Galileo and Coolmore Continue Global Dominance
Victory in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud for Waldgeist (4c Galileo-Waldlerche, by Monsun) headed a haul of three European Group-race wins for the incredible Galileo on Sunday.
The progressive four-year-old provided trainer Andre Fabre with an amazing eighth success in the Saint-Cloud showpiece when holding off the high-class Coronet to prevail in the colours of Gestut Ammerland.
“It was a great performance and, although he has taken time to mature, he is stronger now as a four-year-old,” said Ammerland’s Dietrich von Boetticher. “He has proved himself since the start of the season and was given a great ride by Pierre-Charles Boudot today.
“Ultimately, I imagine the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the main target and we will discuss plans in time, but it will be up to Andre Fabre to decide where and when he goes next.”
Fabre added: “He is in the G1 King George at Ascot, but it was a big effort today so we will see how he comes out of it before committing. Waiting for the G2 Prix Foy (at Longchamp in September) is another option.”
Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Aidan O’Brien sent out Flag Of Honour (3c Galileo-Hawala, by Warning) to win the G2 International Curragh Cup while stablemate Yucatan (4c Galileo-Six Perfections, by Celtic Swing) landed the G3 International Stakes, also at the Curragh.
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The Ryan Moore-ridden Magic Wand (3f Galileo-Prudenzia, by Dansili) continued a great Royal Ascot for Galileo on Thursday when winning the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes.
Magic Wand was always prominent throughout the mile and a half race and came to the front after rounding the turn into the home straight. She quickly drew clear of the field and won impressively by four lengths.
Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “We were very happy with Magic Wand after the Oaks [she finished fourth to stablemate Forever Together] – the ground went unusually soft in Epsom – and she came out of it well in every sense.
“This filly might go to the G1 Irish Oaks, and then she and Forever Together might head for the G1 Arc or something like that.”
Ryan Moore echoed O’Brien’s sentiments about the ground benefitting Magic Wand.
“Magic Wand did it nicely today. She is a lovely filly and she enjoyed being on better ground – that was a good performance,” said the jockey.
Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux and Skymarc Farm, Magic Wand was sold for €1.4 million as a yearling at Arqana.
Kew Gardens (3c Galileo-Chelsea Rose, by Desert King) led home a Royal Ascot 1-2 for Galileo on Wednesday when landing the G2 Queen’s Vase under Ryan Moore.
Kew Gardens won easily by four and a half lengths from stablemate Southern France (3c Galileo-Alta Anna, by Anabaa) and is now rated just a 5/1 chance with some bookmakers to bring Classic success in the G1 St Leger in September.
Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “We always thought Kew Gardens would stay, and he loves fast ground.
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“He can do a lot of things. He can go back for the Irish Derby or have a little rest and be trained for the St Leger. The St Leger is a long way away but in the autumn it would be a lovely race for him. But he came out of Epsom very well and if he comes out of this as well, he could well go for the Irish Derby; it’s always a race we consider with these horses. We’ll see how he is.”
Moore was full of praise for his mount.
“He’s a lovely horse, the trip suited him, and hopefully he can go on from there. He won the Zetland Stakes last year and ran two good races before the Derby. He was slightly disappointing at Epsom but that can happen, as we know,” said the jockey.
“We thought this trip would suit him. He has got a very good mind, as Aidan said to me, and he gets the trip fine.”
Galileo gave the Queen a rare Graded winner in the US on Friday evening when Newmarket handler William Haggas sent Call To Mind (4c Galileo-Memory, by Danehill Dancer) on a successful trans Atlantic foray to New York.
The four-year-old stayed on well in the G2 Belmont Park Invitational Stakes to prevail under Javier Castellano.
Call To Mind was also bred by the Queen and the owner’s racing manager John Warren told the Racing Post: “It was great and (the Queen) was really buzzed up last night having watched it, which was great as it was rather late for her to stay up.
“All in all it was a great occasion for the Queen to enjoy and we have a rather wonderful Gold Cup trophy, which I hope she’ll enjoy when it gets home.
“It was wonderful, a really uplifting occasion and we managed to get the Queen on the phone after the race. It was one of the occasions where everything worked out and Javier rode a brilliant race.”
Warren added that there were no immediate future plans for the progressive Galileo colt and added: “There’s nothing imminent, but now we’ve learned a bit about the horse. He’s such a laidback horse so travelling might be his game and we’ll have to have a look.
“This was the plan and we haven’t moved on to the next step yet as everyone is just thoroughly enjoying the moment.
“The Queen is always open to new ideas and was keen to give it a go. She was thrilled, especially as she bred him, and Memory looks a fantastic young mare.”
A champion sire in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 with 71 Gr.1 winners including Classic winners such as World Champion Frankel (2,000 Guineas), Australia (Derby), Ruler Of The World (Derby), Magician (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Gleneagles (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), The Gurkha (French 2,000 Guineas), Minding (Epsom Oaks, 1,000 Guineas), Churchill (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), Winter (1,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas), Was (Epsom Oaks), Roderic O’Connor (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Treasure Beach (Irish Derby), Capri (Irish Derby, St Leger), Misty For Me (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Golden Lilac (French 1,000 Guineas, French Oaks), Soldier Of Fortune (Irish Derby), Order Of St George (Irish St Leger x2), Cape Blanco (Irish Derby), Sixties Icon (St Leger), Nightime (1,000 Guineas) and New Approach (Derby), Forever Together (Epsom Oaks) etc.
“Galileo is truly a phenomenon, a ruler of the world himself and universally acknowledged as the best sire on the planet“. Tony Morris, Racing Post 6/6/13