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older stallions But although Galileo set the standard for quality across the board, it was his sons Frankel and Nathaniel who supplied the two top-rated runners in Europe, Cracksman and Enable respectively, both from their first crops. Galileo has a fine record with top-class fillies – others in 2017 were Rhododendron and the juveniles Happily and Clemmie, so his rise up the elite broodmare sire table (he had 24 stakes winners in Europe, six ahead of Pivotal) should come as no surprise. His star daughters in 2017 were the Group 1 winners Misty For Me, dam of Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, and Maybe, dam of

Leading European sires of three-year-olds ranked by average rating of top 20 of runners by Jocelyn de Moubray STALLION Fee 2013

Average rating of top 20 rnrs

Galileo Private 115 Frankel £125,000 114 Dubawi £75,000 110 Dansili £80,000 110 Adlerflug €5,500 109 Sea The Stars

€85,000

108

Pivotal £45,000 107 Nathaniel £20,000 107 Invincible Spirit €65,000

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Tamayuz €15,000 106 Lope De Vega

€12,500

104

Teofilo €35,000 103 Shamardal €50,000 103 Dark Angel Kodiac

€12,500

103

€7,500 102

New Approach £50,000

102

Siyouni €7,000 102 Oasis Dream

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£80,000

101

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“Typically, Montjeus have brilliance, but also nervous energy. The Galileos have class, too, but they have minds of concrete Saxon Warrior. But distaff talent is not an imperative – Alina, dam of Barney Roy, was a twice-raced maiden. Galileo, also unsurprisingly, headed the two-year-old lists – in top company Clemmie and Happily were backed up by another filly, Magical, and the colts Gustav Klimt, The Pentagon and Kenya – and here again new ground was broken. In winning the Cheveley Park Stakes, Clemmie became her sire’s first Group 1 winner over as short as 6f. Galileo, who turns 20 next year, has the genetic background to succeed (by a 14-times champion out of the Arc winner Urban Sea, whose sire Miswaki provided a refreshing outcross) and his results (three top-level winners and a champion juvenile in his first two seasons with runners) very soon ensured his books had quality as well as quantity. But he also imparts a remarkable mental quality, perhaps encompassed in a cameo enacted at Ballydoyle some years ago. After exercise, three of Aidan O’Brien’s Derby prospects – the Montjeu pair St Nicholas Abbey and Jan Vermeer, and Cape

Blanco, by Galileo – were being hand-grazed in a paddock. All was serene in the sunshine until a sudden clatter of hooves behind a high perimeter fence as a group of fillies tittupped past. Cue men behaving badly, as the three colts launched themselves in a macho display of rearing and bucking on the end of their lead-ropes. Significantly, it was the two sons of Montjeu who were the first to kick off and the last to settle. Cape Blanco’s rodeo display was much more half-hearted and he quickly found the grass more interesting. “Typically,” observed O’Brien, “Montjeus have brilliance, but also nervous energy. The Galileos have class, too, but they have minds of concrete.” That fire that Sadler’s Wells gave to high-mettled Montjeu, and his sire Northern Dancer gave to Nijinsky before him, has perhaps emerged in the next generation to Frankel, handled so carefully and tactfully by Sir Henry Cecil during his unbeaten career. Sadler’s Wells was two decades into his stallion career at Coolmore before his studmates Galileo and Montjeu showed that he was not only a sire of exceptional runners, but of exceptional sires too – or, as John Magnier once put it, “the cavalry arrived”. Galileo’s stallion sons have emerged more quickly, but none to over-excite yet in Coolmore. Teofilo is at Kildangan, New Approach at Dalham Hall, Frankel at Banstead Manor and Nathaniel at Newsells Park. The burden of expectation now rests in

Wild Illusion: sire Dubawi’s juvenile Group 1 winner of 2017. She will have a Classic campaign ahead

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