Korea: Seoul Racecourse – Sunday August 19, 2018
Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
(8) HEUNG OREUM ran an improved 3rd on her second outing over 1000M on July 22nd. The step up in trip today should suit and she has an excellent chance of securing her maiden victory. (9) STAR LIST ran 5th in that same race and while she has tried 1200M before, she too is up to this distance for the first time and can be a danger. (1) SUNSHIN MARINE ran a distant 2nd to a good winner at 1200M on July 14th and while this race is a touch stiffer, she can finish strongly and is another for whom the slight step up in trip may benefit. (7) FLYING HERA and (10) I AM WINNER both enter with recent form reading well and have placing claims.
|Selections||(8) Heung Oreum (1) Sunshin Marine (9) Star List (10) I Am Winner|
|Next Best||7, 5|
|Fast Start||5, 7, 8, 9|
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
This isn’t a strong race, even by class 6 standards and while (2) RAON GANGHO was a touch disappointing over 1200M last start, he’s shown enough over the course of his ten outings to date to suggest that he should be beating a field like this. He’s not the quickest of starters but once he finds his top gear, should have too much. (7) GEUMBIT HWANHYANG is the only other one in the field to have at least a 3rd place to her name and she is probably the main danger. The others need plenty of improvement with (5) HEY DREAMER, who did hint at a bit of ability when running 5th of 11 in June, the most likely. In such a weak contest, we have to give a chance to the solitary debut-maker if only on the grounds that they’ve done nothing wrong yet. (3) TAMNANEUN YEOIN didn’t exactly catch the eye in trials but was competent enough to suggest she can go reasonably well in this company. She should at least be on the early speed.
|Selections||(2) Raon Gangho (7) Geumbit Hwanhyang (5) Hey Dreamer (3) Tamnaneun Yeoin|
|Next Best||1, 4, 6|
|Fast Start||3, 5|
Race 3: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Juvenile maidens only here with half the field having raced before and the other making their racecourse debuts. (7) MIREU STORM is set to be a strong favourite having shown plenty of potential ability on his first start on July 21st. He finished 4th of 11 that day at this distance, having previously won a trial and should have too much here. The other three with experience raced against each other on July 14th with (3) RAON JAMES finishing the best of them in 7th place and he should be challenging for the places here. Of the first-timers, it’s fair to stay none of them exactly pulled up trees in trials but (2) BLUE FIRE and (4) JEONGSANG GOLD did nothing wrong, the latter posting the faster time.
|Selections||(7) Mireu Storm (3) Raon James (2) Blue Fire (4) Jeongsang Gold|
|Next Best||1, 5|
|Fast Start||4, 6, 7|
Race 4: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Another set of juvenile maidens and as in the previous race, precisely half have raced before while the other half are making their first appearances. We’re not likely to have such a strong favourite in this one though as none of those who raced especially impressed, with (2) DEO JOEUN NAEIL and (4) STRONG VULTURE both posting slower times than they did in their trials. That does suggest that they didn’t show their true ability and both may improve. (3) KING N I ran well enough on his first outing on July 7th and the presence of Nunes on his back will tempt many. Likewise the debut-makers don’t especially stand out either with (1) CHEON GI and (7) CHEONNYEONUI BARAM looking the most likely at this stage.
|Selections||(4) Strong Vulture (2) Deo Joeun Naeil (3) King N I (1) Cheon Gi|
|Next Best||7, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 4|
Race 5: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(2) DUAL CHOEGANG remains a maiden after seventeen tries but today looks a great opportunity for him to get in the winner’s circle. He was 2nd last start in a similar race to this over 1300M and can come from just behind the early speed here to win. Should he come up short once more then (3) SIMON FRUIT and (5) JANGSAN JEGUK look best placed to take advantage. Both their respective last starts were a touch disappointing but both should be competitive here with Jangsan Jeguk likely to lead from the gate. (6) WON AGAIN and (8) MONEY ZIF too both underperformed on their latest outings but are both proven at this level and can go close too.
|Selections||(2) Dual Choegang (5) Jangsan Jeguk (3) Simon Fruit (8) Money Zif|
|Next Best||6, 12|
|Fast Start||4, 5, 6|
Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
There are two standouts here. (3) THE FINAL has never won but has never finished any worse than 3rd in six outings so far. She’ll be on the early speed here with Lee Chan Ho aboard for the first time and today could finally be her day. The big danger is (1) WINNER SPIRIT. After winning on debut in June, he has found things a little tougher in two tries at this level so far but ran promisingly when 4th over this distance a month ago. He’ll challenge The Final for the lead from the start and has a chance of coming out on top. (4) THUNDER GREAT was a winner at this class last month over 1000M and while he struggled on his only previous attempt at this distance, he looks ready for another crack at it, especially with Nunes retaining the ride. (2) GOLDEN WEDDING and (8) ROYAL TANK are others to take into account.
