Cheveley Park Stud home-bred Gospel Choir (5g Galileo-Chorist, by Pivotal) kicked-off a global G2 double for Galileo on Saturday when winning the G2 Jockey Club Stakes in Newmarket.
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has big targets in mind for the progressive five-year-old, who came home two and a quarter lengths clear of Pether’s Moon (4c Dylan Thomas-Softly Tread, by Tirol). Favourite Trading Leather finished third.
“I thought he would run a big race but I didn’t think he would beat Trading Leather,” said Stoute. “He was a progressive three-year-old but he had a training setback last spring. He has not got a lot of mileage on him and he has a lovely temperament.
“I think he has reached a pretty good standard and now let’s hope he improves a little bit more. He has got some good entries as he is in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes and the G1 Eclipse – we can now be a bit more ambitious with him.”
Later on at Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs, Global View (3c Galileo-Egyptian Queen, by Storm Cat) carried Glen Hill Farm’s colours to victory in the G2 American Turf Stakes under Gary Stevens.
“He’s got a powerful, powerful kick. I think he is going to be a top, top turf horse – I’m talking about a Grade 1,” Stevens told bloodhorse.com
Global View, a $500,000 yearling sold at the Keeneland September Sale, was bred in Kentucky by Rieko and Michael Baum.
Meanwhile back in Britain at Goodwood, Roger Charlton sent out the lightly-raced Be My Gal (3f Galileo-Longing To Dance, by Danehill Dancer) to win the Listed Conqueror Stakes at Goodwood in the colours of breeder John Deer.
“I don´t know where we’ll go next but somewhere good. Her form was good – on debut she was second to a good colt of John Gosden’s in Western Hymn (3c High Chaparral-Blue Rhapsody, by Cape Cross), who is a Derby hope,” Charlton told the Racing Post.