Observations: Craven Breeze-Up Topper Debuts at Ascot

Ocean Runner (Ire) at Tattersalls Cravens Breeze-Up Sale | Tattersalls

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 Ocean Runner (Ire), a joint sale topper at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, at Ascot.

15.10 Ascot, Novice, £15,000, 2yo, 5fT
OCEAN RUNNER (IRE) (Blue Point {Ire}) was the joint-sale topper at the Tatts Craven Breeze-Up last month and starts out for Godolphin's Charlie Appleby stable responsible for last year's winner Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}). A 625,000gns purchase, the March-foaled son of the G3 Grangecon Stud S. winner Most Beautiful (GB) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}) encounters Victorious Racing and Fawzi Nass's impressive Windsor winner Valour And Swagger (Ire) also by Blue Point.

14.45 Haydock, Cond, £25,000, 3yo/up, 6fT
CREATIVE FORCE (IRE) (Dubawi {Ire}) is without a win since the 2021 G1 British Champions Sprint S. and is judged in need of a confidence boost by Charlie Appleby as a result. Narrowly denied in the G1 Platinum Jubilee S. last June, Godolphin's 5-year-old needs to get back to that form following a disappointing third in Newmarket's G3 Abernant S. last month.

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