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Coolmore Stud introduced on Saturday that Galileo had died, aged 23 years. Credit: Coolmore.

The multiple-times champion sire Galileo has died on the age of 23.

Coolmore Stud Statement

Coolmore Stud issued an announcement on Saturday confirming that the winner of the 2001 Epsom and Irish Derbies had been euthanized on humane grounds.

The assertion from the County Tipperary learn as comply with:

“Regretfully our world-renowned Champion Sire Galileo was put to sleep earlier in the present day on humane grounds owing to a persistent, non-responsive, debilitating harm to the left fore foot.

“It is a very sad day,” stated John Magnier, “but we all feel incredibly fortunate to have had Galileo here at Coolmore. I would like to thank the dedicated people who looked after him so well all along the way. He was always a very special horse to us and he was the first Derby winner we had in Ballydoyle in the post M V O’Brien era. I would also like to thank Aidan and his team for the brilliant job they did with him. The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented.”

Coolmore Stud’s assertion continued:

“Following Galileo’s strikingly spectacular Epsom Derby success the front-page headline within the Racing Post was the one phrase ‘PERFECTION.’ It couldn’t have been extra apt.

“Bred within the purple by Sadler’s Wells out of ‘Arc’ heroine Urban Sea and unbeaten in his first six begins, Galileo proved a direct success at stud siring Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Nightime from his first crop. Appropriately he grew to become essentially the most profitable Group 1 sire of all time when his daughter Peaceful gained the identical race in June of final yr.

His whole of particular person Group 1 winners now stands at 91 whereas a minimum of 20 of his sons have sired Group 1 winners on the flat, headed by Frankel and Australia.”

To study extra in regards to the profession of Galileo and his affect on breeding and racing, learn The Greatness of Galileo, written by Paul Rhodes with Anne Alston.

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