We are saddened by the death of the mighty stallion Galileo at Coolmore yesterday, and herewith convey our sympathies to the Magnier family and everyone else at Coolmoere and Ballydoyle.
Mike said: “Several years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Galileo at Coolmore alongside Jehan Malherbe, Dr John McVeigh, Mike Airey and Eamonn Cullen (see photo). Losing a horse like this is like losing a family member.”
Winner of the 2001 Derby at Epsom, the horse was father to numerous champions including the legendary Frankel.
Coolmore announced he was put to sleep “on humane grounds owing to a chronic, non-responsive, debilitating injury to the left fore foot”.
“It is a very sad day,” said Coolmore owner John Magnier.
“We all feel incredibly fortunate to have had Galileo here at Coolmore.
“The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented.”
The most successful Group One sire of all time has produced 91 individual Group One winners, while 20 of his sons have sired Group One winners on the Flat.