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Looking Ahead - September 18

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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, we go to Kembla Grange to follow a son of a Group 1-winning mare as well as a close relation to superstar stallion Fastnet Rock, and to Pakenham for a first starter from the family of Criterion and Comin' Through.

Kembla Grange Race 3, Wests Illawarra Class 1 Hcp, $35,000, 1250m, 2:15pm AEST

Tudor Prince (All Too Hard) broke through for his maiden win last start and steps into a Class 1 over the 1500m at his second run this campaign. The son of Group 1 winner Allez Wonder (Redoute's Choice) should take significant improvement of that first-up run and is well-placed to go back-to-back in this race.

He was a $70,000 buy by trainer Robert Price at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, which looks a steal given his pedigree. Allez Wonder has had three foals to the track, all of them winners, while her latest to go through the sales, a filly by More Than Ready (USA), went for $650,000. It's a rich black-type family with Allez Wonder a half-sister to stakes winner Pretty Pins (Pins) as well as the mother of Group 1 winner Tivaci (High Chaparral {Ire}).

Tudor Prince as a yearling

Kembla Grange Race 6, Woonoona Bulli RSL Club 3yo Mdn Hcp, $35,000, 1300m, 4:05pm AEST

Quick Finance (Denman) makes his debut off the back of a few trials, the latest when second at Warwick Farm in late August. A $120,000 buy at the 2017 Classic Yearling Sale, he boasts a very interesting pedigree.

His dam, Heart Strings, (Danehill {USA}) was stakes placed and is a three-quarter sister to star stallion Fastnet Rock, as a half-sister to his dam Piccadilly Circus by Danehill. The family also includes Group 3 winner Raheeb.

Quick Finance as a yearling

Pakenham Synthetic Race 3, Polytrack Mdn Hcp - $23,000, 1000m, 2:25pm AEST

Absolemm (Pierro) has her first trip to the races in a 1000 metre maiden on the Pakenham Synthetic. A $200,000 buy at the Easter yearling sales, We haven't seen her at the trials, but on pedigree alone she is worth following.

She is the first foal of American mare Nothin But A Dream (USA) (First Defence {USA}), who from a sister to multiple American black-type winners as well as the dam of Mica's Pride, meaning the likes of Criterion, Comin' Through and Varenna Miss also feature on the pedigree page.

Absolemm as a yearling