Cairo Returns in the Knockaire

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. Sunday's Observations features a son of Quality Road returning at Leopardstown seeking an initial stakes win.

14.10 Leopardstown, Listed, €40,000, 3yo/up, 8fT
CAIRO (IRE) (Quality Road) makes his return to the track after a five-month absence in this Listed Bahrain Turf Club Knockaire S., with his last start being a second to stablemate Paddington (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas. Also successful in the G3 Killavullan S. here 12 months ago, the relative of Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) faces nine rivals tackling deep ground that will test his fitness.


16.46 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, c/g, 8fT
Blackpool (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the first runner for the G1 1000 Guineas, G1 Nassau S. and G1 Matron S. heroine Legatissimo (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), put up a sound debut effort in fourth behind his mightily impressive stablemate Ocean Of Dreams (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}).

13.20 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, f, 7f 23yT
Azada (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}), the half-sister to Australian champion and sire The Autumn Sun (Aus) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}), earned TDN Rising Star status with this taking debut in difficult conditions.

13.55 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, c/g, 7f 23yT
Moyglare Stud's Dermot Weld-trained debutant Spoken Truth (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), a full-brother to last year's G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Homeless Songs (Ire), made headway from off the pace in the straight and finished one length and two heads behind the winner in fourth.

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