Looking Ahead - December 31

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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 head to Warrnambool to check out a Henry Dwyer filly on debut before heading to Gosford, where a recent impressive trial winner makes his bow as well as does a Chris Waller filly out of a Group 3 winning mare.

Warrnambool Race 1, Sungold Milk, Super Vobis 3YO Mdn, $26,000, 1000m, 2:25pm AEDT

Desirada (Domesday) showed enough at a recent Sandown jumpout to suggest this race at Warrnambool is a good spot for her to kick off her career on a winning note. She jumped to the lead and while she was overrun late, looks progressive enough to give them something to chase here.

She was a $50,000 Melbourne Premier Sale buy, out of Amaudru (King Charlemagne {USA}), a four-time winner who is a half sister to stakes placed Suraya, the dam of Listed winner Spinning Jenny and prolific winner Philda as well as Soorena, the dam of Group 1 winner The Quarterback.


Gosford Race 4, Central Coast Mariners 3YO Mdn, $35,000, 1000m, 3:05pm AEDT

Taking Charge (Charge Forward) has been given plenty of time by trainer Mark Newnham but makes his long-awaited debut at Gosford with jockey Tom Marquand aboard. He has had five trials ahead of this debut and finally looked to have put it together when successful in his most recent, at Randwick on December 17 over 742m.

His speed should suit him well here and the intention will be to lead with him from this inside barrier. A $60,000 Magic Millions buy, he is out of the unraced mare Siraiki (Singspiel {Ire}). That's the family of G2 Queen Anne S. winner No Excuse Needed (GB) as well as UAE Group 1 winner Capponi (Ire).

Taking Charge as a yearling

Gosford Race 5, Gosford Quarries Mdn, $35,000, 1200m, 3:45pm AEDT

Fast Eva (Fastnet Rock) has been close up in both her trials this campaign, the most recent when fourth at Warwick Farm on December 11. That sets her up well for this assignment off the inside barrier with Corey Brown in the saddle.

She was a $400,000 buy for trainer Chris Waller at the 2017 Magic Millions out of the Group 3 winning mare Graceful Anna (Canny Lad). Her older sister Keeva is a winner, while her younger half sister by Vancouver was sold for $225,000 as a weanling earlier this year.

Fast Eva as a yearling