Looking Ahead - March 24

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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 have found a trio of first-timers at the Muswellbrook meeting who all boast Group pedigrees and have showed they have inherited a slice of the family ability with promising trial performances.

Muswellbrook Race 3, 1.55pm, tab.com.au Starmaker H., $30,000, 1000m

Brazen Gem (NZ) (Brazen Beau) is the only named foal of the Dane Shadow mare Fifty Eight Facets, who was successful up to a mile and is a half-sister to the G2 Yallambee Classic winner Magically (Danehill {USA}). Their dam Magic Music (Loosen Up {USA}) won 12 races, including two at Group 2 level – the Chirnside S. and the Schweppes S. This filly was a NZ$160,000 purchase at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale by Ontrack Thoroughbreds.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the 2-year-old has performed well at the trials with a placing when first produced at Canterbury in February and earlier this month she won an 800 metre heat on her home track at Warwick Farm.

Brazen Gem as a yearling

Muswellbrook Race 4, 2.30pm, tab.com.au Starmaker H., $30,000, 1000m

The Lifeline (Pierro) has a deep international pedigree with his dam Princess Quality (Elusive Quality {USA}), a multiple winner and stakes placed, out of a sister to the dual Group 1 winner and producer Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) (Danehill {USA}), whose sister Milanova won the G3 Tokyo City Cup. It is also the hugely successful stallion family of Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and further includes the multiple Group 1 winner Russian Revolution (Snitzel), who is in the early stages of his stud career at Newgate.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, The Lifeline comes here with an unbeaten record at the trials. The colt has won 800 metre heats at Kembla Grange and Wyong and looks a strong chance to carry that form over to race day with Winona Costin booked for the ride.

The Lifeline as a yearling

Muswellbrook Race 5, 3.10pm, $40,000, John Deere-PVM Maiden, 1000m

Love Me Broke (Snitzel) makes his debut here off the back of a couple of more than handy trials for trainer Kurt Goldman. He has finished third in both and most recently at Rosehill he placed behind the multiple stakes winner and G1 George Ryder S. runner-up Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}). That’s a form reference that bodes well for the future.

A $120,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase, Love Me Broke is out of the stakes performer Red Dress Marley (Hussonet {USA}) and is a three-quarter brother to the G1 Lightning S. winner Snitzerland and the G3 Aurie’s Star winner Sooboog. Their dam Monte Rosa (Fraar {USA}) is an unraced sister to the G3 Adelaide Guineas winner and multiple G1 placegetter Nina Haraka.

Love Me Broke as a yearling