8 2020 2 Year Olds Under The Spotlight
By Paul Rhodes For Rhodes Reports December 14th

Imagine
Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - American Pharoah x Imagine 
Gender - Colt
D.O.B - 11/02/2018
Spotlight - The 12th foal out of the Epsom Oaks & Irish 1000 Guineas winner of 2001. Imagine is a Daughter of Sadler's Wells her Damsire is Master Derby winner of the 1975 Preakness Stakes. This is her first foal by USA Triple Crown winner American Pharoah it looks on paper a fascinating partnership and this 2 year old should be one to watch. 
Best Siblings
Horatio Nelson - Group 1 Winner
Red Rock Canyon - Group 1 Placed
Viscount Nelson - Group 2 Winner
Kitty Matcham - Group 2 Winner
Point Piper - Group 3 Winner

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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x La Traviata
Gender - Colt
D.O.B - 20/02/18
Spotlight - La Traviata is a Group 3 winning daughter of Johannesburg who himself won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Dirt in 2001. Her Damsire Unbridled won the Breeders' Cup Classic & Kentucky Derby in 1990. This is her 9th foal & this partnership has already produced a multiple Group 1 winner and this 2 year old colt should be one to watch. 
Best Siblings
Seventh Heaven - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Crusade - Group 1 Winner
Cristoforo Colombo - G2 placed
Coat of Arms - G2 placed
Sir Henry Raeburn - Winner


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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x Laddies Poker Two
Gender - Colt
D.O.B - 06/05/18
Spotlight - This is the 6th foal out of Laddies Poker Two who won the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2010 and is a daughter of Australian sprint sire Choisir who famously won the Kings Stand & Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot 2003. This partnership has already produced a multiple classic winner and some smart types. This colt could be worth keeping a serious eye on.   
Best Siblings 
Winter - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Frosty - Winner
Snowflakes - Winner
Facts And Figures - Winner
Lovelier - Unplaced

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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x Absolutelyfabulous
Gender - Colt
D.O.B -
Spotlight - This is the 7th foal out of Absolutelyfabulous who is the Black type winning daughter of Group 1 winning sprinter Mozart. This partnership has already produced a Breeders' Cup champion and multiple Group 1 winner one to keep in the notebook
Best Siblings
Magician - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Apple Betty - Group 3 Winner
Outstanding - Black Type Winner
Wonderful - Winner
Absolute Galileo - Unplaced 


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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - American Pharoah x Cherry Hinton
Gender - Filly
D.O.B - 30/01/18
Spotlight - Cherry Hinton is a half Sister to Galileo & Sea The Stars and is out of supermare Urban Sea. Her Sire Green Desert won the July Cup in 1986.This also looks a fascinating partnership with American Pharoah making such a solid start to his stud career this filly has a very good chance of being of Group race quality at the very least.   
Best Siblings
Athena - Group 1 Winner
Bracelet - Group 1 Winner
Goddess - Group 3 Winner
Wading - Group 2 Winner
Simply A Star - Black Type Winner


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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x You'resothrilling 
Gender - Filly
D.O.B - 04/02/18
Spotlight - The Galileo/Stormcat cross has already proven to be gold. This is the 7th foal out of You'resothrilling and she has been nothing short of sensational producing 3 Group 1 winners and 5 individual Group winner in total. The 3 year old full brother to this filly Vatican City also looks to have a bright future. Odds are good that this filly will be Group class at the minimum. 
Best Siblings
Happily - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Gleneagles - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Marvellous - Group 1 Winner 
Taj Mahal - Group 2 Winner
Coolmore - Group 3 Winner


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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x Beauty Is Truth 
Gender - Filly
D.O.B - 22/04/18
Spotlight - One of the best broodmares of the modern era. Beauty Is Truth is a Group 2 winning Daughter of  Pivotal. The Galileo/Pivotal Cross has already produced the likes of Rhododendron & Magical added to that the 3 Group 1 winners that Beauty Is Truth has herself produced listed below it really is a proven cross. This filly has a very good chance of following in her full sisters footsteps by winning at the highest level.  
Best Siblings
Hermosa - Multiple Group 1 Winner
Hydrangea - Multiple Group 1 Winner
The United States - Group 1 Winner 
Fire Lily - Group 3 Winner
Buonarroti - Winner


