Galileo and Mick Kinane winning at Epsom
(Phil Cole/Allsport)

Anticipating that Galileo could wind up Europe’s Champion Sire for 2008 (and after Saturday, that looks pretty much a certainty,) the Summerhill team strategised that we should attempt to exploit the Aussie antipathy towards his progeny for the lack of precocity they’ve displayed in that speed-crazy country. And so we went to the Melbourne Classic sale in late February, and bought three of the five on offer, from two of Australia’s foremost nurseries, Swettenham Stud and Widden Stud.

And, we guess, there are those that would say we’re sitting pretty, though not for long, as these spectacularly bred animals will be part of the Summerhill draft at this Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run sale on the first Sunday in November. If only for it’s featuring the three Galileos, make a date now, because that’s a pretty unique feature. The stallion never returned to Australia after the 2006 season, so these will be the very last of his last Southern Hemisphere crop to go under the hammer.