Dual stakes-winning sprinter Kind (by Danehill) has produced six foals of whom four are stakes winners and five are stallions - a remarkable record. The one filly among them is the speedy pattern-placed dual listed race winner Joyeuse (by Oasis Dream).
That talented performer is a full-sister to the winning miler Morpheus, a sire of first-crop juvenile winners in 2018, and her half-brothers include middle-distance Group 3 scorer and as yet minor blacktype sire Bullet Train (by Sadler's Wells).
Kind's most famous son is, of course, the great Frankel (by Galileo), the undefeated Timeform 147-rated superstar whose long list of stakes winners from his first two crops is headed by runaway dual Group 1 Champion Stakes hero Cracksman. His third crop is currently headed by Grade 1-placed Group 3 winning juvenile filly East.
Frankel's triple Group 1-winning full-brother Noble Mission stands at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky and has had some promising winners among his first two-year-olds in 2018, and the sixth foal of Kind, another son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), is Mickley Stud's stallion Proconsul.
He is the only chestnut among the siblings, he was trained by Andre Fabre, but failed to make the frame in either of his two starts.
Kind's star sons are very closely related to her dual 10-furlong Group/Grade 1-winning half-brother Powerscourt (by Sadler's Wells), the sire of US Grade 1 winner Finnegan's Wake.
She is also a sibling of Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner and dual US Grade 2 scorer Riposte (by Dansili) and to the Group 1-placed pattern winner Last Train (by Rail Link), and her dam is the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks victress Rainbow Lake (by Rainbow Quest).
Proconsul (GB) – ch.2013 – Galileo – Kind, unplaced. Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
Chc - Cita Verda (by Take Risks) Goffs December
Chf - Fairyinthewind (by Indian Haven) Goffs December
Chc - Gulf Punch (by Dubawi) Goffs December
Bc - Ovilia (by Clodovil) Goffs December
Chc - Spiraea (by Bahamian Bounty) Goffs UK December £1,500
Chf - Ssafa (by Motivator) Goffs UK December withdrawn
There is a double-digit list of stallion sons of prolific champion sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) who have sired at least one Group/Grade 1 winner somewhere in the world – in countries listed in Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards – and it is a fair bet that The Gurkha will add his name to that list before too long.
He is a classic-winning miler from the family of a Derby hero and Group 1 sire, he stands at Coolmore Stud, and there are 102 registered foals in his first crop. He looks likely to get mostly milers and middle-distance horses.
Unraced at two, he was third in a mile maiden at Leopardstown on his debut at three, ran away with a Navan maiden over the same trip 11 days later and then took the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) by five and a half lengths at Deauville.
He was odds-on when runner-up to Galileo Gold in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes and when a half-length second to Hawkbill in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and his final start saw him beat his Ascot conqueror by a neck in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Timeform rated him 127.
The Gurkha is a full-brother to the pattern-placed Queen Nefertiti and his dam, Chintz (by Danehill Dancer), who won the Group 3 C L Weld Park Stakes as a two-year-old, is a half-sister to the dam of the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas runner-up Savile Row (by Makfi).
His grandam is Gold Dodger (by Slew O' Gold) and that stakes-winning daughter of Group 3 Prix Cleopatre scorer Brooklyn's Dance (by Shirley Heights) is a half-sister to five stakes winners and also to a broodmare of note.
Best of the stakes quintet is 2012's surprise Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Solemia (by Poliglote). Her three-parts brothers Prospect Wells (by Sadler's Wells) and Prospect Park (by Sadler's Wells) are Group 1-placed pattern winners, while Brooklyn's Gold (by Seeking The Gold) and Never Green (by Halling) won listed races.
The other noteworthy sibling is Brooklyn's Storm (by Storm) and it is her stakes-winning daughter Stormina (by Gulch) who gave us the classic-placed Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac and Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine Silsaol (by Monsun), the joint-champion juvenile filly in France in 2012.
Brooklyn's Dance is a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 Grand Criterium scorer Okawango (by Kingmambo), to the grandam of triple Group 1 star and German champion Quijano (by Acatenango), and also to the mare who gave us 2007's Derby and Juddmonte International Stakes hero Authorized (by Montjeu).
