Galileo has sired Group 1 winners in England, Ireland, France, USA and South Africa in 2011 and his first Australian G1 winner this year could come as early as this Saturday in the MRC Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.
The Coolmore champion has stablemates At First Sight and Alandi getting ready for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups but they can be competitive in the 1800m weight-for-age event. Owner Lloyd Williams has covered his bases by also entering the Irish bred stayers for the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on the same card.
Galileo sired his 10th Group 1 winner of the year when Galikova stormed to a two-length victory in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday.
The Freddie Head trained filly is a half sister to champion mare Goldikova (Anabaa). She will be set for the G1 Arc de Triomphe on October 2.
2011 Galileo Group 1 honour roll
CAPE BLANCO (Man o’War Stakes & Arlington Millions)
FRANKEL (English 2000 Guineas, St James Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes)
GALIKOVA (Prix Vermeille)
GOLDEN LILAC (French 2000 Guineas & French Oaks)
IGUGU (SAf Fillies Classic, Woolavington 2000 & Durban July Hcp)
MAYBE (Moyglare Stud Stakes)
MISTY FOR ME (Irish 1000 Guineas & Pretty Polly Stakes)
NATHANIEL (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes)
RODERIC O’CONNOR (Irish 2000 Guineas)
TREASURE BEACH (Irish Derby & Secretariat Stakes)