With 2017 providing Galileo with his ninth sires’ championship in nine years, he is proving every bit as extraordinary as his own sire, Sadler’s Wells. Although Galileo is a grandson of NORTHERN DANCER, much of his success has been with mares with Northern Dancer blood, with the DANZIG branch achieving extraordinary success. His 29 Group winners out of DANEHILL mares feature the brilliant Frankel, the champion two-year-old Teofilo, the King George winner Highland Reel, the classic winners Intello, Golden Lilac, Cima de Triomphe and Roderic O’Connor, as well as the highly regarded Gustav Klimt.
Galileo’s triple Gr.1 winner Lush Lashes, the dual classic winner Capri and the Gr.2 winner Spiritjim are among his 24 foals out of ANABAA mares and the Gr.1 winner Adelaide is another whose broodmare sire is a son of DANZIG.
Now Galileo is being extensively used on mares by sons of DANEHILL and the signs are highly encouraging. His record with daughters of DANEHILL DANCER is increasingly impressive, with ten Group winners headed by Minding (1,000 Guineas and Oaks), The Gurkha (French 2,000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes) and triple Gr.1 winner Alice Springs. Galileo’s impressive Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician is out of a mare by Danehill’s fast son MOZART, while the American Gr.1 turf winner Photo Call has a dam by ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. The Gr.1 2yo winner Johannes Vermeer has a dam by HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR and the 2017 Derby runner-up Cliffs of Moher has a dam by DANSILI. Now Galileo has top winners from three generations of the Danehill male line, having sired the dual classic winner Winter from a CHOISIR mare. DUKE OF MARMALADE mares are worth trying, on the basis that he is a half-brother to one of Galileo’s Derby winners. FASTNET ROCK mares also merit serious consideration, as he has shone with Galileo’s broodmare daughters.
As Galileo’s dam produced the exceptional Sea The Stars to CAPE CROSS and the classic-placed Born To Sea to INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, mares by GREEN DESERT and his sons have obvious appeal. His record with GREEN DESERT mares is excellent, featuring the Epsom Oaks winner Was and the Derby fourth Battle of Marengo. He also owes the outstanding dual Derby winner Australia to Ouija Board, a brilliant daughter of CAPE CROSS.
With 22% black-type winners, Galileo has enjoyed tremendous success with daughters of STORM CAT. Galileo now has four Guineas winners among this cross’s ten Group/Graded winners, with Churchill and Gleneagles both taking the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, with Misty For Me and Marvellous both taking the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The cross has other potential classics in the 2017 2yo Gr.1 winners Clemmie and Happily. As Gleneagles, Marvellous and Happily are out of a sister to Giant’s Causeway, it is only a matter of time before Galileo shines with GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mares. Storm Cat’s grandson JOHANNESBURG sired the dam of Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner Seventh Heaven.
Galileo is an excellent mate for mares whose pedigrees include NUREYEV, a three-parts-brother to Sadler’s Wells. The Gr.2 winner Incanto Dream and the Gr.3 winner South Easter are among his 12 foals out of NUREYEV mares. The top miler Rip Van Winkle is out of a daughter of STRAVINSKY and there are seven Group winners, headed by Gr.1 winners Rhododendron, Hydrangea and The United States among his 29 foals out of daughters of PIVOTAL. He also sired the Gr.1 2yo winner Forever Together from a THEATRICAL mare. Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING sired the second dam of the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks.
Galileo has consistently shone with the MILL REEF line, siring Gr.1 winners from three generations of mares from this line. His Irish St Leger winners Sans Frontieres and Alandi are respectively out of daughters of SHIRLEY HEIGHTS and his son DARSHAAN, while his Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach has a dam by Darshaan’s son MARK OF ESTEEM. His Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch is out of a mare by another of Shirley Heights’ sons, SLIP ANCHOR. Altogether Galileo has ten Group winners out of DARSHAAN mares and his brilliant daughter Minding has a second dam by DARSHAAN. Galileo has 15% stakes winners with DARSHAAN and 23% with MARK OF ESTEEM. DALAKHANI sired the dam of his Derby second U.S. Army Ranger.
Galileo sired the Gr.1 winner Galikova from a BLUSHING GROOM mare. A RAINBOW QUEST mare is the second dam of Frankel and Noble Mission, ARAZI sired the second dam of Lush Lashes and RAHY sired the second dams of Marvellous, Gleneagles, Happily and Deauville.
Galileo also has three Group winners, including a classic winner, from mares by INDIAN RIDGE, and he sired the Gr.1 winner Curvy from an INCHINOR mare. Also, the Gr.1 winners Maybe, Rhododendron and Photo Call are among the seven Group winners with a second dam by INDIAN RIDGE. Galileo’s Derby winner New Approach is out of a daughter of AHONOORA.
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 with 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. His partnership with INTIKHAB is proving tremendously effective, with four Group winners from nine foals, including his outstanding Arc winner Found and the top South African filly Igugu.
The St Leger winner Sixties Icon and the Australian Gr.2 winner Gallant Tess are from DIESIS mares, so he suits the SHARPEN UP line. Roderic O’Connor has a second dam by KRIS. Galileo also has three Group winners out of mares inbred 3 x 3 to Sharpen Up. PRESIDIUM, a half-brother to Diesis and Kris, is the broodmare sire of the top-class Cape Blanco.
Galileo has numerous good winners inbred to MR PROSPECTOR within four generations. For example, his high-class daughters Ballydoyle, Misty For Me and Tapestry have second dams by MR PROSPECTOR. Galileo also sired the Derby winner Ruler of the World and the top-class Ulysses from KINGMAMBO mares, the Irish St Leger winner Order of St George from a GONE WEST mare and the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks from a daughter of MACHIAVELLIAN. Ruler of the World’s dam is inbred 3×3 to RAISE A NATIVE and MAJESTIC LIGHT, another Raise A Native line stallion, sired the second dam of Teofilo.
BERING and his son PENNEKAMP represent another branch of the NATIVE DANCER male line which demands serious consideration. Galileo’s foals out of Bering mares include the Derby second At First Sight, while his Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach and the Gr.3 winner Quest For Peace have BERING second dams. His first few foals out of PENNEKAMP mares feature the Gr.1 winners Together and Lily of the Valley.
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EUROPEAN CHAMPION AT 3 YEARS
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