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Galileo Adds French Gr2

Monday, 17th September 2007

Also in France overnight, Coolmore shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a group success when Ballydoyle-based colt Soldier Of Fortune (Galileo-Affianced, by Erin's Isle) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the €130,000 (A$208,000) Gr2 Prix Niel (2400m) for 3YOs at Longchamp. Soldier Of Fortune (ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Aidan O'Brien) defeated fellow colts Sagara (Sadler's Wells-Rangoon Ruby, by Kingmambo) & Zambezi Sun (Dansili-Imbabala, by Zafonic). At his previous start on July 1, Soldier Of Fortune won the Gr1 Irish Derby (12 furlongs) by 9-lengths at The Curragh & earlier in the season also won both the UK Gr3 Chester Vase (12.5 furlongs) & France's Gr 2 Prix Noailles at Longchamp. Last season Soldier Of Fortune finished runner-up in France's Gr1 Criterium De Saint-Cloud (2000m) & overall has 5 wins from 8 starts.

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