Looking Ahead - October 23rd

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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 Tuesday, we kick off at Kilmore with a debutante for Gai and Adrian from a speedy family and then head to Muswellbrook for a Richard Freedman first starter.

Kilmore Race 2, North Central Review - 3YO Fillies Mdn, $24,000, 2:00pm AEDT

Opulent Angel (More Than Ready {USA}) makes her debut for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott having had a few recent jumpouts at Flemington, the latest of which saw her given a quiet time at the back of the field.

An $85,000 purchase for her trainers at the Easter Sales, she is out of the 1000m winner Opulence Start (Lonhro), a half-sister to the smart and speed Octavia. The second dam Paklani was also very speedy and a multiple black-type winner, and the dam of Real Mak as well the mother of two South African Group 1 winners.

Opulent Angel pictured as a yearling

Muswellbrook Race 4, Great Northern Super Crisp Lager Mdn, $22,000, 1280m, 3:10pm AEDT

Ocean Dash (Ocean Park {NZ}), a recent trial winner at Warwick Farm, makes his debut for Richard Freedman at Muswellbrook. He's drawn a very wide barrier, but that might not be such a bad thing on a rain-affected track.

He was a $77,500 buy at the NZB Ready To Run sale last year, having been sold for $10,000 as a yearling. His half-sister Paeonia won at this track at her second start, while his dam Peony (NZ) is related to Daffodil, Good Faith and Tully Dane.

Ocean Dash pictured as a yearling