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 Wednesday, we stop in at Ballarat to watch a first starter from Henry Dwyer before checking out a couple of quality mares resuming at Warwick Farm.
Ballarat Race 1, Pipe Pro Directional Drilling Mdn, $26,000, 1000m, 1:00pm
Spielberg (Written Tycoon) makes his debut for Henry Dwyer here off a good strong trial when third at Cranbourne a couple of weeks' back. He jumped well, travelled deep throughout and was only beaten a couple of lengths.
This colt was a $270,000 buy for his trainer at the 2017 Premier Sale. Out of the black-type winner Stella Maree, whose previous eight foals to the track have all been winners, Spielberg is also related to G2 Hill S. winner Pasta Express.
Warwick Farm Race 5, The Agency Real Estate Hcp, $50k, 1200m, 3:45pm AEST
Well-bred mare Wild Horizon (Fastnet Rock) resumed here having had just three starts for one win in her 3-year-old year. That came at her last start in May at Newcastle where she at last looked to be putting it all together.
She was a $950,000 purchase so connections will be hoping she can start paying them back this campaign. She is out of the talented mare Kosi Bay (NZ), making her a close relation for former champion NZ sprinter Calveen as well as Fireworks and Striker.
Warwick Farm Race 6, Bowermans Furniture Hcp, $50k, 1100m, 4:20pm AEST
The talented Sasso Corbaro (All Too Hard) resumes here in a race which looks much weaker than those she has contested earlier in her career. She finished sixth in the Magic Millions Guineas in January, beaten 4.5L by Pierata (Pierro) before a similar run in the G2 Light Fingers at her subsequent start.
Her two trials this time in haven't been great and you can expect improvement from her through this run. Sasso Corbaro is out of the stakes-placed Furline, who herself was out of multiple G2 winner Umaline. She was a $290,000 buy at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale.