|Foaled||30 March 1998|
|Died||10 July 2021 23)(aged|
|Breeder||David Tsui and Orpendale|
|Owner||Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor|
| Ballysax Stakes (2001)|
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2001)
Epsom Derby (2001)
Irish Derby (2001)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (2001)
| European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (2001)|
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland
(2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (2020)
|Last updated on 17 July 2021|
Galileo (30 March 1998 – 10 July 2021) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from October 2000 until October 2001 he ran eight times and won six races. He is best known for having won The Derby, Irish Derby Stakes, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001, and for his rivalry with the Godolphin champion Fantastic Light. He was named the European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 2001.
After his retirement, Galileo became one of the most sought after sires in the world. He first became the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 2008, then consecutively earned the title from 2010 through 2020. In 2020, he set the record for the number of Epsom Derby winners sired at five: New Approach, Ruler Of The World, Australia, Anthony Van Dyck and Serpentine. In June 2020, Galileo sired his 85th Group 1 winner, breaking Danehill's world record and becoming the most successful source of Group I winners in thoroughbred history.In addition to his Derby winners, his notable offspring include Frankel, Nathaniel, Found, Churchill and Minding. He is also a leading broodmare sire and an emerging sire of sires.
Galileo was euthanized on 10 July 2021, after a debilitating injury to his near foreleg, which failed to heal after surgery earlier that year.
Galileo was a 16 1⁄2 hh (64.5 inches, 164 cm) bay horse with a narrow white blaze and a white sock on his near hind leg. He was sired by Sadler's Wells out of the mare Urban Sea. His breeders were David Tsui, the owner of Urban Sea, and "Orpendale", a name used by the Coolmore Stud organisation for some of their breeding interests. He was described as a three-year-old as being "one of the most impeccably bred horses in training".
Sadler's Wells (1981–2011) won three Group One races in 1984 and went on to sire the winners of over 2,000 races, including more than 130 at Group One/Grade I level.He was the most successful sire in the history of British racing, being the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland a record 14 times. Urban Sea (1989–2009) won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1993 and went on to become an outstanding broodmare. Apart from Galileo, she was the dam of the Derby winner Sea the Stars, and the Grade I winners Black Sam Bellamy (Tattersalls Gold Cup) and My Typhoon (Diana Stakes), as well as All Too Beautiful (Group race winner, Group One placed) and Melikah (Listed race winner, Group One placed).
Owned by Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, Galileo was sent into training with Aidan O'Brien, then just starting his tenure at Ballydoyle. Galileo was ridden in all but one of his races by Michael Kinane.
Galileo was known for his relaxed, professional behaviour and even temperament. Noel Stapleton, his long-time handler at Coolmore Stud, called him a creature of habit. "He is a true gentleman", said Stapleton, "and I think he knows how important he is."O'Brien noted that Galileo "prowled" when asked to walk. "Most horses when you ask them to go forward, up goes the head and they walk up, but he used to walk forward and walk out. His walking stride was so long and there was so much power from his front and back."
He was one of several horses to have borne the name of Galileo. The most notable "other" Galileo was a Polish-bred gelding which won the Grade I RSA Novices' Hurdle at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival.
Galileo's two-year-old debut was delayed by a cough that he developed over the summer of 2000.He did not appear on the racecourse until 28 October, when he was entered in a sixteen-runner maiden race at Leopardstown. He was made the even-money favourite, despite the field containing two runners each from the stables of the leading Irish trainers John Oxx and Jim Bolger. Mick Kinane tracked the leaders on Galileo before sending the colt into the lead in the straight. Although there were less than two furlongs to the finish, Galileo extended his lead to fourteen lengths by the end of the race.
