There are no guarantees in life, but it will be quite a shock if Coolmore Stud’s Gleneagles fails to become a sire of Group 1 winners. It remains to be seen whether or not they will significant horses among a long list of stakes and pattern winners, or just the occasional ones dotted throughout his career, but as a top-class son of Galileo (by Sadler’s Wells) who is out of a ‘blue hen’ full-sister to multiple US champion sire Giant’s Causeway (by Storm Cat), one could justifiably ask ‘how could he fail?’
Gleneagles never ran over less than seven furlongs, and his maiden success came on his second attempt, but then he swept the Group 3 Tyros Stakes, Group 2 Futurity Stakes and Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes before passing the post a half-length and short-neck in front of Full Mast and Territories in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp only to lose the race in the stewards’ room.
He beat Territories again, this time by two and a quarter lengths, when making his seasonal debut in the Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket the following May, added the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, and then justified odds-on again with a two-and-a-half-length score in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
With a clear preference for fast ground, he bypassed several potential targets but took his chance on good-to-soft at Ascot in mid-October as a prep for a shot at the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Sadly, neither worked out. He was a three-length sixth in the former and then trailed home in rear behind American Pharoah, neither performance any reflection on his ability.
Gleneagles was Timeform-rated 113 at two and 128 at three. On offical ratings, he was a champion at two and also Europe’s champion three-year-old miler.
His dam, You’resothrilling – whom Timeform rated 117 following her Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes victory at two – has made a dream start to her broodmare career with five significant runners from her first five foals – all of them by Galileo.
Gleneagles is her second born, and his older sister Marvellous won the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas. Number three is Group 3 C L & M F Weld Park Stakes winner and Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes third Coolmore, number four is Group 2 Sandown Classic winner and Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes runner-up Taj Mahal, and her fifth foal is Happily.
Timeform-rated 116 last year, she won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh before avenging her brother’s loss in France with victory against the colts in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. She also won the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes and was runner-up in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes.
Happily is without a win so far in 2018 but was third to Billesdon Brook in the Group 1 1000 Guineas, third to Alpha Centauri in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas, and only beaten a total of half a length when fourth to Laurens in the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) in June.
In addition to being a pattern-winning full-sister to the famously tough multiple Group 1 star and influential stallion Giant’s Causeway, You’resothrilling is also a full-sister to Group 2-placed sprinter and leading New York-based sire Freud, and there is every reason to hope that Decorated Knight (by Galileo), the triple Group 1-winning son of her sister Pearling, will become a Group 1 sire from his Irish National Stud base.
The offspring of Grade 1-placed multiple Grade 2 winner Mariah’s Storm (by Rahy) also include Love Me Only (by Sadler’s Wells), the dam of dual Derby-placed Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes scorer Storm The Stars (by Sea The Stars), while the third dam of Gleneagles is the Grade 3 winner Immense (by Roberto).
For a horse like Gleneagles it seems not a question of whether or not he will sire Group 1 winners but, instead, a matter of how many he of them he will get. He is the most exciting stallion to go to stud in Europe since Sea The Stars and Frankel.
