Looking Ahead - Sunday August 26

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Looking Ahead puts the spotlight on runners of interest across Australia and New Zealand. Whether they are a particularly well-bred or high-priced runner having their first or second start, a promising galloper returning to the track or a horse which has trialled particularly well, we’ll aim to give you something to follow.

On Sunday, we visit Wyong, Nowra and Cranbourne, taking in horses from the families of Eremein, Tuesday Joy, and Snitzel.

Wyong, Race 6, $30,000 BM64 - 1350m - 15:40 AEST

Home Made (High Chaparral {Ire}) resumes in a modest BM64 at Wyong having been last seen in the G1 JJ Atkins at Doomben back in June. That was a leap into the deep end, with his only win in a Kembla Grange maiden, but trainer John Sargent clearly holds a high opinion of him.

He holds a nomination for the Caulfield Guineas and while his two recent trials saw him back in the field, they were strong trials and he will relish what looks a lot easier assignment this time around.

He was a $300,000 buy from the 2017 Easter Sales and given his dam was a listed winner over 2000m and was a half-sister to AJC derby winner Eremein, he might be a horse worth following further into his 3YO year with an eye towards longer races

Home Made (High Chaparral x Gliding by Flying Spur) pictured as a yearling

Nowra, Race 3, $20,000 Maiden - 1100m - 14:40 AEST

Well-related filly Lady Marvel (More Than Ready {USA}) makes her debut for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at Nowra on Sunday.

She was bought for $260,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions and given her dam Mary Marvel (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}) is a half sister to Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy, it is no surprise that she ended up with Waterhouse who has enjoyed so much success with fillies and mares from this family, including More Joyous.

Her three trials have been a mixed bag, but the addition of blinkers for her debut should see her go to the front in this. If you look at her second trial, she wore blinkers there and jumped straight to the front but did look to over-race.

Lady Marvel (More Than Ready x Mary Marvel by Fusaichi Pegasus) pictured as a yearling

Cranbourne, Race 1, $26,000 BM64 - 12:00pm AEST

Viennese Star (I Am Invincible {Aus}) looks a promising filly based on her first campaign where she won at Moonee Valley on debut and then ran third in a Listed race before being given a spell.

She had a fairly soft trial a couple of weeks ago, and while the winner was 8 lengths in front of her, this filly finished in front of G1 winning Seabrook that day.

She is sensationally bred, given her dam is a three-quarter sister to Australia's leading sire Snitzel in a family that also includes Hinchinbrook. That sort of pedigree will cost you and she was a $240,000 buy at the 2017 Magic Millions for Ciaron Maher Racing.

Viennese Star (I Am Invincible x Viennese Lass by Redoute's Choice) pictured as a yearling