Galileo Dominates British Champions’ Day
Aidan O’Brien equalled the late Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 G1 wins in a season when Hydrangea (3f Galileo-Beauty Truth, by Pivotal) completed a double for Galileo at Ascot on Saturday at QIPCO British Champions’ Day.
Partnered by Ryan Moore, Hydrangea ran out a decisive winner of the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, coming home two lengths clear of the French-trained Bateel.
“You couldn’t be sure that she would stay,” admitted O’Brien. “She is a home-bred Galileo filly and Galileos will not stop: they are most incredible animals in the world. Ryan gave her a great ride.
“She really pulled out when Ryan wanted her to. It was Ryan’s idea to run her – he thought there was a chance that she could get this trip. We weren’t sure, but obviously she did and it is brilliant.”
Moore was full of praise for his mount, who also won the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend in September.
“Hydrangea is great, she’s been running very good races all year – she won the Matron and she ran a very good race in the Opera. She’s just super.
“I thought she had a great chance here today even though I was hoping the ground would be a bit better than it is. She has a great attitude.”
Meanwhile, another admirable flagbearer for Galileo, O’Brien and Moore kicked off Champions Day on he best possible note.
Order Of St George (5h Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West) flew home late to win the G1 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.
It was a ninth black-type success for the admirable son of Galileo and O’Brien commented: “He never stops. In any race he’s ever run in, he always finishes them. He’s never, ever stopping. You saw him in the G1 Gold Cup and the G1 Irish Leger – sometimes the line comes too quick, but he doesn’t stop. He’s tough and he’s hard, and Ryan gave him a great ride.”
Order Of St George eventually finished half a length clear of Fastnet Rock’s gutsy son Torcedor (5g Fastnet Rock-Magnolia Lane, by Sadler’s Wells) and Moore was full of praise for the winner.
“It’s very soft out there but I was hoping that his stamina would kick in and it did – he’s a very good horse,” said the rider. “He is an unbelievable horse. He ran a very good race in the Arc 20 days ago and has come here at the end of a long year looking magnificent. He is a beautiful horse and a pleasure to deal with.”
Galileo Mare Booked to New Sire Honorius
She has just had a very impressive filly by Outreach.
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.
GALILEO (IRE) (1998). 6 wins, The Derby, Gr.1. Champion GB/Ire. Sire, 2008. Sire of 1867 rnrs, 1268 wnrs, 242 SW, inc. Highland Reel (Breeders’ Cup Turf, Gr.1), Cape Blanco, New Approach, etc. Sire of the dams of SW Barney Roy, Intricately, Rivet, Galileo Gold, Hall of Fame, La Cressonniere, Qualify, Zhukova, Magicool, Night of Thunder, La Collina, Lea, Rich Legacy, Roly Poly, Mongolian Falcon, Turret Rocks, Vanquish Run, Balios, Dartmouth, etc.
RHUM DANCER, by Command Module. Winner at 1200m in Aust. Half-sister to Star Power, Rehearsed (dam of CREATRIX). Dam of 12 foals, 9 to race, 6 winners, inc:-
UMRUM (c by Umatilla (NZ)). 14 wins-5 at 2-from 900m to 1600m, A$1,563,280, VATC Toorak H., Gr.1-twice, VRC Craiglee S., Gr.2, WATC Lee Steere S., Gr.2, SAJC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.3, VRC Poseidon S., L, SAJC Sunsmart S., L, Fulham Park P., L, VATC JD MacDonald S., L, 2d VRC Emirates S., Gr.1, Salinger S., Gr.1, MRC Toorak H., Gr.1, WATC Fruit ‘n’ Veg S., Gr.1, VATC Memsie S., Gr.2, Victoria H., Gr.3, 3d VATC Underwood S., Gr.1, Toorak H., Gr.1-twice, Eat Well Live Well Cup, Gr.1, JJ Liston S., Gr.2, VRC Gilgai S., Gr.3, MVRC CS Hayes S., Gr.3.
Rely on Me (g by Encosta de Lago). 5 wins from 1200m to 1650m, HK$2,455,275, HKJC Chevalier Property Management H., Heilongjiang H., Emerald H., Tribute to Hong Kong Music H., Ko Shing H., 2d HKJC Maybach Race H., 3d HKJC Warwick H.
