28/11/2020. Korea – Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 29) // Dubawi Stars At Foal Sale Friday by TDN


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Seoul & Busan Sunday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 29)

by gyongmaman

The Juveniles get their chance to shine on Sunday with the Jeju Governor’s Cup split into two divisions at Seoul & Busan. With 150 Million Won up for grabs in each heat, the races – which act as the two second-legs of the Juveniles Series – are not as valuable as in normal years, but still give the youngsters a chance at a big prize. Both Busan (4 races from 13:00 to 14:20) & Seoul (8 races from 14:50 to 18:00) will race behind closed doors on Sunday although simulcast betting on the races will be available at the Jeju Racecourse plus at four provincial OTBs which are not subject to level 2 social distancing restrictions. Here are the previews:

Who will succeed Roller Blade as Champion Juvenile? The second legs of the 2020 Juvenile Series are on Sunday

Busan Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

There look to be two standouts in Busan’s opener. (2) DONGBANUI SIJAK gets another crack at class 6 having prevailed on debut on October 23rd over this distance. From gate 2, Jo In-kwon can settle him close to the early speed and he can run on strongly. (10) MILLION MAKER is still yet to break through but after an inauspicious debut, he has put in two strong showings and has the fastest time of any of these at the distance. He’s not raced since July but trialed nicely earlier this month and should go well under Djordje Perovic. Bart Rice and You Hyun-myung teamed up to win with a debut-maker on Friday and they have another one here in the shape of (6) ACE SOLOMON. He looked well when winning an October trial and looks nicely in here first-up. (3) SPRING FIRE and (5) KWAEHAN HWANGGEUM look best of the rest.

Selections (10) Million Maker (2) Dongbanui Sijak (6) Ace Solomon (5) Kwaehan Hwanggeum
Next Best 3, 13
Fast Start 1, 3, 7

Busan Race 2: Class 5 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s hard to look too far past (1) SPEED KINGDOM here. He had little trouble carting around 57kg when leading gate to wire over class and distance on October 31st. Having drawn the inside again today, Ioannis Poullis will aim to do similar and there’s no reason why he can’t go all the way once more. (10) YEONGGWANGUI EAGLE came home in 3rd place in that race and should be a contender again although a couple of others may offer stiffer challenges. (4) ROCK PEGASUS is up in class after a very solid win at this distance earlier this month. He can set up camp behind the early speed and run on strong late. (2) GABO TODAY was a touch disappointing when relatively well fancied over 1300M two weeks ago. Kim Young-kwan and Djordje Perovic persevere with him and he’s worth another chance here.

Selections (1) Speed Kingdom (4) Rock Pegasus (2) Gabo Today (10) Yeonggwangui Eagle
Next Best 8, 7
Fast Start 1, 2,

Busan Race 3: Class 3 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 32 Million

It took (3) POWER TRAIN a couple of goes to figure things out but he’s now won all four of his starts in 2020, zipping through the lower grades as a result. Can he make it five in a row? He can but there a couple of caveats. All his victories so far have come at a mile or further and this is his first try at class 3 level. Nevertheless, his class can see him through. If he does come up short, then (1) STAR OREUM is the most likely to take advantage. An excellent class and distance winner on October 31st, beating a couple of these in the process, apprentice Mo-Jun-ho today takes a full 4kg off his back and he has solid claims. So too does (2) POWER WONDERFUL, who drops back in trip having won at this class over a mile earlier this month as well as the ever consistent (7) SPICE CANDY, who in contrast, steps up to seven-furlongs for the first time and can’t be ruled out.

Selections (3) Power Train (1) Star Oreum (7) Spice Candy (2) Power Wonderful
Next Best 12, 13
Fast Start 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12

Busan Race 4: Class Open (1200M) Allowance “Jeju Governor’s Cup” – Busan / KRW 150 Million

Busan’s second leg of the juvenile series. (2) WINNER’S MAN picks himself really, having been hugely impressive in winning all three of his outings to date without breaking sweat. He’s not yet actually run at this distance but having won at both 1000M and 1300M there is little to suggest it will be a problem for him. (8) HEAT YEGAM is the most credible danger. He too is unbeaten and led all the way for an easy win over this distance in 1.13.3 on October 23rd, a time that was faster than both the class 3 and class 4 events over the same distance that day and looks to have the potential for more. The logical trifecta is filled out by (3) MACH TITAN, who led gate to wire for an impressive looking win over the distance at the end of last month, albeit at class 6 level. (4) GOOD SOCKS and (1) TOP MATE to dispute the minor money.

