Galileo's status as one of the greatest stallions of all times is without question and now that his a string of his earliest sons and daughters at stud are coming up with Group/Grade 1 winners too he appears to 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, Frankel, Heliostatic, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor, Sixties Icon and Soldier Of Fortune has got at least one winner at the highest level somewhere among the world's Category I countries.
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 appeared in an auction ring, but they made up to 300,000gns. Clearly, he is one of the most exciting individuals among this group of sires and likely to be a star player at the yearling sales of 2017.
Timeform-rated 116p at two, following his impressive defeat of Free Eagle in a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown, he finished third to Night Of Thunder and Kingman 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 her Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old Frontiersman (by Dubawi) has been runner-up in both the Group 1 Coronation Cup and Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes this season, beaten by Highland Reel and Hawkbill respectively.
Ouija Board 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.
bc - Amber Isle (by First Defence) Keeneland Sept $100,000
bf - Anklet (by Acclamation) Tattersalls Oct 400,000gns
chc - Another Storm (by Gone West) Tattersalls Oct 125,000gns
bc - Arbaah (by Invasor) Tattersalls IRE Sept withdrawn
bc - Arbaah (by Invasor) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc - Artful (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Oct 70,000gns
chf - Artistic Jewel (by Excellent Art) Goffs Sept €32,000
chc - Attire (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Sept €25,000
bc - Azeema (by Averti) Tattersalls Nov 130,000gns
bc - Blanche Dubawi (by Dubawi) Tattersalls Oct 65,000gns
chc - Bright Sky (by Wolfhound) Arqana Oct withdrawn
grc - Cable (by Dynaformer) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
chf - Caressor (by Pulpit) Goffs Sept withdrawn
chf - Caressor (by Pulpit) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf - Cherrington (by Lope de Vega) Tattersalls Oct 75,000gns
rof - Convocate (by Exchange Rate) Goffs Sept €52,000
chf - Diamond Dove (by Dr Fong) BBAG Sept €110,000
bf - Dingle View (by Mujadil) Goffs Sept €40,000
bc - Dorothy B (by Fastnet Rock) Tattersalls Oct 350,000gns
bc - Dundalk Dust (by Military) Goffs Sept €200,000
bf - Dusty In Memphis (by Broken Vow) Goffs Sept €67,000
chf - Emerald Gold (by War Front) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
chc - Fabulous Speed (by Silver Hawk) Tattersalls Oct 55,000gns
chf - Festoso (by Diesis) Tattersalls Nov not sold
chc - Fly Past (by Zamindar) Keeneland Sept $490,000
chf - Fountain Of Peace (by Kris S) Arqana Aug withdrawn
chf - Gainful (by Gone West) Goffs Sept not sold
bf - Glicine (by Tiger Hill) Arqana Oct €87,000
bc - Happy Holly (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls Oct 190,000gns
bf - Have Faith (by Machiavellian) Arqana Aug €100,000
chf - Healing Music (by Bering) Tattersalls Oct 32,000gns
chc - Heavenly Dawn (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chc - Kittens (by Marju) Tattersalls Oct 52,000gns
bf - Kitty Matcham (by Rock of Gibraltar) Arqana Aug €200,000
bf - Know Me Love Me (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Sept €85,000
bc - Lady Eclair (by Danehill Dancer) Arqana Aug €90,000
bc - Lady Gloria (by Diktat) Goffs Sept €65,000
bf - Lasilia (by Acclamation) Goffs Sept €50,000
bf - Laugh Out Loud (by Clodovil) Tattersalls Oct 200,000gns
chc - Light Quest (by Quest For Fame) Arqana Oct €140,000
chc - Madame Defarge (by Motivator) Tattersalls Oct 80,000gns
chc - Magical Steps (by Giant's Causeway) Keeneland Sept $300,000
bc - Main Spring (by Pivotal) Arqana Oct €55,000
chc - Map Of Heaven (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf - Mona Lisa (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Sept €100,000
chf - Mrs Dubawi (by Dubawi) Arqana Aug €120,000 (p/s)
bf - Muneefa (by Storm Cat) Goffs Sept €62,000
chc - Nick's Nikita (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - No Explaining (by Azamour) Tattersalls Oct 370,000gns
bc - Nobilis (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Open Window (by Dansili) Goffs Sept withdrawn
bf - Open Window (by Dansili) Tattersalls Nov 42,000gns
chf - Peace Palace (by Archipenko) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chf - Peace Palace (by Archipenko) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
chc - Ponty Acclaim (by Acclamation) Arqana Aug €130,000
bf - Praia (by Big Shuffle) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Que Puntual (by Contested Bid) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Quiet Down (by Quiet American) Tattersalls Oct 78,000gns
chc - Reckoning (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 70,000gns
chc - Reine Des Plages (by Danehill Dancer) Arqana Aug €100,000
bc - Ridafa (by Darshaan) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Rock Kristal (by Fastnet Rock) Tattersalls Oct 135,000gns
chc - Sabreon (by Caerleon) Tattersalls Oct 75,000gns
chf - San Sicharia (by Daggers Drawn) Arqana Aug withdrawn
bc - Sent From Heaven (by Footstepsinthesand) Tattersalls Oct 500,000gns
chc - Sitara (by Salse) Tattersalls Oct 525,000gns
chf - Sugar House (by Distorted Humor) Tattersalls IRE Sept €50,000
chc - Susan Stroman (by Monsun) Tattersalls Oct 68,000gns
bc - Sweepstake (by Acclamation) Goffs Sept not sold
bc - Sweepstake (by Acclamation) Tattersalls Nov 150,000gns
bc - Tanaghum (by Darshaan) Tattersalls Oct 500,000gns
bf - Teddy Bears Picnic (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Sept €60,000
chf - Terre du Vent (by Kutub) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Thai Haku (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Oct 380,000gns
bf - Tipperary Honor (by Highest Honor) Arqana Aug €190,000 (p/s)
chf - Tree Chopper (by Woodman) Keeneland Sept $175,000
bc - Ultra Appeal (by Lawman) Arqana Aug €140,000
bc - Virginia Waters (by Kingmambo) Keeneland Sept $25,000
bc - Waterway Run (by Arch) Tattersalls Oct 140,000gns
bf - Weekend Fling (by Forest Wildcat) Goffs Sept €220,000
chc - What A Treasure (by Cadeaux Genereux) Tattersalls Oct 260,000gns
bf - Who Is Camille (by Dixie Union) Tattersalls Oct 26,000gns
chc - Winesong (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Sept €270,000
chf - Wurfklinge (by Acatenango) Goffs Sept €150,000
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