Looking Ahead - November 12

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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 Monday, we have a half-brother to a Group 1 winner debuting at Ballina, while at Kilmore, there are a couple of mares looking to break their maidens;

Ballina Race 2, XXXX Golf Mdn, $22,000, 1255m, 1:50pm AEDT

Bay of Plenty, a one-time $400,000 yearling purchase, makes his debut for local trainer Peter Williams as a 4-year-old. China Horse Club paid big money for him at the 2016 Easter Sale but after a few trials with Peter and Paul Snowden, he went through an online sale for just $7000 in May 2017.

Williams sent him around at a recent Gold Coast trial where he ran fifth. He is out of So Tempted (Jeune {GB}), who has produced South African Group 1 winner Happy Archer as well as Listed winner Femina Fashion. The dam is a sister to G2 Wakeful S. winner Lolita Star.

Bay Of Plenty as a yearling

Kilmore Race 3, Eric Kirkman Mdn, $23,000, 1212m, 2:30pm AEDT

Sparkling Flyer was the first-ever All Too Hard yearling sold at the Premier Sale back in 2016, for $80,000 to Team Hawkes. She is a half-sister to Macau stakes-winner Brave Rhino, out of a daughter of Mam'selle Giselle, who is a sister to Baryshnikov and half-sister to champion sire Zabeel (NZ).

Sparkling Flyer had one run as a 3-year-old, finishing just over a length off the winner in a Geelong maiden back in May. She had a quiet recent jumpout at Flemington and will no doubt improve off her first-up run.

Sparkling Flyer

Kilmore Race 4, Beraldo Coffee Mdn, $23,000, 1462m, 3:00pm AEDT

She might still be a maiden after six starts, but Plum Pudding (Sebring) should be breaking through soon based on her strong finishing third behind a decent horse in Phoneme (Choisir) in a Yarra Valley maiden last time out.

That was her first run from a spell, but she was given a good hit out in a Caufield jumpout before that. She was a $110,000 yearling buy at the 2016 Easter sales out of Christmas (Exceed And Excel), the half-sister to Group 1 winner Mission Critical and Group 2 winner Brilliant Light.

Plum Pudding as a yearling