Half to Almanzor Debuts at Kempton

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. Monday's Observations features a half-sister to MG1SW Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}).


1.15 Naas, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, f, 8fT
THE ALGARVE (American Pharoah) is the 13th foal out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and G1 Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) and a full-sister to last year's G1 Criterium International winner Van Gogh and a half to the ill-fated and high-class Horatio Nelson (Ire) (Danehill). Diane Nagle, Coolmore and Westerberg's newcomer faces quality opposition in what will probably be a hot maiden also featuring Zhang Yuesheng's Magical Lagoon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a Jessie Harrington-trained half-sister to the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S., G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud hero and sire Novellist (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}).


2.05 Kempton, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, f, 8f (AWT)
NATASHA (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is one of two debutantes for her owner-breeder George Strawbridge, with the John and Thady Gosden combination in charge of this March-foaled half-sister to the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and G1 English and Irish Champion S.-winning sire Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}). Also carrying the famous white-and-green is Speak (GB) (Sea the Moon {Ger}), a May-foaled daughter of the G3 Prix Miesque winner Lixirova (Fr) (Slickly {Fr}) who hails from the Andrew Balding stable replete with talented juveniles this term.

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