Observations: Cracksman’s Full-Sister Encounters Book 2 Topper in HQ Debut

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Cracksman (GB), a full-brother to Hopefully Darling (GB) | Amy Lynam

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. Saturday’s Insights features Hopefully Darling (GB), a sister to MG1SW Cracksman (GB).

11.50 Newmarket, Nov, £8,000, 2yo, f, 7fT
Anthony Oppenheimer’s hitherto unraced HOPEFULLY DARLING (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is a Hascombe & Valiant homebred full-sister to MG1SW sire Cracksman (GB) and represents the John Gosden-Rab Havlin axis responsible for that luminary’s debut score at this venue. She encounters Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 1.05-million guineas Tattersalls October Book 2 topper Tarhib (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who is one of three debutantes for the William Haggas yard and a granddaughter of G1 July Cup runner-up and MGSW matriarch Cassandra Go (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}).

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