Observations on the European Racing Scene for Thursday, Aug. 3

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-brother to U.S. MGISW Main Sequence (Aldebaran).

2.20 Clairefontaine, Mdn, 25,000, unraced 3yo, c/g, 12fT

MERU (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a hitherto unraced Niarchos Family homebred, is a half-brother to 2012 G1 Epsom Derby second and four-time Stateside Grade I winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran), whose final top-level score came in the 2014 GI Breeders’ Cup Turf. Opposition to the Francis-Henri Graffard trainee includes Flaxman Stables Ireland’s Apollonian (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}), who is a gelded half-brother to this term’s G1 Prix Ganay victor Cloth of Stars (Sea the Stars {Ire}), from the Andre Fabre stable.

4.45 Goodwood, Mdn, 25,000, 2yo, f, 7fT

MAGICAL (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a daughter of 2008 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas, G1 Nassau S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. victress Halfway to Heaven (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), and returns off a debut second going six furlongs at The Curragh last month. She is a full-sister to last term’s G1 Fillies’ Mile heroine and this year’s dual Classic-placed Rhododendron (Ire), and faces seven rivals in the same maiden that sibling plundered for Aidan O’Brien last year.

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