Charlie and Rich’s Take on Galileo Vs Sea The Stars The Offspring Wars

After writing the last Sea The Stars article,  Charlie & myself decided to look at the difference between Galileo & Sea The Stars,  half brothers from Urban Sea.
We were intrigued to see how far Sea The Stars progency was behind & that in time would their strike rate % be as good or better as galileo??!!

Galileo                                      Sea The Stars

Born: 1998                               Born: 2006

Species: Equus caballus


Trainer                           Trainer 
Aiden OBrien                John Oxx 
Sex Stallion                   Sex Stallion
Earnings                        Earnings
£1.621 million            £4.417 million 
Parents:                          Parents:
Sadler’s Wells               Cape Cross
Urban Sea                      Urban Sea
Owners:                          Owner:
John Magnier                Christopher Tsui
Michael Tabor

 Galileo’s racing career only lasted 12 months he ran 8 times winning 6. His most notable wins were .

Major wins
Ballysax Stakes (2001)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2001)
Epsom Derby (2001)
Irish Derby (2001)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (2001)
 Galileo Sire of 381 Stakes performers, 146 Group winners, 83 Listed winners.
A champion sire in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 with 59 Gr.1 winners including Classic winners such as World Champion Frankel (2,000 Guineas), Australia(Derby), Ruler Of The World (Derby), Magician(Irish 2,000 Guineas), Gleneagles (2,000 Guineas), The Gurkha ( French 2,000 Guineas),Minding (Epsom Oaks, 1,000 Guineas), Was(Epsom Oaks), Roderic O’Connor (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Treasure Beach (Irish Derby), Misty For Me (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Golden Lilac(French 1,000 Guineas, French Oaks), Soldier Of Fortune (Irish Derby), Cape Blanco (Irish Derby),Sixties Icon (St Leger), Nightime (1,000 Guineas) and New Approach (Derby).

Sea The Stars racing career also lasted 12 months and he was raced 8 times winning 7 of those and his most notable wins were .

Major wins
Beresford Stakes (2008)
2000 Guineas (2009)
Epsom Derby (2009)
Eclipse Stakes (2009)
International Stakes (2009)
Irish Champion Stakes (2009)
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2009)

Sea The Stars Sire of 51 Stakes performers, 19 Group winners, 11 Listed winners.


The 1st progency to win a race, was Stars Over The Sea, which on 7/5/13, won a maiden stakes contest over 7f at Ayr, a few months passed before Sea The Stars as a sire, could claim his 1st group winner, this came at the Curragh,  when on 29/9/13, My Titania won the CL Weld Park Group 3 stakes.
Sea The Stars had to wait till the following season to claim a GROUP 1 WINNER.
It finally came, in Longchamp, France, from Vazira,  in controversial circumstances as the original race winner was found to have a high level of testosterone,  due to a tumour. But the wait in the UK wasn’t long, as filly Taghoogha won the Oaks,  on 6/6/14 at Epsom.
This hailed the start of the GROUP winners for the Sea The Stars progency.
To date Sea The Stars has sired;
12 group 3 Winner’s
6 group 2 winners
5 group 1 winner’s
These include Harzand Double Derby winner ,  Taghoogha, Oaks winner . Sea the Moon, German Derby winner
& Stellar Mass,  the oldest of the progency to win a group race, aged 5.
Sea the stars,  certainly an offspring to follow in future years

Galileo and Sea The Stars are Quite similar in comparison regarding career races but Sea The Stars for us just shades it on class performance.We will explain in more detail why once we look at the performance of their offspring.

As you will all be aware Galileo is older than Sea The Stars so will have more offspring and a more commanding position, as he has been leading stallion in Europe since 2008. Sea The Stars offspring only started racing in 2013, so we will start from 2010 and compare details of win strike rate for each year to give a more level comparison.
 Galileo                               Sea The Stars
Offspring                           Offspring
Win %                                 Win %
2010  28%                                2010   0%
2011   32%                               2011    0%
2012  36%                                2012    0%
2013  40%                                2013   19%
2014  40%                                2014   36%
2015  34%                                2015   34%
2016  37%                                2016   45%
Galileo’s offspring have a commanding position up-to 2013, but Sea The stars has made a huge impact into that in the last 3 Seasons, now slightly ahead on win % but miles behind on prizemoney won, group 1 winners etc, although to produce a double Derby winner is exceptional as Sea The Stars is like Galileo his half brother a very classy animal. It’s only a matter of time before Galileo loses his grip on the racing market, as the offspring from Sea The Stars are already eating away at the figures and the prospect of adding Frankel Offspring into that next season makes an interesting few years ahead for the industry and the bloodline.
Written By Charlie Mcgreevy & Rich Williams.