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Looking Ahead - October 9

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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 focus on a Group 1 hopeful at Riccarton and a pair of promising gallopers who will be in action at Goulburn.

Riccarton Win A Trip To Dubai World Cup $22,500 1400m 4.50pm

In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock) has an opportunity to press his G1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas claims here. He won’t find it easy against the older horses, but was an impressive last-start maiden winner and has plenty more to offer.

A NZ$250,000 yearling purchase for David Ellis out of Curraghmore’s draft, he is out of the G3 Lord Reims S., and G3 Auraria S., winner Moment In Time (Archway {IRE}). The family also boasts the presence of the former champion Singapore sprinter and Lion City Cup winner Why Be.

Goulburn Doyles On The Beach H $22,000 1200m 1.50pm

Edward O’Rourke’s With Purpose (Pierro) was a winner on the course last season and finished a handy first-up fifth last month. She has since finished runner-up in a barrier trial at Randwick so should be at the top of her game.

With Purpose’s dam Paprika (General Nediym) was a dual stakes winner and both of her foals to race have been successful. The pedigree of this $230,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy also includes the G3 McKay S., winner Streetcar Magic (Blevic) and the Listed Creswick Series Final winner Lord Von Costa (Von Costa De Hero).

Goulburn JCF Contracting $22,000 1600m 3.05pm

Etheridge (Roman Emperor {NZ}) was a tidy maiden winner on debut last season before she was put aside by Randwick conditioner John Thompson. Off the back of a trial, she resumed with a solid run for fourth at Wyong and now looks set to impress over 1600m.

She is bred to go further being out of the Zabeel (NZ) mare Miss Meliss (NZ), who was a winner and finished runner-up in the G2 Saab H. She is out of a sister to the Argentinian Group 1 winner Cacao (Cipayo {ARG}) and the family of the North American Group 3 winner King Ruckus (CAN) (Bold Ruckus {USA}).