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Galileo Stablemates Complete Guineas Double

History was rewritten at the Curragh over the weekend as for the first time since 2007 both winners of the Newmarket Guineas doubled up in the Irish equivalents, both trained by Aidan O’Brien and both by the champion sire Galileo.

Galileo Stablemates Complete Guineas Double

History was rewritten at the Curragh over the weekend as for the first time since 2007 both winners of the Newmarket Guineas doubled up in the Irish equivalents, both trained by Aidan O’Brien and both by the champion sire Galileo.

GALILEO colt Churchill entered the record books on May 27 when he became only the ninth three-year-old to complete the Guineas double at Newmarket and the Curragh.

The Irish 2000 Guineas is a new kid on the classic block. The English version dates back to 1809, and in the 96 runnings since both have been viable, only eight colts had won both classics.


Right Tack in 1969 was the first dual winner of the English/Irish Guineas. He was followed by Don't Forget Me (1987), Tirol (1990), Rodrigo de Triano (1992), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Cockney Rebel (2007), Henrythenavigator (2008) and Gleneagles (2015).

The Coolmore-owned and Ballydoyle-trained Churchill Horseform relished the yielding turf to become number nine at his first start since he won the Newmarket classic on May 6.

He saw off the Godolphin colt Thunder Snow, fresh off his rodeo antics in the Kentucky Derby where he bucked and propped his way to a non-finish at Churchill Downs.

Lancaster Bomber controlled the pace through the first half while Christophe Soumillon had Thunder Snow well-positioned on the rail in second. Ryan Moore was content to sit fifth in the six horse field.

Thunder Snow took the lead with two furlongs left to run but Churchill progressed on the outer of the pack and passed the Godolphin color-bearer a furlong from the finish. Churchill won by an easy 2.5 lengths in 1:40.46 on the soft ground. Irishcorrespondent closed well to finish third, another 4.5 lengths behind Thunder Snow.

“He ticks all the boxes,” Moore said. “He is such a good mover - he's a lot of power underneath and never misses a beat.

“He's a very special horse."

Liberty Bloodstock bred Churchill from the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Meow, a half sister to G3 winner Aloof (Galileo) and stakes winner Orator (Galileo).

His second dam Airwave (Air Express) won the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes and was topweighted filly in England in 2002-03.

Churchill's victory was the 11th Irish 2000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien since his first in 1997.

GALILEO’s daughter and Churchil’s Ballydoyle stablemate Winter complete her own classic double when she won the Irish 1000 Guinheas at the Curragh on Sunday.

Winter Horseform (Galileo x Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) had won the Newmarket 1000 Guineas and proved a class above her rivals when scoring by 4.75 lengths.

She led home a 1-2-3 for the Ballydoyle stable with Roly Poly (War Front x Misty For Me, by Galileo) second and Hydrangea (Galileo x Beauty Is Truth, by Pivotal) third.

Owned by Coolmore’s Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier, Winter has raced six times for three wins and three placings.

Ridden by Ryan Moore Winter joined star fillies Attraction and Finsceal Beo as only the third filly to claim the English and Irish 1000 Guineas double.

"She's maturing all the time and is a really strong traveller. She'll probably get further than a mile but the Coronation Stakes will be next,,” Aidan O’Brien said.

Ryan Moore said Winter gave him a lovely ride.

“I couldn't have been more impressed with her – she was relentless and it rode like a piece of work for her,” he said.

THE Aidan O’Brien-trained 5YO entire Order Of St George (Galileo x Another Storm by Gone West) secured his sixth stakes race victory when he won the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on May 26.

Order Of St George, part-owned by Australia’s Lloyd Williams, is the winner of the G1 Royal Ascot Gold Cup and G1 Irish St Leger.

DECORATED Knight (Galileo x Pearling, by Storm Cat) won the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Richard Charlton-trained Galileo entire was winning his second G1 of the year, having captured the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan in March.

Home-bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, the five-year-old held off a fast-finishing Somehow (Fastnet Rock) withanother son of Galileo, Deauville third.

Decorated Knight is out of Giant’s Causeway’s full-sister Pearling.

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