As a three-year-old, Galileo was conditioned for a middle-distance campaign and was aimed at Derby trial racesin spring. On his debut, he was made 1/3 favourite for the Listed Ballysax Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown. Racing smoothly throughout the race, he took the lead two furlongs out and won "easily" by three and a half lengths. Runner-up Milan went on to win the St Leger and finish second in the Breeders' Cup Turf, while the third-placed Vinnie Roe won four consecutive Irish St. Legers. After the race, Galileo was offered at odds of 8/1 for the Derby. O'Brien was satisfied with the performance, especially as he believed the colt was some way from peak fitness ("[my horses]... are as big as bulls") and likely to improve.
Galileo had his third race at Leopardstown in May as he was stepped up in class for the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. He was made odds-on favourite, and was ridden for the first and only time by Seamie Heffernan, as Kinane was riding Milan in the Group One Prix Lupin on the same day.Galileo took the lead a furlong from home and stayed on to beat the John Oxx-trained Exaltation by one and a half lengths. Although Heffernan put Galileo under pressure before going clear, the colt's Derby odds were cut to 5–1.
At Epsom, Galileo started 11/4 joint-favourite alongside the 2,000 Guineas winner Golan. The 2001 Epsom Derby field was strong, with Tobougg, the previous year's champion two-year-old, and the winners of most of the major Derby trials, including Mr Combustible (Chester Vase), Dilshaan (Dante Stakes) and Perfect Sunday (Lingfield Derby Trial), all taking part. Kinane positioned Galileo just behind the leaders and turned into the straight in third behind Mr Combustible and Perfect Sunday. Two furlongs from the finish, Galileo moved past Mr Combustible and quickly went clear to record an "impressive" three and a half length victory over Golan, Tobougg and Mr Combustible.Following the race, Timeform assigned a figure of 130 to Galileo, making him, in their opinion, the best Derby winner for ten years. Kinane was reported to have called Galileo the best horse he had ridden, saying, "There is no weakness to him... He is a dream to ride." It was the first Derby winner for O'Brien as a trainer and Sadler's Wells as a sire.
In the Irish Derby at The Curragh, three weeks later, Galileo was made favourite at odds of 4/11, with Golan and Exaltation the only other horses starting at less than 20/1. Galileo led two furlongs from the finish and quickly went clear. Although Kinane eased the colt down in the closing stages, he won by four lengths from the Derby Italiano winner Morshdi, with Golan another four lengths back in third.Kinane, who was winning his first Irish Derby in seventeen attempts said that he was always in "complete control", while Morshdi's jockey, Philip Robinson described the winner as "a freak".
Galileo was then tested against older horses in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July. The betting suggested that the race would be a match between Galileo (1/2 favourite) and the Godolphin five-year-old Fantastic Light (7-2), who had won Group One races in four different countries. Such were the reputations of these two horses that the third choice in the betting, the Prix du Jockey Club winner Anabaa Blue, started at 18/1. Kinane took Galileo to the lead two furlongs out, but Frankie Dettori soon brought Fantastic Light to challenge. The horses raced together for a few strides before Galileo pulled ahead inside the final furlong and won by two lengths.
Galileo returned to Leopardstown in September for a much-anticipatedIrish Champion Stakes in which he was matched against Fantastic Light again, this time over the shorter distance of one and a quarter miles. O'Brien entered Ice Dancer in the race to act as pacemaker and ensure a stamina test. The plan failed as the rest of the riders ignored Ice Dancer, who went ten lengths clear before stopping abruptly in the straight. Fantastic Light took the lead two furlongs out, and Kinane immediately moved Galileo up to join him. The two horses raced side by side throughout the last quarter of the mile, with the advantage appearing to fluctuate between them. On the line, Fantastic Light defeated Galileo by a head in a photo finish. The race has been described as one of the most exciting and memorable in the modern history of the sport. O'Brien praised the winner, but felt that he had "messed up" tactically.
