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Mouthwatering maiden runners in Europe and sensational sales in Australia

Which well-bred runners will be in the spotlight at Dundalk after the two-year-old maiden?
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No sales action in Europe on Wednesday, but there is some intriguing racing to savour – none more so than what looks like being a highly informative two-year-old maiden at Dundalk.

Martin Stevens runs the rule over the pedigrees in the race, which is due to go off at 6pm, here. It features two runners from the final crop of Scat Daddy and the first European representative of Scat Daddy's freshman son No Nay Never.

Could the maiden throw up anything as impressive as Could It Be Love, the War Front half-sister to Uncle Mo who broke her duck at Dundalk on Tuesday night?

There is also a two-year-old race at Longchamp at 2.05 local time, 1.05 BST, which features no fewer than three runners by Rajsaman - view the card here on France Galop.

An hour later in Paris, the three-year-old maiden features a Redoute's Choice colt out of Mandesha and a Shamardal brother to Baltic Baroness.


Lingfield (first race 1.40)

Market Rasen (2.00)

Kempton (5.45)

Dundalk (6.00)

ANZ Bloodstock News

The prestigious Inglis Easter Yearling Sale has already recorded 15 seven-figure transactions over the first two of three days of Book 1. The last session was sure to produce more showstoppers - view the catalogue here.

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What to watch

With the Grand National only days away, catch up with 2010 winner Don't Push It at JP McManus's Martinstown Stud

An interesting short video from TVG on the legacy of Scat Daddy, who appears to hold the key to the Dundalk two-year-old maiden


Final thought

As Aidan O'Brien's squad for the 2018 Flat season gradually emerges from Ballydoyle, the trainer's early runners are demonstrating the importance of American sires to his principal patrons, Coolmore.

O'Brien's impressive Dundalk maiden winner Could It Be True is by Claiborne Farm stalwart War Front, while the $1.1 million two-year-old colt set to run at the track today is by the late Ashford Stud resident Scat Daddy, who Coolmore is racing to establish as the source of an invigorating new sire-line before time runs out.

Could the maiden throw up anything as impressive as Could It Be Love?
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