CHAMPION stallion Galileo moved past his equally famous sire, Sadler’s Wells, as Magical (headline photo) won the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (G1) at Ascot last Saturday to become his 74th worldwide group/grade 1 winner.
Coolmore’s star sire matched his father’s record last month when Flag of Honour took the Comer Group International Irish St Leger (G1) at The Curragh and is now in hot pursuit of the all-time mark of 84, set by another great in Danehill.
Magical has long looked a group 1 winner in waiting for Galileo, having tried and failed at the highest level five times previously and she finally delivered at Ascot’s end-of-season showpiece, defeating a pair of Dubawi fillies in Coronet and Lah Ti Dar in the process.
Out of the Pivotal mare Halfway To Heaven—herself a three-time group 1 winner—Magical is a full sister to three-time group 1 victress Rhododendron among others.
Galileo has sired a total of 31 female group 1 winners, with 43 colts and geldings, with Magical his 32nd top level scorer in Britain, more than in any other jurisdiction.