Observations: Half to Magna Grecia Debuts at The Curragh


Curragh debuter, St Mark's Bassilica, a half to G1SW Magna Grecia | 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. Sunday's Insights features a half to Group 1 winner Magna Grecia.

1.45 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 6fT
ST MARK'S BASILICA (FR) (Siyouni {Fr}) is a rare runner for the sire to be housed at Ballydoyle, but as a half-brother to the stable's 2019 G1 2000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) he proved an irresistible draw for Coolmore. The 1.3million gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate is unsurprisingly the pick of Wayne Lordan over the yard's Duke of Mantua (Ire) (No Nay Never), a half-brother to the graded-stakes scorer Turning Top (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}).

2.20 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 6fT
ELIZABETHAN (War Front) is the latest progeny out of the four-times group 1 winner Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), which makes her a full-sister to the accomplished U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly. Aidan O'Brien saddles the March-foaled bay, while also in the mix is The Aga Khan's fellow newcomer Harannda (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), a Dermot Weld-trained daughter of the group 3-winning Harasiya (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) who is a half to Harzand (Ire).

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