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Galicia (GB)

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Sire Line

King Fergus



Bayardo, by Bay Ronald

Lemberg, by Cyllene

Picaroon, by Beppo






Galicia br f 1898 (Galopin - Isoletta, by Isonomy). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 10-a.

Bred and owned by Alfred William Cox (1898-1919), whose nom de course was "Mr Fairie," she was a half sister to Chère Reine (br f 1903 Florizel) who produced the Ascot Gold Cup winner Aleppo (b c 1909 Beppo), the Dewhurst Stakes winner Telephus (b c 1914 Spearmint) and the Goodwood Cup winner Queen's Square (b f 1915 Chaucer).

Her 3° dam, Lady Muncaster (ch f 1884), won 8 races, including the Gimcrack Stakes, and £3,586 before she was purchased by Cox in 1888. Her first living foal was Isoletta (b f 1891), who never ran, although she did not enter the stud until 5 years old. Another of Lady Muncaster's foals, Speedwell (b c 1892 Springfield), won the Middle Park Plate.

Isoletta foaled several winners, including Matoppo, Mahdi and Galicia, before joining the Tesio stud in Italy. For the latter she produced the Premio Regina Elena winner Angelica Kauffmann (b f 1906 Melanion).

Isoletta was bred to Galopin in 1897 only 2 years before he died, and of course Galicia arrived in 1898.

Galicia Galopin Vedette Voltigeur
Mrs. Ridgeway
Flying Duchess The Flying Dutchman
Isoletta Isonomy Sterling
Isola Bella
Lady Muncaster Muncaster
Blue Light
Galicia, although tried well as a youngster, was at best a fair racehorse. From 8 starts she managed only 1 win, the Biennial Stakes at Ascot Heath, although in her defense she had split a pastern a few weeks later and this appeared to undermine her subsequent career on the turf. Although not a favourite she was considered a valid choice for both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks Stakes. She broke down in her final race.

In 1900 she finished 3° for her first race, the Kempton Park Two Years Old Plate, won by the Woodcote Stakes winner Toddington (b c 1898 Melton) and Royal River (br c 1898 Prince Hampton). She then won the Ascot Biennial Stakes by half a length, beating Dark Duchess (br f 1898 St. Simon) and Tin Soldier (b g 1898 Burnaby). In her last race of the year she was among the field for the Sussex Stakes, won by Sang Bleu (b c 1898 Royal Hampton) and Sabrinetta (br f 1898 Kilwarlin).

In 1901 she was unplaced for the 1000 Guineas, won by Aïda (b f 1898 Galopin) and Fleur D'Eté (b f 1898 St. Florian). She was also unplaced for the Oaks, won by the American-bred Cap And Bells (br f 1898 Domino) and Sabrinetta. She was similarly unplaced for the Coronation Stakes at Ascot Heath, won by Bella Gallina (bbr f 1898 Gallinule) and  Fleur D'Eté. She was again among the field for Triennial Produce Stakes at Newmarket, won by the Sussex Stakes winner Energetic (b c 1898 Enthusiast) and O'Donoghue (ch c 1898 Donovan). In her final race she was 1 of 25 starters for the Derby Cup, won by the City And Suburban winner First Principal (b c 1897 Freemason) and the Kempton Park Queen's Prize winner Hulcot (ch c 1897 Crafton).

She went to the stud in 1902 and bred 8 living foals. Her first, Eastern (br c 1904 Eager), won 2 races having a value of £1697. He was sold at the December Sales in 1908 to Mr Dufour for 400 guineas and sent to Belgium. He eventually went on to Germany and got foals there, including a daughter Heimatliebe (b f 1924) who became the grandam of the Romanian-bred Premiul Dianei winner Hadina (b f 1949 Brancas).

Her second foal was Carpathian (br c 1905 Isinglass) who met with an accident as a yearling and never ran. He was exported to Sweden in 1919 where he became a highly successful stallion. Among his notable offspring were the 2000 Guineas winner Volga (b f 1922) and the Derby winners Tarzan (b c 1923) and Morgan (ch c 1924), the latter the winner of the Danish Derby as well.

