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Joseph O'Brien- Johnann Zaffany - Leopardstown - Thursday 28 May 2009

Joseph O'Brien poses with Muir - then known as Johann Zoffany - at Leopardstown in 2009. The son of Galileo landed Monday's Adelaide Cup.

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos) 

British-bred Galileo lands Adelaide Cup

AUSTRALIA; Morphettville

Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup (Group 2), 1m6f

MUIR (5 g Galileo - Belle Allemande by Royal Academy)

Breeder: Howard Barton Stud in Britain

PROMINENT Australian owner Lloyd Williams was rewarded on Monday for searching far afield for proven performers when Muir landed the Group 2 Adelaide Cup at Morphettville by a long neck from the Darley-bred Saddler's Story.

Irish-bred Muir - who raced as Johann Zoffany in Europe - belongs to a group of horses imported from Europe by Williams with an eye to competing in the major Australian events. Another was Irish Derby third Mourayan, an Aga Khan-bred who has since run second in the Group 1 Metropolitan at Randwick.

Galileo stallion library image half width portrait

Galileo: also the sire of Saturday's Australian Cup runner-up Linton

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

In landing the Adelaide Cup for trainer Robert Hickmott, Muir became the 81st stakes winner by Coolmore's Galileo and the stallion's fifth individual stakes scorer this year. The son of Sadler's Wells is also the sire of Saturday's Group 1 Australian Cup runner-up Linton.

Muir was initially trained by Aidan O'Brien for whom he won two handicaps in Ireland. While he didn't reach the heights of some of his more celebrated stablemates, he did earn a place in the history books as the first winner ridden by Joseph O'Brien courtesy of a success in a 1m2f Leopardstown handicap in May 2009.

A 310,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 purchase by John Magnier, Muir is bred on the same Galileo - Nijinsky cross as Group 1-winning stayer Allegretto and French Group 3 winner Leo's Starlet. He is a half-brother to two minor winners and the first at stakes level out of Belle Allemande, a winning half-sisterto German 1,000 Guineas heroine Que Belle.

His third dam, Qui Royalty, produced six stakes winners led by the high-class miler Emperor Jones and William Hill Futurity winner Bakharoff.

Belle Allemande has a two-year-old brother to Muir and a yearling colt by Cape Cross.

Runner-up Saddler's Story was bred by Darley Australia out of the unraced British-bred mare Mofajah, a Sadler's Wells sister to Italian Group 2 winner Narrative out of the 1986 Prix Saint-Alary third Baya. The son of Xaar was sold for just A$7,000 to M. Houlahan at the 2005 Inglis Premier Yearling sale.

 

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