Galileo's Great House Too Strong in Newcastle Cup

Mark Smith - Friday September 17

Beaten out of a place in his two most recent outings in benchmark 78s,  Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Galileo gelding Great House (IRE) dominated the finish of Friday’s $245,000 Group III Sharp Office Newcastle Cup (2300m).

Great House wins the G3 Newcastle Gold Cup - image Steve Hart

Ridden by Jeff Penza for champion trainer Chris Waller, Great House (IRE) made a sweeping run down the centre of the track to defeat Quick Thinker (So You Think) by a neck with the winner’s stablemate No Compromise (Pins) three-quarters of a length back in third.

“He has been well set up for this race. His runs have been quite good, although he may have looked a bit disappointing,” stable representative Jason Patrick said.


uo;He is rock hard fit, so hopefully, he can go forward and win more good races now.”

A 175,000gns purchase by Highclere Racing at the 2020 Tattersalls Online August Sale, Great House (IRE) advances his record to four two three from 12 starts with earnings of $344,615.

A half-brother to Group III Maisons-Laffitte Prix Miesque winner Aboule (Exceed And Excel), Great House (IRE) is one of six winners from 10 to race out of the Indian Ridge mare Anja.

Anja is a half-sister to French Derby winner Anabaa Blue out of Allez Les Trois, a half-sister to King’s Best and the great racemare and even better broodmare Urban Sea, the dam of, among many greats, Galileo, the sire of Great House (IRE).  

Great House (IRE) becomes the 344th stakes-winner for Coolmore Stud’s recently deceased Galileo.     



Race Result - Newcastle Cup Gr3 2300m

Newcastle Track: Soft(5) Time: 2:28.04
Great House
T: C J Waller J: J Penza 54
5g Galileo (IRE) x Anja (IRE) (Indian Ridge (IRE))
Quick Thinker
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: R Hutchings 59
5h So You Think (NZ) x Acouplamas (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
So You Think
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: De Burgh Equine Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale $180,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds Scone NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
No Compromise
T: C J Waller J: L Magorrian 54.5
5g Pins (AUS) x Baggy Green (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $40,000
B: Mr WJ Thurlow
T: K A Lees J: A B Collett 54
5g Iffraaj (GB) x Under The Rainbow (GB) (Fantastic Light (USA))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms L Day 58.5
8g Snitzel (AUS) x Geisha (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis 2020 JUNE (Early) Online Sale $5,000
V:Peter Mullen
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone
B: G Waterhouse / BBA Ireland
Harpo Marx
T: Bjorn Baker J: Brodie Loy 56
6g Galileo (IRE) x Nechita (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Hush Writer
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms W Costin 54
7g Rulership (JPN) x Star Of Sapphire (USA) (Tapit (USA))
Criminal Code
T: C J Waller J: C Lever 55
5g Maschino (AUS) x Pale (AUS) (Ad Valorem (USA))
Laure Me In
T: M J Dunn J: Ashley Morgan 56.5
7g Ad Valorem (USA) x Laurelling (USA) (Highest Honor (FR))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Eddington
B: Topline Thoroughbreds / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Platinum Session $32,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
B: Paul Willetts Bloodstock Consultancy
T: J A O'Shea J: C Reith 58.5
8g Dark Angel (IRE) x Beraviyna (IRE) (Zamindar (USA))
Sweet Thomas
T: Matthew Smith J: G Buckley 54
10g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Sworn Pro (GER) (Protektor (GER))
Dashing Willoughby
T: C J Waller J: K Jennings 59
6g Nathaniel (IRE) x Miss Dashwood (GB) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
Oakfield Missile
T: D Lane J: D Mc Lellan 54
7m Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Oakfield Queen (AUS) (Naturalism (NZ))
T: Lauri Parker J: Ms J Taylor 54
5h Adelaide (IRE) x A Little Knowledge (AUS) (Dangerous (AUS))
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