Looking Ahead - February 20

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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 like the chances of a pair of well-related 3-year-olds stepping out on the Kensington track while in Victoria a member of the famed Eight Carat family looks ready to open his account at Ladbrokes Park.

Kensington Rise Up This Autumn H $50,000 1400 metres 1.35pm

The grey Mr Dependable (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}) showed enough on debut when fifth to go with him again. He had won two trials before stepping out on race day for the first time for Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse and the 3-year-old can only have derived benefit from the outing on this course.

He was bought out of Phoenix Park’s Ready to Run Sale draft at Karaka for NZ$310,000 by Waterhouse Racing and Bluesky Bloodstock and is a son of the winning Pins mare La Grande Dame (NZ). She is a half-sister to the dual Group 2 winner Satinka (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}) and to the dam of that popular galloper Rangirangdoo (NZ) (Pentire {GB}). He won a G1 Doncaster H. and a G1 George Ryder S.

Reliable Man

Kensington TAB Rewards Plate $50,000 1100 metres 2.15pm

Full Recognition (Smart Missile) is a half-brother to the Listed Fernhill H. winner and G1 Champagne S. placegetter Whispered Secret (High Chaparral {Ire}). Their dam is the Group 2 performer Zutara (Encosta de Lago), a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Prized Icon and his sibling Romantic Moon, successful in the G3 Sweet Embrace S.

Trained by Mark Newnham for Gooree Stud, Full Recognition has showed he has inherited a measure of the family ability and is unbeaten in two trial outings. Josh Parr has ridden the gelding on both occasions and he sticks by the 3-year-old.

Smart Missile

Ladbrokes Park Ladbrokes Plate $50,000 1600 metres 4.30pm

Blue Sapphire (Murtajill) is out of the unraced Almasa (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) and she is a half-sister to the G1 Vinery Stud S. winner Hiyaam (High Chaparral {Ire}), also runner-up in the G1 Australian Oaks. Their dam Mazarine (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) is a sister to the G1 Arrowfield Stud S. winner Shower Of Roses and a three-quarter sister to the former Australian Horse of the Year Octagonal (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

Patiently handled by Greg Eurell, Blue Sapphire was fourth first time out before finishing third over 1400 metres at Sandown. The step up to 1600 metres should ideally suit the gelding and Jake Noonan will again take the mount.