The Americans become agitated when they consider the blood royal~


Champion despite first ever loss~~Galileo, to the left with white blaze, suffering his first defeat~~to Fantastic Light – Irish Champion Stakes, 2001~~his loss only serving to prove his indisputable greatness~~

Print credits~~Mr. Stuart Herod

The Americans are not comfortable with the maxim Blood Will Out~a notion universally accepted everywhere else.

This is understandable~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.

The Americans are taught that  a man can come from nothing~~poverty, socially suspect blood lines, lack of any discernible brilliance~~and yet he can attain the highest positions in commerce and politics by dint of diligence, cunning and hard effort.

The English and The Continentals~~having more history upon which to reflect~~know that attainment is in one’s blood~~a disquieting consideration to the Americans.

kingsbarns_2851718Try as one might~~best blood is hard to best as ~~Galileo storms home a winner once again~~here, dears, is blood royal~~


Oddly enough~~Sometimes, one’s most memorable victory is remembered as a loss~~

Galileo (left) gained renown on the track but has earned his fortune at stud. Photograph: John Giles/PA

The Bloodline of Galileo~~


GALILEO (IRE) b. H, 1998 DP = 9-1-22-8-0 (40) DI = 1.11   CD = 0.28 – 8 Starts, 6 Wins, 1 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: £1,621,110
b. 1981 [CS]
b. 1961 [BC]
br. 1954
br. 1935 [BC]
PHAROS (GB) br. 1920 [I]
NOGARA (ITY) b. 1928 *
ch. 1944
HYPERION (GB) ch. 1930 [BC]
SISTER SARAH (GB) br. 1930 *
b. 1957
gr. 1950 [IC]
POLYNESIAN (USA) br. 1942 [I]
GEISHA (USA) gr. 1943 *
ch. 1947
MAHMOUD (FR) gr. 1933 [IC]
b. 1975
b. 1968
br. 1958 [C]
TURN-TO (USA) b. 1951 [BI]
b. 1952
DJEDDAH (FR) ch. 1945
BE FAITHFUL (USA) br. 1942 *
b. 1969
ch. 1963 [C]
TREVISA (ARG) ch. 1951
b. 1964
ROUGH SHOD (GB) b. 1944 *
ch. 1989
ch. 1978
b. 1970 [BC]
ch. 1961 [B]
NATIVE DANCER (USA)   gr. 1950 [IC]
RAISE YOU (USA) ch. 1946 *
b. 1962
NASHUA (USA) b. 1952 [IC]
SEQUENCE (USA) b. 1946
ch. 1971
b. 1963 [C]
TOM FOOL (USA) b. 1949 [IC]
BUSANDA (USA) blk. 1947 *
ch. 1958
LEA LANE (USA) b. 1952 *
ch. 1978
ch. 1967
b. 1955
TANTIEME (FR) b. 1947 [S]
ARALIA (GER) b. 1945
ch. 1961
ch. 1969
ch. 1958
ACROPOLIS (GB) ch. 1952
BABYLON (GB) b. 1940
ch. 1962
BIRKHAHN (GER) blk/br. 1945
ALAMEDA (GER) b. 1951

Comes into this mix now, Galileo~~bred to racing blood royal~~a magnificent champion at the races, a astounding sire in the shed and now–a sire of champion sires.

The klatch salutes Galileo as one more of his grandsons, Trading Leather~won the Irish Derby today~~himself besting The Epson Derby winner~~ Ruler of The World~~himself another of Galileo’s sons. This season, The English Derby, French Derby and Irish Derby have been won by three, different, sons or grandsons of Galileo.


Galileo has been so prolific in the breeding shed that to recount his Grouped 1 winning children alone would render the Americans agitated~~so~~we point only to one~~Frankel~whose record on the track places at the absolute pinnacle of The Timeforms Rating System~~the best miler in history~~perhaps the best racehorse in history~~

16-frankel-cropGalileo’s Blood Son~~Frankel~~rated a world beater and greatest grass Miler in racing history~~

