Looking Ahead - Tuesday August 28

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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 Tuesday, there are two colts from Lindsay Park we are watching at Pakenham and a pair of three-year-olds having their first start for a new stable at Lismore.

Pakenham Synthetic, Race 1, $23,000 3YO Maiden Plate - 1200m - 13:25 AEST

Burning The Clock (Akeed Mofeed {GB}) has a pedigree to suggest that he can produce an early show of form for the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig operation. The three-year-old’s Goldin Farms-based sire has already produced a number of sharp types while the colt’s dam Bel Mer (Bel Esprit) was a high-quality sprinter who won the G1 Robert Sangster S., and was runner-up in the G1 Coolmore Stud S.

All five of her foals, who have sold up to $270,000, to race have been winners so there’s ample evidence to back Burning The Clock’s prospects of adding to the family roll of honour at short notice. He finished off very well in a recent Flemington jumpout.

Pakenham Synthetic, Race 5, $20,000 BM 64 Hcp - 1400m - 15:30 AEST

Another Lindsay Park 3-year-old worth following is A Fighting Fury (Fastnet Rock {Ire)}, who contests a benchmark race after a stunning win on the Geelong Synthetic at his most recent start. A $380,000 buy at the 2017 Easter Sales, he didn't show a great deal in three 2-year-old starts but the light seems to have switched on for this well-related colt this preparation.

The step up to 1400m looks ideal and you can expect him to be competitive in some much better races later in the spring based on his maiden win. He is a half-brother to blacktype winners Eloping and Of The Brave.

Lismore, Race 1, $20,000 3yo Maiden - 1200m - 13:05 AEST

Trainer Toby Edmonds has a couple of interesting runners in this maiden, both formerly with Clarry Conners. Capitulate (Star Witness {Aus}), a $85,000 buy at the Classic Yearling Sale, had just two starts as two-year-old and has had two trials leading into this race. His mother Exhibit is a half-sister to G1 winner Bonaria as well as blacktype winners Legally Bay and Time Out.

The other one is Cap Gris Nez (Redoute's Choice {Aus}), who showed enough as a two-year-old to go straight to the Gimcrack S before two more reasonable performances in the autumn. She recently won a trial at the Gold Coast.

She was a $400,000 yearling purchase, being out of a half-sister to two blacktype winners from Singapore.