Sire of 11-time Gr.1 winner Enable and 2022 Classic Gr.1 Epsom Derby winner Desert Crown.

6 Gr.1 winners and 24 Gr.1/Gr.2 winners or performers.



Nathaniel (IRE)

2008 Galileo ex Magnificient Style

  • Colour
  • Height
    16.1½ hh (1.66m)
  • 2023 Fee
    £15,000 1st Oct SLF

Stud Record

Sire of 63 Stakes horses including:


1st Gr.1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot (2020)
1st Gr.1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot (2019)
1st Gr.1 Coral-Eclipse, Sandown Park
1st Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Turf, Churchill Downs
1st Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, ParisLongchamp
1st Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Chantilly
1st Gr.1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot (2017)
1st Gr.1 Darley Irish Oaks, Curragh
1st Gr.1 Investec Oaks, Epsom
1st Gr.1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, York (2019)
1st Gr.1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, York (2017)

Desert Crown

1st Gr.1 Classic Cazoo Derby, Epsom
1st Gr.2 Dante Stakes, York
2nd Gr.3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Sandown

Lady Bowthorpe

1st Gr.1 Nassau Stakes, Goodwood
1st Gr.2 Dahlia Stakes, Newmarket
1st Gr.3 Valiant Fillies’ Stakes, Ascot
2nd Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes, Newbury
2nd Gr.2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, Royal Ascot
3rd Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Ascot


1st Gr.1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, Woodbine
1st Gr.2 Dance Smartly Stakes, Woodbine
1st Gr.3 Long Island Stakes, Aqueduct (twice)
1st L Prix Madame Jean Couturie, Vichy
2nd Gr.2 Qatar Prix Niel, Longchamp
2nd Gr.2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette, Deauville
2nd Gr.2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes, Belmont Park

God Given

1st Gr.1 Premio Lydia Tesio, Rome
1st Gr.2 Park Hill Stakes, Doncaster
1st Gr.3 Pinnacle Stakes, Haydock
1st Gr.3 Prix Minerve, Deauville
1st L Aphrodite Stakes, Newmarket
2nd Gr.2 Lancashire Oaks, Haydock
3rd Gr.2 Prix de Pomone, Deauville


1st Gr.1 Prix de Diane, Chantilly

Dashing Willoughby

1st Gr.2 Queen’s Vase, Royal Ascot
1st Gr.3 Henry II Stakes, Sandown
1st L Buckhounds Stakes, Newmarket
3rd Gr.3 Chester Vase Stakes, Chester

Bubble Gift

1st Gr.2 Prix Niel, ParisLongchamp
1st Gr.2 Prix Hocquart, ParisLongchamp
2nd Gr.2 Prix Foy, ParisLongchamp
2nd Gr.2 Grand Prix de Chantilly, Chantilly
3rd Gr.1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud, Saint Cloud


1st Gr.2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil, ParisLongchamp
1st Gr.2 Lonsdale Cup Stakes, York
1st Gr.3 Henry II Stakes, Sandown Park
2nd Gr.3 Sagaro Stakes, Ascot
2nd L Further Flight Stakes, Nottingham


1st Gr.2 T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis, Baden-Baden
1st L Grosser Preis von Hannover, Hannover
1st L Stuten Steher Cup, Cologne
2nd Gr.1 Preis Von Europa, Cologne
3rd Gr.3 Grosser Preis von Lotto, Hamburg


1st Gr.3 Premio Carlo d’Alessio, Rome
1st L Premio Coppa D’Oro, Milan
1st L Premio U.N.I.R.E, Naples
1st L Premio Roma Vecchia, Rome
2nd Gr.2 Pr. Gran Premio Del Jocky Club, Milan
2nd L Premio Villa Borghese, Rome
3rd L Gran Premio D’Italia, Milan
3rd L Premio Merano, Milan


1st Gr.2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes, Goodwood
3rd Gr.2 Park Hill Stakes, Doncaster
3rd Gr.3 Pinnacle Stakes, Haydock

Precious Ramotswe

1st Gr.3 Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes, York
3rd Gr.2 Lancashire Oaks, Haydock


