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The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that Galileo (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), the leading sire in Europe, underwent surgery Thursday after he was found to be suffering from a bout of colic at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. The 10-year-old son of Urban Sea was referred to Fethard Equine Hospital for evaluation where he underwent the procedure. “Galileo had colic surgery yesterday evening,” Coolmore General Manager Christy Grassick confirmed. “We are delighted with his progress overnight and his recovery has been uneventful. He is doing very well and we expect him to be returning back to Coolmore very shortly.”
Winner of the G1 Epsom and Irish Derbies and the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in 2001, Galileo entered stud the following season and has been a smashing success, siring no fewer than 15 Group/Grade I winners, including Epsom Derby hero New Approach (Ire); Lush Lashes (GB), a treble winner at the highest level this season; and GI Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks (Ire), who most recently outran Curlin by two lengths in the GI Man O’ War Stakes in New York.
From four crops to race, Galileo is the sire of 35 overall stakes winners with progeny earnings in excess of $22 million.