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Looking Ahead - September 29

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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 Saturday, we have a couple of fillies to keep an eye on at Avondale before checking out debutants at Gold Coast and Newcastle.

Avondale Race 1, 5 Star Horse Transport Maiden, $10,000, 1200m, 12.15pm NZST, 10:15pm AEST

The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained Glendalough (NZ) (Azamour {IRE}) placed in two of her four starts last season and was turned out following a respectable seventh in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. She is bred to star over more ground, but is fresh and a recent trial win on the course was a strong indication she is ready for a bold first-up showing.

Her dam is a daughter of the Danzig (USA) mare Mysterious Sound (USA), who is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group 1 placegetter Deloraine (More Than Ready {USA}). It is a well-performed family that includes the G2 Curragh International S., winner and G1 Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Century City (IRE) (Danzig {USA}).

Avondale Race 4, The Auckland Alarms 3YO, $25,000, 1200m, 1.58pm NZST, 11:58pm AEST

Valalie (Snitzel) is prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and is a filly from a family they know so well. Her mother Vaayala (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}) is a half-sister to their former New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral {IRE}) and Baker also trained the second dam Staring (NZ) (Fiesta Star) to win the G1 New Zealand Oaks and the G1 Auckland Classic.

To be ridden by Matt Cameron, Valalie won one of her four starts as a 2-year-old and also finished fourth in the G2 Matamata Breeders’ S. She has had two trial outings to ready her for this and the stable has an excellent record with their fresh runners.

Gold Coast Race 2 Carnival Package Caulfield Guineas Mdn, $15,000, 1100m, 2:03pm AEST

Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers debut Dreamreacher (Snitzel) is what looks a fairly open maiden at the Gold Coast. This gelding trialled at the track earlier this month and missed the kick before running his race in patches. He's got a bit to learn but looks to have good scope for improvement.

A $280,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Magic Millions, Dreamreacher is out of Lieserl (Magic Albert) a city winning mare who is a full sister to Group 2 winner Master Harry, while another sibling produced the Group 1 winner Under The Louvre (Excellent Art (GB). The family goes back to Momentaire (Marscay), twice a 2YO black-type winner.

Dreamreacher as a yearling

Newcastle Race 5, Sharp Electronics Group Mdn, $35,000, 1200m, 3:09pm AEST

Categoric (Zoustar) makes his debut for Chris Waller having run a couple of decent trials in recent weeks, the most recent when third at Warwick Farm earlier this week.

He is out of the imported mare Thekatcamehome (USA) (Sea of Secrets {USA}), who was a black-type winner for a family with plenty of American stakes-winners. Categoric fetched $200,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale, bought by Star Thoroughbreds.

Categoric as a yearling