Looking Ahead - March 19

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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 Tuesday, a filly from the family of Group 1 winner Maid Of Heaven debuts at Murwillumbah, while Mick Kent presents another promising staying filly at Bendigo, while a regally bred member of Redoute's Choice's family makes her bow for Anthony Freedman.

Murwillumbah Race 1, 1:15pm AEDT, Kingy Bowls 2YO Hcp, $22,000, 1100m

Zac Attack (I Am Invincible) was a $320,000 Gold Coast Magic Millions buy and makes her debut for Toby Edmonds. She boasts an interesting pedigree being the first foal out of Hussy By Choice (Hussonet {USA}), who was a Listed winner in WA.

Her dam Little Flower (Redoute's Choice) is not only the full sister to stakes winner Mirrasalo but is the half sister to G1 Spring Champion S. winner Maid of Heaven (Smart Missile) and recent Inglis Millennium winner Castelvecchio (Dundeel {NZ}). Further back, it is the family of star galloper Planet Ruler.

This filly has had one trial, finishing second at the Gold Coast in February.

Zac Attack pictured as a yearling

Bendigo Race 1, 1:30pm AEDT, Tysons Reef Mdn, $35,000, 2200m

Mick Kent has been having a great time with these staying 3-year-old fillies of late, with two of them winning at Yarra Valley on Sunday. Anna Mae (NZ) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) presents as a likely Oaks type after a close-up third over 2200m last time at just her second start.

She was a $150,000 NZB Ready To Run buy, out of an unraced Starcraft mare called Startina. She is a half sister to Miss Bussell (Danzero), who was precocious enough to win a Listed Widden S. but also ran third in a G1 Queensland Derby and produced Miss Darcey (Hussonet {Ire}), who won a G3 Adrian Knox S. Another sister produced Hurried Choice (Choisir), who was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter.

Bendigo Race 2, 2:00pm AEDT, National Hotel 2YO Fillies Mdn, $35,000, 1100m

Plenty of interesting 2-year-olds on debut in this race, but the pedigree of Meuse (Snitzel) makes for the most intrigue. She is by Snitzel, of course a son of Redoute's Choice, out of Precious Lorraine (Encosta De Lago), who is out of the full sister to Redoute's in Monsoon Wedding (Danehill {USA}).

Not surprisingly, it’s a pedigree page with a stack of black type, including Precious Lorraine herself, who was a three-time stakes winner and a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Manhattan Rain and Rubick. Meuse, a $500,000 Easter Sale purchase, is the first foal out of the mare to make it to the track and showed enough when third at a recent Balnarring jumpout to suggest she can make an impression on debut.

Meuse pictured as a yearling