Observations on the European Racing Scene for Thursday, Aug. 17


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. Thursday's Insights features the first foal out of G2 Ribblesdale S. heroine Princess Highway (Street Cry {Ire}).

5.05 Leopardstown, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, f, 6fT
CHIARA LUNA (War Front">War Front) debuts in the Moyglare Stud silks for Dermot Weld and is the first foal out of the stable's G2 Ribblesdale S. winner and G1 Irish Oaks third Princess Highway (Street Cry {Ire}). The homebred, who also hails from the immediate family of the G1 Irish St Leger hero Royal Diamond (Ire) (King's Best) and MG1SP Mad About You (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), faces eight rivals.

6.35 Leopardstown, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, c/g, 8fT
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (IRE) (Camelot (GB)">Camelot {GB}) starts out for Kantor, Jooste and the Coolmore partners for the Ballydoyle stable and is a 400,000gns TAOCT yearling whose dam is a half to the G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero New Bay (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). He will have to be smart to get past stablemate Nelson (Ire) (Frankel (GB)">Frankel {GB}), the son of the 2008 G1 Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}) who bids to get off the mark at the third attempt.

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