KOREA: Busan Racecourse – Friday February 21, 2020
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
A field of twelve Korean-breds line up in the first all searching for their first win. (9) JINJU SARANG looks hardest to beat coming off a last start second to Master Bella. The Federalist filly hit the line with gusto after settling midfield in the early stages. She looks well weighted in the event. (5) HAEUNDAE THUNDER had his second start last time out when finishing third behind Max Power. The form line doesn’t read all that strong but this race is lacking depth as well. The Strike Again gelding is likely to settle in the first few in running. (1) CHOEGANG CLEAR has had four runs this preparation now and his recent times suggest he can run into the money. Expect him to sit closer in the run with a better draw. (7) FUSION PARK lines up for his tenth start and his fourth run this preparation. The Ecton Park four-year-old should be at peak fitness. Expect Park Jae-I to work forward early on.
Selections (9) Jinju Sarang (5) Haeundae Thunder (1) Choegang Clear (7) Fusion Park
Next Best 3, 8
Fast Start 2, 7, 11
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
(6) NORTHERN DREAM has shown steady progress across four starts so far, culminating in a 3rd place last time out on January 10th. She runs on well and looks to have as much chance as any of shedding her maiden tag here. (2) CROWN FUNKY has a less than auspicious start to her career but looked a different animal on her return from a two-month absence in January. She ran 3rd and while she was beaten a fill eleven-lengths by a good winner, she can build on that here and Seo Seung-un taking the mount today can only be to her benefit. There were few expectations on (11) TRIPLE MAGIC when he debuted last month but he ran well for 4th in what was arguably a stronger race than this. The wide draw isn’t ideal but he should be competitive again. (3) CHODONG DAEJANG and (8) KKUMEUL NEOMEO are others with the potential to improve.
Selections (6) Northern Dream (2) Crown Funky (11) Triple Magic (8) Kkumeul Neomeo
Next Best 3, 7
Fast Start 2, 7, 8, 9
Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
The three-year-old fillies line up in the third event where there is a severe lack of form for punters to analyse. (8) HAPPY SONG comes out of a stronger event where she managed to finish fourth behind Barbarian over the 1300m. She lined up against the boys as well last start and was the first filly past the post. This race appears to be hers to lose. (6) GLOBAL TOP comes out of the same race where she was well beaten. That was her first attempt beyond 1000m and we can expect her to take improvement from the experience. She drops back half a furlong and is capable of running into the money as she did two starts back. (11) FOR YOU LOVE lines up for her first start after qualifying last month. Her breeding suggests she will be better suited as she steps out in distance but don’t write her off completely first up. (10) MISS ROCKET is another on debut after clocking a reasonable trial time. She finds a weak assignment on debut and can run into the money.
Selections (8) Happy Song (6) Global Top (11) For You Love (10) Miss Rocket
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 4, 6
Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
There is a good deal of potential throughout this maiden and it’s a pair of animals making their respective second outings today who look the most promising. Having won a trial, (5) NEW PROSPECT was sent off as favourite on debut on January 31st. He began a bit slowly but did run into 3rd, just a couple of lengths behind the winner. It wasn’t a strong race but he looks to have scope for improvement and with a slightly better start today can win. (3) JANGSAN MANGCHI ran 2nd on his debut behind longshot winner Max Power. The time wasn’t fast but the performance was accomplished enough and he is the main danger here. (9) GRAND CAPTAIN has been has shown an uptick in form in recent starts and can aim for a place here. (2) MILLION MAKER did nothing on debut last October but has since been through three trials, running well in the latest of them and he should be significantly better today. (8) YEONGGWANGUI KISS the best of the rest.
Selections (5) New Prospect (3) Jangsan Mangchi (2) Million Maker (9) Grand Captain
Next Best 8, 10
Fast Start 2, 5, 8
Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million
It’s extremely hard to put together a speed map for the fifth with few of the runners showing early speed in their previous starts. (10) SPACE POWER looks to be able to cross in the early stages and should prove hard to run down over the seven furlongs. The Clear Attempt colt finished third behind Magic Partner last start but they did run a pedestrian time of 1.17.1 for the 1200m. Whilst is was slow it is probably enough to take this event out. (8) FEDERAL STAR looks the biggest threat coming off a fifth on debut. The Federalist three-year-old sat well back last start and she will need to be closer in the run if she is to be a winning chance, especially given there is minimal speed engaged suggesting the first half of the race will be run slowly. (11) GIANT’S HEART was disappointing last time out when the wide draw was hard to overcome. He has drawn wide once again but with the lack of speed engaged the three-year-old can bounce back. (1) SMILE WINNER has gone off the boil somewhat but has managed to place on two occasions from eight starts. If she can reproduce one of her better runs she should be considered and each-way chance.
Selections (10) Space Power (8) Federal Star (11) Giant’s Heart (1) Smile Winner
Next Best 6, 5
Fast Start 10, 8, 11, 1
Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
Having run 2nd on debut, (6) BARBARIAN was an eight-length winner on his return to action on January 17th. It was over this distance and he made all and while he is up in class today, the manner of that win suggests that he won’t need to improve very much in order to strike again today. He’ll be on pace from the stat and should win. (3) MUNHWA SIGNATURE and (4) JEONSEOLUI PUNCH came home 2nd and 3rd with just over a length between them when they raced each other at class and distance on January 17th. That was a strong race and both should be in the mix here with Jeonseolui Punch favoured to overturn that form. (1) HIDDEN BOY is inconsistent but is capable of running well in this kind of company. (10) DAMYANG CHOEGANG remains a maiden after seventeen attempts but drops back in trip following a good 4th over a mile a month ago and can be in placing contention.
