at shorter. He has run on well in his latest two and if he does the same today will run into some money. (10) RUNNING NUMBER ONE overcame a wide draw to finish 3rd in a plodding affair at this distance on November 27th. That’s two places in his last three starts, both coming at this distance, and he should be in the finish again. (3) SEMYEONG CAPTAIN was 5th behind Running Number One at his latest outing and can aim to match or better today. (1) ONE PUTT always three-putts the start but usually runs on and should pass plenty in a race where a double-bogey will be enough to get on the leaderboard.

Selections(5) Saenae Hwangje (7) Viva Champion (10) Running Number One (3) Semyeong Captain
Next Best1, 2
Fast Start2, 5, 6, 8

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

(3) ADELE BOSS steps up in trip following a 3rd and a 5th in his latest two at 1000M and 1200M respectively. The latter time he had to deal with gate fourteen and wasn’t able to find a decent position whereas today, from a much better draw he can use his good start to get away well. He has claims. So too does (9) ONE RUSH, who has raced just twice but has a 5th and a 3rd with the latter being at this distance in a good time. She sat midfield and ran on that day and while she still draws wide, in the smaller field, should be able to find a position early and run on again. (1) DAEJI SPECIAL ran into 3rd place at 1000M at his latest start. Although a previous try at 1200M didn’t go especially well, from a nice draw he can be considered for improvement here. (6) YEONSEUNG GLORY improved to 2nd at his most recent start over this distance and along with (5) MONEY BAG, warrants consideration for a place.

Selections(3) Adele Boss (9) One Rush (1) Daeji Special (6) Yeonseung Glory
Next Best5, 2
Fast Start1, 2, 3, 9
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