That star has five Group 1 winners to his name, including the multiple Australian top-level star Hartnell, and his success is no surprise given that his grandam (fourth dam of The Gurkha) is Vallee Dansante (by Lyphard), a half-sister to classic hero and leading sire Green Dancer (by Nijinsky) and also to Irish Valley (by Irish River), the dam of juvenile champion and classic sire Alhaarth (by Unfuwain) and grandam of classic hero and classic sire Makfi (by Dubawi).
This is a family with an established history of producing stallions capable of siring Group 1 winners and so there is every reason to hope that classic-winning miler The Gurkha can add his name that roll of honour too.
THE GURKHA (IRE) – b.2013 – Galileo – Chintz, 3 wins inc Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Gr1), Sussex Stakes (Gr1), 2nd Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Bf - Abbasharjah (by Tiger Hill) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Chf - Await (by Peintre Celebre) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Blueberry Gal (by Bushranger) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Bouyrin (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls November 15,000gns
Bf - Burke’s Rock (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bf - C’Est Chic (by Dansili) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Cape Good Hope (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls November not sold
Chf - Chronicle (by Observatory) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bf - City Fair (by Zamindar) Tattersalls November 1,500gns
Chf - Clodovina (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Dynamic Lips (by Excellent Art) Goffs November not sold
Bf - French Flirt (by Peintre Celebre) Goffs November not sold
Chf - Healing Music (by Bering) Goffs November €20,000
Bc - James Bond Girl (by Giant's Causeway) Arqana December not sold
Bc - Kastania (by Gone West) Tattersalls November 50,000gns
Bc - Katy Spirit (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €20,000 (p/s)
Chf - Laurelei (by Oratorio) Goffs November €5,500
Bc - Long Face (by Whywhywhy) Tattersalls November 47,000gns
Bf - Louves Des Reves (by Sadler's Wells) Arqana December €11,000
Chc - Miss Ellany (by Kodiac) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Miss Lacey (by Diktat) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Missisipi Star (by Mujahid) Tattersalls November 47,000gns
Bf - Misskinta (by Desert Sun) Tattersalls November 50,000gns
Bc - Moon Empress (by Rainbow Quest) Goffs November €56,000
Bc - Ms Grande Corniche (by Pivotal) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Praskovia (by Manduro) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Red Blossom (by Green Desert) Goffs November €65,000
Chf - Shake The Moon (by Loup Solitaire) Goffs November €28,000
Chc - Skimmia (by Mark Of Esteem) Tattersalls November 40,000gns
Bc - Solina (by Acatenango) Arqana December not sold
Bc - South Atlantic (by Stormy Atlantic) Goffs November €30,000
Bc - Tea Blossom (by Rail Link) Tattersalls November 2,000gns
Bc - Trip To Glory (by Where Or When) Arqana December not sold
Bf - Wild Storm (by Dubawi) Tattersalls December 20,000gns (p/s)
Grc - Wylye (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls November not sold
High-class stayer Mizzou is a dual Group 3 Sagaro Stakes winner whose final start was a three-length second to Order Of St George in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Ascot. He began his new career at Old Road Stud in Co Waterford, there are 15 registered foals in his first crop, and he looks likely to get stayers and National Hunt horses.
The son of multiple champion sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) is out of the 14-furlong listed race winner Moments Of Joy (by Darshaan), which makes him a full-brother to the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes third Eternal Bounty and half-brother to Unity (by Sadler's Wells), a multiple blacktype-placed filly who was only beaten by half a length when third in the Group 3 Noblesse Stakes at Cork.
Moments Of Joy is the best of three blacktype horses out of the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine My Emma (by Marju) and that star is a half-sister to Classic Cliche (by Salse). He won the Group 1 Gold Cup and Group 1 St Leger plus the Group 2 Dante Stakes, Group 2 Yorkshire Cup and Group 2 Prix Kergorlay, and he enjoyed some success as a dual-purpose sire.
Their siblings also include the lightly-raced pattern-placed Ebor Handicap winner Mediterranean (by Sadler's Wells) and Threatening (by Warning), the stakes-placed dam of Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Mutinyonthebounty (by Sadler's Wells).
