THE amazing Galileo has claimed his 12th British and Irish champion sire crown, breaking the world record for the most individual group/grade 1 scorers, and becoming the first stallion to supply five winners of the Investec Derby (G1), presented at the Racing Post Bloodstock Awards.
Galileo has had no peers whatsoever in recent times, and 2020 was no different as he fielded group 1 winners Circus Maximus, Love, Magical, Mogul, Peaceful, Search For A Song, Serpentine, and Shale for a prize-money haul of £5.273 million—double that of his nearest pursuer, Dubawi.
He ended the year with a staggering 89 elite-level winners to his name and also notched a fifth Derby victor when Serpentine joined New Approach, Ruler of The World, Australia, and Anthony Van Dyck on the Epsom Roll of Honour in a result that saw Galileo surpass Sir Peter Teazle, Waxy, Cyllene, Blandford, and Montjeu, who each sired four Derby winners apiece.
Moreover, he also claimed leading broodmare sire honours having been represented in that department by talents such as the world’s highest-rated runner Ghaiyyath, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) hero Sottsass, and Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1) scorer St Mark’s Basilica. (extracts: Bloodhorse).