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Looking Ahead - Friday August 31

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Wyong Race 2 - Biochem Water F&M Maiden Plate - $30,000 - 1200m 13:25 AEST

A strong New Zealand black type family will be on display when Lucky Helmet (Helmet) resumes for John O’Shea in this. The 2-year-old did enough when fifth at his only start at Newcastle in the autumn to suggest he is worth following.

A sibling to five winners, Lucky Helmet is a son of Lucky Mascot (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), who is in turn out of the G2 Villies S., winner Arletty (NZ) (Centaine) and a pedigree that also features the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) G1 Arrowfield Stud S., winner Sixty Seconds (NZ) (Centaine) and the G1 WATC Derby winner Guyno (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

Mildura Race 3 - Congratulations Dean Yendall Maiden Plate - $26,000 - 1000m 14:30 AEST

Leveraged (Unencumbered {Aus}) makes her return to the track and if you go off her huge jumpout win earlier this month, she should be very hard to beat. The chestnut filly scouted wide in that trial on August 7, but still had plenty in reserve. She was given a much quieter time in a subsequent jumpout.

Her one run last campaign was a close-up fourth in race run in a pretty fast time. Linda Meech on board is a huge plus as well for this Maher/Eustace filly. She was passed in for $55,000 at the Melbourne Premier Sale but her younger half-brother by Brazen Beau sold for $245,000 as a weanling.