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UK Tatts Yearlings Day-3: $1.14m Galileo Colt

Friday, 9th October 2009

Coolmore principal John Magnier also out-bid Irish trainer Jim Bolger (standing with agent Eamonn Reilly) to pay 600,000 guineas (A$1.14m) for a colt by former Coolmore shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo (out of multiple Gr1-placed Danehill mare Kitza) consigned by Michael O'Flynn's Rockfield Farm in Ireland. The colt is a half-brother to stakes-winner Fort Dignity. O'Flynn bought his dam Kitza (runner-up in both 1998's Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas & Gr1 Irish Oaks) at the 2006 Tattersalls December Mare Sale for 550,000 guineas (A$1.045m). Rockfield Farm manager David Burns told racingpost.com: "He was the most intelligent horse I've worked with & the more we did with him, the more he enjoyed it. Michael (O'Flynn) bought the family farm from his parents & decided to up the ante & get some nice bloodstock. We are trying to be commercial & this is only our 2nd crop & the 1st that we've bred; the previous foals were being carried by the mares we bought. We've got about 10 mares & we may look to expand that number."

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