300 Stakes-Winners for Galileo

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday July 30
At age 21, legendary sire Galileo has passed the milestone of 300 stakes-winners putting the spotlight on his small number of sire sons available to Australian breeders this spring headed by Churchill (IRE), Highland Reel (IRE) and Adelaide (IRE).

The magical 300th stakes-winner was four year-old mare Birch Grove, who won the Listed Prix Casino Tranchant de Villers-Sur-Mer in France overnight, her third win and first in a Black Type race.

Interestingly, she is from Group II winner Danehurst, a daughter of Coolmore's earlier champion sire Danehill, whose 347 stakes-winners is the all time record for a stallion.

Galileo's honour roll of stakes-winners includes 89 Group I winners including the trio standing at stud here this year.

Four time Group I winner Churchill was a Champion European 2YO and then a dual Guineas winner at three and stands at Coolmore at a fee of $22,000. He covered 140 mares last year and his first Australian foals are on the ground this spring.

Seven time Group I winner Highland Reel is the highest stakes earning European colt in history and stands at Swettenham Stud at a fee of $16,500. He covered 148 mares last year and has his first Australian foals on the ground this spring.

Cox Plate hero Adelaide stands at Coolmore at a fee of $11,000 and his oldest progeny are two year-olds. They already include exciting Chris Waller trained filly Funstar, who has won her only two metropolitan starts to date and is aiming for classic success at three.

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