Looking Ahead - February 24

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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 look at a pair of maiden chances at Hawkesbury whose pedigree pages make a good read while at Sale a well-related juvenile has caught our attention.

Hawkesbury Platinum Park Maiden $40,000 1100 metres 2.40pm

Zelrosa (Snitzel) has speed to burn in her pedigree as a sister to the G1 Lightning S. winner Snitzerland and to the G3 Aurie’s Star winner Sooboog. They are out of the unraced Monte Rosa (Fraar {USA}), who is a sister to the G3 Adelaide Guineas winner and multiple Group 1 placegetter Nina Haraka. She is in turn the dam of the stakes winner and G1 Thousand Guineas runner-up Extension Of Time (Dash For Cash).

Trained by Gerald Ryan for Arrowfield Stud, Zelrosa ran third on debut last season before a break. She returned to win a trial in January and then finished fourth in her return at Canterbury. She now looks primed to post the first win of her career.


Hawkesbury Irresistible Pools & Spas Maiden $35,000 1400 metres 4.00m

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Sister Sledge (Uncle Mo {USA}) was a close second when resuming on a heavy Canterbury track earlier this month and better going will suit her. The filly was a debut third last campaign on a good surface in the G2 Reisling S., a form line hard to ignore.

She is a half-sister to three winners with their mother Unblemished (Danzero) out of a sister to the G2 Champagne S. winner Truly Wicked (Rubiton). She subsequently produced the G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner Amber Sky (Exceed And Excel).

Sale Ladbrokes 2YO Maiden $35,000 1212 metres 12.55pm

A $300,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale buy, Pure Legend (Written Tycoon) hasn’t been trialled by Peter and Paul Snowden, but on pedigree is an exciting prospect with a page littered with top-flight success stories.

The youngster’s dam Splendid Thing (Encosta de Lago) is a half-sister to the G2 Yallambee Classic winner Champagne Harmony (Choisir) with their mother a sister to the Group 1 winners Champagne (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) and St Reims (NZ). She is also a three-quarter sister to the dam of the two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}). Another Group 1 winning member of this family is Charmont (NZ) (High Chaparral {Ire}).

Pure Legend as a yearling