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Sparkman: Strong results continue for Galileo

Courtesy of Coolmore Farm
Galileo has sired 229 stakes winners to date and has dominated the European classics.

Since he has led the combined English/Irish sire list for seven of the last eight years, it is never a surprise when the great Galileo dominates European classics, but he found a new way to do it at Newmarket's Guineas meeting last weekend. It was rather surprising that not a single son of Galileo lined up among the 13 starters for the 2000 Guineas on Saturday (there were two paternal grandsons who finished second and eighth), but Galileo still found a way to dominate.

Paco Boy class of Moulin field

A field of six goes to post for Sunday’s Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, and an intriguing clash looks assured for what is always a high-quality race.

English raider Paco Boy will undoubtedly benefit from the absence of Makfi and Goldikova, who finished ahead of him at Deauville last month, but the 5-year-old Paco Boy will still have plenty on his plate with a strong challenge from the 3-year-olds in the field.

Makfi takes advantage of soft ground to upset Goldikova

Makfi wins the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

Makfi handed Goldikova a shocking defeat at Deauville on Sunday as he beat the two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner by 2 1/2 lengths in the Group 1, $769,000 Prix Jacques Le Marois.

Goldikova led approaching the three-sixteenths pole in the straight mile but couldn’t resist the late charge of Makfi. Paco Boy led briefly at the eighth-pole, but Goldikova got back up for second by a neck. The winning time was 1:39.40, compared to the 1:33.50 recorded by Goldikova when winning last year’s renewal by sixlengths on good ground.

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