Tan Tat Star (f by Umatilla (NZ)). 3 wins from 1100m to 1600m, MRC Heathmont H., MVRC Great Race Sweepstake H., 3d VRC Australian Lamb Company H., MVRC Functions & Events H. Dam of 6 winners-
TAN TAT DE LAGO (f Encosta de Lago) 6 wins-4 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$447,900, VRC Danehill S., Gr.3, QTC Brisbane P., L, MVRC Betstar 2YO H., VRC Better Draw 2YO H., MRC Ken Hilton 2YO H., 2d VRC Matriarch S., Gr.2, MRC Tristarc S., Gr.2, 3d VRC Moomba P., L, 4th Queensland Guineas, Gr.2, MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude, Gr.3, Gold Coast Guineas, Gr.3. Dam of 3 winners-
Chase the Horizon. 5 wins-1 at 2-to 1200m, A$212,450, to 2016-17, MRC November Relaunch H., SAJC Campolina Stud H., 2d MRC Frank O’Brien H., MVRC Bertocchi Famous Xmas Ham H., WT Partnership H.
Tan Tat Diamond. 5 wins-2 at 2-to 1400m, A$270,320, to 2015-16, VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club 2YO H., ATC International Premier Events H., BRC Coca Cola P., GCTC Currumbin Creek Taven H., 2d BRC 125kg Grass Fed D Marriott Steaks P.
Tan Tat Beauty. Winner at 2 in 2015-16, 2d MVRC Cleanaway P.
TAN TAT SUN – SUN JEWELLERY (H.K.) (g Snitzel) Champion Miler in Hong Kong in 2015-16. 9 wins from 1100m to 1800m, A$41,675, HK$19,035,200, to 2015-16 in Aust. and HK, Hong Kong Classic Mile, L, Hong Kong Classic Cup, L, HKJC Premier Cup, L, Flying Dancer H., 18 Districts Cup, Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road H., Racehorse Owners Association H., 2d HKJC Panasonic Cup, 3d HKJC BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile, Gr.2.
Tan Tat Tess. 3 wins at 1200m, A$83,228, MVRC 1300whitten.com.au H., 2d MVRC Dominant H., 3d MRC Mahaasin H. Dam of-
Tan Tat Charger. 2 wins at 1200m in 2015-16, 2d MVRC City Jeep P.
Tan Tat Dancer. 3 wins from 1400m to 1750m, 3d MRC Beau Sovereign H., George A Davis H., SAJC Holdfast Insurance H.
Tan Tat Alpha. 6 wins to 1200m in Aust.
Tan Tat Nova. Winner at 1600m in 2016-17 in Aust.
Old Smokey (g by Voltage Peak). Winner at 1200m, WATC Beach H., 3d WATC Dardanup H., Cambana Lad H.
Fonteaux (f by Raveneaux). 8 wins-2 at 2-from 1000m to 2000m in Aust. Dam of 4 winners-
Govic’s Pick. 9 wins-3 at 2-from 1000m to 1900m in Aust.
A Slick Pick. 9 wins-1 at 2-to 1300m in Aust.
A Beaut Pick. 6 wins from 1400m to 1600m in Aust.
Ken’s Pick. 3 wins to 1350m in Aust.
Lost in Venice (g by Atlantic Flyer). 2 wins at 900m, 1000m in Aust.
Arcangela (f by Galileo (Ire)). See below.
Gambetta (f by Spinning World (USA)). Unraced. Dam of 3 winners-
Take Out. 6 wins from 1600m to 3200m, A$177,203, SAJC ACG Security H., MRC Patinack Farm H., 2d MRC Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle, SAJC Junction $10.90 Meal Deal H., Oakbank RC Yalumba H.
Galactic Gambler. Winner at 1300m in Aust.
Circumference. Winner at 1200m in Aust.
Exotic Treat (f by Keltrice). Unraced. Dam of-
State of Being. Winner at 1300m, 2d BRC Glenlogan Park H., One Toyota H.