Looking Ahead - February 17

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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 focus on a pair of well-related maiden contenders at the Nowra meeting while at Spendthrift Park we like the chances of an I Am Invincible filly who resumes for Leon and Troy Corstens.

Nowra Bomaderry Bowling Club Maiden $22,000 1400 metres 2.05pm

My Tunes (Your Song) is a half-brother to the G3 Japan Racing Association Plate winner and G3 Epona S. placegetter Top Of My List (High Chaparral {Ire}). Their dam is the well-performed Beauty Watch (Belong To Me {USA}), winner of a G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup and twice a Group 1 runner-up. She is a half-sister to the G2 Magic Night S. winner Precious Glitter (Danehill {USA}) and the family of the Hong Kong stakes winner and G1 South Australian Derby placegetter Empire Gold (Second Empire {Ire}).

Trained by Anthony Cummings, My Tunes has been extensively trialled and will be ridden by Bobby El-Issa. They meet a modest line-up and with an ounce of early luck from a tricky gate the gelding can make an impact on debut.

My Tunes as a yearling

Nowra McDonald’s Shoalhaven Plate $22,000 1400 metres 2.40pm

An international pedigree will be on show when Blucarat (Pendragon {NZ}) steps out for the first time. Her unraced dam Miss Verdura (Falbrav {Ire}), whose only foal to race has been successful, is a half-sister to the G2 Prix Kergorlay winner Kassani (Ire) (Alleged {USA}) and the dual French Group 3 winner Kassana (Ire) (Shernazar (Ire). Her daughter Kastoria (Ire) (Selkirk {USA}) won the G1 Irish St Leger.

Trained by John Sargent, who races the mare with Think Big Stud, Blucarat has been given plenty of time to mature and she has placed in both of her last two trials. Winona Costin takes the reins and is a combination that could offer some value.


Spendthrift Park Overshare, son of I Am Invincible, at Spendthrift $23,000 1100 metres 1.35pm

Diabolical (I Am Invincible) makes her return here for Leon and Troy Corstens after finishing a sound fourth in her spring debut at Bairnsdale. She has drawn ideally and appeals as a good each way prospect for rider Dylan Dunn.

The filly is a daughter of Philocracy (Bureaucracy), who is a sister to the G2 Hardy Brothers Classic and G2 Sedgewick Classic winner Noircir, who also placed in the G1 Coolmore Classic. It is the family of the domestic and international Group 1 winner and successful sire So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral {Ire}).

Diabolical as a yearling