Rip Van Winkle, a son of Galileo, won the Group 1 QE II at Ascot today and confirmed his class as one of the best 3-year-old colts in Europe. Click here to read Racing Post recap. Owned by the Coolmore group, he’s the best at Ballydoyle for trainer Aidan O’Brien and will race next in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Galileo’s half-brother, Sea the Stars, is the best 3-year-old colt in Europe — and perhaps one of the best of all time. Rip Van Winkle flattered Sea the Stars with the QE II win. On July 4 at Sandown, Sea the Stars defeated Rip Van Winkle in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse, with the top 4-year-old Conduit well back in 3rd.