Sadler’s Wells (by Northern Dancer) has had a phenomenal effect on both the flat and National Hunt racing and breeding sectors and his brilliant son and prolific champion sire Galileo appears to be following suit.
He already has a double-digit tally of sons who have at least one top-level flat winner somewhere in the world and a growing number of sons who are making an impact or being aimed at the National Hunt market. Timeform 127-rated Telescope is among the latter.
The Shade Oak Stud stallion was a top-class middle-distance horse, his dam, Velouette (by Darshaan), is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 Dubai World Cup star Moon Ballad (by Singspiel), and his grandam is Velvet Moon (by Shaadi), a Group 2 Lowther Stakes-winning half-sister to Group 1 Derby Italiano winner and Group 1 Melbourne Cup runner-up Central Park.
That horse’s full-sister Mellow Park won the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks, and their dam’s siblings included Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes winner Gouriev (by Gorytus) and dual Irish Group 3 scorer Careafolie (by Caerleon).
It seems unlikely that Telescope will have many, if any, runners on the flat, so it may be some time before we begin to see what his offspring can do. He has the potential to become a leading British-based National Hunt sire. His initial book yielded 90 foals.
TELESCOPE (IRE) - b.2010 - Galileo - Velouette, 5 wins inc Hardwicke Stakes (Gr2), Great Voltigeur Stakes (Gr2), Aston Park Stakes (L), 2nd King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1), Jockey Club Stakes (Gr2), Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Gr3), Gordon Richards Stakes (Gr3), Huxley Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2017
Bf - Ancora (by Accordion) Goffs UK January £6,000
Bg - Bestow (by Presenting) Tatts IRE November not sold
Bf - En Reve (by Shirocco) Goffs UK January £1,200
Bc - Florarossa (by Alflora) Tatts IRE February €2,000
Bc - Fragrant Rose (by Alflora) Goffs UK January £8,000
Bc - Kahooting (by Kahyasi) Goffs UK January £8,000
Bc - Paetitia (by Priolo) Goffs UK January not sold
Bc - Lady In The Bath (by Forzando) Goffs February not sold
Bf - Let It Be (by Entrepreneur) Goffs UK January £2,000
Bc - Libritish (by Librettist) Goffs UK January £4,500
Bc - Linagram (by Classic Cliche) Goffs UK January £3,500
Bc - Little Carmela (by Beat Hollow) Goffs UK January £10,000
Bc - Mi Money (by Alflora) Goffs UK January £12,000
Bg - Miss Chinchilla (by Perpendicular) Tatts IRE November €14,000
Bc - Pougatcheva (by Epervier Bleu) Goffs UK January £3,000
Bf - Precious Lady (by Exit To Nowhere) Goffs UK January £800
Bc - Rattlin (by Bollin Eric) Goffs UK January £10,000
Bc - Tally Em Up (by Flemensfirth) Goffs UK January £16,000
Bc - Theatre Belle (by King’s Theatre) Goffs UK January £21,000
Bc - Tiger Line (by Kayf Tara) Goffs UK January £5,000 (p/s)
Blc - Tomitoul Star (by Dansili) Goffs UK January not sold
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