Ippodromo del Mediterraneo, Siracusa riunione di Galoppo, Arrivi e quote. Buona la prima di Bungle Experience, mentre Dreamstime domina il X° Memorial Gaetano Postiglione.
Rispetta ogni più rosea aspettativa Bungle Experience, protagonista tra la nursery tutta al femminile, impegnata oggi, all’ Ippodromo del Mediterraneo, per la prima uscita in carriera. La figlia di Zebedee, allenata da Michele Aparo, è la più veloce sui 1100 metri della pista piccola riservati al Premio Campagnola Bella, che apre con le 2 anni, debuttanti appunto, il convegno di galoppo. Scappa via con Sebastiano Guerrieri in sella e diventa davvero imprendibile per Chicaloca che, a dispetto della poca fiducia ottenuta al totalizzatore nazionale, mette tutti a tacere con un ottimo secondo posto.
Tra le più attese, invece, la “cuschieriana” Fast Forward che si assicura la terza moneta. Dreamstime, invece, è il protagonista indiscusso del X° Memorial Gaetano Postiglione. Performance oltre le righe anche per il grigio di Erasmo Lo Piparo, diretto da Carmelo Zappulla, che a metà della retta d’arrivo si isola dal gruppo, involandosi sul traguardo. Si lotta da dietro per le restanti piazze con 4 cavalli che giungono vicinissimi sul palo.
E’ il giudice d’arrivo ad assegnare il posto d’onore a Mister Anthony, che fornisce un rientro degno del suo nome; mentre Gaupo chiude la terna di una bella condizionata che ingaggia, sui selettivi 2300 metri della pista grande, cavalli di 4 anni e oltre. Prossimo appuntamento un intero convegno di trotto, lunedì 13 maggio, riservato alla categoria dei gentlemen. In seno alle 7 corse in programma, previsti anche la Tris Quarte Quinte abbinata all’ultima corsa, e due batterie e una finale a quattro del Trofeo Gaia Cucinotta, ospitato per la prima volta all’Ippodromo di Siracusa. Sono i cavalli di 5 anni e oltre che parteciperanno ai due inviti legati al Trofeo Cucinotta. Nella prima batteria in tutta evidenza Ungaretti Ors, mentre nella seconda batteria è particolarmente temuto il veloce Very Windy. Per la Tris Quarte Quinte non si può non nominare Tundrast, Una Stella Bieffe, Nicolai, Villaorba Jet e l’ospite Tesis GV. Il montepremi più interessante legato alla quarta corsa, una condizionata per giovani 3 anni, dove citiamo Araca Azul fresca di vittoria, e ancora Amy Lee e Atsalud.
Siracusa, 11 Maggio 2019.
The 22nd running of the Korean Derby (KOR G1) takes place at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday afternoon (race 9 of 11 races which run from 10:45 to 18:00). Global Chukje, the dominant winner of the KRA Cup Mile, the first leg of the 2019 Triple Crown at Busan last month, is set to be hot favourite to score a repeat in the second jewel against fourteen rivals over 1800M.
Horse by horse comments for the Derby are followed by race-by-race for the rest of the Seoul card and then selections for Busan:
Seoul Race 9: KOREAN DERBY (1800M)
- DELTA BROTHER – Didn’t run as a juvenile but has won two of four starts this year, with his latest being a front-running victory over 1700M in April. It was only at class 5 so he is still relatively untested, but it showed good potential.
- DO KKI BLADE – Only start this term was a good win over 1700M at class 4 level on April 13th when he made all to win by three-lengths. Plenty of potential for improvement. He’ll want to be on pace from the start but has got the ideal draw to do it. There’s a bit of hype around this horse but it could be justified, especially after the draw.
- POWER WINDY – Takes his chance having run 2nd to True King at this distance on April 12th having previously racked up back to back wins at shorter. Ran on well that day but will need to find significantly more here.
- GABO DAY – Got wiped out coming out of the gates in the KRA Cup Mile but his 45/1 odds that day were likely fair anyway. A class 4 winner but only up to 1300M, the distance is a question too. Outsider again. First Derby ride for jockey Choi Eun-Gyeung.
- WONDERFUL FLY – (KRA Cup Mile 7th) – Won his first two last summer but then suffered some injury setbacks. Showed promise when 2nd on his return over 1400M in March before running a creditable but unthreatening 7th in the Cup Mile. Ran on pleasingly enough from an unpromising position and could be one under the radar here. Multiple champion jockey Moon Se Young takes the ride.
- ENDURANCE – Just the one win from six starts so far, he comes in having run 2nd at class 5 over 1300M a month ago. Despite his name, his one attempt around two turns didn’t go well so there are question marks over the distance too. Likely to attempt to get close to the early speed and stay on as long as possible. Outsider.
