FLAG OF HONOUR (16hh, 2015 Galileo ex Hawala, by Warning)
2020 Stud Fee: £4,500 (Live Foal Terms)
Galileo continues to grow in stature as a sire of sires in the National Hunt sphere.
His son Soldier Of Fortune is one of the busiest stallions in Ireland and has justified that popularity by supplying the likes of Early Doors, Mega Fortune and Slowmotion, while Mahler is responsible for smart jumpers such as Chris’s Dream, Ms Parfois and Ornua.
Moreover, Nathaniel is the source of Concertista, the most convincing winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020, and Triumph Hurdle scorer Burning Victory.
Flag Of Honour, another top-class son of the perennial champion sire, was therefore a welcome addition to the ranks of jumps stallions in Britain when he joined the National Stud in 2020. Especially so, as he boasts a brilliant pedigree and watertight race record to go with his outstanding sire-line.
Bred by the eminent nursery Barronstown Stud, he is a half-brother to stakes winners Air Chief Marshal, Misu Bond and Slip Dance as well as Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo. Considering his dual-purpose role at the National Stud, it is also notable that he hails from the family of Cheltenham Gold Cup laureate Sizing John.
Flag Of Honour was sent out by Aidan O’Brien to win five races, including four at Group level at two and three. His finest hour came with victory in the Irish St Leger, achieved by a wide margin from Irish Derby winner Latrobe, and he confirmed his class and versatility with a brave second to Magical dropped down in trip for the Tattersalls Gold Cup in the following season at four.
The arrival of Flag Of Honour’s first foals will be keenly anticipated in 2021. If they take after their father in looks, they will be good-looking and athletic with plenty of quality about them.
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