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Looking Ahead - September 10

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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 Monday we head to Wodonga to follow a couple of well-bred fillies looking to break through for their first wins.

Wodonga Race 1 - Ladbrokes Back Yourself 3yo Mdn - $23,000 - 1200m - 13:30 AEST

The very well-bred Princess Maribel (Sebring {Aus}) makes her debut for Lindsay Park at Wodonga on Monday.

She is out of Nicodora (Stratum {Aus}), a half-sister to G1 winners Nicconi (Bianconi {USA}) and Niconero (Danzero {Aus}) and has been retained to be raced by Peter Devitt, as he has with most of the family.

Princess Maribel has had one trial, finishing sixth at Tatura, but has had the blinkers applied in her debut which should sharpen her up.

Wodonga Race 2 - Naubro Fillies and Mares Mdn - $23,000 - 1100m - 14:00 AEST

Pierro Belle (Pierro {Aus}) resumes with plenty keen to see what she can do after the enormous wrap on her before she failed on debut at Flemington in a Listed race in February.

She went into that debut run off an enormous Adelaide trial win, but the raceday experience proved too much for her and she never really stretched out.

Pierro Belle pictured as a yearling

Off a recent trial at Cranbourne, this is a much lower key kick off for her second campaign.

Out of Group winning mare Pane In The Glass (Testa Rossa {Aus}), Pierro Belle was a $300,000 purchase from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2017 Easter Sales by trainer Tony McEvoy after being passed in at the Gold Coast Magic Millions earlier in the year.

Her older half-sister Roomooz (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) was a $450,000 yearling purchase and recently retired with two wins from seven starts, while her younger half-sister by Deep Field (Aus) sold to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $360,000 at this year's Easter Sales.