One of the most striking features of the 2015 and 2016 seasons has been the emergence of three top-class performers representing Galileo’s partnership with daughters of another champion sire, DANEHILL DANCER. Between them Minding, The Gurkha and Alice Springs have collected the remarkable total of ten Gr.1 victories, including three classics. The Gurkha’s contribution included winning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains by five and a half lengths before defeating the 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold in the Sussex Stakes. The Gurkha also comes from a top-class female line, as his first three dams were stakes winners and his fourth dam is Vallee Dansante, who numbers winners of the Derby, Arc, Prix Marcel Boussac and Grand Criterium among her descendants. Vallee Dansante also has a distinguished three-parts brother in that very good stallion Green Dancer, who also won the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.
There must be some valuable clues to be found among the best winners sired by Galileo’s stallion sons out of mares by Danehill, including Teofilo and Frankel. Although Teofilo has a dam by Danehill, he has plenty of good winners with a second line of DANZIG. Among them are Gr.1 winner Havana Gold (dam by DESERT STYLE), the Gr.2 winners Amira’s Prince (dam by GREEN DESERT) and Diplomat (dam by SHAADI) and the Gr.3-winning brothers Scottish and Royal Empire (dam by ZIETEN). Teofilo also has stakes winners inbred 3×2 and 3×3 to DANEHILL.
As Danehill and Danzig are one generation further back in The Gurkha’s pedigree, he clearly has plenty of options with mares from the DANZIG line. Galileo has sired an Oaks winner from a GREEN DESERT mare and the dual Derby winner Australia from a daughter of CAPE CROSS, so these merit a chance with The Gurkha, as do daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, OASIS DREAM and SEA THE STARS. Mares by the likes of ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, FASTNET ROCK, DANSILI, EXCEED AND EXCEL, KODIAC, MOZART and DUKE OF MARMALADE create an acceptable 4×3 to DANEHILL. The GRAND LODGE branch of the Danzig male line supplied Teofilo with Irish St Leger winner Voleuse de Coeurs (dam by GRAND LODGE) and the Irish Derby winner Trading Leather (dam by SINNDAR).
The BLUSHING GROOM line is playing an important role in Teofilo’s career and has made a very promising start with Frankel. Teofilo has Group winners out of daughters of RAINBOW QUEST (Gr.1 winner Quest For More), GROOM DANCER (Oaks second Tarfasha) and RAHY (Gr.2 winner Arod) and there’s also a Gr.2 winner with a dam by QUEST FOR FAME. Frankel’s Gr.2 Lowther Stakes winner Queen Kindly is another with a dam by RAHY and his smart daughter Fair Eva has a QUEST FOR FAME second dam.
A branch of the Northern Dancer line enjoying repeated classic success with Galileo is the one represented by STORM CAT. Galileo now has eight Group/Graded winners from daughters of STORM CAT (20 per cent) and five of them – Churchill, Gleneagles, Ballydoyle, Misty For Me and Marvellous – are Gr.1 winners. Teofilo sired a Gr.1 winner from a daughter of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. As Marvellous and Gleneagles are out of a sister to GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, this is an avenue well worth exploring with The Gurkha.
Inbreeding to SADLER’S WELLS cannot be ruled out, as two of Galileo’s sons with dams by Danehill have sired Group winners inbred 3×3. Roderic O’Connor also has a Group winner inbred 3×4.
Galileo has also had very good results with the NUREYEV line, including five Group winners from PIVOTAL mares headed by Gr.1 winner Rhododendron. His son New Approach sired the Oaks winner Talent from a PEINTRE CELEBRE mare and Teofilo has a Gr.3 winner with a PEINTRE CELEBRE dam. Galileo also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of THEATRICAL and STRAVINSKY.
Although he is out of a Miswaki mare, Galileo has enjoyed widespread success with other MR PROSPECTOR line mares, notably siring Gr.1 winners from daughters of MACHIAVELLIAN, KINGMAMBO and GONE WEST. Other sons of Galileo have Group winners with dams by MACHIAVELLIAN, ZAFONIC, THUNDER GULCH and DUBAI DESTINATION. Daughters of KING’S BEST and ZAMINDAR also have stakes winners by Teofilo.
Galileo is excelling with the ROBERTO line, notably siring the Gr.1 winners Nathaniel, Great Heavens and Seville from daughters of SILVER HAWK. He has also sired Group winners from daughters of DYNAFORMER, KRIS S., LEAR FAN, RED RANSOM, DR FONG, SRI PEKAN and INTIKHAB.
Frankel and Teofilo both have Gr.3 winners out of SHIRLEY HEIGHTS line mares. One has a dam by DARSHAAN, whose daughters have produced 19 stakes winners to Galileo. Galileo also has 23% stakes winners with MARK OF ESTEEM.
The Gurkha is likely to suit 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, including a classic winner, from mares by INDIAN RIDGE. Galileo sired Gr.1 winner Curvy from an INCHINOR mare.
1stMaiden, 8f., Navan by 9 lengths.
2ndSt James’s Palace Stakes – Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot to Galileo Gold with Classic-winning miler Awtaad third.