October 9, 2015
Jockey Ryan Moore described the Aidan O’Brien-trained Minding (2f Galileo-Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) as “a truly exceptional filly” after... View Article
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 23 Group winners out of DANEHILL mares feature the brilliant Frankel, the champion two-year-old Teofilo, the Prix du Jockey-Club winner Intello, the classic winners Golden Lilac, Cima de Triomphe and Roderic O’Connor . Galileo’s triple Gr.1 winner Lush Lashes and the Gr.2 winner Spiritjim are among his 17 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 very promising. His record with daughters of DANEHILL DANCER is increasingly impressive, with 6 Group winners, two Listed winners and another seven Group-placed winners. They include the 2015 2yo Gr.1 winner Minding. 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 talented 2015 2yo Johannes Vermeer has a dam by HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR.
His record with GREEN DESERT mares is excellent, featuring the Epsom Oaks winner Was and the Derby fourth Battle of Marengo. Now he owes the outstanding dual Derby winner Australia to Ouija Board, a brilliant daughter of CAPE CROSS. OASIS DREAM mares should also suit.
With 18% black-type winners, Galileo has enjoyed tremendous success with daughters of STORM CAT. Galileo now has three Guineas winners among this cross’s eight black-type winners, with Gleneagles taking the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas and Misty For me and Marvellous the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The cross’s fourth Gr.1 winner, Ballydoyle, also has obvious classic potential. As Gleneagles is out of a sister to Giant’s Causeway, it is only a matter of time before Galileo shines with GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mares.
Galileo is an excellent mate for mares whose pedigrees include NUREYEV. The Gr.2 winner Incanto Dream and the Gr.3 winner South Easter are among his 11 foals out of NUREYEV mares. The brilliant miler Rip Van Winkle is out of a daughter of STRAVINSKY and there are four Group winners among the first 16 foals out of daughters of PIVOTAL. He also sired the Gr.1 2yo winner Together Forever from a THEATRICAL mare.
CAERLEON and NINISKI, two sons of NIJINSKY, sired the second dams of three of Galileo’s Gr.1 winners.
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 top-class 2015 2yo Minding has a second dam by DARSHAAN. Galileo has 15% stakes winners with DARSHAAN and 23% with MARK OF ESTEEM.
Galileo sired the Gr.1 winner Galikova from a BLUSHING GROOM mare. A RAINBOW QUEST mare is the second dam of Frankel, Noble Mission and Curvy, ARAZI sired the second dam of Lush Lashes and RAHY sired the second dam of Marvellous and Gleneagles.
Galileo has four stakes winners out of INDIAN RIDGE mares, including the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Nightime and the Gr.2 winner David Livingston. Also, the Gr.1 winners Maybe and Photo Call are among the four Group winners with a second dam by INDIAN RIDGE.
Galileo is shining 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. His partnership with INTIKHAB has produced Group 1 winners Found and Igugu.
Sixties Icon and Gallant Tess are from DIESIS mares, so he suits the SHARPEN UP line. Roderic O’Connor has a second dam by KRIS.
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. Ruler of the World is from a KINGMAMBO mare, Order of St George from a GONE WEST mare and Red Rocks from a daughter of MACHIAVELLIAN.
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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