Selections (2) Winner’s Man (8) Heat Yegam (3) Mach Titan (4) Good Socks
Next Best 1, 7
Fast Start 2, 8

Seoul Race 1: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

The capital’s Sunday program begins with a competitive maiden with five of the fourteen racing for the first time. Of the ones with prior experience, there are a couple of standouts. (4) DAECHEON EOLJJANG came from well back to run 2nd on debut on October 16th. He had a wide draw that day but punters will need to weigh up whether having the benefit of Kim Yong-geun’s experience in the saddle will counter the 4kg extra he needs to carry. (9) JOYFUL K has run twice already with a 2nd and a 3rd place to her name, both at this distance. She has the quickest time of any of these who have tried 1200M – not a great achievement – and should be very competitive here. (8) BIG FORCE ONE improved to 5th on her second outing beating a couple of these in the process. She should be on pace from the stat and can go close. Of the first-timers, the stand out is (3) COMPLETE STAR. She ran 3rd in a very fast trial in October and has every chance of going well on debut here.

Selections (9) Joyful K (4) Daecheon Eoljjang (3) Complete Star (8) Big Force One
Next Best 13, 7
Fast Start 8, 12

Seoul Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 22 Million

Another maiden although this time it is very much the first-time starters who will be favoured. (7) CATCH CHARM looks the best of them having made all to win an October trial. It was the kind of time that would win plenty of class 6 races over the distance and if he brings that form to the races, he’ll win today. (9) SPEAR GUN also caught the eye in trials. The Tourist colt wasn’t quite as quick as Catch Charm but won’t need to have come very much in order to go close on debut today. Among those with experience already, (4) STEADY CHAMPION recorded the fastest time of these on debut at the distance and accordingly has placing claims. (8) EOSEOWA and (12) FANTASY QUEEN are others who can improve.

Selections (7) Catch Charm (9) Spear Gun (4) Steady Champion (12) Fantasy Queen
Next Best 8, 14
Fast Start 5, 7, 9

Seoul Race 3: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 28 Million

A field of thirteen inexperienced imports take on one local here. The local is a good one, albeit one we haven’t seen for a very long time. (2) MYEONGWANG won two of three starts in 2019 and while he hasn’t raced for a full fifteen months, he looked well in a trial last week and should be right in the mix first-up today. We’re not going to put him on top though. Instead we are going to buy into the minor hype surrounding (5) WILDLY ROMANTIC. The Bayern colt blitzed a trial in October and his debut has been eagerly awaited. He will be expected to win this assignment. (7) ROYAL TAERI also looked good in his latest trial. The Bodemeister colt ran well alongside several established racehorses and should go well first-up today. (1) DOKKAEBE and (12) DANGCHAN SERYEOK are others whose debuts will be watched carefully.

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Dubawi Stars At Foal Sale Friday


The Dubawi half-brother to Skitter Scatter | Laura Green/Tattersalls

By Emma Berry

NEWMARKET, UK–When there are two Dubawi half-brothers to Group 1 winners in a foal catalogue, the chances are that they will attract the attention of Sheikh Mohammed and go close to topping the sale, and that was exactly how it played out at Tattersalls on Friday.

First up (lot 939) was the half-brother to the Irish champion 2-year-old filly Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy), brought to the sale from Ireland by his breeder Airlie Stud to head proceedings at 700,000gns. His price–100,000gns ahead of the top lot at last year’s sale–made him the second-most expensive colt foal to be sold at Tattersalls after the 2.5 million gns paid for Padua’s Pride (Ire), the brother to Derby winner Generous (Ire), in 1997.

“In all these decisions we are always trying to aim for quality,” said Anthony Stroud, who signed for the foal in the name of Godolphin. “He comes from a wonderful nursery in Airlie and obviously we absolutely love Dubawi. [The colt] was a very good-looking and athletic individual and both David [Loder] and I really liked him.”