MIZZOU (IRE) – b.2011 – Galileo – Moments Of Joy, 5 wins inc Sagaro Stakes (Gr3-twice), 2nd Gold Cup (Gr1), Lonsdale Cup (Gr2), 3rd Noel Murless Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Chc - Hallo Rosie (by Alhaarth) Tatts IRE November not sold
Chc - Lady Upmanship (by Definite Article) Goffs December
Bc - Nostra (by Limnos) Goffs December
A Timeform 119-rated son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), whose early stallion sons Teofilo, New Approach, Cima De Triomphe, Heliostatic, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor, and Soldier Of Fortune have all sired at least one Group/Grade 1 winner apiece, dual listed scorer Sun Central is a half-brother to the Group 1 stars George Washington (by Danehill) and Grandera (by Grand Lodge). He stands at Elusive Bloodstock in Lincolnshire and covered 22 mares in his first season.
SUN CENTRAL (IRE) – ch.2009 – Galileo – Bordighera, 5 wins inc Silver Cup (L), Golden Square Centre Chester Handicap (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
chc – Suertuda (by Domedriver) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
There are several things that make Ruler Of The World one of the most intriguing stallions whose first foals arrived in 2016.
He was unraced at two, won the Group 1 Derby at Epsom on his third start, then failed to win again until six starts later when he beat Flintshire by a length and a half in the Group 2 Prix Foy at Longchamp, and then he was unplaced in two more starts. He won the Group 3 Chester Vase before Epsom, he was third in the Group 1 Champion Stakes on his final start at three, and he earned over £1 million in prize money.
The chestnut retired on an official handicap mark of 119, which is strikingly low for a Derby hero, and that was down from a career peak of 122. But Timeform had a different view, rating him 128 at three and 126 at four.
His low official rating, disappointing strike-rate on the track, and the initial disappointment at stud of his top-class half-brother Duke Of Marmalade are likely contributing factors to his initial fee of just €15,000, a figure that dropped to €10,000 in 2016. He covered 80 mares in his first season at Coolmore Stud and it was that year in which his sibling had a breakthrough season.
Star Of Seville, Nutan and Simple Verse all became Group 1 classic stars for Duke Of Marmalade who, by that point was already at Drakenstein Stud in South Africa, and recently he added another top-level winner to his tally when Sound Of Freedom won the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio over 10 furlongs at Capannelle.
Love Me True (by Kingmambo), the pattern-placed dam of Duke Of Marmalade and Ruler Of The World, is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer Bite The Bullet (by Spectacular Bid), and her dam, listed-placed Lassie's Lady (by Alydar), was out of Lassie Dear (by Buckpasser).
That Grade 3 scorer is the dam of Group 1 Sprint Cup and Group 1 Prix de la Foret winner Wolfhound (by Nureyev), of pattern-placed stakes-winner Foxhound (by Danzig), of Group 1-placed Al Mufti (by Roberto) and of a son named Deerhound (by Danzig). Each of them sired at least one top-level winner at stud, with Al Mufti being a top sire in South Africa.
Her daughters are headed by the Grade 1-placed Grade 3 scorer Weekend Surprise (by Secretariat) and she, of course, gave us the US classic stars and classic sires Summer Squall (by Storm Bird) and A.P. Indy (by Seattle Slew), the latter champion sire and founder of a dynasty in the USA. Lassie Dear is also the grandam of the prolific Grade 1 star and leading US sire Lemon Drop Kid (by Kingmambo).
These are the highlights of the first three generations of the family, and as Ruler Of The World is a Derby-winning Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) horse from one would imagine that the odds of him siring at least one Group 1 winner must be quite small.
The early Galileo stallions include the classic sires Teofilo and New Approach and each of Cima De Triomphe, Heliostatic, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor and Soldier Of Fortune have sired at least one winner at the highest level in a Category I country.
Ruler Of The World does not look a likely candidate to get many two-year-old winners, although some may be blacktype earners at that age, and it may be that, like his half-brother, the best of his progeny are middle-distance horses and stayers.
RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE) – ch.2010 – Galileo – Love Me True, 4 wins inc Derby (Gr1), Prix Foy (Gr2), Chester Vase (Gr3), 2nd Prix Niel (Gr2), 3rd Champion Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc - Asheyana (by Soviet Star) Arqana Dec not sold
bc – Burnin' Memories (by Lit de Justice) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Cawett (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €50,000
bc – Crystal Morning (by Cape Cross) Goffs Nov €96,000
bc – Himiko (by Aussie Rules) Goffs Nov €22,000
chc – Independent Girl (by Bachelor Duke) Goffs Nov €20,000
chf – Linea (by King's Best) Tattersalls Nov 26,000gns
chc – Regal Fairy (by Desert King) Tattersalls Nov 21,000gns
bc – Secret Suspect (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs Nov €10,500
bc – Shakeeba (by Sendawar) Goffs Nov not sold
chc – Sibaya (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bc – Spate (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Nov 40,000gns
Winner of just one of his four starts as a juvenile, which was a mile maiden in heavy ground at the Curragh in October, Magician improved considerably over the winter, made a winning reappearance in the Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester, followed that with a three and a half length defeat of Gale Force Ten in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas, and rounded off his season with a half-length win over The Fugue in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
He won just once from six starts as a four-year-old, narrowly beating Parish Hall in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh, but was runner-up to Noble Mission in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, to The Fugue in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes, and to Hardest Core in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.
He stands at Coolmore's US farm, Ashford Stud, but has a few foals catalogued for sale in Europe.
The son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) is out of the listed sprint winner Absolutelyfabulous (by Mozart), which makes him a full-brother to the Grade 1-placed stakes winner Outstandingly, and his grandam, Lady Windermere (by Lake Coniston) is out of the one-time scorer Brigid (by Irish River).
A full-sister to Or Vision, who is the stakes-winning dam of the Group/Grade 1 scorers Dolphin Street (by Bluebird), Insight (by Sadler's Wells) and Saffron Walden (by Sadler's Wells), Brigid is the dam of the Group 1 stars Listen (by Sadler's Wells) and Sequoyah (by Sadler's Wells).
The former is the dam of the Group 1-placed Japanese Group 2 winner Touching Speech (by Deep Impact), and Sequoyah's brightest star is the classic-winning miler and Coolmore stallion Henrythenavigator (by Kingmambo). His early Group/Grade 1-winning sons George Vancouver and Pedro The Great had their first yearlings on offer in 2016.
Sequoyah is also the dam of Queen Cleopatra (by Kingmambo), who won the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes and was placed in both the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) before going on to become a successful broodmare. She is the dam of the Australian Group 3 scorer Francis Of Assisi (by Danehill Dancer) and her pattern-placed stakes-winning daughter Look At Me (by Danehill Dancer) is the dam of juvenile listed scorer Kind Of Magic (by Galileo).
There are many other stakes and pattern winners to be found in the various branches of this family, including the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes scorer Beethoven (by Oratorio), but they do not tell us anything more about Magician's potential as a stallion. He is a well-bred, classic-winning son of Galileo and there would not any reason why he should not be capable of siring stakes and pattern winners.
MAGICIAN (IRE) – b.2010 – Galileo – Absolutelyfabulous, 5 wins inc Breeders' Cup Turf (Gr1), Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Mooresbridge Stakes (Gr3), Dee Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Arlington Million (Gr1), Prince of Wales's Stakes (Gr1), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Gr1). Sire in USA. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
c - Alyssa's Dream (by Wiseman's Ferry) Keeneland Nov $25,000
f - Crystal Minuet (by Theatrical) Keeneland Nov $33,000
f - Cute Cash (by Exchange Rate) Keeneland Nov not sold
f - Cycle (by Dansili) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
bc – Davanti (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €14,000
c - Ivory Meadow (by Meadowlake) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
c - Looks Like Rain (by Medicean) Keeneland Nov $70,000
bc – Penny Sixpence (by Kheleyf) Tattersalls Nov 42,000gns
c - Perfect Step (by Iffraaj) Keeneland Nov $95,000
c - Prevention (by Aptitude) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
c - Proximity (by Nayef) Keeneland Nov $125,000
f - Sisheba (by Silent Name) Keeneland Nov $9,500
f - Starlight Tiara (by More Than Ready) Keeneland Nov not sold
c - Startsprednthenews (by Mineshaft) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
f - Xrate (by Exchange Rate) Keeneland Nov not sold
This Group 1-winning son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) spent one season under the Coolmore banner, covering just 39 mares, and then he moved to Drakenstein Stud in South Africa. The Group 1-siring Galileo stallions include Rip Van Winkle and that horse's fourth dam, House Tie (by Be Friendly), is the third dam of Kingsbarns.
