Galileo Colt Battles Back For Stakes Success
Blenheim Palace (3c Galileo - Meow, by Storm Cat) gained a well-deserved Stakes success when taking Friday’s Group 3 Diamond Stakes at Dundalk.
Ten furlongs marked a drop back to the trip over which the colt had been placed in two Group 3 contests. Donnacha O’Brien rode his father’s charge to lead and was briefly headed inside the final furlong by Numerian (Holy Roman Emperor), but the chesnut was not beaten, battling back to reverse placings by a head on the line.
The winning jockey commented after the race, “Once the horse came to me and I got stuck into him he found plenty for me. He deserved to be bang there and it's nice to get a big win into him.”
Blenheim Palace was expected to be talented, being a full-brother to top-class juvenile and dual Guineas victor Churchill, as well as Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Clemmie. They were bred by Liberty Bloodstock out of Listed winner Meow, herself a daughter of top-class sprinter Airwave.