Looking Ahead - November 7

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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 focus on an expensive youngster and a promising filly at Kyneton and look at the prospects of a lightly-tried colt at Grafton.

Kyneton TAC Be Ready Maiden $26,000 1850m 12.30pm

High-priced yearling Spilia (Pierro) looks to have a gilt-edged opportunity to make a return on his investment here. The colt has showed steady improvement and off the back of a last-start fourth he can post the first winning strike of his brief career.

He was a $400,000 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale purchase and is a son of a winning half-sister to the unbeaten champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) and the champion colt and successful sire All Too Hard (Casino Prince). It is, therefore, also the family of the G1 Galaxy H., winner Magnus (Flying Spur) and the G2 Schillaci S., winner Wilander (Exceed And Excel).

Spilia as a yearling

Kyneton Cams Security Super Vobis Maiden $26,000 1200m 1.35pm

Deokyhe (More Than Ready) is a half-sister to seven winners, including the Group 2 winners Solicit (Street Cry {IRE}) and Star Of Giselle (Reset). Their dam is the Listed Straight Six H., winner Princesa (Danehill {USA}) and she is a half-sister to the G3 Ian McEwen S., winner Kapchat (Danzero).

Trained by Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Deokyhe placed in one of her two starts last preparation and will be handled by Damian Lane, who guided her into a runner-up finish on debut.

Grafton Kensei Club Maiden $22,000 1100m 2.00pm

A $190,000 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale purchase, Heritage Sash (I Am Invincible) was a Gold Coast trial winner for Toby Edmonds before he gave a bold account of himself when third on debut at Ipswich. He is sure to have benefitted from that experience and with Ryan Maloney again in the saddle he can make winning use of an inside gate.

Heritage Sash is a son of Spurs And Sashes (Flying Spur), who was successful five times, and is a half-sister to the Group winners Sabatini (Street Cry {IRE}) and Viva Veloce (More Than Ready {USA}). Their dam Royal Sash (Royal Academy {USA}) won six races, including the G3 Mannerism S.

Heritage Sash as a yearling