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Looking Ahead - October 17

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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, a well-bred first-starter in Sydney has caught our eye; a promising filly at Caulfield has good each-way appeal and a maiden contender at Te Aroha can improve on a debut placing.

Kensington Vancouver@Coolmore Australia H $50,000 1100m 1.50pm

The odds might be short when the covers come off Brazilica (Redoute’s Choice) and the filly looks a top candidate for multi takers. She has been unbeaten in two trials and the Chris Waller- Hugh Bowman partnership is hard to deny.

A sister to two winners, Brazilica is a daughter of the G1 VRC Oaks and G2 Wakeful S., winner Brazilian Pulse (NZ) (Captain Rio {GB}). There is a strong international flavour to the pedigree and features the European Group winners Carnaby Street (IRE) (Le Vei Dei Colori {GB}) and Sharbayan (IRE) (Doyoun {IRE}) and leading sire Shamaradal (USA) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}).

Brazilica as a yearling

Caulfield DrinkWise Plate $120,000 1600m 2.00pm

Yulong Meteor (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) is in good touch for Ciaron Maher and Peter Eustace and with a bit of early luck from a tricky gate she can be a major player again. She has turned in two solid runs for runner-up finishes since her maiden victory at Pakenham.

The filly is out of a half-sister to the G1 VRS Oaks and G1 Thousand Guineas winner Magical Miss (Danehill {USA}) and a family that includes the G2 Champagne Classic winner Vo Heart (Show A Heart).

Yulong Meteor as a yearling

Te Aroha Dailyfreight Maiden $10,000 1400m 2.09pm

Luck Of Wanted (Wanted) gave a good account of himself on debut for trainer Carl Henderson when third at Te Awamutu over 1150 metres. The step up in distance should be ideal for the 3-year-old and Shaun McKay takes the ride again.

The chestnut is a son of Buttermilk (More Than Ready {USA}) and she is a half-sister to the dual Group 3 winner McClintock (King Cugat {USA}). It is a decent family and features the G2 Sandown Guineas winner and G1 Rosehill Guineas winner Scenic Warrior (Brave Warrior) and the black type winners Little Pattie (Polish Patriot {USA}) and Fifteen Carat (Show A Heart).