Looking Ahead - January 11

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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 take a close look at a well-related Godolphin juvenile and a promising Kim Waugh-trained galloper at Gosford while at Cranbourne we zero in on the prospects of a high-priced yearling resuming.

Gosford Aussie Night Markets Maiden $35,000 1000 metres 3.40pm

The James Cummings-prepared Miraculous (Rubick) is from the winning Canny Lad mare Sophielicious, whose dam is a half-sister to the Group winners Sportsman (Supremo {USA}), Prisoner Of Love (Canny Lad) and Hoystar (Danzero). The pedigree page also features the G1 Spring Champion S. winner Vanbrugh (Encosta de Lago), now resident at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand.

Miraculous was a Hawkesbury trial winner before she made her debut last month at Scone where she gave an encouraging account. The filly was up with the play throughout and stuck on gallantly to finish runner-up. She will have the services of the in-form Tom Marquand and with a touch of early luck from a tricky gate can go close to opening her account.

Miraculous as a yearling

Gosford Signarama Erina/Gosford H $35,000 1100 metres 4.20pm

Safado (Lonhro)was a $100,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase and he was the first winner for Happy Hussy (Hussonet {USA}), who won three times and placed in the Magic Millions Guineas. She is a half-sister to the Group performer Prix du Sang (Red Ransom {USA}) and their dam Morinda (Desert King {IRE}) is a sibling to the dual Group 2 winner So Gorgeous (Brief Truce {USA}), who produced the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Sterling City (Nadeem).

Trainer Kim Waugh has been patient with Safado and the waiting tactics paid off when he followed up a trial win with a debut victory at Hawkesbury in the autumn. He then finished second at Gosford before a spell and has impressed at the trials ahead of his return.

Safado as a yearling

Cranbourne Procon Developments Maiden $35,000 1000 metres 7.00pm

A $400,000 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale buy, Pomposity (Stratum) is a sister to the G2 BRC Sires’ Produce S. and the G3 Schweppervescence H. winner Attention, who also ran fourth in a G1 Futurity S. Their dam Flamboyance (Snowland) is a half-sister to the G3 Breeders’ Classic winner Pasikatera (Thunder Gulch {USA}). Another close relation is the G1 Australia S. and G1 Australasian Oaks winner Tempest Morn (Thunder Gulch {USA}.

Pomposity has been taken along quietly by trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and is resuming from a decent break after three runs last winter with her best effort a fourth placing at Donald. She has drawn well and with the benefit of time she could provide some each-way value on her return.

Pomposity as a yearling