Michelangelo is a full-brother to 12-furlong winner No Heretic, from the family of French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules, and was purchased for 550,000 guineas by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Bjorn Nielsen at the 2010 Tattersalls October Sale.
Unraced at two, Michelangelo was regarded highly enough by his trainer, John Gosden, to start his career in the Listed Newmarket Stakes over 10 furlongs in May 2012. The son of Galileo belied his inexperience and put in an eye-catching display under William Buick to finish third, beaten three-quarters of a length.
He soon got off the mark with a satisfactory half-length success in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 25 over slightly further before running out an impressive winner of a valuable 10-furlong sales race at Newmarket on June 30.
He was a beaten favourite when third behind Noble Mission and Encke in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood over a mile and a half on July 31. But that form looked much better six weeks later when Encke shocked Camelot to land the Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger and Michelangelo (who was much more at home on Doncaster’s flat surface than Goodwood’s undulations) took third.
He was sold to Australia to Gai Waterhouse’s stable but missed the whole of the 2013 season and is unlikely to run again.