Observations: Aug. 9, 2019

Hong Kong is a half-brother to Caravaggio (pictured) | Racing Post

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 debut of a full-brother to Churchill and Clemmie.

5.15 Curragh, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, 7fT
PARADISO (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a full-brother to Churchill (Ire) and Clemmie (Ire) who may be down the Ballydoyle pecking order if jockey bookings are to be believed. Seamie Heffernan takes the mount, with Ryan Moore on Hong Kong (American Pharoah">American Pharoah), the half-brother to Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) who was seventh on debut here in June.

6.15 Curragh, Cond, €30,000, 2yo, f, 7fT
HEAVEN OF HEAVENS (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is another unraced blueblood to be partnered by Seamie Heffernan and she is the latest progeny out of the high-class racemare and producer Halfway To Heaven (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) already responsible for this January-foaled bay's full-sisters Magical (Ire) and Rhododendron (Ire). Moore has opted for Holy Roman Empress (Ire) (American Pharoah">American Pharoah), the daughter of the G1 Phoenix S. winner Damson (Ire) (Entrepreneur {GB}) who was 12th on her raceourse introduction at Naas in June.

6.35 Newmarket, Debutantes, £8,000, 2yo, 7fT
VOLKAN STAR (IRE) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), Godolphin's 1-million gns purchase at Tattersalls October Book 1, debuts for Charlie Appleby in this maiden the operation have won four times in the last 10 runnings. Out of a half to the talented Skins Game (GB) (Diktat {GB}), the February-foaled bay meets Cheveley Park Stud's Baptism (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), a John Gosden-trained €460,000 Goffs November Foal Sale purchase whose dam is a half to the G1 Epsom H. winner He's Your Man (Fr) (Cape Cross {Ire}).

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