Horse Racing

Observations on the European Racing Scene

Hong Kong selling as a short yearling at Keeneland January in 2018 | Keeneland photo

5.45 Curragh, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, f, 7fT
ENNISTYMON (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is introduced by Aidan O’Brien in the maiden the stable took with future group 1 winners Alice Springs (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in recent times. Out of Evie Stockwell’s useful Lahinch (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), the January-foaled bay is a half to the pattern-race winners The Bogberry (Hawk Wing) and Liscanna (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells). She has to overcome an experience deficit against stablemate and likely favourite Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a half-sister to the dual group scorer Lucky Kristale (GB) (Lucky Story) who was fourth on debut at Leopardstown earlier this month, while she also encounters another newcomer of note in the Niarchos Family’s Innervisions (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). A Willie McCreery-trained daughter of the G1 Matron S. heroine Fiesolana (Ire) (Aussie Rules), she is a half to the promising 3-year-old stablemate Up Helly Aa (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

6.15 Curragh, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, c/g, 7fT
HONG KONG (American Pharoah) makes his debut a month after being withdrawn from an intended intro at York. The $ 1-million highest-priced short yearling at Keeneland January i 2018, a half-brother to Caravaggio (Scat Daddy), is in deep taking on two experienced stablemates and a clutch of intriguing fellow newcomers. In the maiden in which Ballydoyle always run one of their key juveniles and have won with the likes of Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Roderic O’Connor (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and in which Australia(GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was second six years ago, there are some fascinating runners from rival stables including Juddmonte’s Radetsky (Speightstown), a Dermot Weld-trained first foal out of the G2 Ridgewood Pearl S. scorer Brooch (Empire Maker).

6.25 Leicester, Novice, €8,900, 2yo, 7fT
LAW OF PEACE (GB) (Shamardal) is the first foal out of Godolphin’s G1 Fillies’ Mile and G2 May Hill S. winner Certify (Elusive Quality)who debuts for Charlie Appleby. He will have to be smart to contend with the Newbury maiden winner Mottrib (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Roger Varian-trained relative of the classy Italians Crackerjack King (Ire) (Shamardal) and Jakkalberry (Ire) (Storming Home {GB}).

6.35 Hamilton, Mdn, £8,400, 2yo, 6f 6yT
ALWAATN SOUND (IRE) (Shamardal) is the latest progeny out of the G2 Diadem S. and G2 Lowther S. winner and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye runner-up Lady of the Desert (Rahy) who produced the winner of the 2016 renewal of the latter contest in Queen Kindly (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Also a grandson of the G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Queen’s Logic (Ire) (Grand Lodge) from the family of Dylan Thomas (Ire), the February-foaled bay represents owner-breeder Jaber Abdullah and the Kevin Ryan stable.

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