Another Group 1 for Galileo with Waldgeist
Galileo: sire of three Group 1-winning two-year-olds in 2016
PICTURE: Peter Mooney Another Group 1 for Galileo with Waldgeist
By James Thomas 8:00PM 30 OCT 2016
WALDGEIST became the latest in an ever-growing list of Group 1 winners to be sired by Coolmore's supersire Galileo when running out a gutsy winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.
The Andre Fabre-trained colt had to overcome interference in his run but when push came to shove he found enough for pressure to draw away from runner-up Best Solution by a length and the land the top-level prize for his owners Gestut Ammerland, Newsells Park Stud and Mrs John Magnier.
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Waldgeist is the first foal out of Waldlerche, a Group 3-winning daughter of Monsun whose half-siblings include St Leger winner Masked Marvel and the Listed winner Waldnah.
Waldlerche was bred by Newsells Park and was sold to Crispin de Moubray for €100,000 at the 2010 renewal of the Arqana August Sale.
Even by his own high standards Galileo has enjoyed a phenomenal 2016 campaign, having amassed almost three times more European prize-money than his nearest pursuer, Dubawi.
In winning the Criterium de Saint-Cloud Waldgeist became Galileo's third top-level two-year-old winner in 2016, after Dewhurst hero Churchill and Fillies' Mile scorer Rhododendron.
After the race Waldgeist earned quotes of 16-1 for the 2017 Derby, and given his run style and pedigree he looks to have plenty in his favour with regards the demands of 1m4f around Epsom in early June.
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