Galileo (horse)

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Galileo (30 March 1998 – 10 July 2021) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from October 2000 until October 2001, he ran eight times and won six races. He is best known for having won the Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001. He was named the European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 2001.

Racing colours of Susan Magnier
SireSadler's Wells
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamUrban Sea
Foaled30 March 1998
Died10 July 2021(2021-07-10) (aged 23)
BreederDavid Tsui and Orpendale
OwnerSue Magnier, Michael Tabor
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record8: 6-1-0
Major wins
Ballysax Stakes (2001)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2001)
Epsom Derby (2001)
Irish Derby (2001)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001)
European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (2001)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland
(2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (2020, 2021)
British Champions Series Hall of Fame (2022)
Timeform rating: 134
Last updated on 21 July 2021

After his retirement, Galileo was one of the most sought-after sires in the world. He first became the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 2008, then consecutively earned the title from 2010–2020. In 2020, he set the record for the number of Epsom Derby winners sired at five: New Approach, Ruler Of The World, Australia, Anthony Van Dyck and Serpentine. In June 2020, Galileo sired his 85th Group 1 winner, breaking Danehill's world record and becoming the most successful source of Group 1 winners in thoroughbred history. In addition to his Derby winners, his notable offspring include Frankel, Nathaniel, Found, Churchill and Minding. He was also a leading broodmare sire.

Galileo was euthanized on 10 July 2021, after a debilitating injury to his near foreleg which failed to heal after surgery earlier that year.


Galileo was a 16 12 hh (64.5 inches, 164 cm) bay horse with a narrow white blaze and a white sock on his near hind leg. He was sired by Sadler's Wells out of the mare Urban Sea. His breeders were David Tsui, the owner of Urban Sea, and "Orpendale", a name used by the Coolmore Stud organisation for some of their breeding interests. He was described as a three-year-old as being "one of the most impeccably bred horses in training".

Sadler's Wells won three Group One races in 1984 and went on to sire the winners of over 2,000 races, including more than 130 at Group One/Grade I level. He was the most successful sire in the history of British racing, being the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland a record 14 times. Urban Sea won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1993 and went on to become an outstanding broodmare. Apart from Galileo, she was the dam of the Derby winner Sea the Stars and the Grade I winners Black Sam Bellamy (Tattersalls Gold Cup) and My Typhoon (Diana Stakes), as well as All Too Beautiful (Group race winner, Group One placed) and Melikah (Listed race winner, Group One placed).

Owned by Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, Galileo was sent into training with Aidan O'Brien, then just starting his tenure at Ballydoyle. Galileo was ridden in all but one of his races by Michael Kinane.

Galileo was known for his relaxed behaviour and even temperament. Noel Stapleton, his long-time handler at Coolmore Stud, called him a creature of habit: "He is a true gentleman, and I think he knows how important he is." O'Brien noted that Galileo "prowled" when asked to walk: "Most horses when you ask them to go forward, up goes the head and they walk up, but he used to walk forward and walk out. His walking stride was so long and there was so much power from his front and back."

He was one of several horses to have borne the name of Galileo. The most notable "other" Galileo was a Polish-bred gelding which won the Grade I RSA Novices' Hurdle at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival.

Racing career

2000: two-year-old career

Galileo's two-year-old debut was delayed by a cough that he developed over the summer of 2000. He did not appear on the racecourse until 28 October, in a sixteen-runner maiden race at Leopardstown. He was made the even-money favourite, despite the field containing two runners each from the stables of the leading Irish trainers John Oxx and Jim Bolger. Kinane tracked the leaders before sending the colt into the lead in the straight and extending his lead to fourteen lengths by the finish.

2001: three-year-old career


Galileo was conditioned for a middle-distance campaign and aimed at Derby trial races in late spring. On his debut, he was 1/3 favourite for the Listed Ballysax Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown, which he won "easily" by three and a half lengths. Runner-up Milan went on to win the St Leger and finish second in the Breeders' Cup Turf, while the third-placed Vinnie Roe won four consecutive Irish St. Legers. O'Brien was satisfied with the performance, especially as he believed the colt was some way from peak fitness: ("[my horses]... are as big as bulls") and likely to improve.

