Looking Ahead - January 7

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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 concentrate on the Stawell meeting and the chances of two sparingly-raced maiden contenders and the prospects of a staying 3-year-old taking on the older horses.

Stawell Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre Maiden $23,000 1300 metres 12.40pm

Agente Fiscale (Dreamscape) is out of Codice Fiscale (NZ) (High Chaparral {IRE}) and she is a winning half-sister to De Gaulle Lane (The Commander {NZ}), whose six successes include the G1 Queensland Derby. Their dam D’Accord (NZ) (Straight Strike {USA}) is a half-sister to the Listed ATA S. winner Prince Neige (Imperial Prince {IRE}) and the family of the G3 Let’s Elope S. and G3 Cockram S. Dea (West Point).

Trained by Danny O’Brien, Agente Fiscale looks on the verge of a breakthrough following two minor placings from three appearances. He turned in a solid performance last time out at Caulfield and this looks a modest event and presents him with a gilt-edged opportunity to open his winning account.


Kookaburra Motor Lodge Maiden $23,000 1100 metres 1.10pm

A $165,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale purchase, Greetie (Zoustar) is a half-sister to the multiple winner and G1 Diamond S. placegetter Platinum Balos (Bernardini {USA}). Their mother Lassie Mactavish (More Than Ready {USA}) won on three occasions and she boasts an international background. The pedigree includes the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Amonita (GB) (Anabaa {USA}) and the G2 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Spectacular Joke (USA) (Spectacular Bid {USA}).

Greetie hasn’t raced up to her price tag or pedigree yet, but she has been given time to develop by trainer Mark Kavanagh following a couple of unplaced 2-year-old outings in decent company. The filly has drawn well enough for rider Craig Robertson to give her every chance.


Hall Gap Hotel H $22,000 2000 metres 2.20pm

Deja Doom (Domesday) has far fewer convictions than the rest of this line-up and the way she won last time out at Moe in her first start over a middle distance suggested she can add to her record here. She had placed in one of her two starts prior to that maiden success and looks a handy staying filly in the making.

Prepared by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Deja Doom is a grand-daughter of the G3 Inglis Premier Sale S. winner Party Time (Bletchingly), who produced the stakes performer Flash Bash (Vettori {IRE}). The next dam Lanyard (NZ) (Crested Wave {USA}) won two races and was twice a runner-up at Group 2 level.