American Pharoah Filly Sits La Teste Exam


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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 blueblooded daughter of American Pharoah.

10.55 La Teste de Buch, Debutantes, €14,000, 2yo, f, 5fT

STEP BEYOND (American Pharoah) represents the new Niarchos Family-Philippe Sogorb link-up and is a notably early juvenile runner for her owner-breeders. A daughter of the GII Santa Ana S. winner Hoop of Colour (Distorted Humor), she is therefore connected to the GI Spinster S. heroine Aruna (Mr. Greeley) and is a fascinating member of this 10-runner cast.

11.55 La Teste de Buch, Mdn, €14,000, 3yo, f, 9 1/2fT

VIKALA (FR) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who debuts for the Aga Khan and Jean-Claude Rouget, is out of the group-placed Visoriyna (Fr) (Dansili {GB}) who is a half-sister to the operation’s star stayer Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}). Among those the G1 Prix de Diane entry encounters are a pair of Wertheimer homebreds in Cordova (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a Christophe Ferland-trained half-sister to Monday’s G2 Prix d’Harcourt winner Shaman (Ire) (Shamardal) and the Yan Durepaire-trained Scone (Ire) (Dansili {GB}). The latter is a daughter of the organisation’s €725,000 Arqana December purchase Blarney Stone (Ire) (Peintre Celebre), a half to the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour (GB) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) who has already provided them with the listed-winning Muette (GB) also by Deep Impact.

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