Looking Ahead - November 3

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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 take a look at a promising filly resuming at Newcastle, a debutant at Doomben and colt who can take advantage of a drop in class at Tauranga.

Newcastle Race 1, Steel City Planners H, $35,000, 900m, 12.25pm AEDT

Kedah (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) has a tidy pedigree and it was to the fore at the first time of asking when the filly made a winning debut at Muswellbrook last season. She was put away after that and has had two trial outings to fit her for her return.

She was a NZ$65,000 Karaka buy for agent Bruce Perry and is a daughter of Malaya (NZ) (Towkay), a half-sister to the Australian stakes winner Lucha Libre. The family includes the G1 Railway H., winner Ensign Ewart (NZ) (Famous Star {GB}) and the G1 Greyville Golden Horseshoe S., winner Fighting Warrior (Magic Albert).

Kedah as a yearling

Doomben Race 3, Lite N’Easy 2YO, $75,000, 1050m, 12.30pm AEDT

Icelander (Sizzling) was a $60,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase and the chestnut is a half-brother to three winners with their dam Northern Friends (Distinctly North {USA}), who won on five occasions. She is a half-sister to the black type winner Damigos (Danehill Dancer {IRE}) and hails from the family of the globetrotting champion sprinter Takeover Target (Celtic Swing {GB}), the charismatic winner of seven Group 1 events.

Icelander as a yearling

Tauranga Race 1, Sunlive Maiden, $10,000, 1200m, 12.27pm NZDT, 10:27am AEDT

The Peter McKay-trained Cavallo Veloce (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) will take a major step back in class here and he should be able to justify the short odds that will be undoubtedly about him. He is a dual black-type placegetter and will get no easier opportunity to open his winning account.

The colt was a NZ$150,000 Karaka purchase for McKay and is out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway (IRE) mare Giant Mystique (NZ) and is a three-quarter brother to the multiple Singapore Group 1 winner War Affair. It is also the family of the international Group winners Thunder Kitten (USA) (Storm Cat {USA}), Michita (USA) (Dynaformer {USA}) and Cat O’Mountain (USA) (Street Cry {IRE}).

Cavallo Veloce