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
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