Watch Intello winning the Prix du Jockey Club
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“Whoever thought we’d see the likes of
the mighty stallion Sadler’s Wells again?”
His fourteen sires premierships made the previous standard-bearers, Hyperion (five) and St Simon look like the kindergarten. Yet the measure, it has so often been said, of a great progenitor, lies in his ability to get better than himself and that, it seems, is exactly what Sadler’s Wells has in his son, Galileo. In a matter of nine days, Galileo has put all the phenomenal things he’s achieved already in the shade, with three European Classic winners in less than ten days, two of them this past weekend. On Sunday, Intello added the French Derby (Prix du Jockey Club) to English repertoire.
Settled into a beautiful rhythm by the masterful Olivier Peslier, Intello tracked the leading pair until quickening to the fore entering the final 300 metres and was in command thereafter as Morandi and Sky Hunter gave vain pursuit. An unlucky third in the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the bay thus gave Coolmore’s European Champion Three-Year-Old Galileo a third Classic winner in nine days following the victories of Magician and Ruler Of The World in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Derby.
Intello is the eighth Graded/Group winner by the outstanding son of Sadler’s Wells and the thirty-fourth to triumph at the highest level. Intello is the second foal of Impressionnante, who won the Gr.2 Prix de Sandringham on this day seven years ago and finished runner-up in both the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Gr.1 Prix d’Astarte. An elegant daughter of Danehill, Impressionnante is out of Kaldoun’s Gr.1 Prix de la Foret and Gr.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine Occupandiste, who produced the Gr.3 Prix de Saint-Georges and Gr.3 Prix du Petit-Couvert victrix Only Answer to another son of Danzig, Green Desert. Successful in the Gr.2 (now Gr.1) Prix d’Astarte, Occupandiste’s grandam Elle Seule produced Derrinstown Stud’s Gr.1 July Cup winner Elnadim to Danzig, the Gr.1 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Mehthaaf to Sadler’s Wells’ three-parts brother Nureyev and the Gr.3 Nell Gwyn Stakes victrix Khulood to Storm Cat. By Exclusive Native, Elle Seule is one of nine Stakes winners out of the Gr.1 Matron Stakes queen Fall Aspen, these including Danzig’s Gr.1 July Cup winner Hamas and Gr.2 Diadem Stakes scorer Bianconi and Sadler’s Wells’ Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris hero and South African Champion Sire Fort Wood as well as the Gr.1 Preakness Stakes victor Timber Country (Woodman), the Gr.1 Gamely Stakes heroine Northern Aspen (Northern Dancer) and Dubai Millennium’s dam Colorado Dancer (Shareef Dancer).
Intello is one of eleven Group winners from the 81 foals aged three and over by Galileo out of daughters of Danehill. Indeed, seven of these have triumphed at the highest level, Intello joining the Classic winners Cima De Triomphe, Frankel, Golden Lilac and Roderic O’Connor and the European Champion Juveniles Maybe and Teofilo, whilst an eighth, Cuis Ghaire, finished second in the 1,000 Guineas. Interestingly, the tryst between Galileo and Danehill produces sex-balanced inbreeding to Northern Dancer’s dam, the disqualified Spinaway Stakes victrix Natalma, and to two dual US Horses Of The Year in Natalma’s sire Native Dancer and Buckpasser.
Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, Summerhill became home to its sixth daughter of Galileo, when Uthawini came “home” after her recent re-purchase at the Cape Broodmare sale. By Galileo out of a Danehill mare, she represents the same cross which produced Frankel and Sunday’s Derby hero.