Galileo was stepped up in class for the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown in May. The odds-on favourite, he was ridden for the first and only time by Seamie Heffernan, as Kinane was riding Milan in the Group One Prix Lupin on the same day. Galileo beat the John Oxx-trained Exaltation by one and a half lengths. Although Heffernan put Galileo under pressure before going clear, the colt's Derby odds were cut from 8–1 to 5–1.


At Epsom, Galileo started 11/4 joint-favourite with 2,000 Guineas winner Golan. The 2001 Epsom Derby field was strong, with Tobougg, the previous year's champion two-year-old, and the winners of most of the major Derby trials, including Mr Combustible (Chester Vase), Dilshaan (Dante Stakes) and Perfect Sunday (Lingfield Derby Trial), all taking part. Two furlongs from the finish, Galileo moved past Mr Combustible and quickly went clear to record an "impressive" three and a half length victory over Golan, Tobougg and Mr Combustible. Following the race, Timeform assigned a figure of 130 to Galileo, making him, in their opinion, the best Derby winner for ten years. Kinane was reported to have called Galileo the best horse he had ridden: "There is no weakness to him... He is a dream to ride." It was the first Derby winner for O'Brien and the first Derby winner Sadler's Wells had sired.

In the Irish Derby at The Curragh, three weeks later, Galileo was 4/11 favourite, with Golan and Exaltation the only other horses starting at less than 20/1. Although eased down in the closing stages, the colt won by four lengths from the Derby Italiano winner Morshdi, with Golan another four lengths back in third. Kinane, who was winning his first Irish Derby in seventeen attempts, said that he was always in "complete control", while Morshdi's jockey, Philip Robinson, described the winner as "a freak".

Galileo was then tested against older horses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July. The betting suggested a match between Galileo (1/2 favourite) and the Godolphin five-year-old Fantastic Light (7-2), who had won Group One races in four different countries. Such were the reputations of these two horses that the third choice in the betting, the French Derby winner Anabaa Blue, started at 18/1. Kinane took Galileo to the lead two furlongs out, but Frankie Dettori challenged hard on Fantastic Light as Galileo won by two lengths.


Galileo returned to Leopardstown in September for a much-anticipated Irish Champion Stakes against Fantastic Light again, this time over the shorter distance of one and a quarter miles. O'Brien's Ice Dancer was to act as pacemaker and ensure a stamina test. The plan failed, as the rest of the riders ignored Ice Dancer, who went ten lengths clear before stopping abruptly in the straight. Fantastic Light and Galileo raced side by side, with the former winning by a head. The race has been described as one of the most exciting and memorable in the modern history of the sport. O'Brien praised the winner but felt that he himself had "messed up" tactically.

For his final race, Galileo was sent to Belmont Park for the Breeders' Cup Classic. He would be racing on dirt for the first time, although he was prepared by exercising on the artificial surface at Southwell. In the Classic, Galileo finished sixth of the fourteen runners behind Tiznow.

"With the benefit of hindsight", O'Brien later recalled, "it was an unrealistic target to ask him to do that after having such a tough season and racing against the older horses, but it was the belief that was in him, the belief that everyone had in him, that we thought it could be possible that it could happen. I remember when he came in, he was after trying so hard he was almost crying. He was so genuine."

Galileo's retirement was announced immediately after the race.

Race record

Date Race Dist (f) Course Class Prize (£K) Odds Runners Placing Margin Time Jockey Trainer
28 October 2000 IBEC EBF Maiden 8 Leopardstown M 8 Evens 16 1 14 1:48.20 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
16 April 2001 Ballysax Stakes 10 Leopardstown L 20 1/3 7 1 3.5 2:20.10 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
13 May 2001 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial 10 Leopardstown 3 39 8/15 5 1 1.5 2:08.50 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien
9 June 2001 Derby 12 Epsom 1 580 11/4 12 1 3.5 2:33.27 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
1 July 2001 Irish Derby 12 The Curragh 1 411 4/11 12 1 4 2:27.10 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
28 July 2001 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 Ascot 1 435 1/2 12 1 2 2:27.71 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
8 September 2001 Irish Champion Stakes 10 Leopardstown 1 384 4/11 7 2 Head 2:01.80 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien
27 October 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic 10 Belmont Park 1 1386 100/30 13 6 7.75 2:00.62 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien


Galileo was named European Champion Three-Year-Old at the Cartier Racing Awards.

