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Galileo (Ire) is the stallion of the week, for the week ended Sunday May 10.

The 11-year-old son of Sadler's Wells and Arc winner Urban Sea, by Miswaki, was represented by three new stakes winners this week, including Epsom Derby contender Age of Aquarius (Ire), who won the G3 totesport.com Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday. Interestingly enough, Galileo himself is the half-brother to 2000 Guineas hero Sea the Stars, who's one of the main contenders for the Derby. The 5-2 favorite for the Epsom classic is undefeated Fame and Glory, a son of Coolmore's "other" Sadler's Wells star, Montjeu (Ire). And at this stage of the game, it's fact to say that the two best classic stallions in Europe are Galileo and Montjeu, who between them have dominated Europe's Derbys over the past five years (see below to read more about Montjeu).

Galileo was a champion on the racecourse at 3 when he won the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby, and at stud he has sired 10 G1 winners and 48 stakes winners, including 2008 Epsom Derby winner New Approach (Ire), 2008 G1 Italian Derby winner Cima de Triomphe (Ire), triple 2008 G1 winner Lush Lashes (GB), 2007 Irish Derby winner Soldier of Fortune (Ire), 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Red Rocks (Ire), 2007 Prix Royal-Oak (French St. Leger equivalent) winner Allegretto (Ire), 2006 St. Leger winner Sixties Icon (GB), and 2006 1000 Guineas winner Nightime (Ire).

In 2008, Galileo led all stallions with 20 unrestricted stakes winners to his credit. So far this season (to May 10), the Coolmore star is the sire of 7 stakes winners -- tops in Europe -- and 6 first-time stakes winners.

There isn't much between Galileo and Montjeu, but what little difference there is is probably the Guineas ability and sharper 2-year-old form that Galileo imparts versus his barnmate. Galileo's Teofilo (Ire), for instance, was a champion at 2 when he won two G1 races and went undefeated in 5 starts (His trainer, Jim Bolger, has been associated with several high-class Galileos).

This has been a remarkable four-generation classic line that goes: Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer/Irish 2000 Guineas winner Sadler's Wells/dual Derby winners Galileo and Montjeu (won French and Irish Derbys)/all their classic winners.

--Sid Fernando

DAVID BAY (AUSTRALIA)

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EMMA BERRY

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ROMMY FAVERSHAM

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SID FERNANDO

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ROBERT D. FIERRO

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KRISTEN MANNING (AUSTRALIA)

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KAREL MIEDEMA (SOUTH AFRICA)

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DIEGO MITAGSTEIN (ARGENTINA)

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FRANK MITCHELL

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MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR (INDIA)

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STEVEN A. ROMAN, PH.D

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VICTOR SHEAHAN (IRELAND)

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LAUREN STICH

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CLIVE WEBB-CARTER (UK)

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