Looking Ahead - May 9

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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 Frankel (GB) debuts at Hawkesbury, a well related 2-year-old filly takes on the older horses at Seymour, while Matt Cumani steps out a filly at Pakenham who has the pedigree to prevail at her first start.

Hawkesbury Race 4, 2:20pm AEST, PF Formation Sand and Concrete Mdn, $35,000, 1300m

Switching To Win (Frankel {GB}) was a $475,000 buy at the 2017 NZB Premier Sale and on pedigree looks capable of stretching out to a much longer distance than the 1300m he debuts at here. He is a half-brother to the Champion European stayer Colour Vision (Fr) (Rainbow Quest {USA}), who won the G1 Ascot Gold Cup in 2012, one of his six wins which stretched from the mile up to 20f.

Their dam is Give Me Five (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), who is a Group 3 winner and a half-sister to a champion Germany 3YO stayer in Graf Philip (Fr) (Acatenango {Ger}).

He'll get plenty of attention being by Frankel, but his recent trials indicate that he’ll need some time to develop for Team Snowden.

Switching To Win as a yearling

Seymour Race 2, 1:30pm AEST, Avenel Equine Hospital Mdn, $23,000, 1200m

Two-year-old filly St Edward's Crown (Epaulette) makes her debut against the older horses here having performed with merit at a recent trial. She was retained to race by her breeder Mario Cesnik and is prepared by Shane Fliedner.

She is well-bred, being a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Viridine (Poet's Voice {GB}), with the dam Patina (Anabaa {USA}) having produced three foals to the track for three winners. She herself is a sister to the Listed winner Jerezana (Lonhro), who is the dam of top-line sprinter Osborne Bulls (Street Cry {Ire}).

Pakenham Synthetic Race 1, 6pm AEST, Racing.com 2YO Fillies Mdn, $35,000, 1200m

In an interesting race, the debutante Brooklet (Hinchinbrook) creates plenty of intrigue. She was a $220,000 buy for her trainer Matt Cumani at last year's Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale out of Enclosed (NZ) (Postponed {Ire}).

Brooklet as a yearling

Enclosed is the daughter of Group 1 winning sprinter Wrap Around (Bletchingly), who also produced Attire (USA) (Wild Again {USA}), the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Fashions Afield (Redoute's Choice). Another of Wrap Around's daughters, the stakes-placed Intuit (Commands), produced a stakes-winner in Runway Star (Northern Meteor).

Brooklet was awkwardly away at her most recent trial before working home well for fourth and looks forward enough to be at least competitive on debut.