Looking Ahead – Thursday August 30

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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 Thursday, a pair of lightly-tried maidens look well-placed to break through at Moe while in New Zealand we’ve singled out a couple of strong chances at Ashburton.

Moe Win Network Maiden Plate $26,000 1000m 2.30pm

Secret Vega (Lope De Vega {IRE}) was placed in both of his 2-year-old appearances last season and looks a decent chance to get the thick end of the prize in this novice dash under rider Joe Bowditch. The chestnut will also have the benefit of an inside gate. Secret Vega was purchased for $80,000 by trainer Lloyd Kennewell at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is a half-brother to three winners. They are out of Secret Thyme (USA) (Storm Cat {USA}) who was unraced and is a half-sister to the G1 Acorn S., winner Forest Secrets (USA) (Forest Wildcat {USA) with the five-time Group 1 winner Silverbulletday (USA) (Silver Deputy {USA}) the headline act in the pedigree.

Wagga No Concept Constructions Showcase Maiden $30,000 1200m 1.00pm

Jaytee’s The Fox (Foxwedge) can improve his dam’s stud record to 100 per cent in this following a handy fifth on the course on debut. He is out of Peach Tree (Bel Esprit), whose five wins included the Listed Belmont Classic and her only other three foals to race have all been successful. Jaytee’s The Fox’s family roil of honour is an impressive one and features the Group 1 winners Triscay (Marscay), La Baraka (Euclase), Astern (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and Defier (Dehere {USA}).

Jaytee's The Fox, pictured as a yearling

Ashburton Racing Club Committee Maiden $10,000 1250m 1.27pm (NZ time)

A first-timer who hails from the family of a former Australian great looks primed to give a bold account of himself here. Campo (NZ) (Highly Recommended) was bred by his owner-trainers John and Karen Parsons. The feature name in his pedigree is the former champion 2 and 3-year-old Mahogany, who won eight Group 1 races during his illustrious career. Campo is a son of Lezani (Beautiful Crown {USA}), who was a juvenile winner, and he is unbeaten in two trial appearances. In-form apprentice Tina Comignaghi will take the reins aboard the gelding.

Barneswood Farm Stakes Day 20 October 11,000 1400m 2.02pm (NZ time)

Swing Note (Encosta de Lago) earned black type last term when third in the Listed Zacinto S., and she was also fifth in the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas. She hasn’t raced since she was well beaten in the G1 New Zealand Oks, but she’s has had two trials this time in and should be far too good for this field, albeit at shorts odds. She is a daughter of Andallthatjazz (Bianconi {USA}), whose four foals to race are all winners. Swing Note was a $60,000 buy for Te Akau principal David Ellis at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Swing Note