The fastest sire to 50 Group winners in history

  • 2008 b h Galileo - Kind (Danehill)
  • 16.1hh (1.65m) To stud 2013
  • 2022 fee: £200,000 1st Oct SLF

In-depth analysis

  • Galileo has well and truly established himself as the pre-eminent sire in the world. He has produced at least two Group 1 winners and at least one Classic winner in each of his first 15 crops to race, and his 16th crop has already yielded a Group 1-winning two-year-old. He has been the champion sire in Europe for the past 10 seasons, with his most successful crop to date being the one born in 2008. This group included nine individual winners at the highest level (five of which won Classics), headed by Frankel.

    As a Derby-winning son of the legendary Sadler’s Wells and the Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, Galileo had all of the elements to succeed. Since retiring to stud, his pedigree has received a major boost through the exploits of three Group 1-winning full/half-siblings, most notably the truly outstanding racehorse and leading sire Sea The Stars.

    Galileo is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires with the number of his sons having produced Group winners into double figures. Two of these, the Gr.1 Dewhurst winners New Approach and Teofilo, both got off to the best possible start by siring two-year-old Group 1 winners and Classic winners in their first crops. Galileo’s other Dewhurst winner to have runners is none other than Frankel – who repeated the feat of having a Group 1 winning two-year-old and a Classic winner in his first crop. Frankel has quickly established himself as the leading stallion son of Galileo despite only having five crops of racing age.