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Looking Ahead - October 8

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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.

Today, we are expecting a couple of solid form prospects at Kilmore to open their winning accounts while at Tamworth there will be interest in the debut effort of a well-related filly at the Tamworth meeting.

Kilmore Tamworth Yea Probus Highweight $23,000 2100m 2.00pm

An international pedigree should shine here when Da Deputy (Dalakhani {IRE}) takes on what can only be described as a modest line-up. The 4-year-old has been a work in progress, but his two appearances have been sound enough with third placings on both occasions for the Hayes and Dabernig combination.

A half-brother to two winners, Da Deputy is a son of the unraced French Deputy (USA) mare Crazy Deputy, who is a half-sister to 11 winners including the Group performer Yin Yang Master (Fastnet Rock). The family features the former champion Argentinian mare and Group 1 winner Dona Bruja (ARG) (Storm Embrujado {ARG}) and the Listed Newmarket H., winner I’m Wesley (I Am Invincible).

Kilmore McIvor Estate Maiden $23,000 1450m 2.30pm

Miss Ladybird (Snitzel) has made a promising enough start to her career and improved on a debut fifth to finish third at the last time of asking at Wangaratta. Trained by Mike Moroney, she is bred to go further, but at this stage she should be sharp enough to make an impact here.

A $320,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase, she is a daughter of Pixels (Zabeel {NZ}) who has left three winners and she is out of the Listed winner Snapshots (Success Express {USA}). A feature name in this family is the three-time Group 1 winning sprinter Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock).

Miss Ladybird as a yearling

Tamworth Hygain Feeds Romantic Dream $24,000 1000m 1.35pm

Artie’s Rose (Zoffany {IRE}) has an interesting background and looks to have inherited a measure of the family ability judging by her lead-up trial victory at Gosford. Trained by Scott Singleton, she will have the services of Chad Leaver on debut.

The filly is a daughter of Raneen (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and is a half-sister to the dual South African Group 1 winner Rumya (NZ) (Red Ransom {USA}) and the two-time Australian Group 2 winner Badawiya (Al Maher). Their third dam is the former Australian Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner Emancipation (Bletchingly).