WHAT a start at stud for Galileo Gold, and what a year for Tally-Ho Stud. The O’Callaghan’s Co Westmeath farm also houses Cotai Glory, another stallion whose first runners this year include a stakes winner among their number.

Galileo Gold’s best juvenile performance came this week six years ago when he beat Ibn Malik to land the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. The following year he established himself among the elite milers, winning the Group 1 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes, and finishing runner-up to Awtaad and The Gurkha respectively in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes. He had beaten both of his conquerors when landing his biggest wins.