Galileo’s Group 1-winning son Imperial Monarch has been retired to stud and will stand under the Coolmore National Hunt banner at the Beeches Stud where he will replace the recently deceased Gold Well. Winner of his only start at two, a Curragh maiden by 3½ lengths, Imperial Monarch was next seen in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown where he defeated the smart Thought Worthy. After a troubled passage in the habitually rough Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly he made no mistake next time out when a short-priced favourite for the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris.
“Imperial Monarch is by the best sire in the world in Galileo and out of a Slip Anchor half-sister to Oscar so he’s got an ideal pedigree for the job. His dam, the Listed winner Ionian Sea bred no less than ten winners including four Group 1 horses,” said the Beeches manager Robert McCarthy. “Although he was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate Camelot at Ballydoyle he was a very talented racehorse in his own right and would have been the stable star in virtually every other yard. He’s a lovely horse with plenty of size and scope and a good walk.”