• Remembering racing figures who died this week
Galileo, 23 Bloodstock legend
Ireland: Galileo, who has died at the age of 23, was a brilliant racehorse before becoming the most influential sire of the modern era.
A son of a fellow Coolmore bloodstock legend in Sadler’s Wells out of the Arc-winning mare Urban Sea, Galileo went on to surpass his celebrated father in the breeding shed, where his progeny include no fewer than 92 individual G1 winners across the globe headed by Frankel, widely considered the greatest racehorse of all time.
Representing Aidan O’Brien, Galileo was the trainer’s first Derby winner when he scored in 2001 under Mick Kinane. He went on to extend his unbeaten record to six at The Curragh and then a memorable King George victory over arch-rival Fantastic Light before that horse lowered his colours in another fierce contest for the Irish Champion Stakes.
Galileo went on to become a world-leading stallion, his fee long since been advertised as “private” – it could have been anything in excess of £300,000. As well as Frankel, himself now a massively successful sire, Galileo has been responsible for an array of superstars, among them the likes of Nathaniel, Waldgeist, Found, Love, Magical, Highland Reel and Minding.
In a statement, Coolmore owner John Magnier said Galileo was put to sleep “on humane grounds owing to a chronic, non-responsive, debilitating injury to the left-fore foot”.
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Harvey Pack, 94 Pioneering New York broadcaster
USA: Harvey Pack, who died from cancer on Tuesday [July 6] aged 94, was a pioneering racing broadcaster and one of the most recognisable figures in the New York racing community.
Famed for his dry sense of humour and curmudgeonly outlook, Pack was a favourite on-air personality among New York horseplayers for three decades from the mid-1970s, enlivening radio and TV broadcasts as “the voice of the common fan”, according to NYRA, where he create and hosted a series of race-replay shows.
“Harvey Pack was an authentic voice and an innovator who turned a lifelong passion into a career and became one of our sport’s greatest advocates and ambassadors, all in his unique, ‘only in New York’ way,” said NYRA president Dave O’Rourke.
Maldivian, 18 Cox Plate among three G1 wins
Australia: Maldivian, who died aged 18 on July 2, numbered the 2008 Cox Plate among three G1 successes. Trained by Mark Kavanagh, the popular gelding won nine of his 30 career starts, amassing more than A$2.8m (about £1.52m) in prize-money.
The son of champion sire Zabeel spent his later years looking after yearlings and weanlings as a paddock nanny at Victoria’s Cityview Farm.
Paris Lane, 30 Caulfield Cup winner
Australia: Paris Lane, who has died aged 30 at the Living Legends equine retirement facility, won the 1994 Caulfield Cup under Damien Oliver for trainer Lee Freedman.
The son of Persian Heights won seven of his 28 starts, also numbering the G1 Mackinnon Stakes among his successes. He was second to Jeune in the 1994 Melbourne Cup.