The Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes, run over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown, has an outstanding record of producing top-class horses since the turn of the century, and although Battle Of Marengo did not go on to win at the highest level afterwards, he was Group 2-placed at Royal Ascot, and was beaten by less than two lengths when finishing fourth to Ruler Of The World in the Derby at Epsom. Timeform rated him 117.
The Ballyhane Stud stallion, who covered 117 mares in his first season, was also a leading juvenile (Timeform 116p). He was third over seven furlongs at Leopardstown on his debut in August, followed that with an 11-length score over the same trip at Gowran Park and then beat subsequent Irish Derby star Trading Leather by one and three-quarter lengths in a mile listed contest at Leopardstown before easily winning the Group 2 Beresford Stakes over the same trip in heavy ground at the Curragh.
Battle Of Marengo is by the dual Derby hero and great stallion Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) and so he is by the sire of the classic stallions Teofilo and New Approach. Other Galileo sons who have got at least one top-level winner to their name, so far, are Cima De Triomphe, Heliostatic, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor and Soldier Of Fortune.
He is a full-brother to the Group 2 Debutante Stakes runner-up Perhaps, he is out of the Listed Victor McCalmont Stakes winner Anna Karenina (by Green Desert), and his dam's blacktype siblings include Windsor Palace (by Danehill Dancer), the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes winner who picked up third place in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. The mare's siblings also include the dam of Group 3 Round Tower Stakes scorer Rabatash (by Johannesburg).
Simaat (by Mr Prospector), the winning grandam of Battle Of Marengo, is out of the listed-placed six-times US scorer Satiety (by Our Native) and that mare was a full-sister to 1979's US juvenile champion Rockhill Native. The triple Grade 1 star's three-year-old form included a win in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and third place in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.
There are other blacktype winners to be found under these first four generations of the family, but nothing that gives us any clues as to Battle Of Marengo's stallion potential. Being a high-class son of Galileo, and out of a stakes-winning Green Desert (by Danzig) mare, has attracted plenty of support for him, and although some of his first crop will win as two-year-olds, it is likely that his best results will come with three-year-olds and older horses, from a mile and upwards.
BATTLE OF MARENGO (IRE) – b.2010 – Galileo – Anna Karenina, 5 wins inc Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Gr2), Beresford Stakes (Gr2), Ballysax Stakes (Gr3), Golden Fleece Stakes (L), 2nd King Edward VII Stakes (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Autumn Tide (by Jeremy) Goffs Nov €30,000
bc – Biasca (by Erhaab) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Boschendal (by Zamindar) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Compassion (by Tiger Hill) Goffs Nov €18,000
bc – Danvilla (by Dansili) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Edmondstown Lass (by Imperial Ballet) Goffs Nov €1,000
bc – Effige (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Nov 2,500gns
bc – Flying Fantasy (by Monsun) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Foot Perfect (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Gospellianne (by Machiavellian) Goffs Nov €7,200
bc – Green Chorus (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Nov 55,000gns
bf – Happy Flight (by Titus Livius) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – How Sweet It Is (by Kodiac) Tattersalls Nov 10,000gns
bc – Infinity (by Bering) Goffs Nov €17,000
bc – Intricate Dance (by Aptitude) Goffs Nov €14,500
bc – Kawaha (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €12,000
bc – Lost Highway (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €26,000
b/brf – Macnas (by Orientate) Goffs Nov not sold
brf – Market Hill (by Danehill) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Mikes Baby (by Key of Luck) Goffs Nov €5,500
bc – Misrepresent (by Distorted Humor) Goffs Nov €24,000
bf – Musical Peace Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bf – Namora (by General Assembly) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Orafinitis (by Oratorio) Goffs Nov €3,500
bf – Passaggio (by Pivotal) Goffs Nov €16,500
bc – Pescia (by Darshaan) Goffs Nov €10,000
roc – Pitullie (by Rockport Harbor) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Playbill (by Medicean) Goffs Nov €1,000
bc – Princess Wanda (by Polish Precedent) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Quail Landing (by Mark of Esteem) Tattersalls Nov 16,000gns
bc – Saffa Garden (by King's Best) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Setting Forth (by Daggers Drawn) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Shamora (by Oratorio) Goffs Nov €1,000
bc – Sidney Girl (by Azamour) Goffs Nov €33,000
bf – Silken Waters (by Halling) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Stereo Love (by Champs Elysees) Tattersalls Nov 7,500gns
bc – Takaliyda (by Azamour) Goffs Nov €38,000
bf – Westcote (by Gone West) Goffs Nov €7,500
bc – Wildcrafting (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs Nov not sold