Fleeting Spirit: the daughter of Invincible Spirit wins the July CupPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Fleeting Spirit's first foal is a Galileo filly
HERE'S a foal whose future optimum racing trip will be fascinating to see: star sprinter Fleeting Spirit on Saturday produced her first offspring, a filly by Derby hero and exceptional sire Galileo.
Fleeting Spirit, a daughter of Invincible Spirit, was trained by Jeremy Noseda to win five races including the Molecomb and Flying Childers Stakes at two, the Temple Stakes at three and the July Cup - at the expense of the likes of Main Aim, J J The Jet Plane and Paco Boy - at four.
After her racing career Fleeting Spirit was sold privately to join Australian owner-breeder Paul Makin's elite band of eight European-based broodmares based at Mountain View Stud in County Meath.
Fleeting Spirit is set to return to Coolmore to be covered by Galileo this season, along with three other of Makin's mares: Gilt Edge Girl and her dam Tahara, plus Derby hero Authorized's dam Funsie.
Galileo flourished over 1m4f in his own racing career, when he was a brilliant winner of the Epsom and Curragh Derbys and the King George.
However, at stud he has proven more versatile, with champion juveniles such as Maybe and Teofilo, plus top milers including the imperious Frankel featuring on his stud record alongside the expected middle-distance aces and stayers.