Observations: May 18, 2017


Medaglia d’Oro | Darley

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. Today’s Observations features a pair of Juddmonte bluebloods making their debuts.

3.20 Salisbury, Mdn, £6,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 9f 201yT

LUPIN (Medaglia d’Oro), a Juddmonte homebred daughter of 2007 G1 Prix de l’Opera runner-up and 2008 G1 Pretty Polly S. victress Promising Lead (GB) (Danehill), is one of two notable firsters and faces nine rivals debuting for the Sir Michael Stoute stable here. The other is Amanda Perrett trainee Lightening Dance (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), who is a half-sister to Japanese Grade 3 winner Live Concert (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}).

3.55 Salisbury, Mdn, £6,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 9f 201yT

Mirroring the first division of this distaffers’ heat, Juddmonte’s CIRCULATION (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) is one of two newcomers to catch the eye and debuts for Ralph Beckett in this nine-runner affair. The homebred bay is out of 2001 Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial victress Double Crossed (GB) (Caerleon) and is thus a half-sister to MG1SW European champion Twice Over (GB) (Observatory). Her opponents include Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Mam’selle (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), who is a William Haggas-trained half to 2010 G1 1000 Guineas demotee and G1 Coronation S. third Jacqueline Quest (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}).

5.05 York, Mdn, £20,000, 2yo, 6fT

VJ DAY (War Front) is a $250,000 KEESEP son of 2011 GI Humana Distaff and GI Princess Rooney H. victress Sassy Image (Broken Vow), and opens up for the Kevin Ryan yard in a contest which has fallen to G1SW sire Lord Shanakill (Speightstown) and MGSP sire Elzaam (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) in recent years. His nine rivals include Godolphin’s fellow greenhorn and Charlie Appleby trainee Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), who is a son of 2011 G2 UAE Derby and G3 UAE Oaks heroine Khawlah (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}), herself a granddaughter of G1 Epsom Oaks and G1 Irish Oaks placegetter Melikah (Ire) (Lammtarra), who in turn is a daughter of storied blue hen Urban Sea (Miswaki).

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