Churchill gives Galileo fourth Dewhurst Stakes

Churchill (striped cap): lands second Group 1 of his juvenile campaign

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Churchill gives Galileo fourth Dewhurst success
By James Thomas 5:29PM 8 OCT 2016

GALILEO'S domination of the 2016 turf season continued on Saturday as his two-year-old son Churchill stormed to success in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Churchill was notching his second top-level success having already landed the National Stakes on his previous outing, and provided his sire with a fourth Dewhurst success following on from Frankel in 2010, New Approach in 2007 and Teofilo in 2006.

Bred by Liberty Bloodstock, the Aidan O'Brien-trained juvenile is out of the Listed-winning Storm Cat mare Meow, a daughter of 2002 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Airwave and a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Aloof and Listed winner Orator.

Churchill joins a growing list of Galileo's top-level winning sons and daughters to be out of a mare by the late Storm Cat, following in the footsteps of the likes of Gleneagles, Ballydoyle, Marvellous and Misty For Me.

Meow has had two more foals by Galileo since producing Churchill, a bay filly in 2015 and a chestnut colt earlier this year.

Saturday's victory was a fourth Group 1 in eight days for Coolmore's flagship stallion, having sired the winner of Friday's Fillies' Mile Rhododendron – the who led home another daughter of Galileo in Hydrangea; the four-year-old Found – who led home a Galileo 1-2-3 in last Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; and the winner of last Saturday's Sun Chariot Stakes, the three-year-old Alice Springs.

That quartet make up one third of the 12 individual Group/Grade 1 winners sired by Galileo in 2016 and have contributed to a European prize-money haul well in excess of £14,000,000 – more than three times that of his nearest pursuer Dubawi.

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