Looking Ahead - March 7

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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, we check out a couple of internationally-bred horses debuting under the lights at Pakenham, one for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and one for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Pakenham Race 2, Evergreen Turf Mdn, $35,000, 1200m, 6:30pm AEDT

We don’t get too many progeny of Oasis Dream (GB) in Australia, so Mighty Oasis (GB) bought out of the Goresbridge breeze-up sale in Ireland for 72,000 euros by Pacific Bloodstock, creates plenty of interest on debut.

He is out of the Pivotal (GB) mare Swingland (GB), the half-sister to Listed winner Under the Rainbow (GB) (Fantastic Light {USA}) out of French stakes-winner Farfala (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}), from a family full of European black type.

A champion sire of more than 100 stakes winners globally, Oasis Dream has had limited runners in Australia however has produced G1 Metropolitan H. winner, Opinion.

Oasis Dream

Pakenham Race 4, Happy Birthday Kelsey Mdn, $35,000, 1600m, 7:30pm AEDT

Gai and Adrian don’t take many horses to Pakenham and have yet to have a winner at Victoria's newest track in eight tries. The staying-bred Compton (NZ) (Bachelor Duke {USA}) was purchased out of the 2017 NZB Ready To Run Sale for $55,000 and makes his debut off four trials in Sydney and a recent Flemington jumpout, where he finished alongside a handy stayer in Vengeur Masque (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}).

His dam, Ave Maree (Cape Cross {Ire}) was a six-time winner who has produced three winners, all over 1600m or further. She is a half-sister to Listed Seymour Cup winner Taikinui (NZ) (Keeper) out of family of stayers, including the champion staying mare Journey (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Bachelor Duke