The Blood Line of Frankel~~


Date (Descending)
Dist. [Filter]
View DetailsView Video 10/20/12 1st T Queally Asc 5 1 1/4 m T Champion Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Cirrus Des Aigles Nathaniel 2:10.22
View Details 08/22/12 1st T Queally Yor 4 1 5/16 m T Juddmonte International-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Farhh St Nicholas Abbey 2:06.59
View Details 08/01/12 1st T Queally Goo 3 1 mile T Sussex Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Farhh Gabrial 1:37.56
View DetailsView Video 06/19/12 1st T Queally Asc 1 1 mile T Queen Anne Stakes-G1 0 4+ M Frankel Excelebration Side Glance 1:37.85
View DetailsView Video 05/19/12 1st T Queally Nby 5 1 mile T Lockinge Stakes-G1 0 4+ M Frankel Excelebration Dubawi Gold 1:38.14
View DetailsView Video 10/15/11 1st T Queally Asc 1 1 mile T Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Excelebration Immortal Verse 1:39.45
View DetailsView Video 07/27/11 1st T Queally Goo 3 1 mile T Sussex Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Canford Cliffs Rio De La Plata 1:37.47
View DetailsView Video 06/14/11 1st T Queally Asc 2 1 mile T St. James’s Palace Stakes-G1 0 3 M Frankel Zoffany Excelebration 1:39.24
View Details 04/30/11 1st T Queally New 3 1 mile T English 2000 Guineas -G1 0 3 M Frankel Dubawi Gold Native Khan 1:37.30
View DetailsView Video 04/16/11 1st T Queally Nby 4 7 f T Greenham Stakes-G3 0 3 M Frankel Excelebration Shropshire 1:24.60
View Details 10/16/10 1st T Queally New 2 7 f T Dewhurst Stakes-G1 0 2 M Frankel Roderic O’Connor Glor Na Mara 1:25.73
View DetailsView Video 09/25/10 1st T Queally Asc 3 1 mile T Royal Lodge Stakes-G2 0 2 M Frankel Elegance Klammer Treasure Beach 1:41.73
View DetailsView Video 09/10/10 1st T Queally Don 6 7 f T Conditions Stakes 0 2 M Frankel Rainbow Springs Diamond Geezah 1:24.83
View DetailsView Video 08/13/10 1st T Queally NewJ 3 1 mile T Maiden Stakes 0 2 M Frankel Nathaniel Genius Beast 1:43.69


The gritty determination in the face of young Tom Queally, shows in stark juxtaposition to the calm serenity and self-assurance of his noble mount~~Frankel~~

Click above to watch Frankel winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1)

(Photo :

Ascot, Turf, 2012m
20 October 2012

He faced real adversity for the first time in his glory-strewn career yesterday, but Khalid Abdullah’sgreatest gift to racing, Frankel (GB) (Galileo) duly overcame unfavorable testing ground and a blown start to sign off victorious in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Long targeted at the £1.3-million race that could almost have been revamped with him in mind, the sell-out audience and millions glued to TV sets and the internet around the world were made to wait until late morning for him to be confirmed a definite runner after persistent rain in the week had turned the Berkshire turf to heavy in places. Memories of his blitz on Newmarket’s slick surface in last year’s 2000 Guineas led the mind to wonder if he could cope with a slog in these conditions, and the usual flood of cash was stemmed slightly to produce a starting price of 2-11.

As the clouds broke over Ascot in the build-up to this finale, the tension rose in parallel, and a final bout of showers on Thursday into Friday created a crucible in which his champion status would be challenged most acutely. Months of nurture and expert horsemanship saw him enter the buzzy parade ring with nonchalance, and that casual air saw him surrender a normally crucial margin of three lengths out of the stalls. Ian Mongan on Bullet Train (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) dropped anchor in front to allow Tom Queally to ease into the pack, which forced Olivier Peslier on Cirrus des Aigles, to take up the running after 1 1/2 furlongs, with Frankel coasting along in fourth. Bullet Train came back to pester the French raider and was in front again on the approach to the home turn, but by now his customary honest pace-setting role had been shot to pieces, and as Cirrus des Aigles took control with Peslier apparently full of horse at the top of the stretch, Frankel was still over two lengths down.

That deficit had been wiped out with the minimum of effort by the furlong marker, where Queally became animated for the first time, and after administering one slap with the whip with just over 100 yards left to race, immortality was sealed.

His rider, who has played no small part in the success story, was full of admiration afterwards. “I’m so proud of him and it’s been an amazing journey,” Queally commented. “I can’t tell you what it’s meant to be part of it. He’s just getting more and more relaxed as time goes on, and waited until the gates were open. He was slowly away at York, and he was slower today, but I’ve so much belief in the horse and in the past I’ve pushed that to the limit. We lost a length, but a length is nothing to him. He traveled through, and I suppose it’s fair to say that he’s better on better ground, but the turbo, 4×4, everything kicked in. It was pointless getting him on his head before I had to. We were in no rush today, the way the ground was. I was happy all the way and his class really showed today, as I walked the track and I was a little worried about the conditions. Having walked it in the home straight, I knew it wasn’t too heavy for him to quicken up and go about his business. You want every angle covered and everything in your favour, so in that respect there was always a little worry, but he was in great heart today, and he looked a lot better than he did 12 months ago on this day.”