|Selections||(3) The Final (1) Winner Spirit (4) Thunder Great (2) Golden Wedding|
|Next Best||8, 5|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 6, 7|
Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
Anything could win this. (3) SPEED CHEONGNYONG enters having won at class and distance three weeks ago in a similar strength race to this. He has to deal with an additional 4kg today but could well win again. (5) GIDONG DAEJANG steps back in trip following a good 2nd place at 1700M in early July. He’s never actually raced at this distance before but should be capable of making a good account of himself. (7) THE JIJON too tries this distance for the first time although in his case, he is going further than he has before. He enters in great form with an 2nd place and a win in his last two, both at 1300M and should be very much in the frame. (10) FOREVER WINNER was the horse who beat The Jijon when the latter was runner-up in June and while he didn’t show much on his re-appearance in July, can be considered too. (2) ELITE QUEEN is very experienced and ran a very solid class and distance 4th last start. (9) CUPID DOCTOR is one start into a comeback following six-months off and is also capable of going well on what will be her first try at 1400M.
|Selections||(7) The Jijon (3) Speed Cheongnyong (5) Gidong Daejang (9) Cupid Doctor|
|Next Best||10, 2|
|Fast Start||1, 9, 10|
Race 8: Class 4 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
(7) SAUVIGNON beat three of these on her way to 3rd place at class and distance in mid-June. She returns for the first time since and should be on speed from the gate with every chance of leading all the way. (5) HAPPY TODAY was one of those beaten by Sauvignon in that June race but ran a good 5th in a tougher race than this a month later and should be in the reckoning today. (6) GANGSEO EUTTEUM was 7th in that same race, his first try at this level since back to back wins – both at this distance – got him promoted and he too could be worth another chance here. (4) HAETSAL WANGJA is up in both class and distance following victory in over 1300M three weeks ago but should be able to cope with both.
|Selections||(7) Sauvignon (5) Happy Today (4) Haetsal Wangja (6) Gangseo Eutteum|
|Next Best||9, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 7|
Race 9: Class 3 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
Another really competitive race and it sees (1) ALPHAKAN enter in very good form with two wins and two runner-up finishes from his last four runs with one of the wins being at this distance. Accordingly he is top weight here but that may not preclude him from winning. He’ll be on pace early and has a serious chance. (9) NEW WHY FI beat two of his rivals here when running 3rd over 1800M last month. He was well back behind Alphakan when they met in May but his form has clearly picked up since then and he’ll be a big danger. (2) ROAD KING too enters with recent form reading well and should probably have finished a bit better than 6th in a similar race last start. (4) YEOKDAE CHOESANG and (5) MR. FORTUNE are others in the hunt.
|Selections||(1) Alphakan (9) New Why Fi (2) Road King (4) Yeokdae Cheosang|
|Next Best||5, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 3, 9|
Race 10: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
(2) SEOUL EOMJI remains a maiden after ten attempts but looks nicely in to end that record here. He is a bit inconsistent but steps back in trip today to a distance he finished 2nd at the last time he tried it in June. He’ll be on pace early and can win. (12) FINE CHAMP comes in after back-to-back runner-up finishes and he too will be looking to get on pace early although he has the widest draw of all to overcome. (4) SUN START finished 4th behind Fine Champ last time and could overturn the form here. (7) FIRE has won at this distance already and should be a threat while (11) CAPTAIN PARK also comes in with good, if slightly inconsistent, recent form.
|Selections||(2) Seoul Eomji (4) Sun Start (12) Fine Champ (7) Fire|
|Next Best||11, 5, 6|
|Fast Start||2, 10, 12|
Race 11: Class 2 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million
A class and distance winner on July 1st to move on to three wins from six starts in total, (1) SKY BAY could well be the one they need to beat again. (4) LEAD MONEY enters having won the Listed Ilgan Sports Cup over 1800M last month. While it is true the favourite fell in that race, her recent outings have all seen her hold her own in tough company and she is in with a serious chance again today. (3) IGWANGSASEOK was a somewhat surprising class and distance winner last time out on July 7th and despite an additional 3.5kg to carry today, will warrant respect. (8) OKAY GOOD was favourite for that very same race but had a bad day at the office and can be given another chance here. (9) LEONNING STROM attempts class 2 for the first time and is also up in trip. Neither will be easy to overcome but not impossible.
|Selections||(1) Sky Bay (4) Lead Money (9) Leonning Strom (8) Okay Good|
|Next Best||3, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5, 7|