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Name - Currently Unamed
Pedigree - Galileo x Butterfly Cove
Gender - Filly
D.O.B - 07/03/18
Spotlight - Butterfly Cove is another Daughter of Stormcat this is her 12th foal. The Galileo/Stormcat cross has already produced a whole host of Group 1 winners including Churchill, Marvellous, Gleneagles, Decorated Knight, Clemmie, & Happily also the 2 listed below that Butterfly Cove has herself produced. Could this filly be added to that list in the future.  
Best Siblings
Misty For Me - Multiple Group 1 Winner 
Ballydoyle - Group 1 Winner 
Twirl - Black Type Winner
Alexanor - Winner
Pedasus - Placed 










Coolmore have 2 first season sires that will represent them in 2020

THE GURKHA


Multiple Group 1 winning miler by Galileo

The Gurkha will have 105 European Bred 2 year olds to represent him in 2020. 51 of these were sold at the sales in 2019 averaging at over £52,000 per yearling. His best seller was a Colt out of Larceny Which makes him a half brother to Lancashire Oaks Group 2 & Prix Allez France Group 3 winner The Black Princess. This 2YO was purchased at Arqana for €525 000 By M.V.Magnier. 

Other sales of note include a colt out of Red Blossom who was sold to the China Horse Club for €300,000 at Goffs. He is a half brother to listed winner Thanksfortellingme. Another was the 3rd foal out of Group 3 winner Euphrasia who was Purchased by M.V.Magnier for €260,000 at Goffs. Also a filly out of black type winner Pearl Grey this 2 year old is a half sister to Royal County Down and was purchased by Horse France for €250 000 at Arqana.

A colt out of Gone West mare Kastania who was purchased by SackvilleDonald for £180,000 GNS at Tatts. This 2 year old is a half brother to listed placed Katasena.
A colt out of Street Cry mate Don't Cry For Me who was purchased by Suzanne Roberts £125,000 GNS at Tatts. This 2 year old is a half brother to black type winner Let's Get Loud. 

Verdict - It's incredible to think what this horse went through as a juvenile for him to go on and become a multiple group one winner really was an amazing achievement. His victory in the French Guineas was mesmerizing the way he bullied his rivals into submission was some sight. He has a healthy number of 2 year olds to go to war for him next year & lets hope he can follow in the footsteps of another son of Galileo (Ruler Of The World) who produced a first crop group 1 winner. 


PRIDE OF DUBAI


A dual Group 1 winning 2-year-old in Australia

Pride of Dubai will have 109 European Bred 2 year olds to represent him in 2020 several of which went through the sales ring including a Colt out of group 3 winner Freefourracing. This 2 year old is a half brother to listed winners Speedway & Ready Racer & was sold for €220 000 at Goffs making him the most valuable northern hemisphere Pride of Dubai offspring sold at the sales in 2019. 

Other sales of note include A filly out of Proud Citizen mare Unnatural. This 2 year old was purchased by Joe Foley £115,000 GNS at Tatts and is a half sister to race winner Grandscape. A colt out of Montjeu mare Mondelice purchased by Rabbah Bloodstock £110,000 GNS at Tatts this is the dams first foal. A colt out of Refuse To Bend race winning mare Michael's Song who was sold to JC Bloodstock for £82,000 GNS at Tatts and is a half brother to race placed 2YO Album. 

A filly out of race winning daughter of Arcano Lamyaa this is her 2nd foal & was purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock for €95,000 at Goffs. Also a filly out of Oasis Dream mare Camille's Secret who was purchased by Dermot Farrington for €42 000 at Arqana making this filly a half sister to black type winners Il Segreto & Dani Wallon. 

Verdict - Pride of Dubai has already produced a listed winner in Australia in the form of Tanker who is part of his first southern hemisphere crop and its very early days for him there. I'm looking forward to seeing how his progeny perform over here he was a very speedy juvenile so could well end up producing some nice early precocious types. I was surprised with the number of runners he will have to represent him and he could be a real dark horse in the first season sires championship. 



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