Galileo gets first three home in the Arc
Found: the Arc heroine is out of Lockinge Stakes winner Red Evie
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Galileo gets first three home in the Arc By Martin Stevens 7:33PM 2 OCT 2016
GALILEO underlined his greatness as a sire by supplying the first three home in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, with daughter Found beating the colts Highland Reel and Order Of St George – all trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Remarkably, this was the fifth time progeny of the Coolmore kingpin had swept the board in a Group 1 contest, with Minding leading home Ballydoyle and Alice Springs in both this season's 1,000 Guineas and the 2015 Moyglare Stud Stakes; Australia beating Kingfisher and Orchestra in the 2014 Irish Derby; and Sixties Icon demoting The Last Drop and Red Rocks to the places in the 2006 St Leger.
Until Found won on Sunday, the Arc had been a rare prestigious contest to have eluded Galileo as a sire, a surprising situation considering his dam Urban Sea and half-brother Sea The Stars both won the race.
Found is the fourth foal out of the Intikhab mare Red Evie, who was trained by Michael Bell to win the Matron Stakes in 2006 and the Lockinge – in which she beat the top-class Ramonti – one year later.
She has been sent by her owners, Coolmore associates Roncon, Wynatt and Chelston, to Galileo in every year of her paddocks career except 2013, and so has no two-year-old offspring.
As well as Found, she has produced Group 3 winners Best In The World and Magical Dream, and she has a yearling colt and filly foal.
Red Evie was bred by Dermot Cantillon and Forenaghts Stud out of Italian 6f Listed winner Malafemmena, a half-sister to Group 3 Prix du Bois winner Export Price and in turn out of 1981 Irish 1,000 Guineas third Martinova.
None of Red Evie's offspring has been offered for sale as yearlings, but the Arc second and third provided timely updates for their siblings set to be offered at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale this week.
Highland Reel – a brother to Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Idaho – has a sister who is lot 109 in the draft from Camas Park Stud.
Order Of St George has a Declaration Of War half-brother who goes under the hammer as lot 460 from Clare Castle Stud.
The prize-money collected by the first three home in the Arc will swell Galileo's progeny earnings in Europe in 2015 to more than £13 million.
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