Observations on the European Racing Scene for Tuesday, Apr. 17


Exceed And Excel | 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 half-brother to G1SW Announce (GB) (Selkirk).

1.50 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 3yo, c/g, 7fT
AURUM (IRE) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) is a half-brother to the G1 Middle Park S.-winning sire Amadeus Wolf (GB) (Mozart {Ire}) who represents the Charlie Appleby stable responsible for the full-brother Rouleau (GB) who captured the G3 Sirenia S. three years ago. Among those with experience he encounters is Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Elhafei (Speightstown), a John Gosden-trained 525,000gns TATOCT graduate from the Kirsten Rausing family of Alborada (GB) et al.


2.50 Maisons-Laffitte, Mdn, €25,000, 3yo, c/g, 7fT
VANBRUGH (First Defence) debuts for Khalid Abdullah and Andre Fabre and is a half-brother to the stable’s former G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Announce (GB) (Selkirk). Also a half to the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches third Mexican Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), the homebred faces eight here.

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