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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Goldikova to return to Galileo in 2018

Same mating has already produced Group winner Terrakova

Goldikova: 14-time Group 1 winner will be received by Galileo in 2018
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Goldikova - whose glittering racing career included 14 Group /Grade 1 wins - is set to visit Galileo for the fourth time, Pierre-Yves Bureau, bloodstock representative of the Wertheimer brothers, has told Jour de Galop. 

A previous mating between the superstar pair resulted in Group 3 winner and French Oaks-placed Terrakova, who also ran in the famous blue and white Wertheimer silks. 

Trained by Freddy Head and ridden on all 27 of her starts by Olivier Peslier, Goldikova was champion female in Europe in 2010 and is the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Mile three times.

Goldikova has also produced a yearling filly named Goldika by the Wertheimers' Prix du Jockey Club winner Intello, and a filly foal sister to Terrakova named Alikova.

Coolmore's perennial champion sire Galileo has supplied 70 Group/Grade 1 winners to date including Winter, who struck four times at the highest level in Europe this year.

Terrakova, meanwhile, is set for a liaison with Lope De Vega, while Goldikova's first foal, the four-year-old Galileo colt Goldikovic, has been exported to Brazil in preparation for a stallion career in South America.

Galikova, the Group 1-winning half-sister to Goldikova by Galileo, is heading to War Front for a liaison that will produce a foal bred on the same cross as this year's multiple Group 1 winners US Navy Flag and Roly Poly.

Gold Luck, the Redoute's Choice half-sister to Goldikova and Galikova who won the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux this year, is to be retired and covered by Dark Angel.

High-class half-sisters Queen's Jewel and Royalmania will be covered by top international sires Galileo and Deep Impact. 

Queen's Jewel's mating is timely, to say the least, as she is by Pivotal and Galileo over Pivotal was responsible for this year's Group 1 winners Hydrangea and Rhododendron, while Galileo's son Frankel supplied champion-elect Cracksman when sent a Pivotal mare.

Further homebred Group 1 winners for the Wertheimer brothers, Left Hand and Plumania, will visit Frankel and Dubawi respectively.


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Goldikova was European Horse of the Year in 2010 and is the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Mile three times
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