For his final race, Galileo was sent to Belmont Park for the Breeders' Cup Classic. He was racing on dirt for the first time, although before traveling he was prepared by exercising on the artificial surface at Southwell.The Classic was expected to feature a third meeting between Galileo and Fantastic Light, but the Godolphin horse was switched to the Turf shortly before the race. In the Classic, Galileo raced behind the leaders for most of the way but was unable to quicken, staying on at the same pace to finish sixth of the fourteen runners behind Tiznow.
"With the benefit of hindsight", O'Brien later recalled, "it was an unrealistic target to ask him to do that after having such a tough season and racing against the older horses, but it was the belief that was in him, the belief that everyone had in him, that we thought it could be possible that it could happen. I remember when he came in, he was after trying so hard he was almost crying. He was so genuine."
Galileo's retirement was announced immediately after the race.
|Date||Race||Dist (f)||Course||Class||Prize (£K)||Odds||Runners||Placing||Margin||Time||Jockey||Trainer|
|28 October 2000||IBEC EBF Maiden||8||Leopardstown||M||8||Evens||16||1||14||1:48.20||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|16 April 2001||Ballysax Stakes||10||Leopardstown||L||20||1/3||7||1||3.5||2:20.10||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|13 May 2001||Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial||10||Leopardstown||3||39||8/15||5||1||1.5||2:08.50||Seamie Heffernan||Aidan O'Brien|
|9 June 2001||Derby||12||Epsom||1||580||11/4||12||1||3.5||2:33.27||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|1 July 2001||Irish Derby||12||The Curragh||1||411||4/11||12||1||4||2:27.10||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|28 July 2001||King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes||12||Ascot||1||435||1/2||12||1||2||2:27.71||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|8 September 2001||Irish Champion Stakes||10||Leopardstown||1||384||4/11||7||2||Head||2:01.80||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|27 October 2001||Breeders' Cup Classic||10||Belmont Park||1||1386||100/30||13||6||7.75||2:00.62||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
Galileo was named European Champion Three-Year-Old at the Cartier Racing Awards.
In the 2001 International Classification (the forerunner of the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings), Galileo was assessed at 129 (equal with Fantastic Light), making him the third highest rated horse behind Sakhee and Point Given.
Galileo was given a final Timeform rating of 134.
Galileo was retired to stand as a stallion for the Coolmore Stud. He originally operated as a "shuttle" stallion, standing at Coolmore's main farm at Fethard, County Tipperary Ireland during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season and moving to its Australian branch in the Hunter Region, New South Wales for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.However, since 2006, he stood exclusively in Ireland.
Galileo earned his first title as the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 2008 thanks to his first Derby winner New Approach. He regained the title in 2010 when Frankel made his debut, and repeated in 2011 through 2020 inclusive.Since 2008, his stud fee was privately negotiated, but in 2018 he was reputed to be the most expensive stallion in the world. For breeders who were not associates of Coolmore Stud, the fee had "long been north of €400,000" and was suggested to be as high as €600,000.
At the time of his death on July 10, 2021, he had sired 338 stakes winners, 228 of which were group winners.In August 2018, Sizzling gave Galileo his 328th European group race win as a sire, taking him past the record previously held by his own sire Sadler's Wells.
On 9 November 2019, Magic Wand became his 84th individual Group/Grade One winner, putting him level with Danehill for the most such winners sired.He broke this record when Peaceful won the Irish 1000 Guineas in June 2020. On the same day Galileo died, Bolshoi Ballet became his 92nd G1 winner.
In 2019, Anthony Van Dyck became his fourth Epsom Derby winner (with New Approach, Ruler of the World, and Australia). This tied him with Cyllene, Waxy, Sir Peter Teazle, Blandford and Montjeu for the number of Derby winners sired.He broke this record when Serpentine won the Derby in 2020. After Minding's victory in the 2016 1000 Guineas, Galileo became the sire of winners of all five British Classics. In the 2016 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he sired the top three finishers (Found, Highland Reel and Order of St George). In the 2019 Derby, he was the sire, grandsire or great-grandsire of 12 out of 13 runners, and was the broodmare sire of the 13th but Sir Dragonet is related to Urban Sea through his full sister All Too Beautiful. In 2020, he was the sire of the all-conquering Love, winner of the 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
In September 2008, Galileo underwent surgery for colic.