On being Frankel’s jockey, he added, “There is pressure and there’s pressure in all walks of life, but I gladly take that on board. I could stay here all night and tell you what it means to me. The people atWarren Place are one huge family that have pulled together. I don’t get nervous because I’m close to it and I have control, but I can imagine what other people were feeling.” He concluded, “It’s only been a few years, but it’s been a long road and everybody that’s worked with him can take a bow.”

Juddmonte’s Racing Manager Lord Grimthorpe commented, “He’s wonderful – the greatest, isn’t he? He didn’t enjoy that ground as much as he normally does, but he got into a rhythm and was happy. He wasn’t pulling and had a straightforward, trouble-free passage. He had it under control in the straight, but that’s him. He’s brought a whole new generation of people to the sport, and he’s brought wider public recognition to the sport. He was something to savor, the ultimate equine athlete, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Khalid Abdullah announced Frankel’s immediate retirement, “That is the end,” he stated simply. It was left to Sir Henry Cecil to pay the ultimate tribute. “He is the best I’ve ever had and the best I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I’d be surprised if there has ever been better.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News~~with our thanks here in the klatch~~


Merely a freshman sire now, one can only imagine the babies Frankel will give our little world and his proud papa, Galileo~and~~his Grand Sire~~Sadler’s Wells~~as~

Galileo himself was sired by the best English~~ Irish producer in centuries~~Sadler’s Wells~~ as we read here–courtesy of Daily Racing Form and John Sparkman~~

Courtesy of Coolmore Stud Farm
Galileo, a 15-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells, has led the combined English/Irish sire list in four of the past five years.

From a statistical viewpoint, the late Sadler’s Wells was the greatest sire in English and Irish Thoroughbred history. Not only did he lead the combined English/Irish sire list for a record 13 consecutive seasons and a record 14 times overall (beating records set by Highflyer two centuries earlier), but he sired 329 stakes winners, a record for a horse who served only in the Northern Hemisphere.

Both of those records might well be in jeopardy in less than a decade’s time, however. And in the spirit of the hit television series “Game of Thrones,” the horse who may dethrone Sadler’s Wells is his own son Galileo.

At age 15, Galileo has led the English/Irish sire list in four of the past five years (a feat Sadler’s Wells had accomplished by age 14), and his total dominance of the European classic scene was never more evident than on the first weekend of June, when his sons Ruler of The World and Intello swept the Epsom Derby and Prix du Jockey Club, France’s Derby equivalent. That derby double was immediately preceded by the victory of Galileo’s paternal granddaughter Talent in the Epsom Oaks.

Talent’s sire, New Approach, could be the horse to extend the “Game of Thrones” metaphor one generation further. Talent is the sixth stakes winner and second classic winner among the 95 foals in New Approach’s sensational first Northern Hemisphere crop. New Approach’s first classic winner, the 2012 champion European 2-year-old colt Dawn Approach, started as the heavy favorite in Ruler of The World’s Epsom Derby but threw away his chance by frantically fighting his jockey’s attempt at restraint for the first mile.

New Approach, nevertheless, sired the Derby’s second-place finisher in Libertarian, the winner of the Group 2 Dante Stakes on May 16.

Galileo’s dominance of the Derby field was unprecedented in the modern era. Coolmore’s champion sired five of the 12 runners himself, and New Approach’s two runners meant that more than half the field were Galileo’s sire-line descendants. Three of Galileo’s sons, Ruler of The World, Galileo Rock, and Battle of Marengo, bracketed second-placed Libertarian in the first, third, and fourth positions at the wire, while a fourth Galileo horse, Mars, was a close-up sixth.

Galileo came the closest to siring the first three finishers in the Epsom Derby since the “Emperor of Stallions,” Stockwell’s Triple Crown winner, Lord Lyon, led home his paternal half-brothers Savernake and Rustic in 1866. Only one other stallion, Highflyer’s best son Sir Peter Teazle in 1803, has sired the first three finishers in the Derby.

Galileo, New Approach, and Galileo’s champion son Teofilo accounted for five of the 11 Oaks runners, and Galileo’s daughters Secret Gesture and Moth finished second and fourth behind Talent.