In the 2001 International Classification (the forerunner of the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings), Galileo was assessed at 129 (equal with Fantastic Light), making him the third highest rated horse behind Sakhee and Point Given.

Galileo was given a final Timeform rating of 134.

Stud career

Galileo was retired to stand as a stallion for the Coolmore Stud. He originally operated as a "shuttle" stallion, standing at Coolmore's main farm at Fethard, County Tipperary Ireland during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season and moving to its Australian branch in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. However, since 2006, he stood exclusively in Ireland.

Galileo earned his first title as the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 2008 thanks to his first Derby winner New Approach. He regained the title in 2010 when Frankel made his debut, and repeated in 2011 through 2020 inclusive. Since 2008, his stud fee was privately negotiated, but in 2018 he was reputed to be the most expensive stallion in the world. For breeders who were not associates of Coolmore Stud, the fee had "long been north of €400,000" and was suggested to be as high as €600,000. At the height of his stud career, Galileo generated an estimated €40 million per year in stud fees for Coolmore.

At the time of his death on 10 July 2021, he had sired 338 stakes winners, 228 of which were group winners. In August 2018, Sizzling gave Galileo his 328th European group race win as a sire, taking him past the record previously held by his own sire Sadler's Wells.

On 9 November 2019, Magic Wand became his 84th individual Group/Grade One winner, putting him level with Danehill for the most such winners sired. He broke this record when Peaceful won the Irish 1000 Guineas in June 2020. On the same day he died, Bolshoi Ballet became his 92nd G1 winner. In 2022, Magical Lagoon became his 95th G1 winner by taking the Irish Oaks. Proud and Regal is 97th G1 winner of it

In 2019, Anthony Van Dyck became his fourth Epsom Derby winner (with New Approach, Ruler of the World, and Australia). This tied him with Cyllene, Waxy, Sir Peter Teazle, Blandford and Montjeu for the number of Derby winners sired. He broke this record when Serpentine won the Derby in 2020. After Minding's victory in the 2016 1000 Guineas, Galileo had become the sire of winners of all five British Classics. In the 2016 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he sired the top three finishers (Found, Highland Reel and Order of St George). In the 2019 Derby, he was the sire, grandsire or great-grandsire of all runners but Sir Dragonet, who was related to Urban Sea through his full sister All Too Beautiful. In 2020, he was the sire of the Love, winner of the 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

In September 2008, Galileo underwent surgery for colic.

In early 2021, Galileo injured his near-fore foot and underwent another surgery. He failed to respond to treatment and was euthanized on 10 July. When announcing the death, John Magnier of Coolmore commented, ""The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy, and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented."

O'Brien noted that as a sire Galileo was notable for passing his own determination down to his offspring. "You would train a lot of horses," he said, "different types of horses who all have different traits, but very few of them, in fact none of them, put that mental trait into their horses the way Galileo did. What he put into their minds, that genuineness, was out of this world."