In early 2021, Galileo injured his near-fore foot and underwent surgery. He failed to respond to treatment and was euthanized on 10 July. When announcing the death, John Magnier of Coolmore commented, ""The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy, and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented."
O'Brien noted that as a sire Galileo was notable for passing his own determination down to his offspring. "You would train a lot of horses," he said, "different types of horses who all have different traits, but very few of them, in fact none of them, put that mental trait into their horses the way Galileo did. What he put into their minds, that genuineness, was out of this world."
c = colt, f = filly , g = gelding
|2003||Nightime||f||Irish 1,000 Guineas|
|2003||Red Rocks||c||Breeders' Cup Turf, Man o' War Stakes|
|2003||Sixties Icon||c||St Leger Stakes|
|2004||Celestial Halo||g||Triumph Hurdle|
|2004||Soldier of Fortune||c||Irish Derby, Coronation Cup|
|2004||Teofilo||c||National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes|
|2005||Alandi||c||Irish St. Leger, Prix du Cadran|
|2005||Cima De Triomphe||c||Derby Italiano|
|2005||Lush Lashes||f||Coronation Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Matron Stakes|
|2005||New Approach||c||National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, Epsom Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, Champion Stakes|
|2005||Sousa||c||Spring Champion Stakes|
|2006||Altano||g||Prix du Cadran|
|2006||Rip Van Winkle||c||Sussex Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, International Stakes|
|2006||Sans Frontieres||c||Irish St. Leger|
|2007||Cape Blanco||c||Irish Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, Man o' War Stakes, Arlington Million, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes|
|2007||Igugu||f||Durban July Handicap|
|2007||Lily Of The Valley||f||Prix de l'Opéra|
|2007||Mahbooba||f||Clairwood Golden Slipper|
|2008||Frankel||c||Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, International Stakes, Champion Stakes|
|2008||Golden Lilac||f||Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane, Prix d'Ispahan|
|2008||Misty for Me||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes, Prix Marcel Boussac, Irish 1,000 Guineas, Pretty Polly Stakes|
|2008||Nathaniel||c||King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Eclipse Stakes|
|2008||Roderic O'Connor||c||Critérium International, Irish 2,000 Guineas|
|2008||Together||f||Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup|
|2008||Treasure Beach||c||Irish Derby, Secretariat Stakes|
|2009||Great Heavens||f||Irish Oaks|
|2009||Imperial Monarch||c||Grand Prix de Paris|
|2009||Maybe||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes|
|2009||Noble Mission||c||Tattersalls Gold Cup, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud †, Champion Stakes|
|2009||Romantica||f||Prix Jean Romanet|
|2009||Windsor Park||g||Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle|
|2010||Intello||c||Prix du Jockey Club|
|2010||Kingsbarns||c||Racing Post Trophy|
|2010||Magician||c||Irish 2,000 Guineas, Breeders' Cup Turf|
|2010||Mondialiste||c||Woodbine Mile, Arlington Million|
|2010||Ruler of the World||c||Epsom Derby|
|2010||Telescope||c||Great Voltigeur Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes, Aston Park Stakes|
|2010||The United States||c||Ranvet Stakes|
|2011||Rhett Butler||c||Serbian Horse of the year|
|2011||Adelaide||c||Secretariat Stakes, Cox Plate|
|2011||Australia||c||Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, International Stakes|
|2011||Marvellous||f||Irish 1,000 Guineas|
|2011||Photo Call||f||Rodeo Drive Stakes, First Lady Stakes|
|2012||Bondi Beach||c||Curragh Cup, Vintage Crop Stakes|
|2012||Curvy||f||E.P. Taylor Stakes|
|2012||Decorated Knight||c||Jabel Hatta, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes|
|2012||Found||f||Prix Marcel Boussac, Breeders' Cup Turf, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe|
