Galileo was a brilliant racehorse, bred in the purple with talent to match his outstanding pedigree. But he has scaled even greater heights since retiring to stud. He is now quite simply the most successful stallion on his generation - and one of the greatest of all time.
Galileo was foaled on March 30, 1998 - a son of the mighty Coolmore stallion Sadler’s Wells and the brilliant racemare Urban Sea (winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1993). Urban Sea - one of the greatest broodmares in racing history - also went on to produce the brilliant Sea The Stars, winner of the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2009.
When it was time to go into training for a racing career, Galileo was sent to the famous Ballydoyle stables of master trainer Aidan O’Brien in County Tipperary.
He would run in the dark blue colours of Sue Magnier (wife of Coolmore magnate John Magnier) and raced in a partnership between her and Michael Tabor.