Galileo Continues to Dominate UK Summer
Super-Sire Galileo continued his domination of UK racing with his 4yo Colt Ulysses claiming the Eclipse.
Ulysses Sired by a Derby winner (Galilelo) out of an Oaks winner (Light Shift), there cannot be many better bred horses in training than Ulysses.
He is bred to be a star over middle distances and, while equine genetics do not always work out, Ulysses has certainly done his bit to keep up family tradition, even though he himself could finish only 12th when contesting the Derby last year.
Michael Stoute’s colt won his 1st Group One, a great reward for his much improved performance this season especially at Royal Ascot finishing a good third to the classy Highland Reel and Decorated Knight.
There have been few more impressive juvenile fillies this season than Churchill’s full-sister Clemmie (2f Galileo-Meow, by Storm Cat) who came home two and three-quarter lengths clear of Butterscotch (2f Galileo-Lesson In Humility, by Mujadil) in the G3 Grangecon Stud Stakes.
“She’s lovely. We’re going to give her a little bit of time now and then maybe step up to seven in the Debutante,” said winning trainer Aidan O’Brien “You’d be delighted with that. She’s coming together lovely, slowly slowly. You’d imagine being by Galileo she’ll step up to seven and she’ll probably even get a mile
“It’s five or six weeks to the G2 Debutante Stakes (August 20th) and that’s what we’ll have a look at with her. It works with the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in mind.”
On a great day for Galileo, Johannes Vermeer (4c Galileo-Inca Princess, by Holy Roman Emperor) took the G3 International Stakes while two-year-old Gustav Klimt (2c Galileo-Massarra, by Danehill) looked an exciting prospect when a facile maiden winner.
Coral-Eclipse (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Class 1)
1m 1f 209y, Good to Firm (Firm in places)
Age4 (Foaled 20th March 2013)
Sir Michael Stoute
OwnerFlaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
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