1st Gr.3 Nayef Stakes, Newmarket
2nd L Aphrodite Stakes, Newmarket


1st Gr.3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes, Newbury
2nd Gr.2 Queen’s Vase, Ascot


1st Gr.3 Prix Minerve, Deauville


1st Gr.3 Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes, Newcastle
1st L Lyric Fillies’ Stakes, York
3rd Gr.2 Middleton Fillies’ Stakes, York

Enjoy Vijay

2nd Gr.1 Deutsches Derby, Hamburg
2nd Gr.3 Bavarian Classic, Munich
3rd Gr.3 Grosser Preis Von Link in Krefeld Der Tolle + Fisher, Krefeld

Other Stakes Winners & Performers


SPIRIT RIDGE – Gr.3Wx2, LW, Gr.3Px4, LPx2











Floating Artist – Gr.1P, Gr.2P, Gr.3P, LP

Melodic Motion – Gr.2P, Gr.3P, LP

Back On Board – Gr.2P, LP

Falcon Wings – Gr.2P, LP

Perfect Prophet – Gr.2P

Gold Star – Gr.2P

Natural History – Gr.3P

Recovery Run – Gr.3P

Kastano – Gr.3Px3

Dina – Gr.3P, LPx2

Maraseem – Gr.3P

Understated – LP

Sumo Sam – LP

Irish Lullaby – LP

Tonka – LP

West End Charmer – LPx2

Sound of Cannons – LP

Nathan MNM – LPx2

Glencadam Glory – LP

Solvang – LP

Crystal Hope – LP

Romiyna – LP


CONCERTISTA – Gr.2Wx4, Gr.3W, Gr.1Px2

ZANAHIYR – Gr.2Wx2, Gr.3W, Gr.1Px7


KITTY’S LIGHT – Gr.3Wx2, Gr.2P, Gr.3Px4

Amschel – Gr.1Px2, Gr.2P

King Heart – Gr.2P

No Profit – Gr.2P

Severance – Gr.3P

Tuddenham Green – LP

Palace Boy – LP

Race Record

At 4:

Coral-Eclipse Gr.1, Sandown, 1m2f, by ½l on 4yo debut. Beating Gr.1 winners/performers Farhh, Cityscape, Crackerjack King, Monterosso, Twice Over, Bonfire, City Style and Sri Putra.


Irish Champion Stakes Gr.1, Leopardstown, 1m2f, to 7-time Gr.1 winner Snow Fairy by 1¼l.
Beating Gr.1 winners/performers St Nicholas Abbey, Born To Sea and Light Heavy. Breaking the track record for the Champion Stakes at Leopardstown making him the fastest ever colt to run in this race. The best horse at the weights.


King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Gr.1, Ascot, 1m4f, to Danedream by just a nose.
Beating Gr.1 winners/performers Deep Brillante, Dunaden, Masked Marvel, Reliable Man, St Nicholas Abbey, Brown Panther, Robin Hood and Sea Moon. The best horse at the weights.


QIPCO Champion Stakes Gr.1, 1m2f to Frankel

At 3:

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Gr.1, Ascot, 1m4f, by 2¾l. Beating Gr.1 winners/performers Debussy, Rewilding, St Nicholas Abbey and Workforce.


King Edward VII Stakes Gr.2, Royal Ascot, 1m4f, comfortably by 5l


St Helens Maiden, Haydock, 1m4f, comfortably by 9l


Chester Vase Gr.3, Chester, 1m4½f, by a head to multiple Gr.1 winner Treasure Beach

At 2:

EBF Maiden, Newmarket, 1m, to Frankel by ½l on debut, and 5l clear from the rest of the field including Gr.1 winner Colour Vision. No other horse has ever got closer to beating Frankel

World Champion – 3yo in 2011 (9.5f-10.5f)

Timeform Rating: 131

"Nathaniel was one of the very best colts I have trained. An incredibly tough, courageous and versatile horse, he always gave his all, from 10f to 12f on any ground."

John Gosden, trainer

Nathaniel wins the Gr.1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a 3yo

Nathaniel wins the Gr.1 Coral-Eclipse on his 4yo debut

"Nathaniel has proved most consistent at the highest level over the last 12 months or so, ….. a genuine colt, Nathaniel is right up there with the best around at present….."

