Looking Ahead - December 8

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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 Saturday, Peter and Paul Snowden give a very expensive yearling his first raceday appearance, a promising filly looks to make it two from two and a former Snowden galloper makes his debut for Mark Minervini in Adelaide.

Rosehill Race 1, Roadwork Solutions Hcp. $125,000. 1200m, 1:15pm AEDT

The $1.5 million yearling colt Creator (Redoute's Choice) makes his debut at Rosehill for Peter and Paul Snowden having had a couple of trials, the latest of which saw him work home very nicely from the rear of the field at Canterbury to finish second.

James Harron had to pay big money for him at the Easter Sale, and a look at his pedigree will tell you why. He is out of Silla Regalis (Encosta de Lago), who is a half-sister Hong Kong champion Silent Witness as well as multiple stakes-winner Sister Madly. This colt's brother is a winner in South Africa.

Creator as a yearling

Rosehill Race 2, 2019 Membership Hcp, $125,000, 1400m, 1:50pm AEDT

Zalatte (Medaglia d'Oro {USA}) makes her second appearance having won well on her debut at Kensington. The filly she beat that day, Haut Brion Her (Zoustar) has come out and won since, strengthening the form of that race. She looks very progressive for Chris Waller.

The first foal from Za Star (NZ) (Zabeel), she was a $300,000 buy for Guy Mulcaster. Za Star is the half sister to Silky Red Boxer (NZ) as well as Katie O'Neill, the dam of She Will Be Loved, and Staryn Glenn (NZ), the dam of G1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ).

Zalatte as a yearling

Morphettville Race 2, Tony Grantham's 60th hcp, $45,000, 2:16pm AEDT

Calipari (Written Tycoon) has had a few owners in his day, after being sold for $170,000 as a weanling, then $270,000 as a Magic Millions yearling, before being sold again after a disappointing first campaign for Peter and Paul Snowden. He now finds himself with Mark Minervini after fetching $42,500 at an online sale.

Among his three starts is a second at Newcastle, and it will be very interesting to see what he does in his new environment. His pedigree is strong as a half-brother to Sea Battle from the family of El Dorado Dreaming.

Calipari as a yearling