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Looking Ahead - October 10

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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 Wednesday, there is a close relation to Dundeel (NZ) making his debut at Bendigo, while at Warwick Farm there's a Hong Kong bound debutant for Les Bridge and an in-form Kris Lees filly looking to make it three straight wins.

Bendigo Race 1, Mulqueen Family Funeral Directors Mdn, $26,000, 1300m, 1:00pm AEST

High Done (NZ) (High Chaparral {Ire}) makes his debut for Darren Weir and based on his pedigree, you would suggest he will be a horse to stretch out over much further than this 1300m maiden. His dam Domelmi (Stravinsky {USA}) is a half-sister to Chapel Star, the stakes-placed dam of multiple Group 1 winner Dundeel (NZ).

Given both this colt and Dundeel are by High Chaparral, it makes him a close relative to the emerging Arrowfield stallion. High Done was a $380,000 buy at the NZB Premier Sale for John Foote Bloodstock. He had one trial back in May but should have taken considerable improvement in the months since.

High Done as a yearling

Warwick Farm Race 1, TAB Rewards Hcp, $50,000, 1100m, 1:25pm AEDT

Flying Legend, who was a $600,000 yearling purchase, makes his debut over 1100m off a couple of nice trials, winning one and finishing second in the other. Bought by Carmel Size Racing for Bon Ho, this gelding is likely to be off to Hong Kong if he shows enough potential racing here for Les Bridge.

He is out of the black-type winner Soaressa (Twining {USA}) who has already produced the G3 winner Thermal Current (Exceed and Excel) and is the sister of Eagle Way, Impressive Eagle and Assertive Eagle.

Flying Legend as a yearling

Warwick Farm Race 6, Bowermans Office Furniture Hcp, $50,000, 1100m, 4:20pm AEDT

Kris Lees' filly Power Rush (NZ) (Power {GB}) is unbeaten in her two runs to date, debuting with a victory at Tamworth a month ago before backing that up with a win at Wyong. Lees has a fantastic recent record of taking these fillies through their classes and she looks progressive.

She was initially sold for $30,000 at a weanling then re-sold for $100,000 at the NZB Select Sale. She is out of Maid of Tralee (Niello), an unraced half-sister to stakes-winner Woppitt as well as stakes-placed Swinging Bachelor and Dane Fever. It is the family of Astrodame, Mahisara, Ulmann and Rock Classic.