|2012||Gleneagles ‡||c||Vincent O'Brien Stakes, 2000 Guineas Stakes, Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes|
|2012||Highland Reel||c||Secretariat Stakes, Hong Kong Vase (twice), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes,|
|2012||Order of St George||c||Irish St. Leger (twice), Ascot Gold Cup|
|2012||Together Forever||f||Fillies' Mile|
|2013||Alice Springs||f||Falmouth Stakes, Matron Stakes, Sun Chariot Stakes|
|2013||Ballydoyle||f||Prix Marcel Boussac|
|2013||Idaho||c||Great Voltigeur Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes, Ormonde Stakes|
|2013||Johannes Vermeer||c||Critérium International|
|2013||Minding||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes, Fillies' Mile, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Pretty Polly Stakes, Nassau Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes|
|2013||Seventh Heaven||f||Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks|
|2013||The Gurkha||c||Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Sussex Stakes|
|2013||Ulysses||c||Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes|
|2013||US Army Ranger||c||Chester Vase|
|2014||Capri||c||Irish Derby, St Leger|
|2014||Churchill||c||National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas|
|2014||Cliffs of Moher||c||Dee Stakes, Mooresbridge Stakes|
|2014||Hydrangea||f||Matron Stakes, British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes|
|2014||Rhododendron||f||Fillies' Mile, Prix de l'Opéra, Lockinge Stakes|
|2014||Winter||f||1000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Nassau Stakes|
|2014||Waldgeist||c||Critérium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix Ganay, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe|
|2015||Clemmie||f||Cheveley Park Stakes|
|2015||Flag of Honour||c||Irish St. Leger|
|2015||Forever Together||f||Epsom Oaks|
|2015||Happily||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère|
|2015||Kew Gardens||c||Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger|
|2015||Magical||f||British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes, Champion Stakes, Pretty Polly Stakes|
|2015||Magic Wand||f||Mackinnon Stakes|
|2016||Line of Duty||c||Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf|
|2016||Hermosa||f||1000 Guineas, Irish 1000 Guineas|
|2016||Anthony Van Dyck||c||Epsom Derby|
|2016||Cape of Good Hope||c||Caulfield Stakes|
|2016||Circus Maximus||c||St James's Palace Stakes, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Queen Anne Stakes|
|2016||Japan||c||Grand Prix de Paris, International Stakes|
|2016||Search For A Song||f||Irish St. Leger (twice)|
|2017||Love||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks, Prince of Wales's Stakes|
|2017||Magic Attitude||f||Belmont Oaks|
|2017||Mogul||c||Grand Prix de Paris, Hong Kong Vase|
|2017||Peaceful||f||Irish 1,000 Guineas|
|2018||Bolshoi Ballet||c||Belmont Derby|
|2018||Empress Josephine||f||Irish 1,000 Guineas|
|2018||Joan of Arc||f||Prix de Diane|
|2018||Shale||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes|
† Noble Mission was awarded the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, after another Galileo son called Spiritjim was demoted from first after it was found that he tested positive for banned substances.
‡ Gleneagles was demoted from first to third in the 2014 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, after stewards deemed him to have interfered with the horse that finished second (Full Mast) and third (Territories).
At the time of his death in 2021, Galileo had sired 20 sons who themselves became sires of Group/Grade 1 winners. Of these sons, Teofilio had sired the most G1 winners with 20, while Frankel was leading the sire list after having sired his first Derby winner. Both Australia and Gleneagles were in the top 20 of leading sires despite having just a few foal crops to represent them.In 2018, Frankel had finished fourth on the leading sire list, while Nathaniel finished fifth. New Approach was the sire of 2018 Derby winner Masar, while Teofilo sired Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter.
