January 20, 2015
Last year’s brilliant G1 Derby hero Australia (4c Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) has been officially recognised for his outstanding…View Article
One of the first questions asked about any stallion son of Galileo is whether his pedigree allows him a chance to replicate his sire’s exceptional results with the DANZIG male line. With Australia the answer is “Yes,” as the great stallion will be back in the fifth generation of his foals’ pedigrees.
DANEHILL mares surely have a lot to offer Australia. Galileo’s 27 northern hemisphere Group winners out of DANEHILL mares feature the brilliant Frankel, the champion two-year-old Teofilo, the Breeders’ Cup and King George winner Highland Reel and the classic winners Intello, Golden Lilac, Cima de Triomphe and Roderic O’Connor. Four sons of Galileo already have stakes winners out of DANEHILL mares, including the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes winner Dick Whittington. This success story now extends to mares by sons of DANEHILL. Galileo’s achievements with mares by DANEHILL DANCER are rivalling his record with DANEHILL mares, siring nine Group winners headed by the classic winners Minding and The Gurkha and Gr.1 winner Alice Springs. There are also Gr.1 winners out of mares by ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR and MOZART.
Galileo has an excellent record with ANABAA mares, which have also made a promising start with Teofilo.
Although Australia is out of a brilliant daughter of Cape Cross, this doesn’t rule out mares by the other high-class stallion sons of GREEN DESERT. For example, daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and OASIS DREAM create just 4×3 to GREEN DESERT. Daughters of GREEN DESERT have produced 13% Group winners to Galileo, including the Oaks winner Was. Teofilo has already sired Group winners from a daughter and a grand-daughter of GREEN DESERT.
The CHIEF’S CROWN branch of the DANZIG male line also comes into the picture. Teofilo sired the Irish St Leger winner Voleuse de Coeurs and the Irish Derby winner Trading Leather from mares by GRAND LODGE and his son SINNDAR respectively.
A branch of the Northern Dancer line which has enjoyed repeated classic success with Galileo is the one represented by STORM CAT. Galileo now has eight Group/Graded winners from 49 foals out of daughters of STORM CAT (20 per cent) and five of them – Churchill, Gleneagles, Ballydoyle, Misty For Me and Marvellous – are Gr.1 winners.
As Marvellous and Gleneagles are out of a sister to GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, this is an avenue well worth exploring.
The Dewhurst Stakes victory by Teofilo’s son Parish Hall opened the door to close inbreeding to SADLER’S WELLS, as he is out of a MONTJEU mare. Another son of Galileo has Gr.2 and Gr.3 2yo winners inbred 3×4 and 3×3 to SADLER’S WELLS, the dams being by TOBOUGG and REFUSE TO BEND.
Galileo has also had good results with the NUREYEV line, including five Group winners headed by Gr.1 winner Rhododendron from 26 foals out of PIVOTAL mares (19 per cent). His son New Approach sired the Oaks winner Talent from a PEINTRE CELEBRE mare. Galileo also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of THEATRICAL and STRAVINSKY.
Australia should be a natural for the MILL REEF line. Galileo has sired Gr.1 winners from three generations of descendants from Mill Reef. Altogether Galileo has ten Group winners out of DARSHAAN mares. He also has 23% stakes winners with Darshaan’s son MARK OF ESTEEM, including the Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach.
DARSHAAN mares produced the Gr.3 winner Toulifaut to Frankel, plus the Derby second Libertarian to New Approach.
Galileo is excelling with the ROBERTO line, notably siring the King George and Eclipse winner Nathaniel, the Irish Oaks heroine Great Heavens and the Gr.1 winner Seville from daughters of SILVER HAWK. He has 45% stakes winners from 11 foals out of SILVER HAWK mares. He has also sired Group winners from daughters of DYNAFORMER, KRIS S., LEAR FAN, RED RANSOM, DR FONG, SRI PEKAN and INTIKHAB (Arc winner Found).
Galileo sired the Gr.1 winner Galikova from a BLUSHING GROOM mare, while RAINBOW QUEST sired the damof Teofilo’s Gr.1 winner Quest For More and the second dams of Frankel, Noble Mission and Curvy; ARAZI sired the second dam of Lush Lashes and RAHY sired the second dams of Marvellous, Gleneagles and Deauville. New Approach’s Oaks winner Talent also has a second dam by RAINBOW QUEST. Frankel and Teofilo have both sired Gr.2 winners from daughters of RAHY.
Galileo has numerous good winners inbred to MR PROSPECTOR within four generations but MR PROSPECTOR is a generation further back in Australia’s pedigree. Galileo’s high-class daughters Ballydoyle, Misty For Me and Tapestry have second dams by MR PROSPECTOR. Galileo’s Derby winner Ruler Of The World has a dam by KINGMAMBO, his Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks is out of a MACHIAVELLIAN mare and top stayer Order of St George has a dam by GONE WEST.
AUSTRALIA is most likely to benefit from mares with AHONOORA blood. Galileo’s classic winners New Approach and Was respectively have a dam and a second dam by this top sprinter. Galileo also has three Group winners from mares by INDIAN RIDGE, and sired the Gr.1 winner Curvy from an INCHINOR mare.
The SHARPEN UP line is another guaranteed to suit Australia, as it has produced a classic winner to his sire Galileo and has enjoyed plenty of success with several other sons of Sadler’s Wells.
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