Timeform, reference to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2012


Nathaniel (IRE)

(2008) A Bay Stallion

Galileo (IRE) Sadler's Wells (USA) Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Urban Sea (USA) Miswaki
Magnificient Style (USA) (1993) Silver Hawk (USA) Roberto
Gris Vitesse
Mia Karina (USA) Icecapade
Sire Line


Champion 3yo in Europe, winning the Gr.1 Epsom Derby, Irish Derby & King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.


Dam Line
1st Dam
1st Dam

MAGNIFICIENT STYLE (USA), won 2 races and £46,988 including Musidora Stakes,

York, Gr.3, placed third in Pretty Polly Stakes, Newmarket, L.;

dam of 11 winners including-

NATHANIEL (IRE), (c. by Galileo (IRE)), Champion 3yr old in Europe in 2011 (9.5-11f.), Top rated 3yr old

in England in 2011 (11-13f.), won 4 races, at 3 and 4 years, 2012 and £1,324,808, including Coral Eclipse

Stakes, Sandown, Gr.1, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1 and King Edward VII Stakes,

Royal Ascot, Gr.2 placed second 5 times including Irish Champion Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.1, King George VI

& Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, MBNA Chester Vase, Chester, Gr.3.

GREAT HEAVENS (GB), (f. by Galileo (IRE)), won 4 races at 3 years, 2012 and £260,974 including Darley Irish

Oaks, Curragh, Gr.1, Lancashire Oaks, Haydock, Gr.2, Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes, Newbury, L.; dam of winners, viz

       THUNDER DRUM (IRE), won 2 races at 3 years, 2021, in France and £63,905 including Prix de Royaumont, Chantilly, Gr.3.

PLAYFUL ACT (IRE) (f. by Sadler’s Wells (USA)), won 4 races at 2 and 3 years and £272,207 including Meon

Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile Stakes Ascot, Gr.1, Lancashire Oaks, Haydock Park, Gr.2, and May Hill

Stakes, Doncaster, Gr.2, second in Irish Oaks, Curragh, Gr.1; dam of winners, viz

GIANTS PLAY (USA), won 2 races at 3 and 4 years, 2011 and £99,505 including New York Stakes, Belmont

Park, Gr.2 and placed second inc Sheepshead Bay Stakes, Belmont  Park, Gr.2 and third in Orchid Stakes,

Gulfstream Park, Gr.3 and River Eden Stakes, Lingfield Park, L; dam of ISPOLINI (GB), 4 races inc Deutsches St Leger,

Dortmund and placed second bet365 Classic Trial, Sandown, Gr.3, 2018, and Playful Sound (GB), 4 races at 3

and 4 years, 2017, and £64,998 and placed once including third Lyric Fillies’ Stakes, York, L., and Vivionn (GB), 3 races and placed 6 times including second Park Hill Stakes, Doncaster, Gr.2, 2020.

ANJAZ (USA), won 4 races at 2, 3 and 5 years and £119,349, viz Orchid Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Gr.3,

placed 4 times viz second in Sheepshead Bay Stakes, Belmont Park, Gr.2.

TEARLESS (GB), won 3 races at 4 years and £34,891, viz Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes, Lingfield, L.

PERCUSSIONIST (IRE) (g. by Sadler’s Wells (USA)), won 3 races and £253,306 including Yorkshire Cup, York,

Gr.2 and Derby Trial, Lingfield Park, Gr.3, placed second in Yorkshire Cup, York, Gr.2, Weatherbys Bank

Doonside Cup, Ayr, L. and third in Prix Hubert de Chaudenay, Longchamp,Gr.2.

ECHOES IN ETERNITY (IRE) (f. by Spinning World (USA)), won 4 races at 2 to 4 years and £140,017 including

Park Hill Stakes, Doncaster, Gr.2 Sun Chariot Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.2 and John Musker Stakes, Yarmouth, L.,

third EBF Upavon Stakes, Salisbury, L.; dam of winners,

WHISPERING GALLERY (GB), won 7 races, 3 to 5 years, 2011 and £284,140 including Dubai Duty Free Gold

Cup, Meydan, Gr.3, August Stakes, Windsor, L. and placed second in Cumberland Lodge Stakes, Ascot, Gr.3,

Fred Archer Stakes, Newmarket, L.

