Observations On Saturday’s European Racing Scene

By Sean Cronin

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 two high profile debutantes in Newmarket

1.30 Newmarket, Cond, £7,000, 2yo, 8fT

HAZARFAN (GB) (Frankel {GB}), Mohammed Jaber’s 250,000gns TATDEC yearling, is a half-brother to 2015 G1 The BMW and 2016 G1 Turnbull S. hero Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}). Rivals to the Ed Dunlop trainee include Sahara Bloodstock’s fellow newcomer Courtside (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who is a David Simcock-trained half-brother to 2015 G2 Prix du Conseil de Paris hero and G1 Hong Kong Vase fourth Ming Dynasty (Fr) (King’s Best); and China Horse Club International’s once-raced Balletomane (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who is a half-brother to 2009 G1 Gran Criterium victor Hearts of Fire (GB) (Firebreak {GB}), from the Richard Hannon barn.

3.15 Newmarket, Cond, £7,000, 2yo, 8fT

Paul Makin’s JUST BRILLIANT (IRE) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) is a half-brother to 2015 G1 Racing Post Trophy-winning sire and former Peter Chapple-Hyam representative Marcel (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}). Representing the same stable, the 150,000gns TATOCT yearling is opposed by a cast of eight in this unveiling.


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