Notable progeny

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major wins
2003 Allegretto f Prix Royal-Oak
2003 Nightime f Irish 1,000 Guineas
2003 Red Rocks c Breeders' Cup Turf, Man o' War Stakes
2003 Sixties Icon c St Leger Stakes
2004 Celestial Halo g Triumph Hurdle
2004 Mahler c Queen's Vase
2004 Niwot c Sydney Cup
2004 Soldier of Fortune c Irish Derby, Coronation Cup
2004 Teofilo c National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes
2005 Alandi c Irish St. Leger, Prix du Cadran
2005 Cima De Triomphe c Derby Italiano
2005 Lush Lashes f Coronation Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Matron Stakes
2005 New Approach c National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, Epsom Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, Champion Stakes
2005 Sousa c Spring Champion Stakes
2006 Altano g Prix du Cadran
2006 Linton g Stradbroke Handicap
2006 Rip Van Winkle c Sussex Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, International Stakes
2006 Sans Frontieres c Irish St. Leger
2007 Cape Blanco c Irish Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, Man o' War Stakes, Arlington Million, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes
2007 Igugu f South African Fillies Classic,Woolavington 2000,Durban July Handicap,Cape Metropolitan Stakes
2007 Lily Of The Valley f Prix de l'Opéra
2007 Mahbooba f Clairwood Golden Slipper
2008 Frankel c Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, International Stakes, Champion Stakes
2008 Galikova f Prix Vermeille
2008 Golden Lilac f Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane, Prix d'Ispahan
2008 Misty for Me f Moyglare Stud Stakes, Prix Marcel Boussac, Irish 1,000 Guineas, Pretty Polly Stakes
2008 Nathaniel c King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Eclipse Stakes
2008 Roderic O'Connor c Critérium International, Irish 2,000 Guineas
2008 Seville c The Metropolitan
2008 Together f Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
2008 Treasure Beach c Irish Derby, Secretariat Stakes
2009 Great Heavens f Irish Oaks
2009 Imperial Monarch c Grand Prix de Paris
2009 Maybe f Moyglare Stud Stakes
2009 Noble Mission c Tattersalls Gold Cup, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud †, Champion Stakes
2009 Romantica f Prix Jean Romanet
2009 Was f Epsom Oaks
2009 Windsor Park g Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle
2010 Foundry g The Metropolitan
2010 Galileo Rock c
2010 Intello c Prix du Jockey Club
2010 Kingsbarns c Racing Post Trophy
2010 Magician c Irish 2,000 Guineas, Breeders' Cup Turf
2010 Mondialiste c Woodbine Mile, Arlington Million
2010 Ruler of the World c Epsom Derby
2010 Telescope c Great Voltigeur Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes, Aston Park Stakes
2010 The United States c Ranvet Stakes
2011 Rhett Butler c Serbian Horse of the year
2011 Adelaide c Secretariat Stakes, Cox Plate
2011 Australia c Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, International Stakes
2011 Marvellous f Irish 1,000 Guineas
2011 Photo Call f Rodeo Drive Stakes, First Lady Stakes
2011 Tapestry f Yorkshire Oaks
2012 Bondi Beach c Curragh Cup, Vintage Crop Stakes
2012 Curvy f E.P. Taylor Stakes
2012 Decorated Knight c Jabel Hatta, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes
2012 Found f Prix Marcel Boussac, Breeders' Cup Turf, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2012 Gleneagles c Vincent O'Brien Stakes, 2000 Guineas Stakes, Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes
2012 Highland Reel c Secretariat Stakes, Hong Kong Vase (twice), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes,

Breeders' Cup Turf, Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes

2012 Order of St George c Irish St. Leger (twice), Ascot Gold Cup
2012 Together Forever f Fillies' Mile
2013 Alice Springs f Falmouth Stakes, Matron Stakes, Sun Chariot Stakes
2013 Ballydoyle f Prix Marcel Boussac
2013 Deauville c Belmont Derby
2013 Idaho c Great Voltigeur Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes, Ormonde Stakes
2013 Johannes Vermeer c Critérium International
2013 Minding f Moyglare Stud Stakes, Fillies' Mile, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Pretty Polly Stakes, Nassau Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
2013 Seventh Heaven f Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks
2013 The Gurkha c Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Sussex Stakes
2013 Ulysses c Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes
2013 US Army Ranger g Chester Vase
2014 Capri c Irish Derby, St Leger
2014 Churchill c National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas
2014 Cliffs of Moher c Dee Stakes, Mooresbridge Stakes
2014 Hydrangea f Matron Stakes, British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
2014 Rhododendron f Fillies' Mile, Prix de l'Opéra, Lockinge Stakes
2014 Winter f 1000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Nassau Stakes
2014 Waldgeist c Critérium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix Ganay, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2015 Clemmie f Cheveley Park Stakes
2015 Flag of Honour c Irish St. Leger
2015 Forever Together f Epsom Oaks
2015 Happily f Moyglare Stud Stakes, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère
2015 Kew Gardens c Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger
2015 Magical f British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes, Champion Stakes, Pretty Polly Stakes
2015 Magic Wand f Mackinnon Stakes
2016 Line of Duty c Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
2016 Hermosa f 1000 Guineas, Irish 1000 Guineas
2016 Anthony Van Dyck c Epsom Derby
2016 Cape of Good Hope c Caulfield Stakes
2016 Circus Maximus c St James's Palace Stakes, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Queen Anne Stakes
2016 Sovereign c Irish Derby
2016 Japan c Grand Prix de Paris, International Stakes
2016 Search For A Song f Irish St. Leger (twice)
2017 Love f Moyglare Stud Stakes, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks, Prince of Wales's Stakes
2017 Magic Attitude f Belmont Oaks
2017 Mogul c Grand Prix de Paris, Hong Kong Vase
2017 Peaceful f Irish 1,000 Guineas
2017 Russian Emperor g Hong Kong Gold Cup, Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (twice)
2017 Serpentine g Epsom Derby
2018 Bolshoi Ballet c Belmont Derby, Sword Dancer Stakes
2018 Empress Josephine f Irish 1,000 Guineas
2018 Joan of Arc f Prix de Diane
2018 Kyprios c Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, Irish St. Leger, Prix du Cadran
2018 Shale f Moyglare Stud Stakes
2019 Magical Lagoon f Irish Oaks
2019 Tuesday f Epsom Oaks, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
2020 Proud And Regal c Critérium International
2020 Savethelastdance f Irish Oaks
2020 Warm Heart f Yorkshire Oaks, Prix Vermeille, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational

Noble Mission was awarded the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, after another Galileo son called Spiritjim was demoted from first after it was found that he tested positive for banned substances.

‡ Gleneagles was demoted from first to third in the 2014 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, after stewards deemed him to have interfered with the horse that finished second (Full Mast) and third (Territories).

Sire of sires

At the time of his death in 2021, Galileo had sired 20 sons who themselves became sires of Group/Grade 1 winners. Of these sons, Teofilio had sired the most G1 winners with 20, while Frankel was leading the sire list after having sired his first Derby winner. Both Australia and Gleneagles were in the top 20 of leading sires despite having just a few foal crops to represent them. In 2018, Frankel had finished fourth on the leading sire list, while Nathaniel finished fifth. New Approach was the sire of 2018 Derby winner Masar, while Teofilo sired Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter.


Entered stud in 2008.

Foaled Name Sex Major wins
2009 Parish Hall c Dewhurst Stakes
2009 Voleuse de Coeurs f Irish St. Leger
2010 Havanna Gold c Prix Jean Prat
2010 Loch Garman c Critérium International
2010 Sonntag g Queensland Derby
2010 Trading Leather c Irish Derby
2010 Happy Clapper g Canterbury Stakes, Doncaster Mile, Epsom Handicap
2011 Kermadec c Doncaster Mile
2012 Pleascach f Irish 1,000 Guineas, Yorkshire Oaks
2012 Humidor (NZ) g Australian Cup, Makybe Diva Stakes, Memsie Stakes,
2013 Twilight Payment g Melbourne Cup
2014 Exultant g Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Gold Cup, Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup, Queen Elizabeth II Cup
2015 Gear Up c Criterium de Saint-Cloud
2015 Cross Counter g Melbourne Cup
2016 Donjah f Preis von Europa
2017 Subjectivist c Ascot Gold Cup
2017 Tawkeel f Prix Saint Alary
2017 Without A Fight g Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup

New Approach

Entered stud in 2009.

Foaled Name Sex Major wins
2010 Dawn Approach c National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes
2010 May's Dream f Australasian Oaks
2010 Sultanina f Nassau Stakes
2010 Talent f Epsom Oaks
2011 Elliptique c Grosser Dallmayr-Preis
2011 Potemkin g Premio Roma
2015 Cascadian g Doncaster Handicap
2015 Masar c Epsom Derby
2018 Mac Swiney c Vertem Futurity Trophy, Irish 2,000 Guineas


Entered stud in 2013.

