Deauville's Substitute Card Hosts First Runner For Shalaa

Shalaa | Zuzanna Lupa

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 the first runner for highly anticipated first-season sire Shalaa (Ire).

10.10 Deauville, Mdn, €22,000, unraced 2yo, 5fT
Lady Bamford's €250,000 Arqana August acquisition CHERIE AMOUR (FR) (Shalaa {Ire}) becomes the first representative for Haras de Bouquetot-based freshman sire Shalaa (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) in this five-runner affair. Trained by Andre Fabre, she is kin to three black-type performers, headed by G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-winning sire National Defense (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), and her four rivals feature three from the Andrea Marcialis stable. They include Six Pennies (Fr) (Penny's Picnic {Ire}), who is a half-sister to last term's G2 Prix du Calvados runner-up and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac fourth Lagrandecatherine (Fr) (Pedro the Great).

12.40 Deauville, Mdn, €20,000, 3yo, c/g, 8fT
Khalid Abdullah's FURTHER MEASURE (English Channel), a once-raced Pascal Bary trainee, is out of GI Matriarch S. victress and G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches demotee Price Tag (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and comes back from a debut fifth over this trip at Chantilly last week. His opposition includes Godolphin's Telemaque (War Front), an Andre Fabre-trained full-brother to GI Secretariat S. second Long Island Sound making his second start; and Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's unraced Flash Dancer (GB) (Invincible Spirit (Ire)), a homebred son of MGSW G1 Prix Rothschild third Bawina (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), also representing the Fabre stable.

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