johnny murtagh and rip van winkleJohnny Murtagh with Rip Van Winkle
(Daily Mail)

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle (2c Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) jumped to the front of the betting for next year’s G1 2000 Guineas after an impressive success in the G3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown last Thursday evening.

The juvenile is as short as 8/1 for classic glory next year after winning the seven-furlong event from the gutsy Galileo filly Cuis Ghaire (2f Galileo-Scribonia, by Danehill), who was carrying a penalty for a previous G3 success. She remains favourite for next year’s G1 1000 Guineas.

“We only went a slow pace and the ground was fast, but my horse quickened up well when I asked him and he felt like a Guineas horse,” said Rip Van Winkle’s rider Johnny Murtagh.

Aidan O’Brien told the Racing Post: “Rip Van Winkle is a lovely colt. We thought a lot of him going to the Curragh and he’s had a lovely education from Johnny tonight. We’re looking at sending him for the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh next month.”

Rip Van Winkle was bred by Roberto Brogi and bought as a yearling by John O’Byrne for 170,000 euros in Milan last September.

He is the third consecutive Galileo colt to win the Tyros Stakes following Teofilo in 2006 and New Approach last year. That pair both went on to be champion two-year-olds with New Approach winning this season’s G1 Derby at Epsom.

Amongst the Summerhill draft at this year’s Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run sale, on the first Sunday in November, will be three spectacularly bred Galileos. If only for it’s featuring the three Galileos, make a date now, because that’s a pretty unique feature.