Looking Ahead - January 10

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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 are keen on the prospects of a well-related filly and a New Zealand-bred first-starter at Wodonga while at the Dubbo meeting a filly with a Group 1 pedigree has caught our attention.

Dubbo OSM Transportables Maiden $30,000 1200 metres 12.45pm

Game Of Circles (Albrecht) is a daughter of Rejoicing To Win (Bel Sprit) and she is a half-sister to the prolific winner Reigning To Win (King Of Kings {Ire}). He won no fewer than 19 races with his career highlight a victory in the G1 TJ Smith Classic. The family also includes the Listed winner and multiple Group 1 placegetter Rocanto (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}).

Owned and trained by Mitch Newman, Game Of Circles was a trial winner before she finished a close-up fifth on debut last month. It’s reasonable she will be all the better for the experience and in a modest line-up she warrants respect.

Wodonga Naubro Fillies’ Maiden $23,000 1300 metres 1.00pm

A half-brother to three winners, Fuga (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) is a son of the two-time winner Danger Point (Danehill {USA}) who was a NZ$340,000 Karaka graduate. She is a half-sister to the South American Group 2 winner Pleasant Secret (USA) (Pleasant Point {USA}) and the pedigree page also features the G1 South Australia Derby winner Escado (Casino Prince) and Se Sauver (Bel Esprit), successful in the G2 Edward Manifold S.

Fuga is prepared at Mornington by Matt Laurie and with the benefit of an inside gate and an apprentice allowance the filly could offer come value.


Wodonga RMR Engineering H $22,000 1100 metres 3.20pm

A $200,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchase for Vinery Stud, Meow (More Than Ready (USA) is a half-sister to the Listed Canterbury Classic winner Global Warming (Agnes World {USA}) and the Listed Bribie H. winner Pure Perfection (General Nediym), the dam of the multiple stakes winner Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom). Their dam She’s Purring won at black type level and has a 100 per cent stud record with all seven of her foals to race successful.

Meow returned from a spell to break her maiden at Mornington in December and in one subsequent appearance for Lindsay Park finished a sound fifth at Geelong. The filly faces a drop in class here and with Luke Germain to claim a kilo and a-half she can add to her tally.

Meow as a yearling