Galileo Gold fired in yet another impressive first-crop winner on Thursday courtesy of the success of Maglev at Yarmouth.
A graduate of our breeze-up division, Maglev (pictured below) sold for a joint sale-topping price of £210,000 at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale to Armando Duarte, signing at Ling Bloodstock. A slow start hindered his chances first time out when fourth at Leicester last month but M M Stables' colt made no mistake for William Haggas this time around, showing a fine turn of foot to swoop late and win snugly. Home City, deemed good enough by Godolphin to contest the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out, was second while the highly regarded winner Alflaila was fourth.
Maglev was bred by R Ryan out of the Vale Of York mare York Express and is a half-brother to last season's high-class 2yo Acklam Express, by Mehmas.
He joins a quality group of winners for Galileo Gold that also includes Saturday's Listed Empress Stakes winner System, Listed National Stakes scorer Ebro River and the Group 3-placed Oscula. Classic winner Galileo Gold leads all European first-crop sires by number of stakes winners.
Also on Thursday, Kodiac was represented by the impressive Haydock Park winner Mr McCann, who defied a penalty to make it back-to-back wins for Tom Dascombe, and the progressive handicapper Surprise Picture, who won well for Hugo Palmer in the 0-85 mile handicap at Yarmouth.