Looking Ahead - March 23

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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 fancy the chances of a well-related filly stepping up in trip at Mornington and a pair of well-bred prospects at the Kembla Grange meeting.

Mornington Race 5, 4.45pm, $125,000, Martin Collins Polytrack Sires, 1500m

Pierro Rose (Pierro) is a half-sister to two winners and was a $240,000 purchase at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She is a daughter of Rose Of Sharon (Encosta de Lago), who posted multiple black type placings including a third in the G1 Queensland Oaks. The dam is a half-sister to the G1 Myer Classic and G1 Flight S. winner Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice) and also the family of the former New Zealand Filly of the Year and G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Taatletail (NZ) (Faltaat {USA}).

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Pierro Rose was out of the frame on debut, but showed the benefit of a break when she returned to finish fourth at Newcastle. The filly’s pedigree suggests she will be well-suited to this trip and Stephen Baster rides her from an ideal barrier.


Kembla Grange Race 3, 2.49pm, Illawarra Toyota H., 1200m

Kosciusko (All Too Hard) has made a bright start to his career for trainer Patrick Webster. The patiently-handled 4-year-old was successful first time out at Newcastle and three weeks later finished a sound third at Gosford. This looks a gilt-edged opportunity for him to put another win on the board.

The gelding boasts a strong black type pedigree with his dam the Listed Tokyo City winner Zauberin (Zabeel {NZ}). She is out of a sister to Skates (Danehill {USA}), who is the dam of the G1 Golden Slipper S. winner and promising young sire Vancouver (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and the G1 Robert Sangster S. winner Juste Momente (Giant’s Causeway {USA}). The family also includes the Magic Millions 2YO Classic S. winner Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice), the G2 Reisling S. winner Tenley (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and the G3 Skyline S. winner and two-time Group 1 runner-up Murtajill (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}).

All Too Hard

Kembla Grange Race 4, 3.29pm, Catholic Schools-Light The Way H, $35,000, 1200m

Allied Forces (Not A Single Doubt) makes his first appearance for Michael Freedman and Edward O’Rourke and has been extensively trialled. He has won two of them and finished runner-up in his latest outing at Randwick. He will jump from the ace draw in the hands of Blake Spriggs.

The chestnut was secured at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $350,000 and is a brother to the Listed Talindert S. placegetter Sanadaat. Their dam It’s Fun (Real Quiet) is an unraced three-quarter sister to the black type winner Cloister (Marauding {NZ}), dam of the G1 TJ Smith S. and G1 Winter S. winner Melito (Redoute’s Choice). Former two-time champion Singapore sprinter Zac Spirit (Flying Spur) also appears close up on the pedigree page.

Allied Forces