2yo Group-race Curragh double for Galileo

Port Douglas (Galileo) winning the Beresford Stakes (Gr.2) at the Curragh

Not for the first time, Galileo dominated the feature events at the Curragh on Sunday thanks to a pair of juveniles who look live 2016 Classic prospects after pulling off a Group-race double for the champion sire.

First up was the blue-blooded filly Coolmore (2f Galileo-You’resothrilling, by Storm Cat) who showed great battling qualities to win the G3 C L & M F Weld Park Stakes under Joseph O’Brien. The full-sister to Classic stars Marvellous and Gleneagles is trained by O’Brien’s father Aidan.

“There’s no doubt she’ll improve, she’s a big filly and she’ll develop mentally and grow up. She’ll be much better when she goes over a mile. The ground was perfect for her today so we let her take her chance over seven furlongs,” said the winning trainer.

“They went a good pace, she was a bit lazy through the middle of the race but stays well like her sister Marvellous.”

Joseph O’Brien added: “I hadn’t had a brilliant passage through the race but I knew there was plenty in the locker once I saw a bit of daylight. She came good when it mattered. She’s still learning.

“I think she’ll get a mile and a quarter, she settles very well. Fast ground and stepping up in trip shouldn’t be a huge problem for her.”

Aidan O’Brien was on the mark again when Emmet McNamara got up Port Douglas (2c Galileo-Walzerkoenigin, by Kingmambo) to win the G2 Beresford Stakes (pictured).

“He battled and did it well under Emmet – he’s a real nice horse. He’ll be a lovely middle-distance colt for next year. There’s the G1 Racing Post Trophy to consider so we’ll see how he is,” said O’Brien.

Share this