Galileo and Coolmore Continue Success
Churchill’s sister Clemmie (2f Galileo-Meow, by Storm Cat) continued the family’s fabulous record when winning the G2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
Ryan Moore, who was aboard the Aidan O’Brien-trained daughter of Galileo, feels she is as good as any juvenile filly seen out so far this season.
Moore asked his mount to quicken two furlongs from home and she eventually prevailed by a length and three-quarters.
“She’s just progressed with every run, which is typical of one of Aidan’s two-year-olds. She’s just got better and better,” said Moore. “She was good in the Group 3 the last day and was better today. I thought she did that very easily.
“I’d say she is the best (two-year-old) filly we’ve seen out this year. She’s won a six-furlong Group 2 in July, she’s got the pedigree to do it and she’s got the trainer. She’s got every chance.”
Clemmie races in the colours of Michael Tabor, who added: “You have to be impressed. Obviously she’s improving all the time and she wants six furlongs, but more would suit her. We were all hopeful she’d go to the top on her breeding. As we know she’s a full-sister to Churchill.
“We can’t ask for better than that and she’s one to look forward to. She’s won as if she wants seven furlongs and hopefully she’ll be a Guineas horse for next year.”
He continued: “She’s already had three races and I really don’t know what Aidan wants to do.
“He trains the horse and no decision has been made on where she’ll go, but he’ll probably have another race in mind, I suppose.
“Obviously we’ll gradually step her up, I think she’ll handle a Group 1 alright and it could be the Moyglare Stud Stakes.”
Seven-time Group 1 winning multiple champion Minding (4f Galileo – Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) has been retired from racing following an injury sustained after her G2 Mooresbridge Stakes win earlier this season and is recuperating at Coolmore.
Minding won three times at 2 years, leading home a Galileo 1-2-3 in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh before ending the season with a 4½ length success in the G1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.
Minding added five more G1 victories at 3 years including the 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks and defeated a strong field of older horses in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
A Champion at 2 and 3 years, Minding retires with nine victories (seven in group 1 races) from 13 starts and earnings of $3,213,340. Genuine and versatile as well as talented, she never finished out of the frame.
O’Brien said: “She was an incredible filly and was one of the best fillies I have trained. What she did was just incredible because she ran at the top level between a mile and a mile and a half as a three-year-old. To win five Group 1s at three is amazing really.
“She had the most brilliant physique and a wonderful pedigree. Above all, it was her mind that made her special because she was such a pleasure to deal with and had a brilliant attitude. She was incredibly well-named.”
O’Brien said: “She injured her pastern and John [Halley, vet] just wasn’t happy for her to resume training yet. At this stage, we felt it would be a bit of a struggle to get her back for the remainder of the season so the lads decided that the best option was to retire her as she was too important.
“It was just going to take too much time with her, and while she will be absolutely fine, we felt that we were just running out of time for this season.
“We were very excited about what this year might hold for her as she had done incredibly well from three to four. She retained all of her pace and enthusiasm for racing. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out but she will be something to look forward to at stud.”
O’Brien added: “An awful lot of people played a vital part in her career and without them it would not have been possible and of course Ryan [Moore] rode her brilliantly in all of her races at three.
“Seamus [Heffernan] played a huge part in Minding’s career as he rode her in all of her work and he was on board when she won her maiden at Leopardstown as well as when she won the G1 Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh.
“It was just a massive team effort and I would like to thank everybody who played a role in her success.”