Galilee Champion Racehorse


Galilee Was Purchased From New Zealand At A Cost Of AU £3780

Galilee’s roots can be traced to New Zealand where he was brought up as a Thoroughbred. He was foaled in 1963 and his sire was Alcimedes while the dam was Galston.

He was bred by Trelawney Stud, trained by Bart Cummings and owned by Mr and Mrs. M.L Bailey.

Galilee Champion Racehorse

Galilee holds the record of having been the only horse in history to have won the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Sydney cup in a single season.

New Zealand Bred 1963

He was brought in from New Zealand at a cost of AU £ 3780.

Prior to purchasing Galilee, Mrs Venice Bailey had participated in the 1965 Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup held the same year and finished second on both occasions while racing Ziema.

Galilee famously defeated his stable mate Light Fingers in the Melbourne Cup and won the Sydney Cup while carrying 9 stones weighing 60 kilograms in total.

He also defeated renowned middle distance king Tobin Bronze in the C.B Fisher Plate. Moreover, he won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Toorak Handicap.

The period of 1966-67 was a memorable one for Galilee. In 1966, he was in great form and he proved his great quality when he won four major races. These were the C.B Fisher Plate, the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Toorak Handicap, which contributed significantly to his total career haul of a $ 169, 970 in earnings.

Galilee Wins 4 Major's

In 1967, he had 4 major wins which included the Sydney Cup, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, AJC Autumn Stakes and the VRC Queens Stakes. However, the following year was not as great as he only had two major wins in Turnbull Stakes and the Memsie Stakes.

Of worthy mention was the rivalry between Galilee and the legendary Tobin Bronze with whom they conquered the Australian horse racing scene in the 60s.

It will also be remembered that he famously defeated wfa champion Tobin Bronze on the final day of the spring festival by winning the C.B Fisher Plate.

Sydney Cup Big Win - Big Margin

His win in the 1967 Sydney Cup by a whole 6 lengths is widely considered among the best ever performance by an Australian horse. Legendary trainer Bart Cummings is on record for having stated that Galilee was the best horse he ever trained because “he could handle all tracks, wet and dry”.

Galilee 36 Starts For 18 Wins

At the end of his career, Galilee had managed 36 starts out of which he had 18 wins, 6 seconds and 4 third place finishes.

However, he was forced to retire in 1969 due to injury and was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in the year 2005.