He is a half-brother to the pattern winning fillies Belle Artiste (by Namid) and Sweeter Still (by Rock of Gibraltar), his dam, Beltisaal (by El Gran Senor) is a half-sister to the Group 2-placed stakes winner Kafhar (by In The Wings), and his grandam, Ittisaal (by Caerleon), is a half-sister to two mares of particular note.
Twine (by Thatching) gave us the Group 1-placed Group 2 scorer, Grade 1 Champion Hurdle hero and successful National Hunt sire Alderbrook (by Ardross), she is also responsible for the blacktype winners Restructure (by Danehill), Royal Strand (by Royal Academy) and Native Twine (by Be My Native), she is the grandam of the Group 3 scorer Tahreeb (by Indian Ridge) and third dam of this year's Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes winner Madam Dancealot (by Sir Prancealot).
Tea House (by Sassafras), on the other hand, was a listed-race winner and, in addition to being the dam of the US Grade 1 scorer Danish (by Danehill) and of the multiple Group 1-placed pattern winners Ace (by Danehill) and Hawkeye (by Danehill), her descendants include the Group 1 Dubai World Cup star African Story (by Pivotal).
The aforementioned Rip Van Winkle connection comes through Jamaican Punch (by Shareef Dancer), an unraced half-sister to Tea House, Twine and Ittisaal. Her winning daughter Mustique Dream (by Don't Forget Me) is the dam of Looking Back (by Stravinsky), and that filly became the stakes-placed dam of the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero.
KINGSBARNS (IRE) – b.2010 – Galileo – Beltisaal, 2 wins inc Racing Post Trophy (Gr1), 2nd Royal Whip Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr1), Heritage Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland & South Africa. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
brc – Mascara (by Mtoto) Goffs Nov not sold
A well-bred and multiple stakes-placed horse who won the Irish Cesarewitch on his final start, El Salvador covered 85 mares in his first season at Killack Stud in Co Wexford and he has the potential to become a successful National Hunt sire.
He is by the dual Derby hero and great stallion Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), he is a full-brother to the listed winner and Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes third Galactic Star, and he is out of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes heroine Balisada (by Kris).
His grandam, Balnaha (by Lomond), is a winning full-sister to the Group 2 Child Stakes (now Falmouth Stakes) winner and Group 1 Coronation Stakes runner-up Inchmurrin and that filly, of course, became the dam of the Group 1-placed triple pattern scorer Inchinor (by Ahonoora). He died young but left us with the Group 1 winners Cape Of Good Hope, Latice, Notnowcato and Summoner, among others of note.
El Salvador (IRE) – ch.2009 – Galileo – Balisada, 7 wins inc 2nd Lenebane Stakes (L), Martin Molony Stakes (L), 3rd Vintage Crop Stakes (L), Saval Beg Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATAOGUED (updated)
chc - Aos Dana (by Fourstars Allstar) Goffs Dec €3,200
chc - Coolaught (by Lord Of Appeal) Goffs Dec €1,600
grc - Elysium Rose (by Choisir) Goffs Dec not sold
chc - Lady Wagner (by Presenting) Goffs Dec €8,500
bc – Laurelhill Daisy (by Zagreb) Goresbridge Oct not sold
chc – Noleens Moon (by Un Desperado) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
bc – Springfield Spirit (by Bishop of Cashel) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
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
Galileo's status as one of the greatest stallions of all times is without question and now that his earliest sons and daughters at stud are coming up with Group 1 winners too he may be on the verge of forging his own dynasty.
Of course, not every one of his sons is going to become a leading sire, but so far Teofilo and New Approach have sired European classic winners, and each of Cima De Triomphe, Heliostatic, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor and Soldier Of Fortune has got at least one winner at the highest level somewhere among the world's Category I countries.
