Pedigree profile: Gleneagles

It was not the simplest race but supported by the brilliant Ryan Moore and thanks to his strong burst of speed, Gleneagles beat the competition in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He thus became the eighth winner of the Guineas double after Right Tack (1969), Don’t Forget Me (1987), Tirol (1990), Rodrigo de Triano (1995), Rock of Gibraltar (2002) Cockney Rebel (2007) and Henrythenavigator (2008).

Gleneagles is one of the 46 G1 winners by Galileo, photo Coolmore

Commentary on the pedigree of Gleneagles, in my view the most valuable stallion prospect among race horses today, could be very short. His pedigree embodies the best and so far valid theory of breeding – a guide to breed the champion: Breed the best to the best and hope for the best. A theory whose authorship is ascribed to one of the leading U.S. breeders and trainers of early twentieth century, John Madden.

Gleneagles’s pedigree is built on the connection of Galileo, arguable the number one stallion in the world, and You’resothrilling, full sister to another elite stallion Giant’s Causeway, who can easily be included in the Top 10 sires worldwide. This connection, moreover, has already produced a classic winner – a year older Gleneagles’s full sister Marvellous, the first product of You’resothrilling,won the 1,000 Guineas last year. It should be mentioned that a “reverse connection”, i.e. full sister of Galileo, the Oaks runner-up All Too Beautiful, and Giant’s Causeway, has been tried too. In 2007 this connection gave birth to All for Glory. The filly was placed with David Wachman and never raced. As a dam, however, she fares fairly good. Her first product, a filly named Toogoodtobetrue by Oasis Dream, finished third in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on October 24, on the very same day when Gleneagles won the Futurity Stakes.

But let us return to You’resothrilling. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, she excelled as a two-year-old when she showed enough of precocity and speed. She debuted in late May by second place in the listed (!!) Isabel Morris Stakes over five furlongs, and nine days later she won the Gr.3 Swordlestown Stud Sprint Stakes over six furlongs, in which she beat the late winner of the Phoenix Stakes, Saoirse Aba. In the Albany Stakes (Gr.3) at Ascot she lost, in an unfortunate manner, to Nijoom Dubai but she compensated for that in the Gr.2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket over six furlongs which she won with confidence. After eight place in the Lowther Stakes she had a break of over a year and then faced strong competition in the Gr.1 Matron Stakes in which she finished fourth behind Lush Lashes, Nahoodh and Halfway To Heaven. She ended her career in France, in the Prix de l’Opera, where she was beaten.

She has been at stud since 2010 and every year her partner was Galileo. The connection of a precocious and speedy mare with Galileo, who is able to produce excellent racehorses with mares of wide distance spectrum but achieves greatest achievements with mares who have enough of precocity and speed in their pedigrees, has produced fantastic results so far. The very first product of this combination, the bay filly Marvelous, also trained by Aidan O’Brien, raced just once as a two-year-old – winning her October debut at Navan over a mile. As a three-year-old she lost in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trail Stakes, but the classic race at the Curragh saw her in full form and she won easily by three lengths. She was the odds-on favourite for the Investec Oaks, but 1 ½ mile proved to be too long for her and she finished sixth. She did not place in the Darley Irish Oaks either.

Gleneagles is the second product of You’resothrilling. Unbeaten since the fourth place in the debut, he lost victory by steward’s inquiry in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere due to interference with Full Mast and Territories. Then she gave birth to a filly named Coolmore who is two-year-old this year and last year a colt was foaled. Both are by Galileo.

The combination of Galileo with the daughter of Storm Cat has produced forty-five foals of racing age and thirty-two of them have already appeared on the racecourse. Five of them have won a stakes race, three of them a classic race. Besides Gleneagles and Marvellous, Misty For Me is a classic winner, having won two Gr.1 races as a two-year-old, the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Prix Marcel Boussac, and as a three-year-old she added two more, including the Irish 1,000 Guineas, two years before the triumph of Marvellous. Misty For Me, too, felt most comfortable over a mile, although she managed to win the Pretty Polly Stakes over ten furlongs, and Twirl had similar distance preferences. The U.S. trained Global View, the winner of the American Turf Stakes (Gr.2) and Generous Stakes (gr.3), achieved both of his black-type victories over a mile. Aloft, second in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy, has not won a stakes race but he is worth mentioning too.

Gleneagles and Marvellous come out of a dam who is a full sister of Giant’s Causeway, but Galileo has not achieved too many triumphs with his daughters. Of eighteen foals of racing age, none has won a black-type race nor has placed. Teofilo fares better with them, having produced with his daughter Irish Question the winner of the Gr.1 International Loch Garman. The reverse version has produced the winner of the Donn Handicap Lea, the son of First Samurai and the most successful progeny of a Galileo’s daughter bred in the U.S.

Miloslav Vlček

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