If breeding counts for anything, a locally trained three-year-old filly will steal the show at Thursday’s feature meeting at Wyong.
Reaching, the promising daughter of Japanese super stallion Deep Impact out of multiple group 1 winner Alinghi, lines up for only her second start in a maiden handicap over 1350m. Bred by Arrowfield and trained by Kim Waugh, Reaching should have won on debut at Newcastle. She had little luck weaving through the field, but expect her to take the wider and more direct route under new rider Tommy Berry who more than likely will be forced to go a long way back from the outside barrier.
It’s an exciting test for the supremely bred youngster against smart three-year-old Newcastle filly Atomic Pulse, which went down by a whisker at her second start. Other chances include four-year-old Godolphin gelding Parades, on debut off three improving trials, and progressive three-year-old Warwick Farm filly Solid Foundation which faces the starter for a third time.
Later on an eight-race card dominated by lightly-raced gallopers working through the grades, promising four-year-old Randwick mare La Grisa looks primed to take the next step in a class 1 and maiden plate over 2100m.