Ascot Stud’s blue blooded and well performed young sire Global View continues to receive updates to his pedigree-and received yet another significant boost this weekend.
Churchill (like Global View, a son of Galileo and a Storm Cat mare) made it win number five from just six outings when running out an impressive winner of Saturday’s G1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
His trainer Aidan O’Brien, who was saddling his 20th G1 win of the year, commented after the Dewhurst, “Physically he’s a very imposing horse. He’s probably a more imposing two-year-old than we’ve ever trained.
“He has a great mind and relaxes and sleeps. He just does the minimum, which is brilliant. He’s a great traveller and the qualities are there in abundance.
“Anyone that has had anything to do with him gets that special feeling from him – that’s very special when that happens.
“We’ve always viewed him as a miler, but that’s not to say he won’t get further. He’s so relaxed and laid-back and when he came in (to the winner’s enclosure) he wasn’t even blowing..”
Churchill, whose previous victories included the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, has been installed as 6-4 favourite for the 2017 Qipco 2000 Guineas following Saturday’s win.
Churchill and Global View’s sire Galileo enjoyed yet another unbelievable weekend when he was represented by no fewer than 3 individual G1 winners.
Fresh from siring the first three home in the 2016 G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Galileo’s offspring totally dominated proceedings in Britain’s two G1 juvenile contests this past weekend.
Not only did Churchill land the Dewhurst Stakes (a race won previously by Galileo’s legendary son and red hot sire sensation Frankel), but Galileo daughters ran 1-2 in Friday’s G1 Dubai Fillies Mile.
Rhododendron, a full sister to local sire Flying The Flag, picked up the first G1 win of her career when holding off fellow Galileo daughter Hydrangea to land the Fillies Mile (a race won 12 months previously by yet another Galileo filly, and subsequent Investec Oaks winner, Minding).
Winner of the G2 Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes two starts back, Rhododendron proved far too strongly for her paternal half sister and powered home to land the G1 feature by two and a quarter lengths. She, like Churchill, is now among the leading fancies for next year’s English classics – and currently heads the betting for next year’s Investec Oaks.
Remarkably Galileo fillies have the Fillies Mile the past three years running –with Together Forever having scored in 2014.
Galileo’s third G1 winner on the weekend came in the form of Photo Call, who shocked G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tepin, to make all to win Saturday’s G1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland by 2.75 lengths.
In 2016 alone, Galileo has been represented by 13 individual G1 winners, with his top runners including Arc winner Found, classic winners Minding, Seventh Heaven and The Gurkha, King George hero and Arc runner up Highland Reel and the above mentioned pair of Churchill and Hydrangea.
His multiple graded stakes winning son Global View has proved both hugely popular and fertile in his first season at stud –he has achieved top fertility with his first 52 mares covered and is on course to cover at least 100 mares this season.
The Galileo/Storm Cat cross continues to reap benefits, with that cross producing not only Churchill and Global View, but also champion and dual classic winner Gleneagles (one of 2016’s most popular first season sires), Gleneagles’ classic winning sister Marvellous, and G1 winning fillies Ballydoyle and Misty For Me.