Looking Ahead - March 28

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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 Thursday, a son of Dundeel resumes for Chris Waller at Hawkesbury, where a promising filly by I Am Invincible also kicks her autumn campaign off. At Pakenham, Andrew Noblet debuts a High Chaparral filly who boasts a pedigree with plenty of black type.

Hawkesbury Race 1, 1:15pm AEDT, Schweppes Maiden Plate, $35,000, 1300m

Banteux (Dundeel {NZ}) resumes here for Chris Waller and ran third at his most recent start back in August behind the subsequent stakes winner Aramayo (Poet's Voice {GB}). He was a $250,00 buy at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions out of the unraced Redoute's Choice mare Lady of Choice.

She has produced the 2-year-old stakes winner Direct Charge (Charge Forward) as well as three other winners and is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Burrito as well as the dams of three other stakes winners.

Dundeel's excellent second season has been well-documented with 22 winners and three stakes winners and the improvement of his first crop towards the back end of the season has been notable. Based on that, it wouldn't surprise to see Banteux return a much better and stronger horse.

Banteux as a yearling

Hawkesbury Race 3, 2:25pm AEDT, Hawkesbury Gazette Class 2 Hcp, $35,000, 1000m

Dizzy Miss Lizzy (I Am Invincible) made substantial improvement last campaign culminating in a five-length win in her maiden at Nowra in October. She resumes here off a couple of trials and the filly looks to have significant upside.

She is out of Listed winner Princess Marizza (Scenic {Ire}), who has already produced a couple of winners and is out of a Listed winner herself in Rose Of Marizza (Nassipour {USA}). Rose of Marizza's other stakes horses include Buckle My Shoe (Rory's Jester) and Twilight Rose (Night Shift {USA}).

Dizzy Miss Lizzy as a yearling

Pakenham Race 3, 7pm AEDT, Come and Visit Spendthrift Australia F & M Mdn, $35,000, 1200m

Indigo Lass (High Chaparral {Ire}) makes her debut here for Andrew Noblet and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of her older half-brother Lotion (Good Journey {USA}), who was a Listed Hill Smith S. winner for the same interests. The dam has also produced the winners Aloe Vera and Captain Fabulous, both full siblings to Lotion.

Further back, the second dam is the imported mare Boston Tea Party (USA) (Boston Harbour {USA}) who raced both in the USA and New Zealand and is a half-sister to three American stakes-winners. Indigo Lass was given a nice easy time of it at a recent Caulfield jumpout.

High Chaparral