Observations: Oct. 26, 2018

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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 progeny of three Group 1-winning mares.

1.50 Doncaster, Mdn, £5,800, 2yo, f, 8fT
Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's GRACEFULLY DONE (IRE) (Australia {GB}) is a half-sister to Listed Prix Michel Houyvet winner Only A Pleasure (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) out of GI Matron S. victress Sense of Style (Thunder Gulch). Opposition to the Luca Cumani-trained debutante includes Waverley Racing's €150,000 Goffs Orby yearling Dancing Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), who is a half-sister to G3 Prix du Prince d'Orange victor Sky Kingdom (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) out of G1 Levin Classic and G1 Captain Cook S. heroine We Can Say It Now (Aus) (Starcraft {NZ}), from the Ralph Beckett barn.

2.25 Doncaster, Mdn, £5,800, 2yo, 7f 6yT
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum's NABBEYL (IRE) (New Approach {Ire}) is a son of G1 Jebel Hatta and G1 Dubai Duty Free heroine Sajjhaa (GB) (King's Best) and one of two hitherto unraced contenders representing the Roger Varian stable. Rivals include stablemate Emirates Knight (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who kin to G1 Grosser Preis von Bayern victress Temida (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}) produced by a stakes-winning half-sister to G1SW sire Midships (Mizzen Mast) and MSW G1 Nassau S. placegetter Principal Role (Empire Maker).

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