The horse Galileo was considered the most valuable stallion of all time – now he is dead. As his breeding stable Coolmore Stud announced, the stallion had to be euthanized at the age of 23. The reason for this was a chronic injury to the left forefoot.
“It’s a very sad day,” said John Magnier, owner of the thoroughbred stud, on July 10th, the anniversary of Galileo’s death. “But we are all incredibly lucky that we had Galileo here on Coolmore. I would like to thank the dedicated people who have looked after him so well along the way … The influence he has on the breed through his sons and daughters will remain an ongoing legacy and his phenomenal success is truly unparalleled. “
After Galileo’s first victory, the “Racing Post” had just one headline: “Perfection” – “It couldn’t be more appropriate,” said the stable. As an active racehorse, the stallion brought in around 1.8 million euros. But Galileo was even more successful than in his races (six wins in eight races) as a stallion. After all, 91 of his offspring have won Group 1 races, the highest level of thoroughbred races. And 20 of his sons also fathered Group 1 winners. Even if the exceptional horse is now dead – its good genes live on in its offspring.
Galileo was incredibly successful as a stallion
No wonder that this success also comes at a proud price. According to the “Irish Times”, the stallion is said to have brought in 40 million euros stud fee – per year. To have a single mare covered by Galileo, you had to pay between 250,000 and 600,000 euros. According to British media reports, Galileo is said to have been worth between 170 million and almost 210 million euros. That is more than the current market values of football professionals like Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the British “Sun”.
Galileo’s time as a racehorse is described by his former trainer Aidan O’Brien as “surreal”: “He won his first race, both trials and then the Derby, Irish Derby and King George. He looked different in these races too – he didn’t look like any other thoroughbred. He just had real power. “O’Brien is certain:” We will all miss him sorely. “