Talking Horses: how Galileo and John Magnier changed the game | Greg Wood

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 13 July 2021

The sport will be a different place without the 23-year-old stallion, who made a fortune for John Magnier’s Coolmore stud

When Galileo was put to sleep on Saturday morning after sustaining a “non-responsive, debilitating” injury on his left fore foot, Europe’s champion stallion for 12 of the past 13 years had sired 91 individual winners at Group One or Grade One level. Within a few hours, Bolshoi Ballet, the beaten favourite in the Derby last month, took the Belmont Derby in New York to make it 92, and by the time Galileo’s last foals have completed their racing careers – they will be four-year-olds in 2026 – he could conceivably reach three figures.

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