I recently wrote about the deeply concerning rush by National Hunt breeders to use sons of Galileo http://www.montjeu.com/archives/1122. The results at Cheltenham don’t lessen that concern.
Herd mentality will see one third of NH mares go to sons of Galileo this year. Looking at the results at Cheltenham, where Galileo had 3 runners and his sons sired 17 runners, there is nothing to justify such faith.
Nathaniel did very well with 2 winners (albeit Burning Victory was fortunate that Goshen unseated) from 3 runners. However, he is a £25000 flat sire and if you take him out the results are very ordinary. If Irish and UK breeders want to reclaim some of the ground they have lost to French breds then they will have to put less trust in the adverts from the stud farms and look at supporting a more varied range of NH stallions… The full listing of runners by Galileo and his sons is shown below.
|Sacchoaandvanzetti||Finsceal Fior||11||22||Grade 3||Hurdle|
|Fraser Island||Australia||18||22||Grade 3||Hurdle|
|Ocean Wind||Teofilo||6||23||Grade 1||NHF|
|Mahler Allstar||Mahler||12||23||Grade 1||NHF|
|Annie Mc||Mahler||9||12||Grade 1||Chase|
|Itchy Feet||Cima de Triomphe||ur||12||Grade 1||Chase|
|Vienna Court||Mahler||8||22||Grade 2||Hurdle|
|Like the Sound||Soldier of Fortune||pu||23||Hcp||Chase|
|Burning Victory||Nathaniel||1||13||Grade 1||Hurdle|
|Navajo Pass||Nathaniel||4||13||Grade 1||Hurdle|
|Lord Lamington||Australia||10||13||Grade 1||Hurdle|
|Buildmeupbuttercup||Sixties Icon||3||24||Grade 3||Hurdle|
|Chris’s Dream||Mahler||10||12||Grade 1||Chase|