Green Light For Galileo Derby Success

Looking ahead to the big race on Saturday

Green With Envy, the favourite for Saturday’s SplashOut Gr1 Cape Derby, is a son of Gimmethegreenlight and the Galileo mare Miss Coco.

One of the greatest stallions in history, and a proven sire of sires, Galileo has, almost inevitably, become an outstanding broodmare sire.

The iconic Galileo – one of the greatest of all time (Pic – Supplied)

At the time of writing, Galileo’s broodmare daughters have produced well over 300 stakes winners, with Galileo mares having produced the earners of more than $379 million in prize money.

Galileo ranks as the broodmare sire of English classic winners of the ilk of Auguste Rodin (Deep Impact), Galileo Gold (Paco Boy), Snowfall (Deep Impact), Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact), Qualify (Fastnet Rock) and Magna Grecia (Invincible Spirit), and his daughters have also produced a growing number of promising and successful sires.

Former 2000 Guineas/Lockinge Stakes winner Night Of Thunder, who is out of the Galileo mare Forest Storm, is well established as one of Dubawi’s best sire sons. To date, Night Of Thunder has been responsible for more than 40 stakes winners, headed by four time Gr1 winner Highfield Princess.

Night Of Thunder’s paternal half-brother Ghaiyyath, who is out of the Galileo sired Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime, made an eyecatching start with his first yearlings making up to 1 050 000 guineas in 2023.

Galileo is also broodmare sire of Saxon Warrior, whose first Northern Hemisphere crop produced four group/graded stakes winners, including 2022 Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Victoria Road.

Broodmare daughters of Galileo have also more than made their mark in South Africa. At the time of writing, the late Galileo ranked 11th on the Leading Broodmare Sires premiership in South Africa for 2023-2024, despite his daughters having been represented by far fewer runners than the sires above him on the table.

At the time of writing, Galileo mares had been responsible for producing four black-type winners of six stakes races in South Africa this season.

His daughter Miss Galidora has provided two black type winners this season thus far, with her 2022 G1 World Sports Betting SA Derby winning son Aragosta (Rafeef) capturing this season’s Listed Spinawina Slots Cape Summer Stayers Handicap and Aragosta’s full-sister Mrs Browning landing the G3 Joburg Tourism Carry On Alice Stakes in November.

Deep Impact’s English classic winning son Auguste Rodin – dam is a daughter of Galileo (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Galileo is also broodmare sire of star sprinter Dyce (William Longsword), winner of all of the Gr1 World Pool Moment Cape Flying Championship, Gr3 New Turf Carriers Merchants and Listed Golden Loom Handicap this season.

Dyce is out of the Galileo mare Beshaayir -whose third dam is Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Dead Certain (Absalom).

Galileo broodmares have enjoyed plenty of success in South Africa prior to this season. His daughter Grail Maiden produced Gr1 SA Derby winner Hero’s Honour (Await The Dawn) as well as Gr1 Thekwini Stakes runner up Railtrip (Trippi), with another daughter Arcetri having produced millionaire and triple South African graded stakes winner, Arcetri Pink (Rock Of Gibraltar).

The 2023 Gr1 World Sports Betting SA Classic winner Anfields Rocket (Coup De Grace) was one of two stakes winners produced by the Galileo mare Milla’s Rocket, while Serruria and Dance To The Stars are two other Galileo mares to produce stakes winners in South Africa.

Should Green With Envy land Saturday’s big race, he will further underline his damsire’s outstanding success as a broodmare sire!

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