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Sans Frontieres and Olivier Peslier win the Irish St. Leger The Curragh 11.09.2010

Sans Frontieres: the Galileo horse was a 450,000gns yearling purchase

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Frontieres gives Galileo 16th Group 1 winner

The Irish Field St Leger (Group 1), Curragh, 1m6f

SANS FRONTIERES (4yo ch c Galileo - Llia, by Shirley Heights)

Breeder: The Lavington Stud

SANS FRONTIERES became the 16th individual Group/Grade 1 winner sired by Coolmore stallion Galileo with a smooth victory over Profound Beauty (by Danehill) and Flying Cross (Sadler's Wells) in Saturday's Irish St Leger.

The winner is appropriately named, as there seems to be no bounds to Galileo's talent.

The sire has been enjoyed a white-hot run of form in recent weeks, with sons Cape Blanco and Rip Van Winkle running first and second in the Irish Champion Stakes, Misty For Me winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes, Midas Touch running second in the Doncaster St Leger and Frankel marking himself down as ajuvenile colt with Classic potential after easily winning a conditions race at Doncaster.

Galileo also sired the top lot at last week's BBAG yearling sale, a son of German champion Elle Danzig, to boot.

Jeremy Noseda-trained Sans Frontieres is out of Llia, a winning daughter of Shirley Heights, and so is bred on one of the most enduring crosses of modern breeding.

When Galileo's sire, Sadler's Wells, was sent mares by Shirley Heights he producedthe likes of Alexandrova, In The Wings and Subtle Power. When Sadler's Wells was visited by mares by Shirley Heights' son Darshaan, the resultant offspring included High Chaparral, Islington, Milan and Septimus.

Last year's Irish St Leger hero, Alandi, was by Galileo and out of a mare by Darshaan, and so is Midas Touch.

Sans Frontieres, bred by the Lavington Stud, is a half-brother to dual Listed winner Kootenay and to fair handicapper Jay Gee's Choice.

Sans Frontieres was purchased by John Warren on behalf of owner Sir Robert Ogden for 450,000gns at Book 1 of the 2007 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

The dam has a yearling colt by Cape Cross due to go under the hammer in Book 1 of this year's Tattersalls October yearling sale, as well as a colt foal by Montjeu, and she was covered this year by Galileo's highest-rated son New Approach.






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