Just a handful of lots later ( lot 944), Stroud was back in action in the freezing fog outside the ring, this time going to 600,000gns for the Dubawi colt out of Baisse (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}).

This half-brother to Godolphin’s G1 Cantala S. winner Best Of Days (GB) (Azamour {Ire}) didn’t have quite so far to travel as he was born at Luca and Sara Cumani’s Fittocks Stud just outside Newmarket and consigned by them to the sale on behalf of his breeder Gerhard Schoeningh.

“He has been a star ever since he was born,” said Sara Cumani. “He’s just a complete charmer. He had Grade 1 x-rays and a Grade 1 scope and we are delighted he’s gone to such a good home. We’re also delighted that we are even able to be here at the sale.”

The colt’s dam Baisse, a listed winner in Germany and a full-sister to G3 Dee S. winner Azmeel (GB), is a permanent boarder at Fittocks and is in foal to Frankel (GB). She will visit Sea The Moon (Ger) next season.

The sole Dubawi filly in the sale (lot 954) , a daughter of listed winner and G2 Oaks d’Italia runner-up Joyful Hope (GB) (Shamardal), was bought by Andreas Putsch’s Haras de Saint Pair for 310,000gns. Her dam is a sister to Italian champion 3-year-old Crackerjack King (Ire) and a half to his fellow Group 1 winners Jakkalberry (Ire) (Storming Home {GB}) and Awelmarduk (Ire) (Almutawakel {GB}).

These may be troubling times but it was easy to forget the woes of the outside world on a bumper day of trade at Tattersalls. Certainly, racing has issues to face post-pandemic but pinhookers appeared not to be deterred by the events of 2020 with some bold plays in the ring throughout a busy session. A total of 64 foals have sold for six-figure sums so far this week, most of those being offered on Friday, when the clearance rate rise to 87%. That came from the sale of 189 weanlings for an aggregate of 16,341,000gns (-4%). The average and median declined slightly but not to an overly concerning degree, settling at 86,460gns (-14%) and 57,000gns (-12%), respectively.

Alkumait’s Brother To Juddmonte

While Sheikh Mohammed recruited a pair of colts by his star stallion, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms did the same with a brace of Frankel (GB) colts.

Whitsbury Manor Stud’s half-brother to this season’s G2 Mill Reef S. winner Alkumait (GB) (Showcasing{GB}) was the more expensive of the duo at 550,000gns, with Simon Mockridge outbidding David Redvers for the son of Suelita (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}).

“He is an incredibly well-balanced and strong foal,” Mockridge said. “The mare has already produced two very good horses and she suited Frankel. This is the kind of animal that we are looking for. We struggled to buy yearlings, they were making a lot of money. We have got two by Frankel today so we are very happy.”

Whitsbury Manor’s Chris Harper bought Suelita as a 4-year-old from Tattersalls in 2013 for 21,500gns. Her first mating with Cityscape (GB) resulted in listed winner The Broghie Man (GB) and she has also produced the listed-placed Gloves Lynch (GB) (Mukhadram {GB}). Alkumait was 220,000gns Book 1 yearling when sold to Shadwell and his full-sister sold last month in Book 1 for 200,000gns to Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock.

“Dad bought the mare and she’s the only mare he has bought in the last seven years,” said Ed Harper. “From the very first foal she has thrown nice horses. In the February of his 2-year-old career I remember getting a phone call from Brendan Duke, who trained The Broghie Man, saying I think you’ve bred a very good horse here. He wasn’t wrong.”

He added, “I’m so pleased Juddmonte have bought the colt. It is going to be so satisfying to see him in the pink and green. I am delighted and I really appreciate the fact they have bought him. I have to thank my staff, too.”

Suelita wasn’t covered this year as her foal was born on May 10, but the Harpers are considering a return to their home stallion Showcasing.

Juddmonte also bought lot 882, the Frankel colt out of Group 3 winner Divine (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), for 260,000gns from Voute Sales.

