As the decades roll by, breeding operations such as Darley, Coolmore and Juddmonte get better and better and their efforts are doing plenty to improve the sport.
Top miler Kingman excelled last season, his first as a sire, while the legacy of Sadler’s Wells as a producer of terrific middle-distance horses seemed to peak when he produced the awesome Galileo back in 1998.
Among many others, Galileo produced Frankel who went on to become the best horse most of us had ever seen and as if that wasn’t enough, Frankel then produced British Champion Cracksman among his progeny who is sure to go on to prove at stud just how good he is.
Now Galileo, the multiple champion sire, has been picked by the Niarchos family to be the first mate for their champion filly Alpha Centauri in what looks like a match made in heaven.
Foaled in 2015, Alpha Centauri was a fantastic filly last year as she slammed her Group 1 opposition at Ascot, Newmarket and Deauville under the care of Jessica Harrington before suffering a surprise defeat in the Matron Stakes, though it transpired she had injured herself and was subsequently retired.
She is expected to be a wonderful broodmare and in being covered by Galileo, fireworks are expected when her first foal is delivered in the next year or so.
The breeding season gets underway soon and, as HRI chief Brian Kavanagh has expressed this week, March 19th comes right in the middle of it so with the spectre of Brexit hanging over the industry it’s great to read some good news.
There’s more to come from the Frankels, Dubawis and Kingmans this season and that’ll be a joy to behold, but in two year’s time we’ll see a son or daughter of Alpha Centauri and the first progeny of Cracksman and Expert Eye, to name a couple.