23/11/2019. KOREA, Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 24) // TATTERSALLS SET FOR STRONG FINALE (TDN) // Significant Gains At Record Goffs November Sale


KOREA, Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 24)

by gyongmaman

On Saturday at Seoul, Raon First ran out the impressive winner of the Listed Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup. On Sunday it’s the turn of Busan’s juveniles to run for big money as the Gyeongnam DoMin Ilbo Cup takes centre stage. There are 6 races at Busan from 12:40 to 17:05 while at Seoul there are 11 from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the Previews:


Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens in the opener and having only been beaten a nose on debut in a fast time at this distance, (8) J.S CAPTAIN is the warm pick to prevail here. He almost made all that day and ended up nine-lengths clear of the 3rd place-getter. With a decent start here, he should win. (3) BIG RIVER also led for much of her debut on October 19th, ultimately going down to 3rd in the final furlong. She’ll join the favourite on pace and should go close again. (1) TERRA SPEED and (6) FUTURE FIRE are the only two in the field to have raced twice already. Both improved at the second time of asking and can show more development today. (11) BOHEMIAN MUSIC looks best of the rest at this stage.

Selections (8) J. S. Captain (3) Big River (6) Future Fire (1) Terra Speed
Next Best 11, 7
Fast Start 1, 3, 8, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Regular maiden here but a couple of promising ones are engaged. (7) HALLA BLOSSOM has shown steady improvement across three outings so far, culminating in a 2nd place over 1000M on October 19th. He tackles 1300M for the first time here and it may well suit. Crucially, he looks to be the only one to be consistently good at getting on pace so he may find an easy lead and maintain it all the way. (1) JEONGSEONG HOLIDAY stepped up to this trip last start and ran a good 3rd. He hasn’t shown much in the way of speed so far but can continue his development today while (10) DAEGUN OK similarly seems to be figuring things out and comes in off a 3rd and a 2nd both at this trip. (4) YAHO M J CAT and (9) JACKS KHAN are others in at least the placing hunt.

Selections (7) Halla Blossom (1) Jeongseong Holiday (10) Daegun Ok (4) Yaho M J Cat
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 7

Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(6) BRAVE QUEEN ran 2nd on debut in September before registering her maiden win at the second time of asking, getting the best of a tight three-way finish, on October 6th. She led every step of the way that day and will endeavour to do the same here with solid claims of a repeat. (4) MUNHAK KING was 3rd behind Brave Queen on debut and followed up with another 3rd place finish on his re-appearance. He’ll be a danger but may have to settle for another placing as the other “Munhak”, (3) MUNHAK REWARD, also has ability. She steps back in trip following a useful 2nd place over 1300M four weeks ago and looks nicely in here. (2) EOMAMUSI and (9) SHARK JJANG are others to consider.

Selections (6) Brave Queen (3) Munhak Reward (4) Munhak King (2) Eomamusi
Next Best 9, 7
Fast Start 2, 4, 5, 6

Seoul Race 4: Class 4 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

Wide open race. No previous winners among them but three do come in off last start runner-up finishes and it is those three who looks set to be contesting top honours. (5) D K PURMIR is perhaps the slight pick. He was 2nd on debut over 1000M in August before having two months off and then stepping up to this trip on October 26th and running another close 2nd in a fast time having led nearly the whole way around. Nicely drawn to lead again, today can be his day. (4) CHARLIE STYLE showed significant improvement on his second outing last month in what was a good race for the level. He steps up in trip for the first time and can be dangerous. As can (11) MEOTJIN WANGJA. He’s appeared just the once and was beaten less than a length over 1000M, running through the line well. (8) MABOSS and (12) MOONHAK QUEEN, the latter debuting following a solid trial performance, are others to keep handy.

Selections (5) D K Purmir (4) Charlie Style (11) Meotjin Wangja (12) Moonhak Queen
Next Best 8, 1
Fast Start 1, 4, 5

Seoul Race 5: Class 6 (1700M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Not the stiffest of maidens here and, stepping up to two-turns for the first time, (7) SOUTHERN MAN looks the one to beat. He’s been knocking at the door over shorter trips for some time and while he is a natural front-runner, he could well simply outstay this lot to get his maiden win. (10) MANE HANA has experience of this distance already and comes in off a useful 3rd in marginally better company than this over 1300M last start. (5) GOLDEN SPARK tried this distance for the first time four weeks ago and ran a creditable 4th, beating tow of these in the process, and can build on that today. (1) HONAM DAERO and (8) KKOKKOMA LADY are others in the hunt.

Selections (7) Southern Man (10) Mane Hana (5) Golden Spark (1) Honam Daero
Next Best 8, 6
Fast Start 5, 7, 9

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1600M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million 

The second on the card is over the mile where several of the main players are to be tested over the distance for the first time. (5) YEONGGWANGUI PARTY comes out of the Gimhae Mayor’s Cup where beaten a distant eighth. Whilst not up to the top level two-year-olds the Office colt looks hard to beat in Class 5 company. Lee Hyo-Sik is likely to let him free-wheel to be near the speed. He ran through the line strong over 1300m two starts back in similar grade and should run the mile out strong. (3) TOP FIRE has been sent out at a short price for all four of his career starts. He broke his maiden last start when stepping up to the mile for the first time. You Hyun-Myung sat the chestnut on speed last time out in a change of tactics, expect to see a similar ride engaged. (1) Read more of this post



By Emma Berry

Record turnover in 2017 saw the entire Tattersalls December Sale exceed the 100-million gns mark for only the third time in its history. While last year’s figures represented a small reduction, trade was still incredibly solid with a second-highest average of 65,381gns following the previous year’s bonanza.

