Looking Ahead - September 20

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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, we have spied a couple of interesting runners at Sale, both who are sibling to Group 1 winners, while Mark Newnham debuts a well-related 3-year-old at Hawkesbury.

Sale Race 1 Ladbrokes Sale Cup Oct 28th 3yo fillies Mdn, $26,000, 1100m - 12:55pm AEST

G1 winning mare Shamal Wind's half-sister Samoon (Fastnet Rock) makes her debut for Mick Price and Damien Oliver in what looks a very tough maiden.

A $600,000 buy at the 2017 Easter Sales, she has had a couple of jumpouts head of this race, the latest where she finished second to a stablemate when put on the pace. Shamal Wind won her first three races, including her maiden by nearly five lengths before going on to win the G1 Oakleigh Plate later in her career.

The other foal of Firemaid (USA) to make it to the track is Sebfire (Sebring), who was a $700,000 yearling sold to Hong Kong after two wins from five starts for Darren Weir.

Samoon as a yearling

Sale Race 2 Christmas @ Sale Dec 23rd Mdn Plate, $26,000, 1200m - 1:30pm AEST

The regally-bred Scipio (All Too Hard) returns to the track after having just one start as a 2-year-old when fifth, beaten 4.5l in a Saturday race at Sandown.

Bought for $250,000 by Danny O'Brien at the 2017 Magic Millions National Sale, this colt is out of the former talented filly Savannah Success, making him a half-brother to G1 Cox Plate winner and Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel.

The family black-type doesn’t stop there with the grand-dam Alma Mater a winner of the G3 Adrian Knox S who also produced Sister Theresa, the dam of multiple G1 winner Black Heart Bart.

Scipio had a recent jumpout at Flemington and looked quite forward.

Hawkesbury Race 2 Griffin Air Conditioning Maiden, $35,000, 1100m - 1:35pm AEST

Mark Newnham debuts a well-bred 3-year-old Battle Cry (All Too Hard), a colt Byron Rogers bought for $300,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions.

Out of the Listed winner Affable (Husson {ARG}), this colt is also closely related to stakes-placed Gracious Prospect and Group 1 winner and Blue Gum stallion Turffontein

He hasn’t shown a great deal in two trials, but should improve off those into his debut on Thursday.

Battle Cry as a yearling