Mungrup celebrates at Belmont

Mungrup Stud’s Gray and Jan Williamson had more than one reason to celebrate after progressive stayer Galiletto completed a winning hat-trick at the final city meeting of the season at Belmont.

Galiletto (4g Galileo – Stormletto by Metal Storm) continued his rise through the ranks with a comprehensive victory in the Ausdrill Handicap (1600m).  He had won a Pinjarra maiden in December and returned for back-to-back Northam victories before coming to town on Saturday.

The Williamsons race Galiletto with long-time clients Lex and Shirley Piper.  He’s from the last Australian crop of Coolmore sire Galileo and is the first foal of Mungrup homebred Stormletto.

“He’s come back a nice horse,” trainer Dan Morton said.  “He’s taken a while to mature – it was hard keeping the weight on him during the last campaign.  He by Galileo and I’m sure there are plenty more wins ahead when he stretches out to longer distances.”

Galiletto’s dam Stormletto is an unraced half-sister to Mungrup stakes winner Scuffs.  It’s a family steeped in Sunspeed stakes winners including Mungrup sire Oratorio (Aus).

Stormletto has a rising two year-old filly by Danehill Express that made $40,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.  She also has a Danehill Express colt that will be eligible for the 2013 Perth Magic Millions.

Danehill Express clinched the 2011-12 WA first-season sires’ premiership for the Williamsons on Saturday.  The Mungrup resident sired the winners of $220,650 to defeat Husson Lightning ($178,135) and Vital Equine ($166,000).

Mungrup Stud’s promising stayer wins at Belmont