Intello was the only colt by Galileo in the French Derby (his grandson Loch Garman, by Teofilo, finished 10th), but Intello dominated the race all by himself, easily following two pacesetters before pouncing in the final two furlongs and winning comfortably by two lengths over Morandi, by Holy Roman Emperor.

In his long career at stud, Sadler’s Wells sired two Epsom Derby winners (Galileo and High Chaparral), six Irish Derby winners (Galileo, High Chaparral, Montjeu, Dream Well, Old Vic, and Salsabil), three French Derby winners (Montjeu, Dream Well, and Old Vic), and seven winners of the three Oaks equivalents (Intrepidity, Alexandrova, Salsabil, Dance Design, Imagine, Ebadiyla, and Moonshell).

Galileo has a ways to go to match that record, but if he lives long enough, he is well on his way. Ruler of The World was his second Epsom Derby winner and Intello his first winner at Chantilly, but he has sired Irish Derby winners Cape Blanco, Soldier of Fortune, and Treasure Beach, as well as Epsom Oaks winner Was, French Oaks winner Golden Lilac, and Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens.

All three of last weekend’s classic winners are from superb female families, but Intello’s pedigree is especially notable. The second foal out of 2006 Group 2 Prix de Sandringham winner Impressionnante, Intello is the seventh European classic winner or champion by Galileo out of a mare by the late, great sire and broodmare sire Danehill. That list is headed, of course, by the undefeated Frankel but also includes French Oaks winner Golden Lilac and European champion 2-year-old colt Teofilo.

Impressionnante is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Only Answer, and their dam, Occupandiste, by Kaldoun, won two Group 1 races and was the European highweighted filly at age 4 at seven to nine furlongs. Occupandiste’s dam, Only Seule, by Lyphard, was a half-sister to 1994 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Mehthaaf, by Nureyev, and European highweighted sprinter Elnadim, by Danzig, from the great family of Fall Aspen.

Ruler of The World possesses, if anything, an even better pedigree. His half-brother Duke of Marmalade, by Danehill, was the champion older horse in Europe in 2008, when he won five Group 1 races, including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and is now a promising second-crop sire. Their dam, the group-placed Love Me True, by Kingmambo, is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Bite the Bullet, by Spectacular Bid, and stakes winner Shuailaan, by Roberto.

Ruler of The World’s third dam, Lassie Dear, by Buckpasser, is the dam of four stakes winners, including European highweight Wolfhound, by Nureyev, and is the second dam of champion and two-time leading sire A.P. Indy, by Seattle Slew; classic winner Summer Squall, by Storm Bird; and champion and Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, by Kingmambo, as well as the third dam of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Court Vision, by Gulch.

Even with all that pedigree firepower on display, Oaks winner Talent holds her own on pedigree. Her dam, Prowess, by Peintre Celebre, placed in the Cheshire Oaks, and Prowess’s dam, Yawl, by Rainbow Quest, won the Group 3 Rockfel Stakes. Talent’s third dam, Bireme, by Grundy, won the 1980 Epsom Oaks and comes from a family that has been prominent in races with “Oaks” in their name since her third dam, Felucca, by Nearco, produced 1955 Yorkshire Oaks winner and Epsom Oaks runner-up Ark Royal, by Straight Deal.

Ark Royal’s half-sister Cutter, by Donatello II, finished third in the Epsom Oaks, won the Yorkshire Cup, and produced four group-class stakes winners. Cutter’s grandson Cut Above, by High Top, won the 1981 St. Leger Stakes, and her great-granddaughter Bolas, by Unfuwain, captured the 1994 Irish Oaks.

A felucca is a traditional wooden sailboat used on the Nile and the Red Sea, and the late Reginald Hollingsworth, the owner and breeder of Felucca, favored nautical names for her descendants, as names like Bireme, Buoy, Anchor, Mariner, and Kyak attest. That tradition is long gone, but the talent remains in Felucca’s female line.

It remains to be seen how serious a challenge New Approach can raise to his sire’s hegemony. New Approach was a much better 2-year-old than Galileo, winning all five of his starts, compared with Galileo’s solitary win at 2.

His trainer, Jim Bolger (also the trainer of Dawn Approach), who bought New Approach for about $550,000 at the Goffs Orby sale in 2006 and sold an interest in him to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum after his undefeated juvenile season, revealed in the run-up to the Epsom Derby that New Approach is heterozygous for the misnamed “speed gene” promoted by the genetic testing company Equinome, while his sire, Galileo, is homozygous for the more stamina-oriented allele at that site.

Dawn Approach, on the other hand, is homozygous for the short-distance-oriented allele, which initially made Bolger reluctant to run him at Epsom.

