Taking A Global View Of Life

SA finally cashing in on the Galileo phenomenon

South Africa is finally cashing in on the Galileo phenomenon.

Considered too stout an influence in a country where precocity is a quality in demand among breeders, it strikes one as rather ironic that a number of the great stallion’s locally-based sons have made an early impact with their first-crop juveniles.

The short-lived Kingsbarns, while plagued with fertility problems, sired the juvenile Gr1 winner Gabor in his first of three small crops before his untimely death at age eight, while The United States has made a scarcely believable start to his career as the sire of a stakes winner with his very first runner.

Global View in race action

Then there is Global View, who won the battle for supremacy amongst the 2020 freshman class of first crop stallions and is also the sire of juvenile filly Sound Check, an impressive winner of last weekend’s Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery.

A rare American-raced son of the global powerhouse who proved himself a fine miler with Gr2 and Gr3 victories on turf, Global View is out of a Storm Cat mare and traces in female line to Canadian Stakes winner Ocean’s Answer, a three-parts sister in blood to Storm Bird, the sire of Storm Cat. Significantly, the Galileo x Storm Cat cross is also responsible for the emerging young Coolmore stallion, champion Gleneagles.

Following the untimely demise of their promising stallion Sail From Seattle, Rose and Ashley Parker of Ascot Stud trawled the international bloodstock market for a stallion with the right physical stature and pedigree profile and Global View fit the bill.

Described by Rose Parker as a “handsome bay, who stands at least 16.1hh”, Global View arrived at Ascot in 2016, and what an asset he is proving to be.

The young stallion made a cracking start to his stallion career with his first two runners Delicasea and Global Drummer both scoring on debut.

Global Drummer – top 3yo (Pic – Pauline Herman)

The latter in particular, gave notice of a bright future when trotting up by the best part of six lengths. He duly became his sire’s first stakes winner with victory in the Listed East Cape Nursery, where he led home another Global View colt, Fireview.

After reeling off further victories in the Listed Dahlia Plate and Champion Juvenile Cup, Global Drummer was voted Port Elizabeth’s leading juvenile.

Not to be outdone, Storyland added to Global View’s growing reputation by finishing second in both the East Cape Fillies Nursery and Lady’s Slipper Stakes.

This stakes-performed trio headed a total of seven juvenile winners for their young sire, who ended the season as the country’s leading freshman sire.

Global View continues to build on that heady start.

Global Drummer solidified his reign amongst the Eastern Cape three-year-olds with Listed stakes wins in the Racing Association and Ibhayi Stakes, while Sound Check is her sire’s first second crop stakes winner. Significantly, both were bred by Ascot and boast distinguished female lines.

Global Drummer is a half-brother to two high-class siblings by Sail From Seattle in the shape of Gr1 Cape Flying Championship hero Gulf Storm and Gr3 Sycamore Sprint victress Seattle Singer.

His dam Royal Drummer is a Kilconnel half-sister to champion Rock Opera, who produced Godolphin’s Gr1 Criterium International winner and young stallion Royal Meeting and the durable and multiple Gr2 winner Heavy Metal. Another half-sister, Rock Concert, is the dam of Oratorio’s Gr1 Gold Medallion winner Van Halen.

A half-sister to Bold Silvano’s multiple Gr2-placed son Bold Rex, Sound Check is the latest stakes winner to emerge from the celebrated Soho Secret family.

Sound Check – first second crop stakes winner (Pic – Pauline Herman)

A stakes winning daughter of Regent Street, she scaled new heights as a broodmare and counted Horse of the Year London News amongst eight stakes-winning foals. Sound Check descends from her Gatecrasher daughter, the Fairview Breeders Guineas winner Underground Lady, whose best offspring was the Gr1 Spring Challenge winner Lady Brompton, a daughter of Ascot’s phenomenal stallion Al Mufti.

She became the dam of Silvano’s champion son Kings Gambit, a winner of the Gr1 SA Classic and Gr1 SA Derby and a subsequent Gr2 winner in Britain. Sound Check’s dam, the Gr2 Diana Stakes runner-up Rexana (National Assembly), is out of Lady Brompton’s own sister Soho Society.

That Ascot Stud hit pay dirt with Global View goes without saying. Crucially, he has received the sustained support necessary for any young stallion to become established and covered close on 100 mares in each of the past two season.

With plenty of ammunition to go to war with, he should continue to bolster his standing among the country’s leading young sires.

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