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Impressive Doncaster winner for Galileo Gold

Galileo Gold, whose first 2yos have sold for up to £210,000 this Spring, looks to have a smart colt to his credit in Ebro River, who broke his maiden in impressive style at Doncaster on Saturday.

Fittingly, the colt was bred at Tally-Ho Stud and represents the same connections as Galileo Gold; he carries the colours of Al Shaqab Racing and is trained by Hugo Palmer.

Jockey David Egan was impressed with Ebro River, who scored by a length over Kyber Crystal with the pair well clear of the third.

"I was happy to stay out of trouble on the wing and he took me to the front rather than me asking him, which is always a good sign," he told Sky Sports Racing. "There's a lot of improvement to come but he's done it nicely.

"He had a nice introductory run first time out at Newmarket and James Doyle and Hugo Palmer told me a lot about him. He moved on the ground lovely and he's a progressive type who will improve."

Ebro River was bred at Tally-Ho out of Soft Power, a winning Balmont half-sister to the dam of top sprinter Slade Power. He is the second winner out of the mare and was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson and Al Shaqab Racing for 75,000gns out of the Tally-Ho draft at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale.

Galileo Gold was trained by Hugo Palmer to win five races including the Group 2 Vintage Stakes as a two-year-old and the Group 1 2,000 Guineas and St. James's Palace Stakes at three.

He was the leading first-crop sire by average at the recent Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster on a figure of £68,875 - his stock included a colt out of York Express, for whom Armando Duarte went to a joint sale-topping £210,000 on behalf of Ling Bloodstock.

Galileo Gold stands for €5,000.

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