His great son Frankel made an outstanding start as a freshman sire of 2016, and the string of Galileo stallions at earlier stages of their stud careers includes the dual Derby hero Australia. The Coolmore Stud team member covered 178 mares in his first season, only a handful of his first foals will appear in an auction ring over the coming weeks, and he is one of the most exciting individuals among this group of sires.
Timeform-rated 116p at two, following his impressive defeat of Free Eagle in a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown, he finished third in a particularly strong edition of the Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before going on to take both the Derby and Irish Derby in style.
He added victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes and was not seen out again after his shock neck defeat by The Grey Gatsby, the colt he beat by two lengths at York, in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
His Timeform rating of 132 put him 2lbs behind his dual Derby-winning sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) and 7lbs ahead of his outstanding dam Ouija Board (by Cape Cross), the dual Oaks and dual Breeders' Cup heroine whose career tally of 10 wins also featured the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Hong Kong Vase and Nassau Stakes.
Her first foal is the Australian Group 3-winning gelding Voodoo Prince (by Kingmambo) and she was the best of two blacktype earners for her dam, Selection Board (by Welsh Pageant). The next dam is the Group 3 Falmouth Stakes fourth Ouija (by Silly Season) and although the plethora of pattern winners that descend from that mare do not contain any notable sires, that should not detract from Australia's potential.
Most of those major winners have been fillies, and they include the classic-placed Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Roseate Tern (by Blakeney), mile Group 1 star Red Bloom (by Selkirk), German classic scorer Full Rose (by Aqlaam) and the classic-placed pattern winner Red Camellia (by Polar Falcon). There are, of course, males among the family's big winners, but Grade 1-placed stakes winner Red Fort (by Green Desert) was a gelding, as was the outstanding Teleprompter.
A full-brother to Australia's grandam Selection Board, Teleprompter was one of a handful of top-class geldings who were pivotal in bringing about an end to the barring of his type from Group 1 events in England and Ireland, and although he did not win one here, he did take the Grade 1 Arlington Million across the Atlantic.
His half-sister Rosia Bay (by High Top), dam of the aforementioned Roseate Tern, was also responsible for the four-times Group 1 star Ibn Bey (by Mill Reef), and it is a little surprising that in the Breeders' Cup coverage each year, when European dirt performances come up for discussion, that his second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic is not mentioned.
Ibn Bey did spend time at stud but, in common with most sons of the great Mill Reef (by Never Bend) – Shirley Heights and his male line descendants being the notable exception - he failed to make an impact in that role. That should not be held as a mark against Australia as their actual relationship is somewhat distant and the younger chestnut represents a male line that has become a powerful force, one that has been as successful as the Mill Reef one was disappointing.
Australia will, of course, get two-year-old winners as a freshman in 2018 and it is likely that there will be some blacktype earners among them. It is as three-year-old and older horses, however, that most of his offspring will be seen to best effect, and with his combination of race record, pedigree and breeder support, there is every reason to hope that he not waste much time in adding his name to the growing list of Galileo stallions getting at least one winner at the highest level.
AUSTRALIA (GB) – ch.2011 – Galileo – Ouija Board, 5 wins inc Derby (Gr1), Irish Derby (Gr1), Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr1), Golden Fleece Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Irish Champion Stakes (Gr1), 3rd 2000 Guineas (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Artful (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
chf – Caserta (by Dansili) Tattersalls Nov 300,000gns
bf - Esperita (by Iffraaj) Arqana Dec withdrawn
chc – Fabulous Steed (by Silver Hawk) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf - Glicine (by Tiger Hill) Arqana Dec not sold
bc – Happy Holly (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
chc – Kittens (by Marju) Tattersalls Nov 40,000gns
bc – Lady Gloria (by Diktat) Tattersalls Nov 60,000gns
chf – Peace Palace (by Archipenko) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Rock Kristal (by Fastnet Rock) Tattersalls Nov 100,000gns
chc – Sitara (by Salse) Tattersalls Nov 165,000gns
bc - Tocqueville (by Numerous) Arqana Dec €120,000
bf – Wadjeka (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Nov 33,000gns
Sires of Stallions