Who will be the next Super Sire?

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT SUPER SIRE AND WHO HAVE CHALLENGED THE GREAT GALILEO?

 

Galileo has been champion sire 8 of the last 9 years, the one blip in 2009 when Danehill Dancer was leading sire that year surprisingly ahead of Cape Cross (sire of Sea The Stars) who was runner up.

Galileo still has a bit to go before he can topple his own sire Sadlers Wells who was champion sire 14 times and who is to say he won’t achieve that if not better it. He’s still going strong and he’s getting a book of the best mares Europe and the Rest of the World has to offer.

So, let’s look at where the challengers to take the crown of the great Galileo might come from and who will be possibly the future challengers in the coming years.

DUBAWI a son of the brilliant but ill-fated Dubai Millennium has been runner-up for three of the last four years and is a great sire in his own right but I don’t see him taking the title. He has some good progeny but just lacks that superstar although he’s bred some top horses like Postponed, Al Kazeem, Monterosso and Zarak who is now starting to live up to his breeding.

CAPE CROSS (died April 2017) another good sire but doesn’t have a great deal of top Group performers so highly unlikely plus we will be seeing his final crops in the next few years. It would be great if he could have another Sea The Stars or Golden Horn in his final crops.

MONTJEU (died March 2012) was an outstanding racehorse and brilliant sire of no less than 4 Epsom Derby winners and numerous Group winners across Europe. His progeny includes Pour Moi sire of this year’s Derby Winner Wings Of Eagles.

 

The Up and Coming Possible Challengers to Galileo

 

FRANKEL an obvious contender and a son of Galileo he is considered to be the greatest racehorse ever (maybe we can debate this later). His first crop as consisted of some top-class performers like Cracksman, Eminent, Queen Kindly and a Grade 1 winner in Japan in the filly Soul Stirring. So overall a good start to his stud career and I definitely see him as a challenger.

SEA THE STARS he is a half-brother to Galileo he has bred a Derby winner and an Oaks winner in his first couple of crops but overall a lot of his progeny need time and although I can see him breeding more Group 1 winners I don’t see him having enough top performers in his crops to take the Champion sire.

POUR MOI he looks the sort of sire who will have progeny who will contest middle distance races and further. Maybe he’ll sire a future Ascot Gold Cup winner but to have enough outstanding performer to challenge for top honours maybe not.

NATHANIEL from the same generation as Frankel and Pour Moi looks another who will just fall short of being champion sire but I can see him breeding lots of Group winners his flag bearer this year is Enable and I can see him becoming more fashionable in the coming years with breeders.

KINGMAN his first crop will be 2yo’s in 2018 and you might be surprised but I see him being the number one contender. He was a brilliant racehorse with an electric turn of foot and I can see his progeny being very versatile from sprint distances to middle distances and in his first crop he as half-brother to Frankel.

There are others I could mention but I would like to hear your thoughts.