Looking Ahead - March 11

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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 Monday, a Zoustar filly looks to make her mark in the Magic Millions in Adelaide, a one-time high-price yearling looks for some black type and Godolphin debuts a Brazen Beau 2-year-old.

Morphettville Race 4, Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic, $200,000, 2:45pm AEDT

A very open edition of this race, with plenty of different formlines converging. From a pedigree perspective, Charvet (Zoustar) certainly intrigues. She was a $525,000 buy at the Magic Millions 2018 Sale and is out of the Group 2 winning mare Satinka (NZ) (Stravinksy {USA}).

Satinka has produced a couple of winners already, including the handy Hoybell (Encosta De Lago) and is a half-sister to the dam of the Group 1 winner Rangirangdoo (NZ) (Pentire {GB}).

After debuting with an excellent second in the Ballarat Magic Millions race, Charvet resumed down the Flemington straight, and never looked comfortable, forced to sit in the less favourable ride of the track. If she can put that behind her, she is a genuine contender here.

Charvet as a yearling

Morphettville Race 8, Listed AAMI Matrice S, $100,000, 5:25pm AEDT

Chauffeur (Snitzel) gets another shot at a stakes race here, which would be a nice result for his connections, who paid $1.6m for him back in 2016. Undoubtedly talented and now with his fifth trainer, Chauffeur has won just two from 15, but strikes a Listed race which he looks winnable for him.

Out of Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror (Dehere {USA}), he is three-quarter brother to stakes-winner No Looking Back (Redoute's Choice) and a half-brother to Hong Kong winner Gorgeous Debut. It's a good family, harking back to the third dam Misty Vain (Vain), the dam of 10 winners, including Tennessee Jack and Tennessee Vain.

He won well first-up and then, like a few that day, was disadvantaged by the wide barrier down the straight at Flemington last time out.

Chauffeur as a yearling

Ballarat Race 1, Champions Estate 2YO Mdn, $35,000, 1:15pm AEDT

Muiron (Brazen Beau) is the latest of the Godolphin army of 2-year-olds to debut, taking on the maiden gallopers at Ballarat. He was a $400,000 buy for his owners at last year's Australian Easter Yearling Sale out of the stakes-winner Veuvelicious (Northern Meteor). She is from a strong European family with her dam Debutante (GB) (Medicean {GB}) a half-sister to a trio of black-type winners.

He showed plenty of speed at a recent Flemington jumpout and looks every bit the model of his stallion, in terms of a fast, precocious horse, who looks typically well educated.

Muiron as a yearling