Looking Ahead - March 9

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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 well-related debutante taking on Group company at Randwick, a colt putting his unbeaten record on the line at Flemington and a well-bred Godolphin filly stepping out at Newcastle.

Randwick G2 Astus Australia Reisling S $300,000 1200 metres 1.45pm

Wayupinthesky (Snitzel) faces no easy task here on debut, but he is from the astute stable of Peter and Paul Snowden so they obviously think the filly can make an impression. She has had two trials and won the latest of them at Rosehill under Sam Clipperton, who takes the reins again.

A $400,000 Inglis Easter Sale yearling, Wayupinthesky is a son of The Darling One (Lonhro) who won twice and placed in the G2 Eight Carat Classic. She is out of a half-sister to the Listed Toy Show H. winner Walk Alone (Honour And Glory {USA}) and the family of the gifted sprinter Rain Affair (Commands). He won at Group 2 level three times and was a multiple Group 1 placegetter.

Wayupinthesky as a yearling

Flemington G2 MSS Security Sires’ Produce S $200,000 1400 metres 2.40pm

Dalasan (Dalakhani {Ire}) has an interesting pedigree and is a son of the dual winner and Listed Tasmanian Oaks runner-up Khandallah (Kitten’s Joy {USA}). They hail from a well-performed North American family that includes the Group 2 winners Dreadnaught (USA) (Lac Ouimet {USA}) and Smokey Stover (USA) (Put It Back {USA}) and the Group 3 winner Galic Boy (Fr}).

It is a pedigree that leans toward distance performers so Dalasan has done well to win both of his outings up to 1100 metres. He will certainly appreciate the step up to 1400 metres and the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained colt looks a horse to follow.

Dalasan as a yearling

Newcastle Morrissey Law Firm Maiden $35,000 1300 metres 2.09pm

The James Cummings-trained Attentes (Epaulette) has had two trials and showed significant improvement in the second of them to finish third at Rosehill at the beginning of this month. From a well-performed family, she has drawn nicely and will be ridden by Blake Spriggs.

Attentes is a half-sister to five winners, including Blackball (Canny Lad) whose CV includes success in the G3 Up And Coming S. Their dam Excommunicate (Grand Lodge {USA}) is a half-sister to the three-time Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer Hosannah (Octagonal {NZ}). She has produced the G2 Magic Night S. winner Altar (Commands) and she also finished third in the G1 Goodwood H.