In a year that has seen his name all over the entries and results of European classics, Coolmore’s Galileo continues to find ways to exert his influence on the breed in the same all-conquering style that marked the careers of his sire, Sadler’s Wells, and grandsire Northern Dancer. Today a new first for Galileo, as a broodmare sire: Starfish became his first mare to produce a Group 1 winner when her two-year-old Strategic Prince filly La Collina landed the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh at 33-1 against colts. And by winning the race, La Collina paid a huge compliment to the unbeaten Galileo filly Maybe, who a race earlier on the same card had won the Group 2 Keeneland Debutante Stakes against fillies. One start earlier, Maybe had defeated La Collina a neck in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown July 14.
La Collina’s sire is Coolmore’s Dansili (by Danehill) horse Strategic Prince, a high-class two-year-old himself who was produced from the Diesis mare Ausherra. On paper, this is an excellent “reverse” mating for a Galileo mare because Galileo himself has had a phenomenal representation of three-year-old classic winners from Danehill-line mares, plus he’s combined well himself with Diesis’s dam, Doubly Sure. The latter also produced Diesis’s brother Kris, as well as the duo’s half-brother Presidium. My collegue Roger Lyons has written quite a bit about this here, here, and here.
Moreover, Starfish, the Galileo dam of La Collina, is out of a Slip Anchor mare, and Slip Anchor is a son of Shirley Heights—sire of Darshaan, whose line has clicked with Sadler’s Wells and Galileo.
La Collina’s Galileo rival, meanwhile, has the reverse pedigree: She’s by Galileo from Sumora, by Danehill. Galileo, meanwhile, is the broodmare sire of four stakes winners to date, and three are by Danehill-line sires.