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New stakes winner for Galileo Gold! System looks exciting in Empress win

Galileo Gold was represented by his second stakes winner on Saturday when his daughter System - bred by Epona Bloodstock - flew home to capture the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket.


The Richard Hannon-trained filly had left a fine impression when second on her debut against colts at Salisbury earlier this month. On Saturday, she showed the benefit of that run, travelling sweetly out the back under Pat Dobbs before showing a big turn of foot to sweep through on the inside. Ultimately she won by a neck - but in cosy fashion.


"We always liked her a lot," Pat Dobbs told Racing TV. "She went to win her race at Salisbury and just got a bit tired. But she's always shown plenty of class at home.


"When I got her to the outside, I gave her a squeeze and she didn't know what to do for 100 yards but then she got going and ended up winning very well. She was on her own for a furlong so it was an excellent performance.


"She'll improve a lot as well - she's still got a bit of filling out to do."


System was bred by Epona Bloodstock out of the Royal Applause mare Spiritual Air, also dam of the Listed-placed Fourth Way. She was purchased for £80,000 from Croom House Stud by Peter and Ross Doyle at last year's Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.


2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold is also the sire of the Listed National Stakes scorer Ebro River and therefore now boasts two stakes winners - no other first-crop sire in Europe has sired more. Another winner is the smart Oscula, who ran third in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.


System, pictured below as a yearling, is one of five winners for Galileo Gold.



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