The average winning distance for the offspring the Galileo/Danehill cross mares is 8.58 furlongs; 9.10 furlongs for colts against 7.96 furlongs for the fillies. This compares with an average winning distance of 10.21 furlongs for the offspring of Galileo with all other mares.
The Galileo/Mill Reef blood line cross has produced 19 stakes winners (15%). These include grade/group I winners Treasure Beach, Sans Frontieres, Imperial Monarch, and Alandi. The most notable representative of Mill Reef is Darshaan, a champion and leading sire who formed a very successful nick with Galileo’s sire Sadler’s Wells. Darshaan is the broodmare sire of 12 of Galileo’s stakes winners.
If you look through Galileo's best progeny to date, the 12f+ horses are those with sufficient stamina on the distaff side; ie, those that have a damsire stamina index of at least 9.2. Applying this to his entrants for the 2013 Epsom Derby, for example, we saw that Battle of Marengo (7.9) was a doubtful stayer along with Mars (9.1), whilst there are were no question marks as regards the winner Ruler of the World (9.9) and the third placed horse Galileo Rock (10.0). Perhaps, unsurprisingly, Galileo Rock also went on to run a decent third in the 2013 St Leger.
Regarding the 2013 Epsom Oaks, we also saw that the most likely stayer amongst Galileo's representatives in the field, was the Beckett trained Secret Gesture (9.2), who finished second behind stablemate Talent.
Looking forward to the 2013 Prix De L Arc De Triomphe, the big question is whether Intello, trained by leading Arc trainer Andre Fabre, is going to get the trip.
Intello's dam is Impressionnante, a daughter of Danehill. Impressionnante was trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias and won the Prix de Sandringham in 2006. She was never tried at further than eight furlongs. However, Impressionnante boasts a damsire stamina index of 9.2. This would suggest that on a balance of probabilities, Intello will be capable of seeing out the trip in the Arc.
A good draw, a tactical ride from Peslier and he is in fact, entitled to go close, albeit, he may not be capable of beating the
Japanese trained Orfevre, were the latter to land a single figure draw.
Result of the 2013 Prix De L Arc De Triomphe
To cite this article: Niall O'Connor (2013) "Will Intello Stay the Trip.
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