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Danehill Dancer himself went on to pull off a double in 2009 when Again and Mastercraftsman were successful in their respective Irish Guineas. In doing so, Danehill Dancer joined a list of ten stallions since 1950 to be represented by a pair of Guineas winners in a single season, among them Giant's Causeway (2005), Kingmambo (2000 and 2005), Northern Dancer (1984), Nureyev (1987), Royal Charger (1953) and Sadler's Wells (2003).
But while Sadler's Wells's hold over the 1m4f Classics is unprecedented in modern times, no stallion has exhibited the same kind of dominance as his son, Galileo, in this season's Guineas.
When Misty For Me quickened past Together in Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas, she not only led home a one-two for Galileo and Ballydoyle but also became the fourth Guineas winner this spring by the Coolmore stallion after Frankel, Golden Lilac and Roderic O'Connor, the winner of the preceding day's Irish 2,000 Guineas. It is quite an achievement considering Galileo was a typically progressive middle-distance son of Sadler's Wells who ran only once over a mile when successful on his sole start at two.
Such a haul of winners has inevitably set Galileo up for a strong crack at a third British and Irish sires' championship. He is already approaching the pounds 1 million barrier and is approximately pounds 650,000 ahead of his closest pursuer, Banstead Manor Stud's Dansili. For all the success Dansili is enjoying this season - he sired stakes winners Emulous and Bated Breath during the past week - the idea the title could fall to a British-based stallion for the first time since 1987 is slipping out of reach.
And what price Galileo enjoying further Classic success this season? As well as Misty For Me, the fillies division contains Galikova, a half-sister to Goldikova who is heading for the Prix de Diane after defeating subsequent Prix Saint-Alary winner Wavering by daylight in the Prix Cleopatre earlier this month (a performance all the more creditable given she's a late May foal). Dante Stakes runner-up Seville and Chester Vase one-two Treasure Beach and Nathaniel are possibles for the Derby alongside Roderic O'Connor.
Galileo's influence this season has not been restricted to Europe. His reputation is firmly in the ascent in South Africa where he is the sire of this season's fillies Triple Crown heroine Igugu and recent South African Derby second Galileo's Destiny. In Australia, his runners are headed by the Group 2 Adelaide Cup winner Muir (formerly Johann Zoffany). In all, Galileo has been represented by 12 stakes winners worldwide this season.
It has been well publicised that the cross of Galileo over Danehill, which creates inbreeding to Northern Dancer (3x4), Buckpasser (5x5) and Natalma (4x5x5), is the formula behind Frankel, Golden Lilac and Roderic O'Connor. Of the 35 runners bred on the cross, 17 have gained black type, including Cima De Triomphe, Teofilo, Cuis Ghaire, Galileo's Destiny and Reem. Naturally, breeders have responded by sending Galileo a good number of Danehill mares in recent seasons - 36 of his 149 yearlings are out of Danehill-line mares - and it will be interesting to see how such a rise in numbers affects the rate of success.
Galileo's influence offers encouragement that Roderic O'Connor and Misty For Me will be able to cope with a step up in trip although it is not cut and dried whether either will be able to stay 1m4f well enough to be in the mix at Epsom.
Misty For Me was quick and precocious enough to win over 6f last July and is out of Butterfly Cove, an unraced Storm Cat sister to 7f Group 3 winner Kamarinskaya and a half-sister to champion two-year-old Fasliyev. It is a family which came to the fore in Japan over the weekend when Opera Mouve, a Johannesburg half-sister to Butterfly Cove, broke her maiden by five lengths over 6f.
The case for Roderic O'Connor staying 1m4f is stronger, as even though he is out of 7f Listed winner Secret Garden, he is also related to dual Gold Cup hero Gildoran. The colt is a great-grandson of Robert Sangster's champion two-year-old filly Durtal, who lost her chance of Epsom Classic glory when taking flight and dumping Lester Piggott on the way to post for the 1977 Oaks.
Misty For Me passes stablemate Together to bring up an Irish Classic double for top sire Galileo last weekend
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 26, 2011|
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