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Devin Debutante Takes the Eye at Deauville

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 a half-sister to G1SW Epicuris (GB) (Rail Link {GB}). 5.37 Deauville, Cond, €22,000, 2yo, f, 7 1/2fT CAPTIOUS (GB) (Frankel {GB}) debuts in the Khalid Abdullah silks for the Henri-Francois Devin stable and is a half-sister to the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Epicuris (GB) (Rail...

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Daughter of Ervedya on Parade in Normandy

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. Tuesday's Insights features a Sea The Stars (Ire) filly out of a MG1SW. 2.25 Deauville, Mdn, €22,000, unraced 2yo, f, 7 1/2fT His Highness The Aga Khan's ERDANA (FR) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) is the first foal produced by Ervedya (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), a former Jean-Claude Rouget incumbent whose...

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Amhran Na Bhfiann in Action at Naas

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. Monday's Insights features this year's G1 Investec Derby third. 5.05 Naas, Mdn, €11,000, 3yo/up, 10fT AMHRAN NA BHFIANN (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a rarity as a G1 Epsom Derby placegetter needing to go back to maiden company, but this is the most unusual of years and Aidan O'Brien is...

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Half to Tepin Steps Out at Leopardstown

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. Friday's Insights features a half to MGISW Tepin (Bernstein). 1.05 Leopardstown, Debutantes, €16,500, 2yo, 7fT HARVARD (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is introduced by Aidan O'Brien away from the Goodwood fayre and is a fascinating runner as a half-brother to the six-times top-level scorer and GI Breeders' Cup Mile and G1...

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Daughter of Intercontinental Debuts at Deauville

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 a daughter of Breeders' Cup heroine Intercontinental (GB) (Danehill). 4.20 Goodwood, Mdn, £16,500, 2yo, f, 7fT MISS CHESS (IRE) (Zoffany {Ire}) bids to build on her debut third at Yarmouth earlier this month on the same card that her G1 Prix de Diane-winning half-sister Fancy Blue...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene: July 25, 2020

HALF TO GOLDEN HORN DEBUTS AT NEWMARKET 1.15 Ascot, Novice, £10,400, 2yo, f, 7fT SNOW LANTERN (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is the first filly bred by Rockcliffe Stud out of their four-times group 1-winning 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs {Ire}). Likewise a grey in training with Richard Hannon, she encounters some similarly blue-blooded rivals in the race her stable won last year with the subsequent Guineas runner-up Cloak of Spirits (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). 1.40 Newmarket, Mdn, £6,400, 2yo, 7fT DHAHABI (IRE) (Frankel {GB}) understandably caused a sensation...

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Daughter of Chicquita Debuts at Leopardstown

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 a daughter of G1 Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). 1.00 Leopardstown, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 8fT NICEST (IRE) (American Pharoah) is a daughter of the G1 Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) who debuts for the Tabor/Smith/Magnier axis and Donnacha O'Brien. A half-sister...

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Misty For Me’s Sister Unleashed at The Curragh

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. Sunday's Insights features a full-sister to Classic heroine Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 1.40 Newbury, £6,400, 2yo, c/g, 6fT MUJBAR (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}) debuts for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Charlie Hills with more than an outside chance that he could be another sprinting star for the combination...

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Fancy Blue’s Half-Sister Debuts at Yarmouth

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. Wednesday's Observations features a half-sister to French Classic winner Fancy Blue (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). 1.10 Great Yarmouth, Novice, £6,400, 2yo, 7f 3yT MISS CHESS (IRE) (Zoffany {Ire}) was purchased for the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate for €220,000 at the Arqana Deauville August Sale as a relative of High Chaparral...

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Half to Reckless Abandon Debuts at Deauville

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. Sunday's Insights features a half-brother to classy sprinter Reckless Abandon (GB) (Exchange Rate). 1.25 Deauville, Cond, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 6fT ERASMO (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) is a half-brother to the high-class sprinter Reckless Abandon (GB) (Exchange Rate) who debuts for Godolphin and Andre Fabre in this "Qatar Prix Des...

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Capri’s Brother on Show at Navan

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 a full-brother to dual Classic winner Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 1.05 Navan, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, c/g, 8fT BRAZIL (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) represents Ballydoyle and is a surefire future stayer as a full-brother to the G1 Irish Derby and G1 St Leger hero Capri (Ire) and this...

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Daughter of Zarkava Starts Out at Compiegne

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. Wednesday's Insights features a daughter of the undefeated Arc heroine Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar). 2.24 Compiegne, Debutantes, €22,000, 2yo, c/g, 7fT VISSANI (FR) (Dariyan {Fr}) debuts for The Aga Khan and Alain de Royer-Dupre and is a half-brother to the triple Group 1-winning stayer Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) whose dam...

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