Bolger owns a financial interest in Equinome, so it is in his interest to promote both New Approach and Dawn Approach as speedier alternatives to the best sire in the world.

Whether that genetic difference will have any measurable effect in the real world is something else altogether


We thank Daily Racing Form and Mr. John Sparkman


The Bloodline  of Sadler’s Wells~~

SADLERS WELLS   (USA) b. H, 1981 DP = 12-8-22-0-0 (42) DI = 2.82   CD = 0.76 – 11 Starts, 6 Wins, 4 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $663,423  
b. 1961 [BC]
br. 1954
br. 1935 [BC]
br. 1920 [I]
PHALARIS (GB) br. 1913 [B]
SCAPA FLOW (GB) ch. 1914 *
b. 1928
HAVRESAC (FR) dkb/br. 1915 [I]
CATNIP (IRE) b. 1910 *
ch. 1944
ch. 1930 [BC]
  GAINSBOROUGH (GB) b. 1915 [C]
SELENE (GB) b. 1919 *
br. 1930
ABBOTS TRACE (GB) ch. 1917
SARITA (GB) br. 1924 *
b. 1957
gr. 1950 [IC]
br. 1942 [I]
gr. 1943
DISCOVERY (USA) ch. 1931 [S]
MIYAKO (USA) gr. 1935
ch. 1947
gr. 1933 [IC]
BLENHEIM (GB) br. 1927 [CS]
MAH MAHAL (GB) gr. 1928 *
b. 1937
MOTHER GOOSE (USA) br. 1922 *
b. 1975
b. 1968
br. 1958 [C]
b. 1951 [BI]
ROYAL CHARGER (GB) ch. 1942 [B]
SOURCE SUCREE (FR) br. 1940 *
b. 1948
b. 1952
ch. 1945
DJEBEL (FR) b. 1937 [I]
DJEZIMA (FR) ch. 1933
br. 1942
BIMELECH (USA) b. 1937
BLOODROOT (USA) b. 1932 *
b. 1969
ch. 1963 [C]
ch. 1948
HYPERION (GB)   ch. 1930 [BC]
COMMOTION (GB) b. 1938
ch. 1951
ADVOCATE (GB) ch. 1940
VENETA (ARG) ch. 1940
b. 1964
b. 1953
NASRULLAH (GB) b. 1940 [B]
SHIMMER (USA) b. 1945
b. 1944
GOLD BRIDGE (FR) ch. 1929
DALMARY (GB) dkb/br. 1931 *

On and on the blue blood flows~~from one great sire to his sons and grandsons and beyond.  The Sport of Kings endures and suggests that those who maintain the Blood Will Out have history on their side.

From the Grandsire~~Sadler’s Wells to the Sire~~Galileo~to the young prince and heir royal~~Frankel~~the blue blood of the thoroughbred is a ceaseless fascination to us in the klatch and all over our little world of the Sport of Kings~~

The very best “stamp their sons”~~and if one looks~~it is hard to miss the familial resemblance between the father~~Galileo and the son~Frankel~~and above them both~Sadler’s Wells~~

The best of the very best “stamp their sons”~~one can see the father~~and the grandfather~~ in the face and motion~~of the young ones~~


As remarked here~~


The Americans are far less inclined than are the English and the Europeans to accept the maxim that Blood Will Out.


This is understandable~~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.


Yet that presumption of lineal defiance puts the Americans in this very awkward position~~How does one then explain Galileo~~and~~more so yet~~his children~~and now yet~~his grand children?


As remarked~~


The Americans are not comfortable with the maxim Blood Will Out~~a notion universally accepted everywhere else.


This is understandable~~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.


The Americans are taught that a man can come from nothing~~poverty, socially suspect blood lines, lack of any discernible brilliance~~and yet he can attain the highest positions in commerce and politics by dint of diligence, cunning and effort.


The English and The Continentals~~having more history upon which to reflect~~know that attainment is in one’s blood~~a most disquieting consideration to the Americans.


That all considered~~the history of the breed of breeds~~suggests that Blood Will Indeed Out~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Sunday, 30th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Champion racer and brilliant sire~~Le Grand Pere~~Sadler’s Wells~~whence~~

galileo_racingHis son~~Galileo~~Le Pere to a generation of brilliant winners~~whence~~


The son of the son~~Frankel~~the greatest miler in history~~now in the shed~~ready now to produce the great grandsons~~in an unbroken line of magnificent beauty and speed~~whence~

The next generations~~


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