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Euro Babies

Bookmakers wasted no time knocking down odds on Frankel for the English classics after the 2-year-old colt (named for the late trainer) beat two rivals by 13 lengths in the Conditions Stakes at Doncaster. “He has a long way to go but at home he’s giving me the feeling of better than average,” said trainer Henry Cecil. “He could be special but he’s not yet.” Cecil might have learned more about his promising charge’s abilities today had maiden winner Farhh not been scratched at the gate for acting up.

Trainer Freddie Head is talking less cautiously about Moonlight Cloud after the filly won by six lengths at Longchamp on Thursday. “The best two-year-old I have ever trained,” said the man who launched two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova on her stellar career as a juvenile in September 2007. Moonlight Cloud looked even better an hour later, when Putyball, second to the filly last month, won her conditioned one-mile race by a neck.


Also note that Moonlight Cloud raced against colts and geldings here and is targeting the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (formerly the Grand Critérium) against the best 2yo males in Europe.

Posted by Robin Howlett on September 10, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

Thanks, Robin, that is a detail definitely deserving of attention.

Visitors who read French can find a bit more on both Moonlight Cloud and Putyball here. The latter may start next in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.

Posted by Jessica on September 10, 2010 @ 7:24 pm