The phrase “the complete package” could have been coined with Gleneagles in mind. He has everything anyone could wish for in a young stallion – pedigree, performance, precocious speed and a sound constitution. He also has enough stouter elements in his pedigree to suggest he will have no problem siring middle-distance performers.

His pedigree could hardly be bettered. His sire Galileo has secured his tenth sires’ championship in 11 years, proving as dominant as his own sire, the 14-times champion Sadler’s Wells. And Gleneagles’ dam You’resothrilling is a Gr.2-winning full-sister to Giant’s Causeway, North America’s champion sire in 2009, 2010 and 2012. You’resothrilling is now an outstanding broodmare. Her first five foals – all by Galileo – are all Group winners and have all won or placed at Gr.1 level, with Gleneagles, Marvellous and Happily collectively gaining seven Gr.1 victories.

Gleneagles was precocious enough to gain his first success in the June of his first season and he progressed so well that his winning sequence would have stretched to eight, but for the intervention of the Longchamp stewards after the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Although he lost that Gr.1 victory, he still has four others, including the 2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes. With a record like that, he qualifies as one of Galileo’s fastest sons.

For mating suggestions see Galileo’s other Classic winning milers Churchill and The Gurkha.

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