Even by his own exemplary standards, Galileo had a truly outstanding day at the Curragh on Sunday that included a Classic winner, another G1 1-2 and a G3 victor who looks a future G1 performer.
Heading the way in the G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas was the lightly-raced and beautifully-bred Marvellous (3f Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat), who came from the rear of the field under Ryan Moore to score by three lengths from the English 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder.
“It's only her third run and you'd have to be very pleased with her,” said Moore. “She had to do it the hard way. She came from a long way back and had to pass nearly the whole field so it was a very pleasing performance. She's still inexperienced but she picked up when I asked her to. It was deep ground I'm sure she'd be a better filly on a nicer surface.”
Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien told irishracing.com that a trip to Epsom for the G1 Investec Oaks on June 6 could now be on the cards.
“The plan was to come here and then go to Epsom. Obviously the boys will decide what they want to do now,” said O'Brien. “She's a filly we always thought would stay well. I'm delighted. Ryan just let her warm into it and she came home very well. She's a very nice filly.
“I'd imagine she'll definitely get a mile and a quarter the way she went to the line today. Obviously a mile and a half is another step into the unknown but it looked very positive.”
Part-owner John Magnier added: “Aidan fancied her and I don't think it was that much of a surprise. Her pedigree would indicate that there could be more to come. She's out of a sister to Giant's Causeway (You'resothrilling), who won the G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes. She's bred to get a mile and a half and we'll see what everyone says in the next few days but I couldn't see any reason why she couldn't go for the Oaks.”
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