Another Great Week for Coolmore and Galileo
Idaho perfect at Chester
Highland Reel’s full-brother Idaho (5h Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) looks set for a big season and won the G3 Ormonde Stakes with the minimum of fuss at Chester on Thursday.
The son of Galileo was sent off odds-on favourite for the staying event and was produced with a well-timed run by Ryan Moore to win by three and a half lengths.
“Everybody was very happy with him coming here and it was nice to see him do that,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “The plan was to come here and then look at races like the G1 Coronation Cup and G1 King George, those sort of races.
“Ryan has said he’d stay further, though, so that opens up even more options. He said he’d have no problem going further, so I suppose he could develop into a Cup horse. He’s travelled the world and is very professional now. You like to see them run through the line strong like he did there.”
Galileo was also responsible for the previous day’s Listed Cheshire Oaks winner Magic Wand (3f Galileo-Prudenzia, by Danehill). The €1.4 million yearling purchase, bred by Ecurie des Monceaux and Skymarc Farm, looks a leading contender for the G1 Oaks at Epsom.
Cliffs prevails in G2 for Galileo
Last year’s G1 Derby runner-up Clffs Of Moher (4c Galileo-Wave, by Dansili) looks set for a good 2018 season after winning the G2 Coolmore Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on Monday.
Ryan Moore piloted the Galileo colt in the 10-furlong contest, showing a superb turn of foot to seize the lead in the final furlong and forge clear to win by a length and three-quarters.
Cliffs Of Moher has a range of G1 entries this year and trainer Aidan O’Brien commented: “He relaxed lovely and came home well. He has an option of either the G1 Coronation Cup or the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. He’s a good horse and was just beaten in an Epsom Derby.”
Galileo has made his traditional formidable start to the year and on Sunday was represented by another high-class four-year-old winner in Waldgeist (4c Galileo-Waldlerche, by Monsun), who captured the G3 Prix d’Hedouville in Longchamp.