Looking Ahead - February 21

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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.

On Thursday, a $1.2 million colt debuts at Hawkesbury, a Group 1 competitive filly resumes at Warrnambool and a Ciaron Maher and David Eustace filly looks for redemption at Pakenham.

Hawkesbury Race 1, Livamol Mdn Plate, $35,000, 1000m, 1:15pm AEDT

A couple of really nice 2-year-olds are stepping out for a Thursday Hawkesbury maiden here, including the $1.2m colt Dresden Green (Snitzel) for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. He stepped out at a recent barrier Randwick trial, his third, and worked home very well over the top of them to win.

He'll race is the Arrowfield colours, which should tell you what you need to know about expectations for him. Bred by Glentree, he has an amazing pedigree being out of Asscher (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}) the half sister to Group 1 winner Shower Of Roses. They are out of Group 1 winner Marquise (NZ) (Gold And Ivory {USA}), the half-sister to Octagonal, Diamond Lover, Mouawad and Kaapstad out of the great Eight Carat (GB).

Dresden Green as a yearling

Warrnambool Race 8, Chirnside Plumbing & Gasfitting Grand Hcp, $22,000, 1300m, 6:10pm AEDT

Mirette (Unencumbered) kicks off her campaign in what looks a very winnable race for a filly who was beaten just over two lengths in a G1 Thousand Guineas last time in. She was a 4.5L maiden winner the start before that and appears to have a big future for trainer Archie Alexander.

She was a $75,000 Gold Coast Magic Millions buy out of unraced mare Lady Zabeel (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), who is out of stakes-placed Primera Dama (NZ) (Danzero), the half sister to Enjoy Dancing.

Mirette as a yearling

Pakenham Race 6, Cora Lynn Netball Club BM64 Hcp, $35,000, 1200m, 8:30pm AEDT

Lecture (Fastnet Rock) did a lot wrong when well-supported at Moonee Valley first-up but can bounce back here in what looks a much easier race. She was very good in her first campaign winning two of her three races and should be able to get clear running from barrier five having resented being between horses last time.

She hails from a very good family being out of Group 3 winner Lectrice (Encosta De Lago), the half-sister to Group 1 winners Light Fantastic (Danehill Dancer {USA}) and Leica Guv (Deputy Governor {USA}). She was a $200,000 yearling buy for her trainers at the 2017 Easter Sale.

Lecture as a yearling