Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who recently swept both the Irish One Thousand (Ire-I) and Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), completed another classic double at Epsom Saturday when Galileo gave him his first Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) victory. Galileo's win also completed a classic sweep for sire Sadler's Wells, who also sired Friday's Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner, the O'Brien-trained Imagine. In the Oaks, Sadler's Wells fillies filled the top three finishing positions.
Galileo opened a five-length lead in the stretch before coasting home with the easy victory. The win was the second Epsom Derby victory for jockey Mick Kinane, who guided Galileo to the 3 1/2-length victory, completing the 1 1/2 miles in 2:33.27 on good to firm ground.
"It's great for everybody, especially the horse," said O'Brien. "The lads have done a great job. The plan now is to take in Sandown, then the Queen Elizabeth and ultimately the Breeders' Cup (Classic)."
Co-favorite Golan finished second, with Godolphin's Tobougg third. Mr Combustible was fourth in the field of 12.
Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's winning colt was bred in Ireland by D. Tsui and Orpendale and is out of the Urban Sea, by Miswaki. Prior to his Derby win, Galileo won the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Ire-III) and Ballysax Stakes as a 3-year-old. The undefeated colt won his lone race as a juvenile by 14 lengths. (Chart, Sporting Life