Half-Sister to Masar Debuts at Newmarket

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Masar (Ire), a half-brother to Sayyida (GB), who debuts at Newmarket Saturday | Breeders’ Cup Eclipse Sportswire

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. Saturday’s Insights features Sayyida (GB), a half-sister to Derby winner Masar (Ire).

2.00 Gowran Park, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, f, 8fT
EYLARA (IRE) (Gleneagles {Ire}) takes the eye at the end of an emotional week for the Dermot Weld stable, being a half-sister to the talented Eziyra (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) who was one of the last pattern-race winners ridden by Pat Smullen in the 2017 G3 KPMG Enterprise S. Also placed in the G1 Irish and Yorkshire Oaks and the G1 Hong Kong Vase, she hails from the excellent Aga Khan family of Enzeli (Ire) (Kahyasi {Ire}), Ebadiyla (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) and Estimate (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}).

2.05 Newmarket, Novice, £8,000, 2yo, f, 8fT
SAYYIDA (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) debuts for the Godolphin-Charlie Appleby axis and is a fascinating prospect as a half-sister to the G1 Epsom Derby hero Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}). The February-foaled daughter of the G2 UAE Derby heroine Khawlah  (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) has a significant benchmark to be measured against in Khalid Abdullah’s likely hot favourite Monsoon Moon (GB) (Kingman {GB}), the John Gosden-trained half-sister to the yard’s G1 St Leger winner Logician (GB) (Frankel {GB})  who was such a promising third on debut behind TDN Rising Star Love Is You (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) at Ascot earlier this month.

2.35 Saint-Cloud, Mdn, €22,000, unraced 2yo, c/g, 8fT
Ecki Sauren’s DJANGO UNCHAINED (FR) (Pastorius {Ger}) is yet another representative of trainer Henk Grewe’s regular Tours de France and faces one dozen fellow newcomers in this one-mile test. He is a half-brother to last term’s G1 Deutsches Derby runner-up Django Freeman (Ger) (Campanolgist) and this term’s otherwise unbeaten Deutsches Derby sixth Dicaprio (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}).

3.50 Saint-Cloud, Mdn, €22,000, unraced 2yo, f, 8fT
George Strawbridge’s homebred MOONY (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), who is inevitably a Freddy Head trainee, is the fourth foal out of the owner-breeder’s MG1SW distaffer Moonlight Cloud (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). She bids to become her dam’s first winner and is opposed by a baker’s dozen in this debutantes’ affair.

4.00 Newbury, Novice, £6,300, 2yo, 7fT
RIFLEMAN (IRE) (The Gurkha {Ire}) debuts for the Magnier/Tabor/Smith combination and the John Gosden stable and is the 15th foal produced by the $2-million G3 King George S. winner Dietrich (Storm Cat), with the previous best being the G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Aloft (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Among his rivals is Godfrey Wilson’s unraced homebred Run To Freedom (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}), a half-brother to the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup and G1 Diamond Jubilee-winning sire Twilight Son (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) and group scorer Music Master (GB) (Piccolo {GB}) trained by their handler Henry Candy.

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