This year’s mare and foal catalogues have each been trimmed in size, with the 1,020 mares on offer being the smallest number for 10 years. Similarly, at 1,125, there are 50 fewer foals in the book than last year, while the single yearling session remains at 200. Hard on the heels of the Goffs November Sale, Tattersalls kicks off its two-week run with the yearlings on Monday, Nov. 25 with colts by Dubawi (Ire) and Galileo (Ire) likely to be of interest. The Dubawi colt out of G1 Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) (lot 35) represents the top consignor of this year’s October Book 1, Hazelwood Bloodstock.

Like a number of those in the catalogue, he missed his initial sales date in October, the sale in which last year hisfull-sister, the mare’s first foal, sold for 500,000gns to Godolphin and she is now named Late Romance (GB). 


Significant Gains At Record Goffs November Sale
A record renewal of the Goffs November Sale drew to a close today with returns for the week showing significant gains on 2018, including a 25% rise in turnover, 24% increase in average and 21% up on median while the sale set an all-time highest price for a colt foal of €1,200,000 on Wednesday.

Today’s final session featured Parts 2 of both the breeding stock and foal sales and saw good demand for the better lots on offer.  The mares were topped by a Group 1 producer from Ballylinch Stud in Lidanski (Lot 1130), the dam of the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner Wizz Kid.  In foal to Fascinating Rock, she was purchased by Tullogher House Stud for €32,000.

The Part 2 foal trade was headed by a son of Dandy Man from Ballintry Stud (Lot 1183) whose winning 2yo own-brother has also been Stakes placed twice this year.  The colt was knocked down to Jamie B Bloodstock for €35,000.

Looking back on a memorable five days at the November Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“What a week. Goffs November Sale has a rich history and the 2019 renewal is one that only adds to the story in a largely positive way.
Our Part 1 Foal Sale set records in every area headed by the world’s highest priced foal of the year so far at €1.2 million. He headed a trade of true strength and depth that reflected the quality of the foals entrusted to us by so many leading breeders who continue to send a bigger share of their best to Goffs. Indeed, our Day 3 sale was a superb representation of the cream of the 2019 foal crop with the very best of Irish foals joined by some notable UK bred youngsters leading to an average of just short of €100,000 and a whole sale median of €30,000. The quality of the catalogue allowed us to make significant advances at every level as we welcomed a wide cross section of pinhookers and end users to Kildare Paddocks.
The Breeding Stock Sale also recorded significant gains as an international audience battled it out for lot after lot on Day 1 (yesterday) and that trend continued through to this morning when a 71% clearance rate was returned. This is a sale with a tremendous track record on the racecourse and we have no doubt this year’s graduates will be responsible for their share of top class performers. Of course we would like more as we had several overseas buyers with unfilled orders so our task next year will be to attract a larger catalogue of quality to meet demand as our feedback is that our international visitors love their trips to Ireland and to Goffs as they see quality and value at every level.
Whilst the week is a statistical success and the headlines are very positive, it would be naïve of us not to recognise the ongoing challenges facing breeders. We have seen a relentless hunger for the best of the best at Goffs which underlines the enduring appeal of the best Irish bred bloodstock across the globe. However the trends that became clearer at the yearling sales meant that the foal market was increasingly selective for those that the pinhooking fraternity have doubts about for the 2020 sales. The polarisation of the market only appears to be increasing, and the double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and poor UK prize money is making the market tougher for the commercial breeder and trader. As an Auction House we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver the most vibrant market place possible at all levels and a look back at our Autumn Yearling Sale was testament to the hard work of our international network of agents and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, as reliance on the domestic market would have led to a very different result. However, along with a satisfaction of a good week overall, we will reflect on how we can further improve the market at every level in 2020.
For now we extend our thanks to every vendor, as we really are nothing without their horses, and our appreciation and best wishes to each purchaser as both groups have confirmed the Goffs November Sale’s market leading status once again”.
Part 1 Foals

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€) Top Price (€)
2018 665 480 (72%) 20,311,000 42,315 28,000 350,000
2019 645 524 (81%) 25,721,800 (+26%) 49,087 (+16%) 30,000 (+7%) 1,200,000

Part 2 Foals

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€) Top Price (€)
2018 252 154 (61%) 1,033,800 6,713 3,700 52,000
2019 157 105 (67%) 680,500 (-34%) 6,481 (-3%) 4,200 (+12%) 35,000

Total Foals

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€) Top Price (€)
2018 917 635 (69%) 21,354,800 33,630 20,000 350,000
2019 802 629 (78%) 26,402,300 (+24%) 41,975 (+25%) 22,000 (+10%) 1,200,000

Breeding Stock

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€) Top Price (€)
2018 363 233 (64%) 6,285,300 26,967 10,000 350,000
2019 295 242 (82%) 8,022,900 (+28%) 33,152 (+24%) 14,000 (+40%) 525,000


  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€) Top Price (€)
2018 1280 868 (69%) 27,640,100 31,843 16,500 350,000
2019 1,097 873 (80%) 34,452,200 (+25%) 39,464 (+24%) 20,000 (+21%) 1,200,000
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