Entered stud in 2008.
|2009||Parish Hall||c||Dewhurst Stakes|
|2009||Voleuse de Coeurs||f||Irish St. Leger|
|2010||Havanna Gold||c||Prix Jean Prat|
|2010||Loch Garman||c||Critérium International|
|2010||Trading Leather||c||Irish Derby|
|2010||Happy Clapper||g||Canterbury Stakes, Doncaster Mile, Epsom Handicap|
|2012||Pleascach||f||Irish 1,000 Guineas, Yorkshire Oaks|
|2012||Humidor (NZ)||g||Australian Cup, Makybe Diva Stakes, Memsie Stakes,|
|2013||Twilight Payment||g||Melbourne Cup|
|2014||Exultant||g||Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Gold Cup, Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup, Queen Elizabeth II Cup|
|2015||Cross Counter||g||Melbourne Cup|
|2016||Donjah||f||Preis von Europa|
|2017||Subjectivist||c||Ascot Gold Cup|
|2017||Tawkeel||f||Prix Saint Alary|
|2015||Gear Up||c||Criterium de Saint-Cloud|
Entered stud in 2009.
|2010||Dawn Approach||c||National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes|
|2010||May's Dream||f||Australasian Oaks|
|2018||Mac Swiney||c||Vertem Futurity Trophy, Irish 2,000 Guineas|
Entered stud in 2013.
|2014||Soul Stirring||f||Yushun Himba, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies|
|2014||Cracksman||c||Champion Stakes (twice), Prix Ganay, Coronation Cup|
|2014||Mozu Ascot||c||Yasuda Kinen, February Stakes|
|2014||Call The Wind||g||Prix du Cadran|
|2014||Dream Castle||g||Jebel Hatta|
|2014||Mirage Dancer||c||ATC Metropolitan Handicap|
|2015||Without Parole||c||St James's Palace Stakes|
|2016||Anapurna||f||Epsom Oaks, Prix de Royallieu|
|2017||Hungry Heart||f||Australian Oaks, Vinery Stud Stakes|
|2018||Adayar||c||Epsom Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes|
|2018||Converge||g||TJ Smith Stakes|
|2018||Hurricane Lane||c||Irish Derby|
Entered stud in 2013.
|2014||Enable||f||Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (three times), Yorkshire Oaks (twice), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (twice), Breeders' Cup Turf, Eclipse Stakes|
|2014||God Given||f||Premio Lydia Tesio|
|2016||Channel||f||Prix de Diane|
|2016||Burning Victory||f||Triumph Hurdle|
Like his sire Galileo has become a sire of excellent broodmares whose offspring have achieved Group 1 success.He was the leading broodmare sire in Great Britain and Ireland of 2020 after finishing closely behind Pivotal in the previous years.
