Galileo bandwagon rolls on down under
COOLMORE colossus Galileo has been a dominant force in many of Europe's leading races recently, siring the winners of the Epsom Derby, the French equivalent and the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
His hot streak extended to Australia on Saturday when his six-year-old son Linton caused an upset in the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap becoming his sire's 35th top-level winner.
Settled in rear by Nick Hall, Linton had a dream run up the inside rail in the straight, pulling clear to win by a length.
Linton started his career in Australia with Lloyd Williams, who campaigned the horse as a stayer. Linton was a classy stayer winning the Group 2 MRC Herbert Power Stakes as well as placing in the Group 1 company.
However, Linton was sold to current connections after bringing up the rear in the Group 1 VRC Turnbull Stakes in 2011.
Now in the care of trainer John Sadler, the imposing grey has been running over shorter distances and that has given him a new lease of life, winning four of his eight starts for new connections.
Assessing Linton's pedigree it is easy to see why a drop in distance has bought about significant improvement.
Although his immediate family is rather light on quality - he is the best of two winners out of the Centaine mare Our Heather, a minor winner in New Zealand - distant relations include outstanding miler Barathea, Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Gossamer and Desert Style, who was rated Champion three-year-old sprinter in 1995.