Looking Ahead - January 2

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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, a lightly-raced maiden hope at Ladbrokes Park has our attention, as does a juvenile on debut at Doomben while in New Zealand, a well-bred 3-year-old is in line to continue his march through the grades.

Ladbrokes Park Multiverse Plate $50,000 1500 metres 1.35pm

The well-related Ridgewood Drive (Sebring) looks the way to go here following the chestnut’s bold showing to finish runner-up in his first appearance at Bendigo. Trained by Anthony Freedman, he raced near the pace and boxed on strongly over 1200 metres and a performance that indicated he will appreciate a longer trip.

A $140,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale buy, he is a sibling to three winners including the G1 Queensland Derby winner Sonntag (Teofilo {IRE}). They are out of Parfaits (Strategic), who won four races, and she is a half-sister to the G1 Salinger S. winner Flavour (Rubiton). Also featuring in the family rans are the G2 Karrakatta Plate winner Valour Road (Frost Giant {USA}) and the dual Group 3 winner Raspberries (Lonhro).

Ridgewood Pearl pictured as a yearling

Doomben Canadian Club Maiden $25,000 1050 metres 1.07pm

Tony Gollan’s stable is in rare form and Kennedy Terrace (Deep Field) promises another bold showing for the team. The youngster was bought out of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $180,000 and is out of the winning Dane Shadow mare Pretty In Paris. She is a three-quarter sister to the Listed Carmichael S. winner Miss Terrain (Spartacus) and the family of the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce S. winner and G1 VRC Oaks winner Diamond Shower (Zephyr Zip {NZ}).

Kennedy Terrace has already had a look around the course, having finished runner-up in a trial last month. He has drawn in close and promises to give a good sight under Brad Stewart.

Kennedy Terrace pictured as a yearling

Tauranga Interislander Summer Festival H $10,000 1300 metres 12.57pm (NZ time)

Tonadillas (Your Song) is a son of Goyescas (Encosta de Lago), who was successful on two occasions, and the dam is out of the G1 South Australian Oaks winner Larrocha (Danehill {USA}), who is a sister to the G1 VRC Derby winner and sire Blackfriars and the stakes winner Manton and Waterford Road. Goyescas is also a full sibling to the G2 Wakeful S. winner Rocha.

Trained by Stephen Ramsay and Julia Ritchie, Tonadillas has wasted no time adding performance to his impressive pedigree. He was third on debut before triumphing at Rotorua for owner-breeder Sir Peter Vela, and the style of that success strongly suggests that the 3-year-old can continue on his winning way here.

Your Song