Galileo perhaps even crowned his already immense list of achievements at Longchamp on Sunday when amazingly siring the first three home in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.
The superb filly Found (4f Galileo-Red Evie, by Intikhab), who has won a G1 in each season she has raced, showed great tenacity to come home ahead of three-time G1 winner Highland Reel (4c Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) in second with G1 Ascot Gold Cup hero Order Of St George (4c Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West) in third.
Adding to the achievement was the fact that the first three finishers in the 16-runner field were all trained by Aidan O’Brien.
“I couldn’t dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is,” said O’Brien. “I’m so delighted for everyone. It’s a big team effort. It’s a privilege to be here and be part of it. How could you say anything is higher than this? It is the most difficult race. For that to happen it is incredible. Ryan gave her a brilliant ride.
“It’s a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there’s not much to beat it, but it’s all down to a fantastic team effort. What makes it amazing is that they are all by Galileo…it’s a privilege to be here.
“Found has only run over a mile and a half four times before and she was unlucky in the Arc last year. We came here very hopeful after a good run last time.
“We’ve had our eye on this for a long time. When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc – he was obviously right.”
Michael Tabor, whose colours are carried by Found, added: “I can’t believe it. First, second and third in the Arc, it’s unbelievable. It’s just incredible. Words can’t describe it. It’s just amazing.
“This is the time of year for Found. We knew we had a chance, but this is the Arc and it’s a tough race. It’s unreal. She’s a hardy, tough filly. I don’t have to say anything because her results speak for themselves, so it’s fantastic.
“It’s the race that all of America watches and obviously Europe does, too, so the whole world is watching. It’s a special race to say the least.”