Blackbeard's Brother Debuts At Navan

Little Big Bear | Brian Sheerin

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. Saturday's Observations features a full-brother to a multiple Group 1-winning juvenile.

13.20 Navan, Mdn, €18,000, 2yo, 5f 180yT
TUNBRIDGE WELLS (IRE) (No Nay Never) is a full-brother to last year's G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park S. hero Blackbeard (Ire) who bids to book his ticket to Royal Ascot among the Ballydoyle juvenile team. Interestingly, he encounters Dr Ali Al Mutairi's Dr Ali (Ire) (Invincible Army {Ire}) who was third to Tunbridge Wells' stablemate Camille Pissarro (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) over this course and distance last month.


13.30 Newmarket, Novice, £40,000, 2yo, f, 6fT
MOUNTAIN BREEZE (IRE) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) earned TDN Rising Star status over five furlongs at this track earlier this month and takes aim at another in the Tattersalls £40,000 EBF Fillies' Novice series. Godolphin's half-sister to the juvenile champion Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) has to defy a five-pound penalty against some potentially smart newcomers headed by Juddmonte's Flaming Stone (GB) (Kingman {GB}), an Andrew Balding-trained 425,000gns Tattersalls December Foal Sale purchase who is a half-sister to the G2 Premio Lydia Tesio winner Angel Power (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}).

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