Hurricane Ivor Back in Action


Hurricane Ivor | Scoop Dyga


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. Wednesday’s Insights features the return of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Hurricane Ivor (Ire) (Ivawood {Ire}).

11.00 Chantilly, Cond, €28,000, 3yo, c/g, 8fT
CELESTIN (FR) (Dabirsim {Fr}) reappears for Ecurie Normandie Pur Sang and Fabrice Chappet, having created a big impression when winning the Listed Criterium du Languedoc at Toulouse in November by 6 1/2 lengths. He has to give four pounds to Godolphin’s Winwood (Ger) (Siyouni {Fr}), an Andre Fabre-trained maiden from the family of Waldpfad (Ger) (Shamardal), Waldpark (Ger) (Dubawi {Ire}), Masked Marvel (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}).

11.30 Chantilly, Cond, €28,000, 3yo, f, 8fT
SIMEEN (FR) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) registered easy wins at Saint-Cloud and Clairefontaine last term and stakes her claims for a tilt at the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. Jean-Claude Rouget pitches the Aga Khan’s relative of Sarafina (Fr) (Refuse To Bend {Ire}) in against another Godolphin-Fabre project in Bionic Woman (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), who was last seen finishing fourth in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac.

12.30 Chantilly, Debutantes, €22,000, 2yo, c/g, 5fT
ORNAMENTAL GLITTER (IRE) (No Nay Never) is a half-brother to last year’s Listed Rosemary S. winner Agincourt (Ire) (Declaration of War) and an early juvenile runner for the White Birch Farm-Jean-Claude Rouget axis. From the family of the GI Manhattan H. winner Desert Blanc (GB) (Desert Style {Ire}), the February-foaled bay meets seven rivals.

1.30 Chantilly, Cond, €22,000, 3yo, 6fT
HURRICANE IVOR (IRE) (Ivawood {Ire}) makes his keenly-anticipated return from the wilderness, having flopped when seventh in the G3 Prix du Bois here last June. Fiona Carmichael’s TDN Rising Star had previously run away with the Prix d’Orgemont on this card and it will be fascinating to see if he can rebuild his reputation in 2020. He has to give four pounds to the Juddmonte filly Marbling (GB) (Kingman {GB}), an Andre Fabre-trained half-sister to the useful Broad Street (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and Brogue (GB) (Frankel {GB}) who was runner-up on debut at Compiegne in October.

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