Bart Cummings rates Galilee as the best horse he trained. "Galilee could handle all tracks, wet or dry. He not only won the three big Cups (Melbourne, Caulfield, Sydney) but also the Toorak Handicap in the one season".


TRAINER: Bart Cummings, Len Smith

OWNERS: Mr and Mrs M.L. Bailey

RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 36 starts: 18 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds/$169,970

Major Wins 

  • Melbourne Cup
  • Caulfield Cup
  • Sydney Cup
  • Toorak Handicap
  • AJC Autumn Stakes
  • VRC Queen's Plate
  • C.B. Fisher Plate


Under the guidance of young trainer Bart Cummings, Galilee showed his potential by winning seven of his eleven starts as a three-year-old in South Australia. As a four-year-old in 1966 Galilee proved his champion qualities. After a second in the Epsom Handicap, he won the Toorak Handicap and Caulfield Cup, followed by a magnificent victory in the Melbourne Cup easing down by two lengths. On the final day he completed a triumphant spring carnival by defeating weight-for-age champion, Tobin Bronze, in the C.B. Fisher Plate.

In the autumn of 1967 Galilee won the Queen's Plate and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Melbourne, and the AJC Autumn Stakes and the Sydney Cup. Starting a 6-4 on favourite and carrying 9st 7lbs (60.5kg), he won the Sydney Cup by six lengths in what was considered one of the finest staying performances ever seen in Australia.

Injury forced Galilee's retirement in 1969.

Galilee was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.