Two-year-olds The Pentagon (2c Galileo-Vadawina, by Unfuwain) and Happily (2f Galileo-You’resothrilling, by Storm Cat) looked two more hugely-exciting prospects for Galileo at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.
The Pentagon, a runaway maiden winner earlier in the month, confirmed that promise when taking the G3 Tyros Stakes under Ryan Moore. He is now 8/1 favourite for the 2018 Derby and 12/1 for the 2,000 Guineas.
“He learned a lot today. Ryan felt that he was very raw, and it was only when he went past the line that he really got to straighten himself up. He said he went past the line and he took off,” said winning trainer Aidan O’Brien.
“It was good that he had to get out there and teach him a bit. David and Diane Nagle bred him and he’s out of an Aga Khan mare. He could go for the G2 Futurity. He’s a very good mover and wouldn’t mind fast ground.”
Happily, a sister to Classic heroes Gleneagles and Marvellous, looked another fine flag bearer for her family when winning the G3 Silver Flash Stakes by five lengths.
“She’s lovely and came forward well again.You would have to be delighted with that, and Ryan is very happy with her,” said O’Brien. “She could go for the G2 Debutante Stakes next. She picked them up very easily. Donnacha loved her the first day and the second time, and I’d say she has jumped again.”
Another name for the notebook could be Delano Roosevelt (2c Galileo-Again,by Danehill Dancer) who kicked off his racing career with a stylish maiden victory on the same card.
Galileo – Champion 3yo in Europe, winning the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby & ‘King George’ in very fast times.
Carrying the colours of China Horse Club, the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly took the lead in the final furlong and went on to take the 1m 1f contest by a length and three-quarters.
“She’s a filly we’ve always thought had a lot of ability,” said O’Brien. “Seamus (Heffernan) gave her a great ride, she was coming home well and will stay a bit further. She’s starting to get it together.”
Arcangela (Galileo) a half-sister to Group 1 winner UMRUM and to Tan Tat Star, the dam of dual Hong Kong HK-1 winner Sun Jewellery has been booked in to be served by Honorius.
Having such high quality mares goes a long way to secure a sound future for Honorius at stud.
Arcangela’s last foal sold was at Easter 2016 – lot 460 by HINCHINBROOK sold for $100,000.
ARCANGELA has a yearling filly by EPAULETTE and is currently in foal to OUTREACH on a LDS of 7/9/2016.
A champion sire in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 with 66 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), 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), Cape Blanco (Irish Derby), Sixties Icon (St Leger), Nightime (1,000 Guineas) and New Approach (Derby).
“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