|Absolute Lady||La Cressonniere||2013||f||Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane|
|Alina||Barney Roy||2014||g||St James's Palace Stakes|
|Azmiyna (AUS)||The Autumn Sun||2015||c||J.J. Atkins Plate, Golden Rose Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas|
|Baggy Green (AUS)||Tofane||2015||f||All Aged Stakes, Stradbroke Handicap, Tattersall's Tiara|
|Best in the World||Snowfall||2018||f||Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks|
|Cabaret||Magna Grecia||2016||c||Vertem Futurity Trophy, 2000 Guineas Stakes|
|Cabaret||St Mark's Basilica||2018||c||Dewhurst Stakes, Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Jockey Club, Eclipse Stakes|
|Forest Storm||Night of Thunder||2011||c||2000 Guineas Stakes, Lockinge Stakes|
|Galicuix||Galileo Gold||2013||c||2000 Guineas Stakes|
|Inner Realm||Intricately||2014||f||Moyglare Stud Stakes|
|Livia (AUS)||Warning||2016||g||Victoria Derby|
|Maybe||Saxon Warrior||2015||c||2000 Guineas Stakes, Racing Post Trophy|
|Misty for Me||Roly Poly||2014||c||Falmouth Stakes, Prix Rothschild, Sun Chariot Stakes|
|Misty for Me||U S Navy Flag||2015||c||Dewhurst Stakes, July Cup|
|Nightime||Zhukova||2012||f||Man o' War Stakes|
|Nightime||Ghaiyyath||2015||c||Grosser Preis von Baden, Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes|
|Perfect Truth||Magicool||2011||g||Queensland Derby|
|Starlet's Sister||Sistercharlie||2014||f||Belmont Oaks, Jenny Wiley Stakes, Diana Stakes (twice), Beverly D. Stakes (twice), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Flower Bowl Stakes|
|Starlet's Sister||Sottsass||2016||c||Prix du Jockey Club, Prix Ganay, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe|
|Starship||La Collina||2009||f||Phoenix Stakes, Matron Stakes|
|Starship||Rivet Delight||2014||g||Racing Post Trophy|
|Watchful||Watch Me||2016||f||Coronation Stakes, Prix Rothschild|
| Northern Dancer |
| Nearctic |
| Natalma |
| Fairy Bridge |
| Bold Reason |
|Hail To Reason|
| Miswaki |
| Mr. Prospector |
|Raise a Native|
|Almyra (Family 9-h)|
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Fantastic Light is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and pensioned sire. He was foaled in the United States but was trained in England and Dubai during his racing career, which ran from August 1998 to his retirement following the Breeders' Cup Turf in October 2001. He raced in seven countries, winning Group One/Grade I races in five of them and was a dual winner of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship. He was named United States Champion Male Turf Horse, European Horse of the Year and European Champion Older Horse in 2001. He was also well known for his two races against the 2001 Epsom Derby winner Galileo. In August 2012 it was announced that he had been pensioned from stallion duty while in Japan and would return to Dalham Hall in England to live out his days as a pensioner.
Scorpion is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a three-year-old in 2005 he won the Grand Prix de Paris and the St. Leger Stakes. In 2007 he won the Coronation Cup.
Sea The Stars is a champion Irish Thoroughbred racehorse. Regarded by many as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, he is best known for winning the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse Stakes – the first colt to accomplish this treble since 1989 champion Nashwan – the International Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Mozart was an Irish champion Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was named European Champion Sprinter as a three-year-old in 2001, when his victories included two Group One races in England, the July Cup and the Nunthorpe Stakes. He was retired to stud but died as a four-year-old in May 2002 after siring one crop of foals.
King of Kings was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from May 1997 to June 1998 he ran seven times and won five races. After establishing himself as one of the leading colts of his generation in Ireland as a two-year-old, when his wins included the Group One National Stakes, he recorded his most important win when he travelled to England to win the 2000 Guineas on his first start of 1998. After a disappointing run in The Derby he was retired to stud. He died in South Africa at the age of twenty.
Entrepreneur was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from August 1996 to September 1997 he ran six times and won three races. After winning two of his three races in 1996 he won the 2000 Guineas on his first start as a three-year-old. Entrepreneur then started the shortest-priced Epsom Derby favourite for fifty years, but finished fourth. After another disappointing run in autumn he was retired to stud.
Brian Boru is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and active sire who was bred in Britain but was trained in Ireland. In a career which lasted from June 2002 until December 2004, he ran eighteen times and won four races. Brian Boru was made favourite for The Derby after winning the Racing Post Trophy in 2002. In September 2003 he recorded his most important win when winning the St Leger at Doncaster.
Milan, is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and active sire who was bred in Britain but trained in Ireland. In a career which lasted from October 2000 until May 2002, he ran ten times and won three races. He recorded his most important success when winning the Classic St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old in 2001. In the same year also won the Great Voltigeur Stakes and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Turf. He was retired after being injured in his only race as a four-year-old.
