Half To Vino Rosso Steps Out For Ballydoyle


Vino Rosso winning the Breeders' Cup Classic | Horsephotos

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 trio of siblings to Grade/Group 1 winners.

12.55 Leopardstown, Mdn, €25,000, 2yo f, 7f 20yT
EARTH STRIKE (IRE) (Zoffany {Ire}) is an interesting debutante in this Irish EBF Median Sires Series Fillies Maiden, being a half-sister to the G1 Gold Cup and dual G1 Irish St Leger hero Order of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Joseph O'Brien introduces the March-foaled bay, who carries the silks of her breeders Paget Bloodstock Limited and is also a half to the group and graded-stakes scorers Asperity (War Chant) and Angel Terrace (Ghostzapper).

1.30 Leopardstown, Debutantes, €16,500, 2yo, 7f 20yT
SONG OF PEACE (Uncle Mo) is a notable runner for Ballydoyle, being a John Gunther-bred half-brother to last year's GI Breeders' Cup Classic hero Vino Rosso (Curlin). The April-foaled bay, who is also half to the graded-stakes placed So Alive (Super Saver), cost $425,000 at Keeneland September.

5.58 Deauville, Debutantes, €22,000, 2yo, f, 7 1/2f (AWT)
VALLORIA (FR) (Dubawi {Ire}) debuts for the Haras de Saint Pair-Jean-Claude Rouget connection and is the latest progeny out of Celebre Vadala (Fr) (Peintre Celebre), whose previous includes the G1 Prix du Moulin-winning first-season sire Vadamos (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}). She meets Prince Faisal's Noticeable Grace (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), an Andre Fabre-trained close relative of last year's Listed Prix Isonomy winner Tammani (GB) (Make Believe {GB}).

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