THE so-called Fearsome Foursome of trainer Aidan O’Brien, owner Coolmore Partners, jockey Ryan Moore and sire Galileo are all accumulating word rankings points at an accelerated rate.
The formidable TRC rankings system maintain a solid median and do not drift upwards overall, yet O’Brien, Moore and Coolmore stand at their all-time highs, while the mighty stallion Galileo (photo) is one point off his best.
In 2017, O’Brien has saddled a total of 63 Group-race wins, fuelled by a surge in wins by both male and female horses, but in percentage terms it is the fillies who are doing the damage. The average male wins per year for the five seasons 2011-2015 was 26, while for the last two years it has increased 29 percent on that to 33. But the average for the first five seasons in female wins was 9, and for the last two years the increase is 179 percent.
The 91 wins by female horses trained by O’Brien since 2011 has been achieved by 48 different individuals, and Coolmore’s own Galileo has been responsible for the bulk of them.
Collectively, the surviving and fertile members of these 48 Group-race gals are going to produce a ton of future winners between them. This is what we mean in predicting that O’Brien’s numbers may be heading further north still in future. Ballydoyle-Coolmore are about to prove that success quite literally begets success with a broodmare band of ever-increasing strength and quality, but the problem is that they cannot visit Galileo or any of his sons, such as Frankel.
The identity of the lucky beasts to cover this harem of horse royalty will be interesting to discover, and no doubt taxes the mind of the greatest stallion man on the planet, John Magnier, on a regular basis.
Interesting to note from domestic results in Britain and Ireland is that stallions Fastnet Rock and Dubawi have so far done best with mares by Galileo. South African-based Duke of Marmalade (Drakenstein Stud) and Oratorio (Avontuur), both appear in the top 15 sires who nick best with Galileo mares, while Canford Cliffs (Highlands shuttler), has also produced several top horses from Galileo mares.
Until recently, the Godolphin stallion Dubawi was not an option as a mate for Coolmore mares, until a certain apparent détente between the two racing superpowers of late, which presents another interesting scenario going forward.