Observations on the European Racing Scene for June 9


5.55 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 7fT
BUTTERFLIES (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a half-sister to the “Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway, as well as the G2 Cherry Hinton S. scorer You’resothrilling (Storm Cat), later the dam of Galileo’s G1 2000 Guineas and G1 St James’s Palace S. hero Gleneagles (Ire) and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous (Ire). Aidan O’Brien introduces Michael Tabor’s representative against Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Mujaazy (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), a Dermot Weld-trained granddaughter of the 2007 GII New York S. winner Makderah (Ire) (Danehill).

6.25 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 7fT
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a full-brother to the 2012 G1 Epsom Oaks heroine Was (Ire) who carried on the family tradition of fetching seven-figure sums when selling to Markus Jooste, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith for 1.25 million guineas at Tattersalls in October. From the immediate family of New Approach (Ire), the January-foaled bay is one of a trio of unraced colts from Ballydoyle which also features Pipes of Peace (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), whose dam is a half to the 2005 G1 Coronation S. heroine Maids Causeway (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway).

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