Coolmore's super-sire Galileo has a solid grip on this year's Classics at Epsom, reports racingpost.com. Three weeks away from the Group 1 Investec Derby, the son of Sadler's Wells is the sire of 31 of the 135 remaining entrants in the contest; six of those sons are in the top 10 betting interests, led by 2000 Guineas winner Churchill.
Additionally, 33 other entrants are sired by sons of Galileo, led by Frankel's 15 colts, bringing the total of Galileo's paternal influence to 64 possible contenders, or 47 percent of the field. However, Galileo and his six sons make up just 17 percent of the 42 stallions with progeny in the field.
The Investec Oaks is not quite as strongly populated by Galileo's daughters, but the numbers are still remarkable. Of 54 remaining candidates, he is the sire of 10, making him directly responsible for 19 percent of the field. Another four fillies are by sons of Galileo, bringing his total influence up to 24 percent.
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