Sound Reflection (USA), 3 races at 2 and 4 years, 2015 and £31,307, placed third in Pretty Polly Stakes,

Newmarket, L.

CHANGING SKIES (IRE) (f. by Sadler’s Wells (USA)), won 5 races at home and in U.S.A. from 3 to 6 years,

2011 and £267,647 viz The Very One Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Gr.3, La Prevoyante Handicap, Calder, Gr.3,

Signature Stallion Waya Stakes, Saratoga, L. and placed 10 times including second in Flower Bowl Invitational

Stakes, Belmont Park, Gr.1, New York Stakes, Belmont Park, Gr.2, Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes, Keeneland,

Gr.3, Prix de Psyche, Deauville, Gr.3, Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes, Keeneland, Gr.3, third Weatherbys Bank

Cheshire Oaks, Chester L. and Prix Charles Laffitte, Chantilly, L.; dam of winners.

STYLELISTICK (USA) (f. by Storm Cat (USA)), won 4 races at 2 and 3 years in U.S.A. and £158,602 including

Appalachian Stakes, Keeneland, L. and Green River Stakes, Keeneland, L., third in Regret Stakes, Churchill

Downs, Gr.3; dam of winners.

PETARA BAY (IRE) (c. by Peintre Celebre (USA)), won 3 races at 2, 3 and 7 years, 2011 and £95,493 including

Feilden Stakes, Newmarket, L., and placed second March Stakes, Goodwood, L. and placed third Princess of

Wales Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.2, Aston Park Stakes, Newbury, L.

2nd Dam
2nd Dam

MIA KARINA (USA), won 1 race in France;

dam of 6 winners including –

SIBERIAN SUMMER (USA) (c. by Siberian Express (USA)), won 6 races in U.S.A. and £501,615 including

Charles H Strub Stakes, Santa Anita, Gr.1, placed second in Volante Handicap, Santa Anita, Gr.3, Bay

Meadows Derby, Bay Meadows, Gr.3 and El Cajon Stakes, Del Mar, L.R.; sire.

3rd Dam
3rd Dam

BASIN (USA), ran in U.S.A.;

dam of 8 winners including –

COPPERHEAD (USA), won 2 races in U.S.A.; dam of winners.

SILVER ENDING (USA), won Pegasus Handicap, Meadowlands, Gr.1 and placed third in Hollwood Futurity,

Hollywood Park, Gr.1; sire.

Pedigree notes

Nathaniel Pedigree Notes 2020

Nathaniel hails from one of Europe’s finest female families. His dam Magnificent Style was a producer of eight individual stakes winners, six at Group or Graded stakes level which includes a hat-trick of G1 winners. There are two main elements of his female line that are playing a dominant role in his leading progeny. Magnificent Style is by the Hail to Reason line stallion Silver Hawk and Nathaniel’s third dam is by the Ribot line stallion Tom Rolfe. There are a considerable portion of his leading progeny that carry additional strains of Hail to Reason (4 of his 10 GSW) and/or Ribot line (8 of his 10 GSW) stallions. Although there are very few mares left in the population from the Ribot sire-line, Nathaniel has sired LW Palombe from a mare by Boreal (Ribot-line). Names to look out for further back in pedigrees include AllegedTom RolfeHoist The FlagHis MajestyGraustarkChieftain (half-brother to Tom Rolfe) etc. A son of Galileo has sired G1W Quadrilateral from a mare by Mizzen Mast (dam-sire by Graustark) so he may be another option to try with Nathaniel.

Machiavellian (dam is by Halo; 2nd dam is by Hoist the Flag) looks a key stallion for Nathaniel and mirrors the most influential elements of his female line. Nathaniel has sired a Listed winner from a mare by Machiavellian (only runner). Machiavellian also features as the 2nd dam-sire of a pair of Group Stakes winning fillies by Nathaniel. Nathaniel has sired Deutsches Derby runner-up Enjoy Vijay (G1P) from a mare by Machiavellian’s son Medicean. Mares by Street Cry might be worth experimenting with Nathaniel. Nathaniel has sired a stakes winner from a mare by Shamardal (who is out of a mare by Machiavellian). Shamardal’s son Lope De Vega (inbred to Machiavellian) in theory could be a good option. There are two successful examples of inbreeding to Roberto within Nathaniel’s leading progeny. G3W Highgarden and the stakes winner Ronald R, both have second dams by sons of Roberto from only six runners with inbreeding in these positions. Nathaniel has sired the useful Glencadam Glory from a mare by Orpen (dam by Halo stallion Devil’s Bag and a three parts sister to the dam of Machiavellian). Nathaniel has also sired the smart G2P Melodic Motion with a 2nd dam by Devil’s Bag).

