Galileo’s son Deauville (2c Galileo-Walklikeanegyptian, by Danehill) is favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas after winning the G3 JRA Tyros Sakes at Leaopardstown on Thursday night.
An easy Listowel maiden winner on his only other start, Deauville saw off the highly-touted Sanus Per Aquam when scoring by half a length in the colours of breeder Fitriana Hay. He is 12/1 favourite to land the first Classic of 2016 with some bookmakers.
“He’s tough – he’s a hardy, tough horse,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told irishracing.com. “It’s a good while since he ran. He was going to go to the Chesham (at Royal Ascot) but had a little setback and that’s why he ended up coming here.
“He stays and Joseph (O’Brien) said he was very green. He’ll probably have learned a lot from today. He stuck his head out and is a typical Galileo. Obviously the G2 Futurity Stakes is a race we’ll look at and also the G1 National Stakes.”
Joseph O’Brien added: “He won nicely in Listowel and Seamus (Heffernan) felt there was a lot of progression in him from that day.
“He had been working nicely at home but he was quite green throughout the race today. I was niggling him along but I always felt there was plenty in the locker.
“He was a little bit green off the bend but once I straightened up and got a couple of flicks into him he fought all the way to the line. I’d imagine there is a lot of improvement in him. Today is far from him at his peak. He is an exciting horse going forward.”
It could be a big few days for Deauville’s family and the Hays as his four-year-old full-brother The Corsican is set to run in Saturday’s G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.