17 July 2018

Galileo (IRE) now stands one winner away from Sadler’s Wells’ record of siring 73 Group/Grade 1 winners, after Ballydoyle’s KEW GARDENS (IRE) took the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on Sunday. The three-year-old colt was following up on an impressive victory in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and is now 6/1 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the end of the month.

Neufbosc, a son of Mastercraftsman (IRE), chased him home to complete a 1-2 for Coolmore Stud sires, finishing a length and a quarter second, with a further three lengths back to Dee Ex Bee in third. The winning trainer afterwards commented, “Ryan (Moore) was really pleased with him. He's a lovely-moving horse, and Ryan rode him quietly with the intention of finishing with pace.”

KEW GARDENS (IRE) was bred by Barronstown Stud out of Chelsea Rose (IRE), the winner of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, and who topped the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale in 2012 when selling to BBA Ireland for €450,000. She had already produced dual Stakes winner Thawaany (IRE), runner-up in the Prix Maurice de Gheest behind Garswood.

Galileo (IRE) may not have long to wait to sire his 73rd Group 1 winner, with a string of his daughters entered in this weekend’s Irish Oaks. Next, KEW GARDENS (IRE) could follow up on the 28th of July, while there’s always Glorious Goodwood to provide another top-level victory.

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