Imagine was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare best known for winning the Irish 1000 Guineas and The Oaks in 2001. In a racing career which lasted from August 2000 to June 2001 the filly ran ten times and won four races. As a two-year-old, Imagine ran six times, winning the Group Three C. L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh and finishing second in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. The following spring, the filly was beaten in her first two races before winning the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh. Imagine recorded her most valuable success on her final appearance, winning the Classic Oaks over one and a half miles at Epsom. She never raced again, but proved to be a successful broodmare.
Shahtoush was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare best known for winning The Oaks in 1998. In a racing career which lasted from August 1997 to September 1998 the filly ran eleven times and won three races. Shahtoush won only one minor race as a two-year-old, but showed top-class form when she finished third in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes. In 1998 she finished second in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse and then returned to England to win the Classic Oaks over one and a half miles at Epsom. She was beaten in her two remaining races, finishing unplaced in the Yorkshire Oaks and the Irish Champion Stakes.
Ruler of the World is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who won The Derby in 2013. He was unraced as a two-year-old. In 2013, he won a maiden race at the Curragh and the Group Three Chester Vase before winning the Derby on his third appearance. Later that year, he finished second in the Prix Niel and third in the Champion Stakes. He remained in training as a four-year-old and won the Prix Foy before being retired to stud.
Australia is an Irish-bred, Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2014 Epsom Derby. As a two-year-old in 2013, he won two of his three races, creating a very favourable impression when winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes, and was highly regarded by his trainer Aidan O'Brien. In May 2014 he finished third behind Night of Thunder and Kingman in the 2000 Guineas before winning the Epsom Derby on 7 June. He subsequently won the Irish Derby and International Stakes before being defeated by The Grey Gatsby in the Irish Champion Stakes. His racing career was ended by injury in October 2014. He is standing at Coolmore stud.
Sophisticat was a Kentucky-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. A daughter of Storm Cat out of the champion filly Serena's Song she was sold for $3.7 million as a yearling and raced in Europe for the Coolmore Stud organization. Racing as a two-year-old, she won only one minor race but was placed in the Queen Mary Stakes, Silver Flash Stakes, Lowther Stakes, Moyglare Stud Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes. In the following year she won the Prix de la Grotte and finished second in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches before recording her biggest success in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was retired at the end of the year and had some success as a broodmare.
Black Minnaloushe is an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Bred in Kentucky, he was sold as a yearling and sent to Ireland to race for the Irish-based Coolmore Stud organisation. After winning both his races as a juvenile, he was initially disappointing in the early part of 2001 but then showed marked improvement to win the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes. He was beaten in his last four races and was retired to stud at the end of the year. He has had success as a breeding stallion in the United States, New Zealand and South Africa.
Aristotle was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He showed great promise as a two-year-old in 1999, winning a maiden race on his debut and then taking the Group One Racing Post Trophy. In an abbreviated second season he was disqualified after winning the Prix Greffulhe and ran poorly when strongly fancied for The Derby. He was then sold and exported to Singapore where he won twice and finished second in the Singapore Derby. He retired with a record of four wins from twelve starts in five different countries. He stood as a breeding stallion in Australia before moving to Ireland in 2009.
Bracelet is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She won the second of her two starts as a two-year-old in 2013 and developed into a top-class filly in the following year, taking the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial and Ribblesdale Stakes. She recorded her biggest victory on her sixth and final appearance when she won the Irish Oaks. She was retired from racing at the end of the season and became a broodmare for the Coolmore Stud.
Necklace is a British, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She had her greatest success as a two-year-old in 2003 when she won two of her four races including the Debutante Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes. In the following year failed to win but did finish third in the Beverly D. Stakes and fourth in the Epsom Oaks before being retired from racing with a record of two wins from nine starts in four different counties. She had very little success as a broodmare, producing only one minor winner.
Serpentine is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse best known for his upset win in the 2020 Epsom Derby.