Looking Ahead - May 16

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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 early in its career chasing maiden success, a promising galloper returning to the track or a horse which has trialled particularly well, we’ll aim to give you something to follow.

Three exciting runners are set to hit the track across Australia on Thursday, including a promising Spirit Of Boom filly that looks ready for her first win and a full-sister to Atishu (NZ) (Savabeel) on debut at Pakenham. At Gosford we have a well-bred I Am Invincible colt debuting on the back of a smart trial win.

Sportsbet-Pakenham, Race 1, 5.15pm, AEST, Duffy & Simon Lawyers 2YO Fillies Mdn Plate, $40,000, 1200m

Lovey, 2-year-old filly (Spirit Of Boom x Te Amo {Not A Single Doubt})

Lovey (Spirit Of Boom) has had three previous starts running fourth each time, on debut at Ballarat back in November, a race won by Macocha (NZ) (Street Boss {USA}) who ran fifth in the Ballarat Magic Millions 2YO Classic at her next start.

Lovey had her second career start in mid-April, running fourth at Cranbourne in a race won by Brighella (Brazen Beau) who ran fourth in the Mornington Sires Plate and at her last start she ran a nice fourth at Bendigo, in that race Fitzpatrick (Snitzel) ran third and he has come out and won impressively since.

Taken to the 2023 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by Eureka Stud, Lovey sold to Lindsay Park Racing for $230,000, and Eureka Stud have stayed in the syndicate that now owns her.

Lovey as a yearling | Image courtesy of Inglis

Lovey’s dam, Te Amo (Not A Single Doubt) won two races and her first foal is 3-year-old gelding Northernontap (Encryption) who won on debut. Te Amo is out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who is the dam of Group 1 winner Miami Bound (Reliable Man {GB}) and the Listed winner De Little Engine (Encosta De Lago). Both Arapaho Miss and her daughter Miami Bound were both winners of the G1 VRC Oaks.

Since producing Lovey, Te Amo has left a Spirit Of Boom yearling filly, a Hellbent weanling colt and was most recently served by Spirit Of Boom last spring.

Sportsbet-Pakenham, Race 2, 5.45pm, AEST, Harris Automation Engineering Mdn Plate, $40,000, 1400m

Dream All Day (NZ), 3-year-old filly (Savabeel x Posy (NZ) {No Excuse Needed {GB})

Pakenham’s Thursday meeting will serve as the venue for the second start for the Waikato Stud bred and M J Chittick owned filly Dream All Day (NZ).

Dream All Day is by the Champion New Zealand sire in Savabeel and she has a strong pedigree with her page full of influential international and colonial stallions including Mill Reef (USA), Shirley Heights (GB), Habitat (USA), Machiavellian (USA), Success Express (USA), O’Reilly (NZ), Zabeel (NZ),

Her dam Posy (NZ) was a two-time winner on the track but is very well-related. She is a full-sister to the classy stayer Daffodil (NZ) (No Excuse Needed {GB}). her wins included the G1 Australian Oaks, G1 Windsor Park Challenge P., and the G1 NZ One Thousand Guineas.

Savabeel | Standing at Waikato Stud

She has been successful at stud leaving Grand De Flora (NZ) (Savabeel) who won four-times in Australia and placed in the G2 Sunline S., Grand Bouquet (NZ) (Savabeel) who won five-times from 1300 metres to 2100 metres and was placed in the Listed Marton Cup and the G3 Counties Cup, and Snowdrop (NZ) (Pins) has been a six-time winner and was Listed placed in the Counties Bowl and the Newmarket H.

Dream All Day is also a full-sister to Atishu (NZ) (Savabeel) who is a ten-time winner including the G1 LKS MacKinnon S., G1 Queen Of The Turf S., G2 Blamey S., G2 Matriarch S., G3 Bill Ritchie H., Listed Inglewood S., and the Listed Warstep S. All eyes will be on Atishu when she sells at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale later this month.

Mazzolino (NZ) (Savabeel) is another full-sister and she is a winner of the G3 Desert Gold S. The current three-year-old star filly that also features in the pedigree is Orchestral (NZ) (Savabeel) who has had an outstanding season winning the Karaka Millions 3YO C., G2 Avondale Guineas, G1 NZ Derby and the G1 Vinery S., and ran a gallant race in the Group 1 Australian Oaks placing third.

Since producing Dream All Day, Posy has unfortunately not produced a live foal but last spring was served by Waikato Stud’s exciting young sire Ardrossan.

Gosford, Race 2, 12.15pm, AEST, Gosford IT 2YO Mdn Plate, $42,000, 1100m

True Amor, 2-year-old colt (I Am Invincible x My True Love {Fastnet Rock)

True Amor, a son of Australia's Champion Sire I Am Invincible, will make his debut at Gosford for John O’Shea on Thursday. This comes on the back of a very impressive trial win at Rosehill track on May 2 over 900 metres.

True Amor is the second foal from the Fastnet Rock mare My True Love, who was a three time winner and also placed in the G2 Dane Ripper S., and the G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas. She has so far produced Miss Amore (Pierro) who has been a winner over 1200 metres to kick-start her breeding career.

True Amor | Image courtesy of Magic Millions

Further back in the pedigree page are the Group-winners Lectrice (Encosta De Lago), Leica Guv (NZ) (Deputy Governor {USA}), Light Fantastic (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), and the recent Group 1 victor Benedetta (Hellbent) who last weekend was successful in the G1 Goodwood S.

True Amor was a $550,000 purchase by Kitchwin Hills from the draft of Lustre Lodge at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

My True Love, since producing True Amor, has left a yearling filly by Capitalist and a weanling colt by Written Tycoon.

Looking Back:

At Kensington Mr Artemisia (The Autumn Sun) ran a brave race finishing second, he ran on strongly and performed well. Wild Gypsy (American Pharoah {USA}) won well, she was very tough and looks like she will improve with more distance and better ground.

At Sandown Cora Lynn (Exceed And Excel) finished second after making good ground in the straight, she looks to have plenty of natural ability and will improve off that run.

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