Galileo Gold captured the English 2000 Guineas, was 2nd in the Irish 2000 Guineas, and won the St. James’s Palace Stakes
Galileo Gold sat just off the early pace before taking command two furlongs from the wire and drawing off to win the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The race was billed as a “clash of 2000 Guineas winners,” with Galileo Gold (English 2000 Guineas), The Gurkha (French 2000 Guineas), and Awtaad (Irish 2000 Guineas) all lining up for the race. Favoritism went to the Aidan O’Brien-trained The Gurkha, who entered the race off a 5 1/2-length romp in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains May 15.
Also in the line up was Sheikh Hamdan’s Awtaad, winner of the G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas by 2 1/2 lengths. Finishing second that day was Galileo Gold, who had encountered trouble in running that day and had to settle for second.
Benefiting from a masterful ride by Frankie Dettori, Galileo Gold raced in second, just off the leader, Cymric, through the early stages of the race. With two furlongs left to run, Dettori asked his mount for more and Galileo Gold responded, pulling away to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
The Gurkha, who was held up for most of the race in sixth, was hampered slightly when making his bid in the final furlong. Once in the clear, the son of Galileo closed strongly, but was no match for the winner.
Irish classic winner Awtaad had to settle for third, another half-length further back. Final time for the one-mile contest was 1:44.01 over the soft going.
Galileo Gold was bred in England by Brian O’Rourke, and races for Al Shaqab Racing. He is from the first crop of Group 1 winner, Paco Boy, out of Galicuix, a daughter of Galileo. Galicuix is a half sister to multiple Group 1 winner, Goldream, and hails from the female family of champion Montjeu.
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