Looking Ahead - December 22

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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 zero in on two in-form contenders at Warwick Farm and at Flemington we assess the chances of a fresh runner.

Warwick Farm TAB Highway H $75,000 1600 metres 1.55pm

Without Revenge (High Chaparral {IRE}) was bought out of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for $42,000 and is a half-brother to four winners, including Northern Magic (Kheleyf {USA}), who was successful on no fewer than 15 occasions. Their mother Miss Stone (Rory’s Jester) is a half-sister to the Listed Andrew Ramsden S. winner Dame Claire (Danehill Dancer {IRE}) and their dam Lovely Actress (FR) (Kaldoun {FR}) is a sibling to the G1 English 1000 Guineas winner Cape Verdi (IRE) (Caerleon {USA}).

Trained by Matthew Dunn, Without Revenge finished third in each of his first two appearance s before he broke through at Ipswich in July. He returned there first-up this term to win again and looks particularly well-placed here to continue his run of form.

Without Revenge as a yearling

Warwick Farm TAB H $125,000 1300 metres 5.40pm

Corey Brown will continue his association with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Charretera (Epaulette) and following a debut third he guided the gelding to a last-start victory at Newcastle. They were untested to win there and from a handy gate look primed for further success.

Charretera is a son of Chula Vista (Encosta de Lago), who is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner and Japan Cup heroine Horlicks (NZ) (Three Legs {GB}), dam of the G1 Melbourne Cup winner Brew (NZ) (Sir Tristram {IRE}) and his G2 Avondale Guineas winning sister Bubbles (NZ). The family also features the G1 BMW S. and G1 Australian Derby winner Fiumicino (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

Charretera as a yearling

Flemington Christmas Raceday Trophy $120,000 1200 metres 1.35pm

O’Tauto (O’Lonhro) is out of Taut (Strategic), who was modest on the track with one victory, and she is a daughter of the G3 Smokefree S. winner Firm (Night Shift {USA}), who has also produced the G3 Research S. winner Trim (Lonhro). The pedigree also boasts the presence of the G2 Western Australian Derby winner Gatting (Hard Spun {USA}), the G3 Run to the Roses S. winner Desuetude (Strategic) and the Group 1 performer Faithful Love (Deputy Governor {SUA}).

Prepared by Greg Eurell, O'Tauto won as a 2-year-old on debut last season and in his only other run he finished runner-up on this course. He has drawn a good gate for his return and will be partnered by Damien Oliver.