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 Sunday, we check out a pair of Snitzels in action, one at Sale and one at Sunshine Coast, while we look for second-up improvement from a well-related 4-year-old in Hong Kong.
Sale Race 1, TAC Maiden Plate, $26,000, 1100m, 12:30pm AEDT
Blinder (Snitzel) makes his debut for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young off a fairly strong jumpout when second at Cranbourne a couple of weeks back. He looks well prepared for his debut.
He has been through the sales ring twice, firstly for $130,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions Sale before fetching $300,000 at last year's NZB Ready To Run 2YO Sale.
Pedigree-wise, he is hard to fault. He is out of the American mare Passiflora (USA), who already has a debutant winner in Prestwick. She is out of stakes-placed mare Quick To Please, who is a full sister to none other than Danehill, as well as Eagle Eyed, Shibboleth and Harpia.
Sunshine Coast Race 2, The Mac Lamond Mdn Hcp, $15,000, 1000m, 2:50pm AEDT
Trevello (Snitzel) resumes after over 16 months off the track having been last seen when down the track in a Group 3 race. This looks a very winnable maiden, especially when you consider this 4-year-old has won two trials in preparation for his racetrack return.
He was a $380,000 Magic Millions buy out of the imported mare Estatuilla (Arg), who was a multiple group winner in South America and has already produced a couple of winners. She is a half sister to the champion sprinter Estambul, who stood at Ealing Park and Park Crest Stud.
Happy Valley Race 5, Tsing Lung Tau Hcp (C4), $154,000, 1200m, 6:05pm AEDT
A lot was expected from Naboo Star (Casino Prince) first-up, but after dwelling at the start, he never really got into the race. You can expect him to be improved from that experience and no doubt he'll be looking to get across quickly from his wide barrier here.
A $160,000 buy from the 2016 Easter Sales, he is the half-brother to the G2 winner Believe Yourself, out of unraced mare Private (Encosta de Lago). Private is out of Good Faith (NZ), the champion NZ juvenile who produced stakes winners Tully Dane and Mygoodgrace.