Nathaniel has sired G1W God Given from a mare by Kingmambo’s son Dubai Destination (dam by Alleged), while he has also sired G3W Chasedown (2nd dam is by Law Society who is a son of Alleged) from a mare by Whipper (by Miesque’s Son – full brother to Kingmambo). Mares by Lemon Drop Kid might be worth trying. Nathaniel has sired the Group Stakes placed Falcon Wings from a mare by Elusive Quality from a small number of runners. Mares by Elusive Quality’s son Raven’s Pass may also be worth trying, as might mares by Distorted Humor (contains Tom Rolfe and Hail to Reason). There are now at least four sons of Galileo that have sired Group Stakes winners from mares by Dubawi. Nathaniel who has sired G2W Amorella and the useful stakes horse Nate the Great from mares by Dubawi from only five runners. Suitable mares by Dubawi could be a significant combination for Nathaniel going forward.

Unsurprisingly the Danehill branch of Danzig has been one of the most tried lines with Nathaniel. Nathaniel has sired a trio of stakes winners from mares by Danehill (G3W Precious Ramotswe – 2nd dam by Machiavellian, LW Steel Prince – 2nd dam by Caerleon, LW Mutamakina – 2nd dam by Sadler’s Wells) at a strike rate of 18%. Nathaniel has also sired G1 winner Channel (1st dam by Dansili; also inbred to Sadler’s Wells), G2W Dashing Willoughby (1st dam by Dylan Thomas; also inbred to Sadler’s Wells), G3W Tamniah (Rock of Gibraltar; 2nd dam by Machiavellian). The only successful example so far from a mare by a Green Desert line stallion is G3W Highgarden (also inbred to Roberto) who was from a mare by Green Desert.

Hernando (dam-sire by Tom Rolfe) looks a very promising broodmare sire for Nathaniel. He has sired G2W Pilaster and Italian Derby runner up (G2P) Back on Board from mares by Hernando from only two runners bred on the cross. Caerleon (carries Hail to Reason) also looks a significant influence for Nathaniel beyond the first generation. Nathaniel has already sired two stakes winners plus G2P Back on Board with Caerleon as the 2nd dam-sire.

Shirley Heights features as an important component in some of the leading progeny of Nathaniel. Nathaniel has sired G1W Enable and G2W Pilaster with 2nd dams by Shirley Heights and G1W Channel and G3W Chasedown with 3rd dams by Shirley Heights.

Nathaniel has a good strike rate with Blushing Groom line mares which includes LW Natavia (Arazi) and LW Face the Facts (Nashwan).

Inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells is becoming more apparent in the leading progeny of Nathaniel and if done with consideration, can deliver significant results. Champion and ten time G1 winner Enable is 3 X 2 (1st dam is by Sadler’s Wells), G1 Prix de Diane winner Channel is 3 X 4 (2nd dam is by Barathea), G1P Enjoy Vivay (2nd dam is by Barathea), G2W Dashing Willoughby is 3 X 5 (2nd dam by Diktat whose dam is by Sadler’s Wells), G3W Chasedown is 3 X 4 (1st dam by Whipper whose dam is by Sadler’s Wells), LW Mutamakina is 3 X 3 (2nd dam by Sadler’s Wells), etc.

Galileo has enjoyed phenomenal success with mares by Pivotal (12 stakes winners from 29 runners) and Nathaniel has made a steady start with the same sire having produced a couple of stakes horses including the promising two-year-old Sound of Cannons. Nathaniel has also sired the stakes winner Ronald R (Wolfhound) and the talented G2P Melodic Motion (Spinning World) from Nureyev line mares.

By Gary Hadden, Bloodstock Consultant – November 2020