GLENEAGLES (IRE) - b.2012 - Galileo - You’resothrilling, 7 wins inc 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr1), Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Gr1), Futurity Stakes (Gr2), Tyros Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Grand Criterium (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
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Bc - Alive Alive Oh (by Duke Of Marmalade) Goffs October €140,000
Bc - Araqella (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls October 10,000gns (p/s)
Bf - Archangel Gabriel (by Arch) Arqana August €170,000
Bf - Banimpire (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls October withdrawn
F - Better Not Cry (by Street Cry) Keeneland September not sold
Chc - Bora Blues (by Peintre Celebre) Tatts IRE September €30,000
Chc - Brasileira (by Dubai Destination) Arqana August €115,000
Bc - Bratislava (by Dr Fong) Tattersalls October 57,000gns
Bc - Bridal Dance (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bf - Cap Coz (by Indian Ridge) Goffs October €20,000
Chc - Cape Columbine (by Diktat) Tattersalls October 60,000gns
Bc - Caphene (by Sakhee) Tattersalls October not sold
Grc - Convocate (by Exchange Rate) Goffs October €90,000
Bc - Coquet (by Sir Percy) Tattersalls October 42,000gns
B/brf - Crazy Volume (by Machiavellian) Tattersalls October 27,000gns
Bf - Crossover (by Cape Cross) Goffs October €18,000 (p/s)
Chf - Crystal Valkyrie (by Danehill) Goffs October withdrawn
Chf - Daltiana (by Selkirk) Osarus September €62,000
Bf - Deter (by Nayef) Goffs October not sold
Bf - Dingle View (by Mujadil) Tattersalls October 90,000gns
Bc - Don’t Forget Faith (by Victory Gallop) Tattersalls February 28,000gns
Bc - Don’t Forget Faith (by Victory Gallop) Tattersalls October 16,000gns
Bf - Dubai Media (by Songandaprayer) Tattersalls October 25,000gns
Bc - Elle Woods (by Lawman) Goffs October €110,000
Bf - Elitiste (by Danehill Dancer) Arqana August €50,000
Chc - Euphrasia (by Windsor Knot) Goffs October €220,000
Chc - Fluvial (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs October €50,000
Bf - Fondly (by Dansili) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bc - Four Eleven (by Arch) Arqana August not sold
Bf - Fusion (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls October 200,000gns
Bc - Gotlandia (by Anabaa) Arqana August €180,000
Chc - Hallouella (by Halling) Tattersalls October 55,000gns
Bf - Kiss Of Spring (by Dansili) Arqana August €80,000 (p/s)
Bc - Lady Eclair (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs UK August £380,000
Bc - Lethal Quality (by Elusive Quality) Goffs October €160,000
Bf - Liberally (by Statue Of Liberty) Tattersalls October 75,000gns (p/s)
Brf - Lips Arrow (by Big Shuffle) Baden-Baden August not sold
Bc - Lookup (by Inchinor) Arqana October
Bc - Love Excelling (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Mikkwa (by Elusive Quality) Arqana August €150,000
Bc - Milady (by Shamardal) Tattersalls October not sold
B/brf - Miss Lacey (by Diktat) Tattersalls October not sold
B/brf - Miss Lahar (by Clodovil) Tattersalls October not sold
Chf - Mythie (by Octagonal) Goffs October €82,000
Bc - Native Picture (by Kodiac) Goffs UK August £42,000
Bc - No Explaining (by Azamour) Tattersalls October 190,000gns
Bf - Nocturne (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs October withdrawn
Chc - Norwegian Pride (by Diktat) Baden-Baden August €150,000
Bf - Nuit Polaire (by Kheleyf) Arqana August €400,000
Bf - Obama Rule (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs October €110,000
Bc - One Chance (by Invincible Spirit) Tatts IRE September €70,000
Chf - Pipalong (by Pips Pride) Goffs October €150,000
Chc - Precious Dream (by Mr Greeley) Tattersalls October 62,000gns
Bf - Que Puntual (by Contested Bid) Tattersalls October 200,000gns
Brf - Red Lips (by Areion) Baden-Baden August not sold
Bc - Rivara (by Red Ransom) Tattersalls October 200,000gns
Bf - Rive Gauche (by Fastnet Rock) Tattersalls October 55,000gns
Bf - Sitara (by Salse) Tattersalls October 115,000gns
Bc - Snowfields (by Raven’s Pass) Goffs UK August £100,000
Bf - Sogno Verde (by Green Desert) Tattersalls October 300,000gns
Bf - Street Style (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Sugar Mill (by Oasis Dream) Goffs UK August £140,000
Bc - Sweet Coincidence (by Mujahid) Tattersalls October 72,000gns
Bf - Tarbela (by Grand Lodge) Tattersalls October 500,000gns
Bf - Temida (by Oratorio) Tattersalls October not sold
Bc - Unbelievable (by Fastnet Rock) Goffs October €260,000
Bf - Vadirima (by Selkirk) Arqana October
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