Kingsbarns: the 31st Group 1 winner for GalileoPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
New star for Galileo rules Racing Post Trophy
Doncaster: Racing Post Trophy (Group 1), 1m, 2yo colts
KINGSBARNS (c Galileo - Beltisaal by Belmez)
Bred by Anne-Marie O'Brien
KINGSBARNS will head into winter quarters as the ante-post favourite for the 2013 Epsom Derby after coasting to victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.
Should he line up at Epsom next June, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt will bid to become the second Derby winner sired by the Coolmore colossus Galileo following New Approach.
Kingsbarns becomes the 31st Group 1 winner by Galileo, who is on course to record his fourth British and Irish sires' championship. Seven of those Group 1 winners scored at the top level at two, including champions Frankel and Maybe, but Galileo is regarded as an outstanding source of middle-distance talent, thanks to the likes of New Approach, Nathaniel and Was. That record alone offers enthusiasm for Kingbarns' Derby prospects as does the fact his damsire is the 1990 King George winner Belmez.
His dam, Beltisaal, was placed over 1m - 1m 2 1/2f in France and changed hands to Joseph Crowley for just €8,000 at the 2001 Goffs November Sale.
She is the dam of seven other winners ranging from 5f - 1m including the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial scorer Belle Artiste (by Namid) and the Grade 3-winning miler Sweeter Still (by Rock Of Gibraltar). Another representative is the talented hurdler Gimli's Rock.
Further back, it is the family of former noted Ballydoyle inmates Rip Van Winkle, also by Galileo, and Ace.
Beltisaal has a yearling colt by Fastnet Rock and a colt foal by Duke Of Marmalade. Her five-year-old daughter of Oratorio, Sweet Lemon, is catalogued as lot 1654 in foal to Aqlaam at the Tattersalls December Sale.