Busan's Friday meeting preview

Friday June 14, 2024


Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Special Weight A / KRW 30 Million


Fillies only in this maiden with four of the ten racing for the first time but one with experience goes on top and based on her last two starts, (5) DEUMULEO may be hard to beat. After a few very ordinary showings, she was much improved when 3rd over this distance on May 3rd and backed it up with a 2nd place on May 24th, both in quick times. She’ll be on pace and won’t need to improve much more to win here. A couple of debut-makers follow. (6) BACK TO THE LADY led every step of the way to win her trial in a fair time on May 25th. She responded well when asked for effort and can go well first up. (7) SCORPION QUEEN won a heat on May 18th, similarly, leading all the way. Her time was quick and unfashionable connections may mean she starts longer than she should (2) GUKDAE MIRACLE and (10) WORLD PINK CAT other money chances.


Selections (5) Deumuleo (6) Back To The Lady (7) Scorpion Queen (2) Gukdae Miracle
Next Best 10, 2
Fast Start 2, 5, 6, 7


Busan Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Special Weight A / KRW 30 Million


(8) OAK RIDGE shapes as favourite. He has five top-five finishes among eight starts so far and comes in off a smart 2nd place over this distance on May 17th when close to the pace throughout. Expect similar tactics here and he can go one better. (5) BEST BOY ran a close 3rd in that May 17th race, his second consecutive 3rd place finish and he looks the main danger. Solitary debut maker (1) BREEDO SHOOTER went through two trials, the second of which may not appear in all race cards as it was a voluntary trial. This is unfortunate because she showed significant improvement, running on for 2nd from a wide draw in a good time. She draws nicely here and can go well first-up. (10) PRIME PARK and (2) GWANGSOKMA among others in the hunt.


Selections (8) Oak Ridge (5) Best Boy (1) Breedo Shooter (10) Prime Park
Next Best 2, 6
Fast Start 1, 3, 9, 11


Busan Race 3: Class 5 (1800M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million


(8) SEOBU VISION is yet to win in eight attempts but has five top-five finishes including a last start 5th over a mile at this class on May 19th. He has generally finished off his races well, and the step up to two turns can suit. (1) BLUE POINT is similarly a maiden, in his case from five starts, getting promoted to this level with back-to-back runner-up finishes over a mile in March and April. He ran 6th behind Seobu Vision in that May 19th race and both can be closer today. (6) YEONSEUNG BRAVO led that May 19th race before capitulating. He was racing for the first time in almost six months though so can be forgiven and he has placed at this class and distance. He should strip fitter here. (2) DAEHOMA and (9) QUEEN’S ROAD others in the minor money frame.


Selections (8) Seobu Vision (1) Blue Point (6) Yeonseung Bravo (2) Daehoma
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 4, 6, 8, 9


Busan Race 4: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 45 Million


(7) CHARON TODAY returns to racing for the first time since September last year. Her win came and this distance and she followed up with a 2nd and a 3rd at this class. Having looked well when 2nd in a late May trial in a good time, she can be supported first up. (3) RUBY STONE is yet to finish worse than 5th and got her win in a quick time at this distance. She comes in off a slightly disappointing last start on May 24th when on pace and weakening, but from a good draw is worth another chance today. That will mean overturning the form on (10) SANGIM BOLT, who got his maiden win at this class and distance in that May 24th race when racing handy and running on. He comes up 3kg in the weights, but a repeat is possible. (11) TRIPLE DREAM and (6) TAURUS KING, the latter another out of that May 24th race, are others in the frame.


Selections (7) Charon Today (3) Ruby Stone (10) Sangim Bolt (11) Triple Dream
Next Best 6, 2
Fast Start 3, 7, 10, 11


Busan Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million


Competitive race. (1) BUSAN TODAY won back-to-back races at 1300M and 1200M in March and April, leading all the way both times, to get rapidly promoted to this level. She tried to repeat the trick when sent up to 1400M for her first try at this class on May 12th but ultimately weakened in the closing stages. She comes back in trip, she draws nicely, and under a light weight, she is well worth another chance. (6) DAESEUNG DREAM has emulated Busan Today in coming up rapidly in class following back-to-back wins at 1200M in contrasting styles in April and May. The latter was over this distance and while this is tougher, she comes down 3kg in the weights, and she can measure up. (2) HWANG YO beat a few of these on his way to 3rd place at class and distance on May 19th. He remains lightly weighted, comes into a better gate, and should be a big factor again. (5) TAEWANG SINGI was favourite for that race but clipped heels with another 400M out and never threatened after that. He is worth another chance here. Up in class (4) ROAD STAR another to consider.


Selections (1) Busan Today (6) Daeseung Dream (2) Hwang Yo (5) Taewang Singi
Next Best 4, 9
Fast Start 1, 2, 5, 9


Busan Race 6: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million


(3) BLACK SPRING led the entire way around – bar a brief heading – to win at this class over a mile on May 10th. He comes back in trip and up 2kg in the weights, but there isn’t much to fear here and from a good draw, he can get an easy run to the front again, and he can win again. (2) SEKWANG CHOEGANG is one of those unusual types who has crept up two classes despite being winless. Her litany of near misses includes her latest two, which both finished in runner-up placings over 1200M and 1300M in good times. She comes down a full 5kg in the weights and while she may well find one too quick again, she can be competitive. (5) CAPTAIN DIA is also up in class although he does at least have a win to his name over 1300M. He is down 5kg on his last start 2nd at this distance and can measure up. (9) WIN WIN and (8) SONNY QUEEN IJI others in the hunt.


Selections (3) Black Spring (2) Sekwang Choegang (5) Captain Dia (9) Win Win
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 9


Busan Race 7: Class 4 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million


This is a weak race for the level so all sorts could happen. (1) ARION QUEEN comes in off a runner-up finish over 1400M on May 24th when on pace throughout and briefly leading close to home. That brings her up in class here but there is not much to fear in this company and under a light weight and from a good gate, she has as much chance as any. (9) MAX THE DRAGON won back-to-back races to be rapidly promoted to this level. She was sent up to 1800M for his first class 4 attempt on April 5th whereupon she laid out throughout, finished last but one, and her jockey opined that the two turns was not at all suitable. She comes back in trip today (and gets a different jockey to boot) and warrants another chance. (4) BURUICHUKJE found trouble last time over a mile but has seven top-four finishes from twelve starts and can be in the mix here. Solitary debut maker (5) BREEDO ODIN is an Outwork colt who ran 2nd in his trial and may be considered – watch the local market. (8) DAYLIGHT KING did nothing on debut but previously won a trial so can be given another chance.


Selections (1) Arion Queen (9) Max The Dragon (4) Buruichukje (5) Breedo Odin
Next Best 8, 3
Fast Start 1, 2, 3, 8


Busan Race 8: Class 3 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 75 Million


(1) GEUMA DISTINCTION returned from four months out to run 3rd at class and distance on May 24th, having led for much of the way around. He should strip fitter for that run, he draws well, and the three-time placer at this distance should take some beating here. (3) ROUGH TRACER has won his latest two, both at this distance and both times leading all the way. That takes him to a record of four wins from nine starts and up in class here, but he is significantly down in the weights, and from a good gate, he may be considered. (10) HAENGBOKAN HAMAN is also up in class following a win over 1800M on May 19th. She is also down considerably in the weights and can measure up. (5) SPICE ECTON and (8) MA GUN among other placing hopes.


Selections (1) Geuma Distinction (3) Rough Tracer (10) Haengbokan Haman (5) Spice Ecton
Next Best 8, 2
Fast Start 1, 2, 3, 10