Looking Ahead - September 30

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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.

Caulfield takes centre stage on Sunday and we look at a couple of interesting 3-year-olds before we are off to the Sunshine Coast to check out a filly from the Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers stable making her debut.

Caulfield Race 6, G3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude, $175,000, 1400m, 3:30pm AEST

Some really high-quality 3-year-olds in action here, but one worth highlighting is Ragged Rascal (Denman), who scored an upset win when first-up at Randwick last start in the Listed Heritage S. The form has stood up already from that race, with second-placed Meryl (Epaulette) a dominant winner at Group 3 level at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Ragged Rascal was a $160,000 buy for Paul Perry from the 2017 Classic Yearling Sale from the Yarraman Park draft. His dam M'Lady Pedrille (Al Maher) was a black-type winner herself and was a full sister to G1 winner Diamond Drille and half-sister to listed winner Madame Pedrille. Yarraman's star stallion I Am Invincible also features on the pedigree page.

Ragged Rascal as a yearling

Caulfield Race 7, G3 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude, $200,000, 1400m, 3:30pm AEST

Asharani (I Am Invincible) may have had only two starts, but she is a filly on the rise and well worth watching here. After winning her maiden in some style at Ipswich, she then endured a torrid run at Doomben, finishing well down the track. But a recent trial at Cranbourne, where she was runner up to subsequent G1 Moir S. winner Viddora (I am Invincible), showed she was back on track.

Asharani is apart of the first crop of yearlings bought by Phoenix Thoroughbreds in Australia, selling for $440,000 at the 2017 Easter Sales. She is out of black-type winner Fuji Dancer (Fuji Kiseki {Jpn}), who has had seven foals to the track for seven winners.

Asharani as a yearling

Sunshine Coast Race 7, Bell Potter 3YO Fillies Mdn, $15,000, 1200m, 4:26pm AEST

A relatively pricey yearling, New York Lights (Manhattan Rain) makes her debut for Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers at the Sunshine Coast. She has had one trial to prepare for this race, and didn’t look to have much of an idea what she was doing after jumping well. She finished sixth, but was only a couple of lengths off the winner there.

She was a $200,000 buy at the 2017 Magic Millions from the stakes-placed Moonlight Hussey (Hussonet {USA}), who is the sister to Colorado Claire as well as the dams of a couple of quality gallopers in Selenia and Hong Kong Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles.

New York Lights as a yearling