Observations: Aug. 20, 2019


Exceed And Excel | Darley

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 daughter of G1 Nunthorpe S. winner Margot Did (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}).

2.32 Deauville, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 8fT
LEGENDE D’ART (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) starts out for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and the Henri-Francois Devin stable, having cost 400,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale. Out of a half to several black-type performers headed by the GII San Marcos S.-winning sire Loup Breton (Ire) (Anabaa), the February-foaled bay encounters some other choicely-bred individuals including The Niarchos Family’s Farout (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), a Francis-Henri Graffard-trained grandson of the operation’s luminary Coup de Genie (Mr. Prospector).


3.12 Deauville, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, f, 8fT
MAGIC ATTITUDE (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) is a daughter of the surprise G1 Nunthorpe S. winner Margot Did (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) who debuts for Haras du Saubouas and the Fabrice Chappet stable. The full-sister to G2 Prix de Sandringham scorer and GI Queen Elizabeth II Cup runner-up Mission Impassible (Ire) who was led out unsold at €850,000 at the 2018 Arqana August, encounters Hidaka (Fr) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a Wertheimer-Fabre project whose listed-winning and group-placed dam Royalmania (GB) (Elusive Quality) was fourth in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac.

Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts.