A Saturday four-timer for young sire Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) was highlighted by winning performances from Sleeping Beauty (above), Euphoria and Mrs Gardenia who now have their connections considering black-type opportunities for the trio of smart racemares.
At Ellerslie on Saturday exciting sprinter Sleeping Beauty won her fourth race – and third in a row – from nine starts while Euphoria’s first-up success over 990 metres at New Plymouth was her third win from six starts.
Multiple Melbourne winner Mrs Gardenia was also resuming when successful over 1200m at Mornington to give the Darren Weir-trained racemare her third win in town from just eight starts.
Nineteen individual winners herald Rip Van Winkle’s great start to the new season which also include impressive debut-winning three-year-old’s Naantali and Te Akau Shark.
Champion miler Rip Van Winkle is a son of the incomparable Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) whose remarkable influence was evident in both hemispheres at the weekend.
In Australia Galileo sired Gr.1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Foundary while in Europe his weekend haul included a treble of Group One winners – Clemmie (in England) and Rhododendron and Happily (in France).
These four Group One winners aside, the weekend also highlighted Galileo not only with his success as broodmare sire of English Group One winner US Navy Flag but as an exciting sire of sires.
Significantly, in Australia his son Teofilo sired Australian Gr.1 Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper while in Europe his multiple Gr.1 winning son Nathaniel sired sensational Gr.1 Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable, Europe’s best racehorse of 2017.
As a sire, sire of sires and broodmare sire Galileo’s success is without equal and with 42 stakes winners of his own this year, including 12 Gr.1 winners, Galileo’s global influence is sure to continue for many years to come.
Among Galileo’s progeny only the great Frankel is more highly rated than Rip Van Winkle, whose Timeform Rating of 134 is equivalent to that of Galileo himself.
Rip Van Winkle stands at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge and with 19 stakes winners and a raft of promising young horses coming through the grades his stud record continues to build impressively.