Selections (6) Barbarian (4) Jeonseolui Punch (3) Munhwa Signature (1) Hidden Boy
Next Best 10, 9
Fast Start 4, 6, 10
Race 7: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
There appears to be a couple of promising types engaged in the seventh. (1) GUKMIN STAR has been a consistent type for trainer Jang Se-Han since beginning his career in late 2018. The Ingrandire colt was impressive last start when running on strong to finish second behind Busan Miso. The 1400m looks ideal for him third up, he will be hitting the line hard and is capable of bringing up his second career victory. (3) MAJOR POWER comes out of a stronger race where she finished fourth behind Thunder King. The filly has drawn ideally for her best racing pattern, which is to sit just behind the leading division before they straighten up for the run home. (4) GLOBAL HERO cannot be discounted after breaking maiden status in Class 6 company last time out. His winning time suggests he needs to improve once again to be a winning chance. (10) DONGBANG NARAE showed plenty of promise during her first preparation but it is hard for punters to take confidence from her trials coming into this preparation. Keep her safe in your exotic bets.
Selections (1) Gukmin Star (3) Major Power (4) Global Hero (10) Dongbang Narae
Next Best 7, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 8
Race 8: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million
A field of three-year-old imported maidens go around here with four of the eleven making their racecourse debuts. We’ll side with experience though and the one with the equal most of that is (8) BABEL HIT. He beat three of these on his way to 2nd place over 1300M on January 17th, just doing down by a neck to the longest shot on the board, Rapid Game. You Hyun-myung takes the mount for the first time and he can win. Running 3rd in that same race was (2) DIAMOND MARINE. That was a second consecutive placing finish for the Paynter colt and he’ll surely be going close again. Back down the track that day was (6) WORLD TOP, He was sent off as favourite having won a trial earlier in the month but raced four wide with no cover for much of the way around ultimately finishing 9th. He surely gets better today and can be given another chance. All three of these are likely to sit behind an early speed set by (4) STORM KING IJI, who looks the pick of the first-time starter.
Selections (8) Babel Hit (2) Diamond Marine (4) Storm King Iji (6) World Top
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 1, 4, 9, 10
Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million
They should clock a quick time over the 1200m with plenty of potential pacemakers engaged in the six-furlong event. (6) CHOEGANG TOUCH looks the one to beat after a very promising start to her career. The Hansen filly has had six starts yielding three wins and three minor placings. She is well weighted with just 54.5kg considering she has already won in this class previously. She’s an on-speed runner so expect a positive ride from Seo Seung-Un. (5) TOP ACE was an impressive last start winner in Class 5 company. The Thunder Moccasin gelding sat on speed before winning by three quarters of a length and clocking a superb time for the five furlongs. (12) NEOLBEUN GOEUL finished third behind Success Party which reads well for this race. The lightly raced five-year-old has shown he can run a strong 1200m, if Park Jae-I can overcome the wide gate early on he can be considered an each-way chance. (11) HAPPY GATE has been consistent for the most part of his career and is another that can run into the money with an economic run.
Selections (6) Choegang Touch (5) Top Ace (12) Neolbeun Goeul (11) Happy Gate
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 4, 5, 6, 8
Race 10: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
(7) RAON YEOGEOL was just a neck away from running in a place in the Breeders’ Cup trial in October before managing 3rd behind Doctor Carson in the Gyeongnam Do Min Ilbo Cup in November. She ended her juvenile campaign as a beaten favourite over 1300M but resumes here stepping up to the mile for the first time with solid claims. (3) BLACK EAGLE WING is still a maiden after five starts but ran well when tackling this distance for the first time just two weeks ago. From gate 3, Jin Kyum can settle behind the early speed and finish strongly. (10) ROYAL TICKET and (8) CURLIN TIME came home 2nd and 3rd respectively when they raced each other at class and distance on January 19th. Both were outsiders that day but will be much shorter this time and both have claims on a place. (5) QUICK MOVE had a poor day at the office last start but is a class and distance winner and warrants respect.
Selections (7) Raon Yeogeol (8) Curlin Time (3) Black Eagle Wing (5) Quick Move
Next Best 10, 9
Fast Start 1, 5, 10, 11
Race 11: Class 2 (2000M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million
The eleventh on the card is an interesting race where there are many chances suggesting an open market to finish of proceedings. (9) ROCK CHOICE put the writing on the wall last start when hitting the line strong behind the very impressive Mr. Afleet. The Rock Hard Ten colt has shown a liking for the 2000m previously when winning the third leg of the Triple Crown – The Minister’s Cup. He is a dour type and there won’t be many, if any coming home stronger than him. (3) MR. SCAT looks close to another win after placing on two occasions from three starts this preparation. He was good last start he sitting on speed and finishing second to a handy type in World Power. He’s drawn well for Francois Herholdt to ride him in a similar fashion. (5) K PLUS WON saluted in this class two starts back before coming out of the same race as Mr. Scat where he finished third. This is the first time he has been stretched out to the 2000m but his previous performances suggest he is an each-way chance. (10) BRAVE KINGDOM is another who has performed admirably at his past couple of starts and can run into the money. He has been winding off some good sectionals so look for him late. Good race.
Selections (9) Rock Choice (3) Mr. Scat (5) K Plus Won (10) Brave Kingdom
Next Best 4, 1
Fast Start 3, 4, 7