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02/05/02 Champion Galileo to Shuttle to Australia

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Champion European galloper Galileo will be standing at Coolmore's Australian base in the Hunter Valley this season.

Coolmore made the announcement that the unbeaten two-year-old and champion three-year-old would be shuttling to Australia earlier this week.

During his record breaking season as a three-year-old Galileo was close to faultless, leaving the experts struggling for words.

"One of the best I have seen in 40 years in racing.......capable of winning a July Cup......that type of horse......you could not hope for better," Geoffrey Gibbs, the Senior Handicapper said.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan you would think would know his horses, after all he's called more Derbies than anyone who is still with us. "(Galileo is) on a par with legends liks Sea Bird, Sir Ivor and the great Nijinsky."

Champion European jockey Lester Piggott was even comparing Galileo to the mighty Nijinsky. "You would have to rate him up there with anything. He's an armchair ride, does everything so easily.All you can say is that he's one of the great ones."

Fellow leadoing jockey Michael Kinane, someone who's ridden more champions than mosdt jockeys get city winners, was also glowing in his praises for Galileo. "He has speed and stamina in abundance. It's very rare you ride a horse with the extra gears he has, and the quicker they go the better he is."

A champion racehorse with great conformation, his pedigree is nothing short of sensational. He's by Sadler's Wells, the world's best sire and now a leading sire of sires. Galileo is a full brother to the 2002 Classic contender Black Sam Bellamy. His dam, the "Arc" winning Miswaki mare Urban Sea, has also produced the Epsom and Irish Oaks-placed Melikah and the Group winner Urban Ocean. Urban Sea is a half sister to the 2000 Guineas winner King's Best and to the dams of French Derby hero Anabaa Blue and the Champion Sprinter Tertullian.

Galileo will be standing his first Australian season in 2002 for a service fee of $55,000 (inc GST - free return). See his catalogue style pedigree here.


bay, 1998, by Sadler’s Wells-Urban Sea by Miswaki


Unbeaten at 2 Years

1st maiden, 8f., Leopardstown, by 14 lengths beating Taraza & American Gothic.


1st Derby Stakes-Gr.1, 12f., Epsom, by 3 1/2 lengths beating Golan & Tobougg, in the second fastest time ever.

1st Irish Derby Stakes-Gr.1, 12f., Curragh by 4 lengths beating Morshdi & Golan.

1st King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes - Gr.1, 12f., Ascot by 2 lengths beating Fantastic Light and Hightori.

1st Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes - Gr.3, 10f., Leopardstown, by 1 1/2 lengths beating Exaltation & El Bueno.

1st Ballysax Stakes - L.R., 10f., Leopardstown, by 3 1/2 lengths beating Group 1 winners Milan & Vinnie Roe.

2nd Irish Champion Stakes - Gr.1, 10f., Leopardstown beaten a head by Fantastic Light in one of the fastest times ever.


Rated 129 on the International Classifications

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