Galileo extends influence as a sire and sire-of-sires

7 Jun 2014

Breeders who have used or intend to use Cape Blanco will be heartened by Group One results in both hemispheres during the weekend.

In England Cape Blanco's sire, Galileo chalked up his 41st Group One winner when Australia (ex Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) took out the 235th English Derby for Aidan O'Brien.

Closer to home, at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, the Galileo sire-son Teofilo made headlines when his son Sonntag (ex Parfaists, by Strategic) landed the Queensland Derby for young trainer Henry Dwyer.

Cape Blanco is himself a five times Gr.1-winning son of Galileo and won a Derby himself, the Irish Derby.  Later that season he beat the older horses in the Irish Champion Stakes. 

At four he travelled to America and was unbeaten in three Gr.1 outings, earning himself an Eclipse Award as the Champion USA Turf Horse of 2011.

Cape Blanco's third season fee at Cambridge Stud has been set at a super-competitive $14,000 + gst (LFG).  His first-crop foals are outstanding and sold up to $100,000 at the recent New Zealand Bloodostock Karaka Weanling Sale.