Foaled Name Sex Major wins
2014 Soul Stirring f Yushun Himba, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
2014 Cracksman c Champion Stakes (twice), Prix Ganay, Coronation Cup
2014 Mozu Ascot c Yasuda Kinen, February Stakes
2014 Call The Wind g Prix du Cadran
2014 Dream Castle g Jebel Hatta
2014 Mirage Dancer c The Metropolitan (ATC)
2015 Without Parole c St James's Palace Stakes
2015 Veracious f Falmouth Stakes
2016 Anapurna f Epsom Oaks, Prix de Royallieu
2016 Logician c St Leger
2017 Alpinista f Grosser Preis von Berlin, Preis von Europa, Grosser Preis von Bayern, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2017 Hungry Heart f Australian Oaks, Vinery Stud Stakes
2017 Quadrilateral f Fillies' Mile
2018 Adayar c Epsom Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
2018 Converge g TJ Smith Stakes
2018 Grenadier Guards c Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
2018 Hurricane Lane c Irish Derby


Entered stud in 2013.

Foaled Name Sex Major wins
2014 Enable f Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (three times), Yorkshire Oaks (twice), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (twice), Breeders' Cup Turf, Eclipse Stakes
2014 God Given f Premio Lydia Tesio
2016 Channel f Prix de Diane
2016 Burning Victory f Triumph Hurdle
2016 Lady Bowthorpe f Nassau Stakes
2016 Mutamakina f E. P. Taylor Stakes
2019 Desert Crown c Epsom Derby

Broodmare sire

Like his sire Galileo has become a sire of excellent broodmares whose offspring have achieved Group 1 success. He was the leading broodmare sire in Great Britain and Ireland of 2020 after finishing closely behind Pivotal in the previous years.

Dam Name Foaled Sex Major wins
Absolute Lady La Cressonniere 2013 f Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane
Alina Barney Roy 2014 g St James's Palace Stakes
Azmiyna The Autumn Sun 2015 c J.J. Atkins Plate, Golden Rose Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas
Baggy Green (AUS) Tofane 2015 f All Aged Stakes, Stradbroke Handicap, Tattersall's Tiara, C F Orr Stakes
Best in the World Snowfall 2018 f Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks
Cabaret Magna Grecia 2016 c Vertem Futurity Trophy, 2000 Guineas Stakes
Cabaret St Mark's Basilica 2018 c Dewhurst Stakes, Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Jockey Club, Eclipse Stakes
Forest Storm Night of Thunder 2011 c 2000 Guineas Stakes, Lockinge Stakes
Galicuix Galileo Gold 2013 c 2000 Guineas Stakes
Greenery Lea 2009 c Donn Handicap
Inner Realm Intricately 2014 f Moyglare Stud Stakes
Livia (AUS) Warning 2016 g Victoria Derby
Maybe Saxon Warrior 2015 c 2000 Guineas Stakes, Racing Post Trophy
Misty for Me Roly Poly 2014 c Falmouth Stakes, Prix Rothschild, Sun Chariot Stakes
Misty for Me U S Navy Flag 2015 c Dewhurst Stakes, July Cup
Nightime Zhukova 2012 f Man o' War Stakes
Nightime Ghaiyyath 2015 c Grosser Preis von Baden, Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes
Perfect Truth Magicool 2011 g Queensland Derby
Perihelion Qualify 2012 f The Oaks
Starlet's Sister Sistercharlie 2014 f Belmont Oaks, Jenny Wiley Stakes, Diana Stakes (twice), Beverly D. Stakes (twice), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Flower Bowl Stakes
Starlet's Sister Sottsass 2016 c Prix du Jockey Club, Prix Ganay, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Starship La Collina 2009 f Phoenix Stakes, Matron Stakes
Starship Rivet Delight 2014 g Racing Post Trophy
Watchful Watch Me 2016 f Coronation Stakes, Prix Rothschild


Pedigree of Galileo (IRE), bay stallion, 1998
Sadler's Wells
bay 1981
Northern Dancer
b. 1961
br. 1954
Lady Angela
b. 1957
Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge
b. 1975
Bold Reason
b. 1968
Hail To Reason
b. 1969
Urban Sea
chestnut 1989
ch. 1978
Mr. Prospector
b. 1970
Raise a Native
Gold Digger
ch. 1971
Rose Bower
ch. 1978
ch. 1967
Promised Lady
ch. 1969
Almyra (Family 9-h)

See also