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 head to Mornington where fillies from Lindsay Park and Jerome Hunter look to break their maidens, while one of the best-bred colts in Australia also looks for his first win at Goulburn.
Mornington Race 1, Evergreen Turf H, $26,000, 1200m, 12.45pm AEDT
Dame of Thrones (I Am Invincible) resumes here for Lindsay Park off a recent Flemington jumpout where she missed the start slightly, but then railed through to win rather easily.
She had two starts in her 2-year-old campaign, finishing third and fourth on rain-affected tracks and she looks to have made substantial improvement heading into her 3-year-old season.
She was a $140,000 buy by Champion Thoroughbreds out of Kamarla Rose (Nadeem), who is a sister to multiple Group winner Sharnee Rose. The family goes back to Listed winner Asawi, who is a half sister to Snippets as well as Singles Bar, the dam of Not A Single Doubt.
Mornington Race 3, Millennium Services Plate, $26,000, 1000m, 1.55pm AEDT
Iknewshewasmine (Magnus) makes her debut for Jerome Hunter after showing plenty of pace in a recent Cranbourne trial, before finishing a close-up third. No doubt she will have improved from that and gets the addition of a tongue tie to help things along.
She was a pricey buy for a weanling at $160,000 out of the Group 2 winning mare Flowerdrum (USA), who has already produced the handy Sang Choi Bao. Further back in her pedigree page there are a host of American black-type winners including Green Boundary, East of Easy and Trevelyan.
Goulburn Race 5, Radio Goulburn Mdn, $22,000, 1200m, 4:10pm AEDT
A match made in Arrowfield heaven, Nordicus (Dundeel) makes his return to the track off the back of a couple of impressive trial wins, the latest of which was at Warwick Farm. Being out of Miss Finland, it was always pretty likely he'd have talent and the colt looks to have improved substantially since his one start as a 2-year-old, where he was soundly beaten.
A $900,000 yearling buy for Boomer Bloodstock, he is the most expensive of the three Miss Finland colts to have gone through the sales. G1 Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me is the highlight of the progeny so far.