Lope De Vega In Demand – Again

Following a season in which Lope De Vega’s yearlings sold for an average price of more than £180,000, the demand for his stock showed no sign of abating at the foal sale, with six sold throughout the week so far for an average of 210,000gns.

The full-brother to G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner and young Irish National Stud stallion Phoenix Of Spain (Ire) was another to make the shortlist of Oneliner Stables and, at 300,000gns, is one of three foals bought by the Lowry family’s operation so far this week. Lot 854 was offered for sale by Newtown Stud on behalf of breeder Arild Faeste and his daughter Nina of Tourgar Bloodstock.

“He is very similar [to Phoenix Of Spain] in temperament and walk,” said Newtown’s Cathy Grassick, who was responsible for buying their dam, Lucky Clio (Ire) (Key Of Luck)–the first broodmare purchase for the Faeste family–at 17,000gns.

She continued, “They are unflappable, very athletic and that was what appealed about Phoenix. When he came to the sale he stepped up a gear and handled it really well, and so did this horse. I hope he is very lucky for the buyer, he is a lovely horse.”

Two of 11 purchases this week by Yeomanstown Stud were by Lope De Vega, including the half-brother to dual listed winner Khalid (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) at 260,000gns. The May-born colt (lot 878) was consigned by Church View Stables for breeder Spencer Chapman of Aston House Stud.

The current crop of foals were conceived when Lope De Vega’s fee was €80,000. He will stand for €125,000 in 2021.

Floors Stud Dispersal Continues

Lope De Vega also provided the highlight for the foal section of the part-dispersal of the stock of the Duke of Roxburghe’s Floors Stud when the colt out of Hibiscus (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 906) sold for 220,000gns, again to the team from Yeomanstown. His 7-year-old dam, who was a winner and listed-placed at three, is a sister to Godolphin’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Line Of Duty (Ire) and a half to Onassis (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who provided an update when winning the Listed October S. at Goodwood.

Seven foals were sold for the Duke’s family by Kiltinan Castle Stud for a total of 600,000gns, including an Invincible Spirit (Ire) filly (lot 905) from the family of Group 1 winners Magna Grecia (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and St Mark’s Basilica (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}). The daughter of Prance (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) was bought by Blandford Bloodstock for 155,000gns.

Warrior Leads The Charge

Saxon Warrior (Jpn) is heading the freshman sires at the sale with nine sold for an average of 96,889gns. They were led by his Norris Bloodstock-consigned daughter of Archangel Gabriel (Arch), an unraced full-sister to Grade I winner Prince Arch. Offered as lot 835 on behalf of her breeders Hunscote Stud and Chris Humber, the filly had many admirers, including underbidders Gerard Lowry and Philippa Mains, but it was pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg who placed the final bid of 280,000gns from outside the ring.

“I’m happy and sad really as she was by far the best foal we’ve ever had through our hands,” said Hunscote Stud manager Andy Lloyd. “Chris is marooned in Guernsey and Steven [Smith, Hunscote’s owner] is in France but they’ve both been watching online and will be delighted.”

He added, “We had a runner at Doncaster the day Saxon Warrior won the Racing Post Trophy and I remember Ryan Moore saying then what a special horse he was. I followed him closely and of course he won a really good Guineas.

“Norris Bloodstock did a very good job with her and Jenny is such a pleasure to deal with.”

Archangel Gabriel, whose half-siblings include the G1 National S. winner Kingsfort (War Chant), has had two foals to race to date, both of whom are winners, and her Kingman (GB) yearling colt was sold for 350,000gns during October Book 1 to Kevin Ryan.

“Physically she was an absolute stand-out,” said Stauffenberg of the filly foal. “She has real quality.”

Hunscote Stud later reinvested in a foal by Saxon Warrior’s old sparring partner Roaring Lion, signing for lot 923, a Tweenhills-consigned filly out of the dual winner Great Court (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}).

Ringfort Caps Golden Year

Derek and Gay Veitch of Ringfort Stud brought 14 foals to Newmarket and sold 13, finishing on a starry sextet for Friday which included the Belardo (Ire) half-brother to G2 Gimcrack S. winner Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}).

Concluding the draft as lot 919, the son of Pardoven (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}) elicited plenty of interest and brought a final bid of 280,000gns from agent Alex Elliott.

