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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Sunday, June 25

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Insights features a half-brother to Zoffany (Ire) for the Aidan O'Brien barn. 2.05 Gowran Park, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 7fT AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a 750,000gns TATOCT grandson of G2 Nassau S. and G2 Sun Chariot S. winner Last Second (Ire) (Alzao) who is also the dam of Aussie Rules. Aidan O'Brien also has Rostropovich (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), the 1.1million gns TATOCT half-brother to the Zoffany (Ire) but he needs to show a lot more than when...

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Team Coolmore Sweep Ascot Prizes

The prizes for leading owner, trainer and jockey at Royal Ascot proved to be a clean sweep for team Coolmore. Coolmore's various partnerships won six races in total over the five days. That same number was recorded by Godolphin, but Coolmore got the nod for the award with seven seconds to Godolphin's six. Those wins were highlighted by Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) in the G1 Commonwealth Cup; Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Prince of Wales's S; and Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Coronation S. "It is marvellous. It has been a fantastic week and we have thoroughly enjoyed it," said Coolmore's UK representative Kevin Buckley. "As we all know, it is an ultra-competitive week, so we...

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Ribchester in Good Order

Richard Fahey has reported Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) to be in good order following his victory in the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The 4-year-old struck at Group 1 level for the third time in his career when claiming the one-mile prize to back up his win in last month's G1 Lockinge S. at Newbury. Plans remain fluid as to where the son Iffraaj will next be seen out with both the G1 Sussex S. at Goodwood Aug. 2 and the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville Aug. 13 under consideration. "He is great," said Fahey. "I've not been back home, but the lads at home are happy with him and he has been eating...

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Tin Man All Heart in Diamond Jubilee

One of the biggest developments in recent years has been the rise of syndicates and the relatively cheap purchase The Tin Man (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) provided another one with a huge result on Saturday as Fred Archer Racing's Ascot specialist added the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. to last year's G1 British Champions Sprint S. Upgrading his form from his return fifth in the G2 Duke of York S. at York May 17, the 9-2 second favourite arrived from mid-division under Tom Queally and swooped late to beat Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) by a neck, with the 2-1 favourite Limato (Ire) (Tagula {Ire}) 3/4 of a length behind in third. He had to survive an inquiry after taking the line of...

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Galileo’s Idaho Takes the Hardwicke

Aidan O'Brien talked early this season about Idaho (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) possessing more scope than his full-brother Highland Reel (Ire) and the unluckiest colt of 2016 began to live up to his billing on Saturday with a smooth success in the G2 Hardwicke S. at Royal Ascot. In doing so, the TDN Rising Star was offering jockey Seamie Heffernan some recompense after unshipping him during the G1 St Leger at Doncaster in September. Always travelling like the winner drafting in behind Ryan Moore's 2016 hero of this race Dartmouth (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), the 9-2 second favourite was sent past the Royal representative with a furlong to race and was kept up to his work from there to eke out a...

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Deep Impact’s TDN Rising Star September Wins the Chesham

Having learnt the lesson of paying too little respect to last year's winner Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the bookies were running scared after his stablemate September (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) captured the Listed Chesham S. with an air of dominance. Immediately quoted as low as 3-1 for the 2018 1000 Guineas, the daughter of Peeping Fawn (Danehill) who earned TDN Rising Star status with her emphatic 5 1/2-length success on her sole start at Leopardstown June 8 could be anything on pedigree and limited racecourse evidence. Slowly away, the 11-8 favourite was settled in mid-division early by Ryan Moore as Nyaleti (Ire) (Arch) set off in a clear lead. Brought through to lead passing the furlong pole, the bay stayed...

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Sea the Stars’s Stradivarius Calls the Tune in the Queen’s Vase

   Royal Ascot's G2 Queen's Vase has been the exclusive domain of Sir Michael Stoute, Saeed bin Suroor, Mark Johnston and Aidan O'Brien this century, but it was the turn of John Gosden--who registered his sole success in 1992 with Landowner (Ire) (Kris {GB})--to crash the party as the Bjorn Nielsen homebred Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) outstayed his rivals to prevail in Friday's latest edition. Fresh from an Apr. 19 10-furlong handicap score at Beverley and a last out second upped to an extended 12 panels around Chester's tight turns last time May 10, the 11-2 chance was buried under cover along the fence in seventh as Johnston's Time to Study (Fr) (Motivator {GB}) bounded along on the...

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Galileo’s Winter Dominates the Coronation

   Susan Magnier's Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) lit up Newmarket's Rowley Mile when annexing last month's G1 1000 Guineas, repeating the dose more impressively when besting stablemates Roly Poly (War Front) and Hydrangea (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Irish equivalent three weeks later, and she powered home in Friday's G1 Coronation S. as that trifecta was replicated at Royal Ascot. Allowed time to find a rhythm under cover in fourth after exiting the outside box, the 4-9 favourite cruised into contention off the home turn and dominated under urging once pouncing for control with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining to comfortably account for Roly Poly by 2 1/4 lengths, with Hydrangea a further neck away in third. "She was really...

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Scat Daddy’s Caravaggio Wins Commonwealth Cup Battle

It was billed by many as the race of the current Royal meeting and Friday's G1 Commonwealth Cup did not disappoint, with Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) getting the better of the Godolphin pair of Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) close home to provide the middle part of a group 1 treble for Ballydoyle this week. Hardening into 5-6 favouritism despite the healthy respect shown to his opponents, Susan Magnier's unbeaten grey who had given notice that he was back when powering to success in Naas's G3 Lacken S. gave a moment of concern when rearing in the stalls before racing mid-pack as Harry Angel served it up on the front end. It took until the...

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Teofilo’s Permian Battles to King Edward VII Success

   Permian (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) weakened to finish tenth in the June 3 G1 Epsom Derby after beating subsequent G3 Hampton Court S. hero Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in last month's G2 Dante S. at York, and his aptitude for a battle was in evidence once again as he delivered another Royal winner for trainer Mark Johnston in Friday's G2 King Edward VII S. at Ascot. Positioned in a prominent second after William Buick steadily angled his mount across the track from a wide gate, the 6-1 chance was stoked up on the home turn to seize control at the top of the straight and he kept on ruggedly under a final-quarter drive to bravely hold Khalidi (GB) (High Chaparral...

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