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08/09/2016

KOR G1 - 1200m – Sand

Art Wave

Won three consecutive races at Jebel Ali between last November and this January.  A little one-paced last time out in March, beaten 5-1/2 lengths into 3rd over 1400m. Likely to try to track the early leaders.

Beachy Head

Back to back wins at Jebel Ali around the turn of the year both at 1400m. Down in trip for the first time in a long time. Tough ask here but can run on well. Runs best when handy.

Bichui Jeongsang

Won the Ttukseom Cup (1400m) here in June with a powerful late run but got stuck in traffic at Busan in the KNN Cup (1600m) in July and ended 5th behind Supreme Magic. A closer who usually settles at the rear, in this big field, she’s going to need some luck.

Choegang Schiller

Winner of this race when it was the Asia Challenge Cup last year. Only raced three times since and yet to win again but he was 2nd to Perdido Pomeroy in the Korea-Japan Cup in June. Proven in top company he can be very dangerous at this distance. Will be on speed.

First Magical

Still somewhat of an unknown quantity, he’s won 3 of his 4 outings and has breezed up the classes most recently winning a Korean class 2 event over 1200m by a neck. Much stiffer assignment today of course. He has led all of his races so far.

Gabo Myeongun

Hasn’t won since the summer of 2015 but comes in following creditable 2nd places over 1400m and 1200m. Beaten less than a length by Macheon Bolt last start, he will need to get a fast start here and has plenty to find.

Gamdonguibada

The grand old mare of Korean racing, she was a 5-length winner of the Busan Ilbo Cup (1200m) in May and was then 3rd in the Korea-Japan Cup (1200m) in Seoul in June. Didn’t go well when defending her Busan Mayor’s Cup (1800m) last up in July. Settles in midfield.

Grape Brandy

2nd in a 1200m sprint at Ohi in April, he’s raced just the once since, registering a creditable 5th of 15 in the G3 Procyon Stakes (1400m) at Chukyo on 10th July. Over three years since the most recent of his seven wins but latest form is fair. Usually races handy.

Macheon Bolt

More known as a miler, he warmed up for this with a solid victory over 1200m last month, beating Gabo Myeongun. Winner of 9 from 14, he hasn’t quite proven himself at the very top level but still has potential. Tactically versatile, he came from last to first last time in a small field. With 15 rivals here, he’ll want to be closer earlier.

Million Volts

Two Stakes victories at this distance last year but an underwhelming 2016 so far. Showed some improvement with a 4th place over 1400m at Saga on 18th August. Likely to be on speed early but the jockey knows this track well and can adapt as necessary.

Ottug Ottugi

Winner of this year’s Korean Oaks (1800m) and 2nd in the KRA Cup Mile (1600m) to eventual Triple Crown winner and stablemate Power Blade. Last ran 4th in the Minister’s Cup (2000m), her favoured distances are, however, sprints. That said, this is tough ask for this 3-year-old filly but if she gets a good start, she can run well.

Perdido Pomeroy

2nd in the Busan Ilbo Cup (1200m) to Gamdonguibada and then winner of the Korea-Japan Cup (1200m), beating Choegang Schiller and Gamdonguibada, at Seoul in June. Off since then, he looked very sharp in a trial last month. A 3-year-old who is getting better, he’ll be away fast and looks the best of the Korean-trained runners.

Super Jockey

2nd in Meydan’s G1 Golden Shaheen (1200m) in 2015, he was 5th in March’s renewal ahead of Rich Tapestry. Only raced once since, a luckless 12th behind Chautauqua in May’s G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize. Top class sprinter who looked the part in a Sha Tin trial the week before departure and every chance here.

Super Winner

Winner of 11 of 18 starts, he arrives following a hat-trick of wins this summer most recently over 1200m on 28th August  on the Kranji polytrack. 2nd in last year’s G3 Garden City Trophy (1200m). 3rd to Zac Spirit in this April’s Lion City Cup. Usually settles just behind the early leader. Big chance, so long as he takes to the track.

Supreme Magic

A shock 70/1 winner of the KNN Cup (1600m) at Busan in July, beating Bichui Jeongsang. Came from well off the pace and got a clear run that day, she usually settles towards the rear of the field but will need to raise her game once more to be competitive here.

Wild Dude

6th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the winner of five Graded Stakes races in the USA including the G1 Bing Crosby Stakes (1200m) and G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (1200m) last year and most recently the G2 Kona Gold Stakes (1300m), again at Santa Anita, in May. First race outside the US and first since being purchased by Chinese interests for training in Ireland. Generally saves ground. One of the favourites.

 

 

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