There were three Classics last weekend: the G1 Epsom Oaks on Friday; the G1 Epsom Derby on Saturday; and the G1 Prix du Jockey Club French Derby on Sunday. In those three races, twelve horses, of course, filled the first four places. Six of the twelve places were filled by 3-year-old colts and fillies by Galileo. Two more were filled by first-crop 3-year-olds by Galileo’s son, New Approach. Two more were also from the Sadler’s Wells sire line: Sky Hunter, third in the Jockey Club, is by Motivator, by Montjeu, by Sadler’s Wells; and Jockey Club fourth Mshawish is by Medaglia d’Oro, by El Prado, by Sadler’s Wells. So, out of 12 horses filling the first four places, 6 were by Galileo himself, 2 by New Approach, and 2 more by other Sadler’s Wells-line sires: that’s ten out of twelve. One of the other two, Epsom Oaks third The Lark, is by Pivotal out of a mare by In The Wings by Sadler’s Wells. Only French Derby second Morandi, by Holy Roman Emperor out of a Bering mare, has no Sadler’s Wells in his pedigree; the other eleven do, and ten of them are in tail-male. That’s mighty convincing. The Epsom Derby and the French Derby were won by Galileo’s sons Ruler Of The World (RPR 121) and Intello (RPR 120), respectively. Libertarian, by New Approach, was second in the Epsom Derby, with Galileo sons Galileo’s Rock and Battle Of Marengo third and fourth. In Friday’s Oaks, Talent, by New Approach, was the shock 20-1 winner, upsetting stablemate Secret Gesture, by Galileo, with Moth, by Galileo, fourth.
See the accompanying table for the blow-by-blow. To say Galileo had a monster weekend would be seriously understating it; moving from 45th on the Northern Hemisphere General Sires List (where European-based sires are at a disadvantage with lower levels of prize money) into third just about sums it up. Galileo is such a dominant Classic sire now that it is tempting to compare his record thus far to that of his sire, the incomparable, 14-time Champion Sire, Sadler’s Wells.
Northern Hemisphere-Sired Group 1 / Grade 1 Winners by 3 Top Sires
|Sire||Crops (of 3yo’s)||Foals||G1 Wnrs||Pct G1||G1 crop||Avg. crop|
Given that Galileo’s 3-year-olds aren’t even halfway through their 3-year-old years, it’s entirely possible by the end of the year, Galileo will have even more Group 1 winners. Comparing him now to Sadler’s Wells and Danehill puts Galileo at a seven-month disadvantage; a fairer comparison will be at the end of the year, when his eighth crop of 3-year-olds will have finished their 3-year-old careers. With that perspective, it has to be said he compares pretty favorably with the other two top European sires of the last 25 years.
Galileo’s son New Approach, unbeaten Champion European 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the 2008 G1 Epsom Derby, had a pretty amazing weekend himself, even given the total eclipse of the previously unbeaten 2012 Champion European 2-year-old of 2012 and 2013 G1 English 2000 Guineas winner, Dawn Approach. His star shone bright with Epsom Oaks winner and the Derby second, Libertarian, relegating the previous European 2013 leader, Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality), like New Approach a Darley stallion, but based at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, to second in Europe. Talent and Dawn Approach make two Classic winners in his first crop, and Derby second Libertarian had won the important G2 Dante Stakes in his previous start, so that makes three 2013 graded stakes winners (GSW) for New Approach, and four overall.
EPSOM OAKS G1
1 1/2 Miles
Friday 31 May 2013
|1||TALENT||3||F||New Approach, by Galileo|
|3||THE LARK||3||F||Pivotal (dam by In The Wings, by Sadler’s Wells)|
EPSOM DERBY G1
1 1/2 Miles
Saturday 1 June 2013
|1||RULER OF THE WORLD||3||C||Galileo|
|2||LIBERTARIAN||3||C||New Approach, by Galileo|
|4||BATTLE OF MARENGO||3||C||Galileo|
PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB G1
Sunday 2 June 2013
|1||INTELLO||3||C||Galileo (out of a Danehill mare)|
|2||MORANDI||3||C||Holy Roman Emperor|
|3||SKY HUNTER||3||C||Motivator, by Montjeu, by Sadler’s Wells|
|4||MSHAWISH||3||C||Medaglia D’Oro, by El Prado, by Sadler’s Wells|