Opportunities to own a son of the World-famous GALILEO, do not come around very often, especially these days, given his sad demise in 2021.
Recommended to us by ace Bloodstock agent Sam Haggas who works closely with George Boughey, at sourcing Horses In Training purchases, we felt his impressive debut left us with the impression that is a horse with a real future, especially in classy Saturday & Festival handicaps. Possibly not destined for Group 1 or Group 2 honours, so he was one to move on, for the top Westerberg ownership team who primarily share their horses with the Ballydoyle battalions.
Watch his profile video, here:
He made a very promising start to his racing career, finishing 3rd (probably should have finished 2nd) on debut, putting in a Timeform 83p. What we felt was especially of note from the race was that it was ludicrously slowly run early on, with a 120% closing sectional, which is almost unheard of. This means they’ve literally sprinted for home from the 3f pole meaning any horse positioned where BOLDLY was, had no chance of featuring in the finish, let alone in winning race, unless he’s wildly better than the whole field, lengths and lengths and lengths better, we’d suggest. He’s put in a phenomenal run to almost pinch 2nd place. You can watch the race replay, here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Newcastle/02-May-2023/1900
Up in trip and with only a small amount of improvement he’s destined for a very exciting career ahead, which could easily result in a lucrative Flat and/or jumps career or being sold abroad to race for example in Australia. Young middle distance and staying horses rated in the 80’s and 90’s over here, sell for anything between £150,000 to £500,00 to race down under, so the 68,000gns we’ve stretched to, to buy him out of the John and Thady Gosden yard, could look a bargain in a few runs’ time!
We hope to have plenty of fun, finding out, in the capable hands of George Boughey.
We will geld him straight away & look for a 1m2f maiden or novice in the next few weeks. We’d hope to win on debut for us, acquire a handicap mark and transfer over to handicaps, up in trip, to bring out further improvement and more wins, all being well. Selling abroad, were a big offer to come in, could easily be in the agenda or we could consider a dual purpose or big Saturday Flat handicap route with him. He’s low mileage, with his future all before him.
We’ll let George and his team guide us as to the best route to maximise potential and/or asset. He has settled in really well into his new surroundings and he looks an exciting recruit.
Video update from George (25th July):