“We had three nice foals there and they all sold really well,” said Derek Veitch of his final batch through the ring, including a Cracksman (GB) filly (lot 917) bought for 92,000gns by Brendan Holland. “Everybody seems resilient in our industry,” he continued. “It’s a very workmanlike sale for certain sires and certain pedigrees but if you have a nice horse it’s very strong. A lot of people have turned up  and it’s a different world here really.”

Throughout the summer, the Veitch family had plenty of excitement on the racecourse, even in a year when few people were allowed to go racing. Along with Minzaal, they also bred G2 Lowther S. Winner Miss Amulet (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) and the G2 Flying Childers winner Ubettebelieveit (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), both of whom were placed in Grade I contests at the Breeders’ Cup.

“It has been a superb racing year and that has topped it all off really well,” Veitch said. “It’s nice to be able to have a bit of success on the track and then to bring some nice foals to the sales and everybody sort of expects to see them. I hope I can keep up my own standards now. It’s nice when people support you and I am very appreciative of everybody who does.”

Pardoven is now in foal to Footstepsinthesand (GB), another stallion who has been kind to Veitch as the sire of the 2019 Gimcrack S. winner Threat (Ire), another Ringfort graduate.

He added, “I’m not sure where she will go yet next year, but we’ll probably try to do something similar to the Minzaal cross and either go to Dark Angel or back to Mehmas.”

Alex Elliott, who bought the half-brother to Minzaal for Kia Joorabchian of Amo Racing, said, “We had Lullaby Moon by Belardo this year who won the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy and the Group 3 Prix Miesque; she will head to the Fred Darling next year and could be Guineas filly. I thought this colt was flawless, he vetted perfectly. He is a half-brother to the Gimcrack winner who showed phenomenal speed and is a very good horse.”

He added, “We stretched to buy this foal, but if he had been here as a yearling he’d have been even more. The dream when we buy anything is Royal Ascot, and we hope that in a few years’ time he will be one for there.”

Sweeney’s Worthwhile Trip

Irish ex-pat Harry Sweeney, the owner of Paca Paca Farm in Japan, has been busy across the last two days and is the leading purchaser at the sale with 11 foals bought for just shy of 1.5 million gns.

“It’s great to be alive and to be at a sale,” Sweeney said. “I’ve been locked down for nine months in Japan and I had to get permission from the government to be here and to return, but we’ve had some success here in the past. This year we’ve had two graded stakes winners in Japan who were both foal purchases.”

He added, “We’ve bought about ten and they will go off to Ireland to be reared before heading to Japan in late summer next year.”

Sweeney’s purchases included lot 858, a Lope De Vega half-sister to G3 Silver Cup S. winner Eagles By Day (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), out of the former classy stayer Missunited (Ire) (Golan {Ire}).

Joining Forces

Mimi Wadham and Violet Hesketh of WH Bloodstock teamed up with Kelsey Lupo’s Atlas Bloodstock to make two six-figure purchases on Friday led by lot 1002 at 285,000gns. The daughter of Sea The Stars (Ire) was bred by Dr Klaus Schulte and is out of the unraced Adlerflug (Ger) mare Amazone (Ger), whose previous offspring include Listed Dortmund St Leger Trial winner Apadanah (Ger) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). The further family, which has its roots in Gestut Schlenderhan, includes Melbourne Cup winner Almandin (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) and G1 Criterium International winner Alson (Ger) (Areion {Ger}).

The pinhooking trio returned swiftly for lot 1005, Trinity Park Stud’s Invincible Spirit (Ire) first foal of Hypothetically (Ire) (Medicean {GB}), a half-sister to Group 1-placed Lady Penko (Fr) (Archipenko). The relation to G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Erupt (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was secured for 140,000gns.

Joseph O’Brien bought the Zoffany (Ire) half-sister to his G1 Fillies’ Mile winner Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}) for 235,000gns. Bred by Frank Hutchinson and consigned by Norelands Stud, the filly is out of Lady Gorgeous (GB) (Compton Place {GB}), who is catalogued to sell as lot 1740 in next week’s mare sale.