An unlucky runner up in the Grade I Belmont Derby last month, talented colt Adelaide (3c Galileo x Elletelle, by Elnadim) made amends for that loss when claiming victory in the $500,000 Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington on the weekend.
The Aidan O’Brien trained colt was partnered by Ryan Moore, who guided him to a comfortable length and a half win as favourite in the mile and a quarter turf feature.
“He was the best horse in the race going into it, so I just thought we would keep it simple,” said Ryan Moore
“The horse on the lead was getting a bit of a soft hand, so I didn’t want to move up too early. Adelaide just had more class than the field and got the job done. He’s run in France, Ireland, England, America, and America again.”
Australia is next on the agenda for Adelaide, who has been entered for the Group I MVRC Cox Plate in October with clients of the Chris Waller stable having purchased a 50% stake in the promising colt.
Adelaide will return to Ballydoyle in Ireland before quarantining in preparation for his trip to Australia, with Chris Waller to take over his training after the Cox Plate with the Group I ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes named as his primary goal for 2015.
Adelaide was already a stakes-winner of the Group III Gallinule Stakes in Ireland and has the overall record of three wins and three placings from six starts.
He is the first foal of brilliant Group II winning juvenile Elletelle, a daughter of the Danzig sire Elnadim.
Galileo nearly made it a Grade I double at Arlington with Magician (4h Galileo x Absolutelyfabulous, by Mozart) a gallant second beaten a length to Hardest Core in the Arlington Million.