Hot spell for Coolmore sire sensation Galileo

Galileo: covered five top-class mares in 36-hour period last week

PICTURE: Peter Mooney Hot spell for Coolmore sire sensation Galileo
By Ollie O'Donoghue 2:49PM 11 MAR 2017

WITH covering season now in full flow the blue-chip stallions at Coolmore have been busy receiving their respective books of mares.

Breed-shaping sire Galileo covered a remarkable quintet of mares across a 36-hour period this week, among them Kind, the dam of Frankel and Noble Mission; You'resothrilling, the dam of Gleneagles and Marvellous; La Traviata, who produced last year's Yorkshire Oaks heroine Seventh Heaven; Chintz, the dam of Classic scorer The Gurkha; and dual Nunthorpe Stakes scorer Mecca's Angel.

Mecca's Angel, a daughter of Dark Angel, was being covered for the first time, having won ten races over the minimum trip from two to five, including two successes in York's flagship sprint.

Three of Galileo's Classic-winnning sons – The Gurkha, Gleneagles and dual Derby hero Australia – have also been receiving plenty of attention from breeders, including Newsells Park Stud and Whisperview Trading, who are both sending mares to all three.

The Wertheimer brothers are making use of both Australia and top-class miler Gleneagles, while Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, who own Galileo's most recent Group 1 winner Decorated Knight, are putting their mares to French 2,000 Guineas hero The Gurkha and Gleneagles as well.

Galileo is standing his 16th season at Coolmore, and his tenth at a private fee. Gleneagles is standing his second season at an adjusted fee of €40,000 while Australia is advertised at a fee of €35,000. Newcomer The Gurkha has been introduced to breeders at a fee of €25,000.

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