Meydan: Galileo one-two in UAE Guineas Trial
FILLIES sired by Galileo during his stint shuttling to Coolmore's Australian base filled the first two places in the opening race of this year's Dubai international racing carnival, the UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial sponsored by Longines.
Mike De Kock: trained one-twoPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Reem, bred by her owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, made most of the running to win, followed home by South African Group 1 winner Mahbooba for the same owner-breeder. Both fillies are trained by Mike De Kock.
It's the perfect start to the year for Galileo, one in which he must be rated a warm favourite to win his second successive and overall third British and Irish sires' championship.
He has last year's joint top-rated juvenile, Dewhurst winner Frankel, to run for him, as well as other Group 1 winning two-year-olds Roderic O'Connor and Misty For Me along with Group 1-placed Seville and Together.
Reem is the first foal produced by Danehill's Australian-bred winning daughter Al Afreet, a daughter of Robert Sangster-bred Drama Of Life.
Drama Of Life was a true Sangster-bred, as a daughter of Royal Academy - owned by Classic Thoroughbreds, the public company launched by Sangster, John Magnier and Vincent O'Brien - and outof Hot Princess, who produced for Sangster's Swettenham Stud five-time Group 1 winner Rodrigo De Triano and Tetrarch Stakes winner Modigliani.