Her outstanding sons were Bayardo (b c 1906 Bay Ronald) and Lemberg (b c 1907 Cyllene). Bayardo was bred by Alfred Cox. He won 22 of 25 starts, including the St Leger Stakes, Champion Stakes, Eclipse Stakes and the Ascot Gold Cup. He was Champion Sire in 1917 and 1918 and Champion Broodmare Sire in 1925. His offspring numbered among them Bayuda (b f 1916) who won the Oaks Stakes, Gay Crusader (b c 1914) who won the Triple Crown and Champion Sire Gainsborough (b c 1915) who also won the Triple Crown and got the celebrated Hyperion (ch c 1930). Bayardo died in 1917.

Lemberg was of course also bred and owned by Mr Alfred Cox. He won 16.5 of 24 starts, including the Derby Stakes, the St James's Palace Stakes and the Champion Stakes (twice). In the stud he sired Ellangowan (b c 1920) who won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, Pogrom (b f 1919) who won the Oaks Stakes, and Taj Mah (gr f 1926) who won the One Thousand Guineas Stakes. Lemberg was Champion Sire in 1922.

Silesia (b f 1909 Spearmint) foaled the Oaks Stakes winner My Dear (b f 1915 Beppo). My Dear was the dam of the Rous Memorial Stakes winner Caravel (b c 1921 Cicero). Silesia was also the dam of the Queen Anne Stakes winner Ciceronetta (b f 1916 Cicero) and she in turn foaled the Middle Park and Champion Stakes winner Picaroon (br c 1922 Beppo). As well Silesia was ancestress to the Japan Derby winners Hikaru Meiji (b c 1954 Bois Roussel) and Komatsu Hikari (b c 1956 Tosamidori).

Kwang-Su (b c 1913 Cicero) was perhaps a better racehorse than his wartime record of 7 starts with 1 win indicated. As a two year old he ran 3 times, his best finish a 3° for the Dewhurst Plate, won by Atheling (b c 1913 Desmond) and the future 1000 Guineas winner Canyon (b f 1913 Chaucer). As a three year old he finished 2° by three quarters of a length to Clarissimus (ch c 1913 Radium) for the 2000 Guineas and 2° by a neck to Fifinella (ch f 1913 Polymelus) for the Derby. He was also 3° for the Jockey Club Stakes won by Cannobie (br c 1913 Polymelus) before he went on to win the 1m Select Stakes at Newmarket by 5 lengths, beating the future City And Suburban winner Julian (b c 1913 Valens). In the stud he got the Great Metropolitan winner Kwannon (b f 1920), the Yorkshire Oaks winner Splendid Jay (br f 1920), and Henna Girl (b f 1923) the dam of the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Hocus Pocus (br c 1933 Mascot).

Galicia bred 4 winners with earnings of £89,734, which includes "place money," not normally calculated in England. This figure had never been equaled prior to this time, although Festa (br f 1893 St. Simon) came close with £84,500, including "place money," in Germany.

Galicia outlived her owner, who died in 1919, and she spent the remainder of her years with his brother, Algernon E Cox, at his property in Wales. She died in April of 1923 in her twenty-sixth year.
Produce Record
Year of Birth   Name, Sire Owner or Breeder
1903   barren to Eager Mr A W Cox
1904 br c Eastern, by Eager Mr A W Cox
1905 br c Carpathian, by Isinglass Mr A W Cox
1906 b  c Bayardo, by Bay Ronald Mr A W Cox
1907 b  c Lemberg, by Cyllene Mr A W Cox
1908   slipped twins to Isinglass Mr A W Cox
1909 b  f Silesia, by Spearmint Mr A W Cox
1910   barren to Missel Thrush Mr A W Cox
1911 b  f Zia, by Radium (twin), ch f dead Mr A W Cox
1912 b  c Radames, by Radium Mr A W Cox
1913 b  c Kwang-Su, by Cicero Mr A W Cox
1914-22   barren  
1923   mare died  
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