- JANGSAN JOY – Has won twice over a mile at Busan and comes in here following back to back 3rd-place finishes at that same distance at class 4 level, beaten by useful ones both times. Had a couple of setbacks which makes this his first start since February. From a top stable and jockey Franco Da Silva won this race last year. Settles behind the early speed.
- DAEJI CHAMP – Two wins as a juvenile but yet to come out on top this term. Runner-up twice to promising filly Doctor Thunder over a mile in January and February. Latest effort saw him 3rd, again at a mile, at class 4 level a month ago. More needed here. Another likely to head for the front from the gate.
- WONDERFUL EVIL – Ran 5th in the Seoul Classic trial in March, coming from well-back to finish the quickest of all, but swerved the Cup Mile in order to win over 1700M at class 4 level, once more coming from of the pace. Could be coming into form at the right time and there could be more to come. Live outsider.
- SIMJANGUI GODONG – Only debuted in January and after finishing 3rd in his first two, went on to win his next pair, including a wild score over 1700M at class 5 on April 20th when he went so wide, he almost ended up climbing the grandstand. A Korean Derby has actually been in that manner in the past – Final Boss in 2017 – but you’d think he’ll need better manners in order to prevail here.
- GAON FORCE – Well backed for the Cup Mile having run a close 3rd in Seoul’s Classic trial in March but was one of a number who was severely hampered coming out of the gate and he accordingly never figured. He’s won 1700M
- TRUE KING – A little later coming onto the scene than most rivals, but he was a winner at this distance when he beat Power Windy on his way to scoring by two-and-a-half lengths at class 4 level in April. That puts him right in the hunt. Tucked in behind early lead and finished well. More improvement possible.
- GLOBAL CHUKJE – (KRA Cup Mile Winner) – The winner of the KRA Cup Mile, he cruised to the front early that day and won with a full eight-lengths to spare. He’s also a standout winner at class 3 level over 1700M and has shown plenty in the way of speed. He’ll be favourite and won’t need to improve too much to win. He doesn’t need to lead but there will always be question marks about such a wide draw.
- MYEONGPUM CHUKJE – (KRA Cup Mile 5th) – Likeable colt who could thrive on the distance. 4th in the Sports Seoul and then 5th in the Cup Mile but both were perhaps too short. Easy gate to wire winner over 1700M at class 4 in January. He has a chance.
- GLITTER – (KRA Cup Mile 4th) – Solid but unspectacular 4th in Cup Mile but he does hold a 3rd place in a fast class 3 race over 1800M – albeit on a wet track – which may stand him in good stead here. Needs more and will have to do it from the widest gate but can’t rule out the stable. Settles mid-position.
Verdict: A really competitive renewal of the Korean Derby sees (13) GLOBAL CHUKJE set to start a prohibitive favourite on the back of his demolition job in the KRA Cup Mile a month ago. He is the best horse at this stage and all things being equal, he’ll win. However, there are one or two doubts, not least the draw and it’s not impossible he could find himself in trouble in the straight. If that happens then the front running (2) DO KKI BLADE, the big winner from that draw, could be the one to take advantage leading gate to wire but also that one’s stablemate, the improving (5) WONDERFUL FLY, who can run his own race from gate 5. Then there is Kim Young-kwan’s (15) GLITTER, who can be expected to stick to Global Chukje like glue throughout. The long-shot play could be (9) WONDERFUL EVIL, a really good winner over 1700M last month and with potential to improve further still.
|Selections||(5) Wonderful Fly (13) Global Chukje (15) Glitter (2) Do Kki Blade|
|Next Best||9, 12, 14|
|Fast Start||1, 11, 12, 13|
Here’s the race-by-race for the rest of the Seoul Sunday card:
Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million
Filly maiden to begin with. (4) CRAZY QUEEN came from just behind the early pace to run a strong 2nd on what was just her second start and first at this distance on April 14th. She’s well drawn to get to the front here and can win. (1) SONGAM BARBIE has been knocking on the door for a while and steps back up in trip in good shape to be competitive while (5) BINNANEUN RUBY too has been consistently close and could make a breakthrough here. (2) SUNSHINE MARINE and (8) JANGGUNUI SIDAE were both a touch below par last time but could improve here.
|Selections||(4) Crazy Queen (1) Songam Barbie (5) Binnaneun Ruby (8) Janggunui Sidae|
|Next Best||2, 3|
|Fast Start||3, 4, 9|
Race 2: Class 5 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(6) SPEED BELLE was a good winner in a fast time over 1000M on April 13th and steps up in class here with solid claims of a repeat. She raced promisingly over 1300M before so should have few problems with the trip today and can lead all the way. (2) LOOKING GOOD looked anything but when weakening on his latest start. He had a win and a 3rdplace before that though, the latter at this class, and is worth another chance off six-weeks break. (7) HANEUL ACE beat Looking Good last time on her way to 5th on what… Read more of this post