The fastest European-based sire to 50 Group winners in history and 2023 Champion Sire in Europe, and Great Britain and Ireland

  • 2008 b h Galileo - Kind (Danehill)
  • 16.1hh (1.65m) To stud 2013
  • 2024 fee: £350,000 1st Oct SLF

In-depth analysis

  • Galileo well and truly established himself as the pre-eminent sire in the world. He produced at least two Group 1 winners and at least one Classic winner in each of his first 16 crops to race. He was the champion sire in Europe 12 times and 11 consecutively between 2010 - 2020, 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 has already made 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 was the champion sire in Europe in 2021, establishing himself as the leading stallion son of Galileo despite only having six crops of racing age.