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Roderic O Connor: first Classic-winning son of Galileo to stand in Ireland

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Roderic O'Connor to stand at Ballyhane Stud

RODERIC O'CONNOR, a Group 1-winning juvenile and winner of this season's Irish 2,000 Guineas, is set to retire to Ballyhane Stud in County Carlow.

Ballyhane owner Joe Foley, said: "It's wonderful to have a son of Galileo with such quality and class coming to Ballyhane.

The response to him at this early stage has been phenomenal and I can't wait to show him to breeders.

"It is particularly exciting to have him at a time when his sire has had such a record-breaking year and Galileo's first sons at stud are showing early signs of being very successful, with Teofilo siring four stakes winners, including(Dewhurst winner) Parish Hall from his first crop, and Heliostatic being represented by the Group winner Crius."

Roderic O'Connor represents the Galileo/Danehill cross that has produced Frankel, Golden Lilac, Maybe and Teofilo.

Foley added that he was excited to stand a horse with a strong female line. Roderic O'Connor's dam Secret Garden was a stakes winner for the Sangster family and is a granddaughter of Durtal, a half-sister to Arc winner Detroit (herself dam of another winner of the race in Carnegie).

Detroit is also third dam of Banimpire. "This is also the immediate family of Zabeel, the Australian Guineas who became an outstanding sire of the modern era," said Foley.

Roderic O'Connor, who becomes the first Classic winner by Galileo to stand in Ireland, won the Group 1 Criterium International at two and finished second to Frankel in the Dewhurst.




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