Sadler’s dominates classic weekend
It was a case of Sadler’s Wells domination in the weekend’s classic races.
Not only did his son Galileo sire Investec Derby winner Ruler of the World and Investec Oaks runner up Secret Gesture, but Galileo’s son New Approach, whose first crop are now three, was responsible for the Derby runner up Libertarian and Oaks winner Talent. Remarkably, no fewer than five of the first six home at Epsom were by Galileo or New Approach!
New Approach, the 2008 Epsom Derby winner, has made a stunning start to his stud career. His first crop of 3yos contain no fewer than six stakes winners, and he looks likely following his sire’s footsteps in becoming a truly outstanding classic sire.
To cap off proceedings, the truly outstanding Galileo is responsible for Sunday’s French Derby winner Intello. Galileo became the first sire since Mill Reef, in 1978, to have produced a French and English Derby winner in a single crop.
The son of Sadler’s Wells has a stunning crop of 3yos, which includes three individual classic winners. Galileo’s current 3yos include no fewer than
Of the 12 runners in the Derby 10 are by Sadler’s Wells line horses or out of mares by Sadler’s Wells or his sons, while the Oaks contained nine fillies, out of 11, who had Sadler’s Wells in their first two generations.
Seven of the last nine English Derby winners are either by sons of Sadler’s Wells or out of daughters of the late great sire. He has been equally dominant in the Oaks, arguably the world’s premier event for 3yo fillies.
Sadler’s Wells line sires in South Africa include Dynasty, Elusive Fort, Fort Wood, Golden Sword, Horse Chestnut and King of Kings.
This magnificent male line has done exceptionally well in South Africa, producing such champions as Horse Chestnut, Dynasty, Big City Life, Festive Occasion, Indiscreet Fantasy, Irish Flame and Ancestral Fore, to name a few.
Surely it is only a matter of time, before a son of Galileo takes up stud duties in this country and continues the remarkable Sadler’s Wells success story!