Royal Ascot hero off the mark with impressive 2YO!

Glorious Goodwood provided dual Royal Ascot hero CIRCUS MAXIMUS with his first-crop 2YO winner Alerta Maxima overnight. 

Improving from her debut run, Alerta Maxima lay midfield in the running before delivering a telling turn of foot to take the lead with a furlong to go and draw away for a comprehensive length victory over her twelve rivals.

Alerta Maxima gets CIRCUS MAXIMUS off the mark as a sire

In a busy career racing throughout Europe as well as in the United States, CIRCUS MAXIMUS proved a Champion Miler, winning three Gr.1 races at that distance including the sire-making St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix de Moulin de Longchamp as a three-year-old. A Gr.1 performed two-year-old, CIRCUS MAXIMUS returned to Royal Ascot for his four-year-old debut run to win the coveted Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes over his favoured 1600m distance. 

A son of the legendary Galileo, CIRCUS MAXIMUS was bred by the Niarchos family and is the only foal out of DUNTLE, who was first past the post in the Gr.1 Matron Stakes for the Niarchos family.


CIRCUS MAXIMUS shuttles from Coolmore, Ireland to Windsor Park Stud, New Zealand

One of the best examples of the outstanding Gr.1 cross of Galileo and Danehill Dancer, (7.5% SW/Rnrs, 78 SW, 16 Gr.1winners) which has produced the likes of multiple Group 1 winners Minding, Sovereign, Winter, Tuesday etc, Circus Maximus was trained throughout his glittering international career by Ballydoyle supremo Aidan O'Brien who also produced him to place at the highest Gr.1 level in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Prix Jacques le Marois and two editions of the Sussex Stakes.


Popular with breeders, CIRCUS MAXIMUS had his first SH yearlings sell to A$260,000 in 2024 with many of them entering the stables of leading trainers throughout New Zealand and Australia. He commences his fourth season in 2024 at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge where his advertised fee is $17,500+gst.