Observations: Skellet Bids to Make Up for Unlucky Debut

Skellet, a half to MGSW Skitter Scatter (pictured), returns Thursday | Emma Berry

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. Thursday's Insights features Skellet, a half to MGSW Skitter Scatter.


15.10 Salisbury, Mdn, £30,000, 2yo, f, 6f 213yT
SKELLET (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) was one of the unluckiest losers all season at Sandown on her debut for the Ralph Beckett stable last month and with her killer pedigree steps out for this Bob McCreery Memorial British EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' S. with a score to settle. Anthony and Sonia Rogers' homebred is a half to the G1 Moyglare Stud S., G2 Debutante S. and G3 Silver Flash S. winner Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy) and the G2 Superlative S. runner-up Victory Dance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), as well as the graded-stakes-placed dam of the recent GI Belmont Oaks Invitational winner Aspen Grove (Ire) (Justify). Among the newcomers is Allan Belshaw's homebred Times Edition (GB) (Kingman {GB}), a Roger Varian-trained half-sister to the Gi Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and GI Just a Game S. heroine Newspaperofrecord (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), and Cheveley Park Stud's Santa Croce (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), a Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of the G1 Coronation S. and G1 Fillies' Mile winner Nannina (GB)  (Medicean {GB}).

15.30 Haydock, Novice, £10,000, 2yo, c/g, 7f 212yT
GULF LEGEND (FR) (Dubawi {Ire}) cost €300,000 when bought privately for Bon Ho at the Arqana Deauville August Sale, months before his half-brother Feed The Flame (GB) (Kingman {GB}) achieved notoriety as the winner of the G1 Grand Prix de Paris. Also a half to the smart Sacred Life (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), the James Ferguson trainee encounters the €575,000 top-priced colt of last year's Goffs Orby, Stall Perlen AB's Odin Legacy (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), a Richard Hannon-trained half-brother to the stable's recent G3 Oak Tree S. winner Magical Sunset (Ire).

16.29 Cork, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, f, 8fT
Foxtrot Zulu (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}), the 450,000gns Tatts Book 1 half-sister to Going Global (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), failed to threaten as the well-backed 4-6 favourite and could only manage a staying-on third, beaten around four lengths.


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