Observations on the European Racing Scene for Monday, Apr. 16


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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 a half-sister to G1 Irish St Leger fourth Silwana (Ire) (Peintre Celebre).

3.30 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,000, 3yo, f, 10fT
MAGIC WAND (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}), one of three contenders for Aidan O'Brien, is kin to G1 Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and is the mount of Seamus Heffernan backing up a debut seventh going one mile here in her only prior start last October. Her nine rivals feature stablemates Broadway (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a half-sister to G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. victress Danedream (Ger) (Lomitas {Ger}), returning off a first-up fourth tackling six panels at Naas in June; and Athena (Ire) (Camelot%20(GB)#tot">Camelot {GB}), who is kin to G1 Irish Oaks winner Bracelet (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), making her seasonal bow coming off a seventh in last term's G3 Park S. at Naas.


5.35 Leopardstown, Mdn, €15,000, 3yo, f, 7fT
Jackie Bolger's SCRIOBH NUA (IRE) (New Approach {Ire}) is kin to five black-type performers including MGSW G1 1000 Guineas runner-up Cuis Ghaire (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), G1 1000 Guineas and G1 Coronation S. placegetter Gile Na Greine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), and GSW G1 Moyglare Stud S. second Scintillula (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Opposition to the Jim Bolger-trained newcomer includes His Highness The Aga Khan colourbearers Simiyna (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}), a hitherto untried half-sister to stakes-winning G1 Irish St Leger fourth Silwana (Ire) (Peintre Celebre); and her twice-raced Dermot Weld stablemate Shareva (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}), who is a half-sister to dual G2 Blandford S. victress Shamreen (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}).

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