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Galilee (horse)

Galilee, was a bay Thoroughbred gelding who was foaled in 1963 at Trelawney Stud, Cambridge, New Zealand. He later became one of the most successful racehorses in Australia.[1] Galilee was sired by the very good racehorse and sire, Alcimedes*, from the mare Galston by Balloch*.[1] He was purchased (and later trained) by champion trainer Bart Cummings for £3,780 in New Zealand.

Galilee was the first and is still the only horse to win the Caulfield, Melbourne and Sydney Cups in one season. Galilee was owned by an Adelaide builder, Max Bailey and his wife, who also raced Ziema, who ran second in the 1965 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Ridden by jockey J. J. Miller, in the Sydney Cup he carried 9 stone 7 pounds (60.5kg) to victory and won the race easily by six lengths, whilst in the Melbourne Cup he decisively defeated his stablemate Light Fingers, who had won the cup the previous year.

The champion racehorse also easily won such races as the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Toorak Handicap and the C.B. Fisher Plate, in which he defeated champion middle distance horse Tobin Bronze.

Bart Cummings has often referred to Galilee as the best horse he has trained and it was not until Saintly, who won the Cox Plate-Melbourne Cup double in 1996, came along were comparisons made.

Galilee was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.


Race Record

36 starts - 18 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds; 8 times unplaced.

Prizemoney - AUD$169,970[1]

Major Wins

Galilee won the following major races:

  • 1967 AJC Autumn Stakes


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6

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