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Death of Famous Irish Stallion Galtee More

The equestrian world mourns the loss of Galtee More, a renowned Irish stallion whose illustrious career has left an indelible mark on the annals of horse racing history. The demise of this celebrated horse was announced following a tragic accident as he was being prepared to embark on his stud duties.

Galtee More, bred by the late Mr John Gubbins in Bruree, County Limerick, was named after a prominent peak in the Galtee Mountains. Born of the bay stallion Kendal and the mare Morganette, Galtee More was trained by Sam Darling and embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of horse racing.

His impressive career commenced with victories in prestigious races such as the Hurstbourne Stakes at Stockbridge and the Morecambe Stakes at Goodwood. Galtee More’s prowess further shone as he triumphed in the Boulogne Plate at Doncaster and the Middle Park Plate amidst challenging conditions at Newmarket.

Galtee More etched his name in the annals of sporting history by clinching victory in the Two Thousand Guineas, defeating formidable opponents including Velásquez. He continued his winning streak by securing the Epsom Derby, adorned in the vibrant hues of Mr Gubbins’ violet, crimson buttons, and cap.

Basking in the glory of a triumphant season, Galtee More achieved the rare feat of capturing the Triple Crown, emerging victorious in the St. Leger Stakes along with triumphs in the Newmarket Stakes and the Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot.

Despite his numerous successes, it was perhaps Galtee More’s performance in the Cambridgeshire later on that truly showcased his mettle. Despite finishing fifth, his remarkable display left spectators in awe, with jockey Jack Watts attesting to the horse’s extraordinary abilities.

Galtee More’s legacy transcended national borders as he was eventually acquired by Russian interests for the staggering sum of £22,500. In Russia, he proved to be a prolific sire, with one of his notable progeny being Irish Lad, the champion two-year-old in 1900.

Subsequently, Galtee More found himself in Germany after being sold to the German Government for £14,000, where he continued to enhance his reputation as a distinguished sire. His offspring amassed impressive earnings, with notable winners such as Megguroo and Blairfinda contributing to his legacy.

Galtee More’s remarkable contributions to the world of horse racing are undeniable, leaving an enduring imprint on the sport and securing his place as one of the most revered stallions of his time.

Dublin Daily Express – Saturday 17 February 1917

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