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Roderic O Connor

Roderic O'Connor became the eight stakes winner bred on the Galileo - Danehill cross when taking the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud

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Roderic caps brilliant season for Galileo

Criterium International (Group 1), Saint-Cloud, Sunday, 2yo, 1m

RODERIC O'CONNOR (c Galileo - Secret Garden by Danehill) Breeder: Swettenham Stud

SUNDAY'S Criterium International at Saint-Cloud marked another feather in the cap for Galileo as Roderic O'Connor got the better of Salto despite running erratically in the final stages.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt is the third Group 1 winner to hail from Galileo's sixth crop following Frankel, who put Roderic O'Connor in his place when winning the Dewhurst Stakes earlier this month, and Misty For Me. Another two-year-old, Seville, was second in last weekend's Racing Post Trophy.

Roderic O'Connor's victory brings Galileo's worldwide Group 1 tally for the year to eight and to 19 overall. With the winners of nearly £4.8 million in earnings this season, Coolmore's son of Sadler's Wells is in on course to land his second champion sires' title over Dansili.

Roderic O'Connor is yet another example of the increasingly successful Galileo - Danehill cross, which was first brought to attention through the 2006 champion juvenile Teofilo. Italian Derby winner Cima De Triomphe, high-class Australian filly Banc de Fortune, Frankel and the Classic-placed sisters Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine have since emerged to advertise the cross - quite a notable list when you consider only 29 runners to date have been bred this way.

Roderic O'Connor is the fourth foal out of Secret Garden, a Listed-winning granddaughter of Robert Sangster's champion two-year-old Durtal, herself a half-sister to Arc heroine Detroit. Durtal enjoyed her finest hour when taking the 1976 Cheveley Park Stakes and went on to produce six winners at stud led by Ascot Gold Cup winner Gildoran. She is also the granddam of another smart performer by Galileo in Perfect Truth, the winner of last year's Cheshire Oaks.

Secret Garden is out of Durtal's Kris dual-winning daughter Chalamont and a half-sister to Lady Acquitaine, who carried the Sangster family's colours to third place in the 2007 Sirenia Stakes. Coincidentally, the most accomplished runnerout of Secret Garden prior to Roderic O'Connor was Weatherstaff, a son of Elusive Quality who also ran third in his renewal of the Sirenia Stakes.

Secret Garden has a yearling colt and filly foal both by Galileo.




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