10 of the best Group 1 winners for super sire Galileo
Stallion has 70 Group 1 winners to his name
Irish thoroughbred Galileo has a quite incredible record as a sire since his retirement from racing in 2001.
As of last weekend, the stallion has sired an incredible 70 individual Group 1 winners. What’s more impressive is that he continues to break new ground. Clemmie’s victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes was Galileo’s first progeny to win at a distance under 7f at the highest level.
Here, the Coral News Team look at 10 of Galileo’s most successful sons and daughters…
The only member of Galileo’s progeny to have won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. After a failed attempt in 2015, Found returned as a four-year-old in 2016 to claim a hugely impressive 1¾l distance win.
In total the filly landed five black-type successes. Only once in 21 runs did Aidan O’Brien’s runner finish outside of the top-three.
New Approach won five Group 1 encounters in his two-season flat career. But it was over 7f where he truly excelled. Trained by Jim Bolger, the son of Galileo won five from five over the distance.
Highlights include the National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes, as well as the 2008 Epsom Derby from Tartan Bearer.
A dual-Guineas winner, Gleneagles was most at home at the Curragh. The Irish-bred raider won four from four on his home track, including the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
He took the step up from 7f to 1m in his stride. In his last victory as a three-year-old, the O’Brien colt chased the leaders before edging ahead by over 2l to claim the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. It was – and still is – jockey Ryan Moore’s only success in the event.
The most recently retired Galileo superstar on this list, Minding won an incredible seven Group 1 races.
Her black-type streak began with victory over fellow progeny Alice Springs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. The following season she managed a Classic double, landing the Epsom Oaks and 1000 Guineas in immense style.
It’s hard to do justice to a horse as magnificent as Frankel. The Sir Henry Cecil trained runner went unbeaten throughout his career and holds the honour of being Timeform’s top-rated thoroughbred on the flat.
Over two years Frankel won nine consecutive Group 1s. From an 11l victory in the Queen Anne Stakes to a remarkable run in his final ever race in the Champion Stakes, this son of Galileo was the best there has ever been.
Despite having started out as a sprinter, the Irish-bred raider has made his name as a formidable middle-distance competitor.
Aidan O’Brien’s five-year-old has landed some of the biggest races on the flat. From the Secretariat Stakes to the Breeders’ Turf Cup to the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Highland Reel has an enviable record.
Nathaniel was an excellent racehorse in his own right. Two Group 1 successes in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Eclipse Stakes cannot be argued with.
But it’s his own progeny that excited the Coral News Team more. He is the sire to recent Arc winner Enable. Could Nathaniel ever reach Galileo levels of greatness?
Cape Blanco enjoyed significant success in the UK and Ireland before proving similarly impressive abroad.
He claimed the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes in 2010. After a brief lean spell, he ended his career with a hat-trick of Grade 1s in the USA. Victory in the Man O’War Stakes was a particular highlight.
Another member of the Galileo stud to claim dual-Guineas honours. Churchill seemed imperious after five straight black-type successes.
He hasn’t won in three outings now, though. While his quality is undoubted, a step back down in trip could be required if Churchill is to get back to winning ways.
A hugely successful member of Galileo’s current active crop, Winter has already landed a quartet of Group 1 wins this season.
She was imperious in landing the British and Irish Guineas. And that was followed up by the Coronation Stakes and the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. It’s Champions Day next for the three-year-old.
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