Teofilo (horse)

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Teofilo
Sire Galileo
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
DamSpeirbhean
Damsire Danehill
Sex Stallion
Foaled2004
CountryIreland
Colour Bay
Breeder Jim Bolger
OwnerMrs J S Bolger & John Corcoran
Trainer Jim Bolger
Record5: 5-0-0
Earnings£349,516
Major wins
Tyros Stakes (2006)
Futurity Stakes (2006)
National Stakes (2006)
Dewhurst Stakes (2006)
Awards
European Champion Two-Year-Old (2006)
Last updated on June 21, 2007

Teofilo (foaled 2004) is a retired Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and active stallion. In a racing career that lasted only four months in 2006 he became the European Champion Two-Year-Old of 2006, and retired undefeated after five starts. He won two Group One races: the National Stakes in Ireland and the Dewhurst Stakes in England. He was made favourite for both the 2000 Guineas and The Derby but suffered a knee injury in April 2007 which ended his racing career. He is currently standing at stud in County Kildare.

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Background

Teofilo is a 16.2 hand, [1] dark bay horse bred and trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger and owned during his racing career by Jackie Bolger. Sired by the Derby winner Galileo and the second foal of the Danehill mare Speirbhean, [1] he was named after the Cuban Olympic boxer Teófilo Stevenson. [2] He was ridden in all his starts by Kevin Manning.

Racing career

2006: two-year-old season

Teofilo began his career with a neck win over the Aidan O'Brien trained Red Rock Canyon in a maiden race at the Curragh. [3] Two weeks later he was moved up to Group III class and won the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown, beating the English colt Middleham "comfortably". [4] Back at the Curragh, he was hard-pressed to record a narrow win the Group II Futurity Stakes, beating the future Group I winner Eagle Mountain by a head, with the rest of the field well beaten. [5]

In his next start, he was sent for one of Ireland's most prestigious juvenile races, the Group I National Stakes. In this race he was matched against the best of Aidan O'Brien's two-year-olds Holy Roman Emperor, the winner of the Railway and Phoenix Stakes. Teofilo raced prominently, took the lead two furlongs out, and stayed on to score an "impressive" [6] one and a quarter length win over the Ballydoyle colt, with the two finishing well clear. After the race Teofilo was the subject of the highest praise, being talked of as a potential Triple Crown winner [7] and being described by Bolger as the best horse he had ever trained, superior to his King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner St Jovite. [8]

On his final start of the year, Teofilo was sent to England to contest the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in which he again faced Holy Roman Emperor who had won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère since their last meeting. Teofilo started slowly, but was moved into the lead a furlong out. He was immediately challenged and headed by Holy Roman Emperor, but stayed on strongly to regain the lead near the line and win by a head. [9] Immediately after the race, Teofilo was favourite for the following season's 2000 Guineas and Derby at odds of 5-2 and 4-1 respectively. [10] Jim Bolger emphasised his opinion that whatever Teofilo had already achieved, he would be better as a three-year-old running over middle distances; "you won't see the true horse until he goes over a mile and a half". [11]

2007: three-year-old season

In April 2007, as Teofilo was being prepared for the 2000 Guineas when rumours began to circulate that "all was not well" [12] Jim Bolger responded by confirming that the colt had suffered a minor setback, but was still on target. [13] A week before the race, Teofilo was reported to be exercising impressively, reviving speculation about a Triple Crown challenge. [14] Four days later, however, Teofilo was withdrawn from the race after suffering a knee injury in training. [15] His connections kept him in training, with the hope of returning later in the season, but he never ran again, and his retirement was announced in August 2007. [16]

Race record

DateRaceDist (f)CourseClassPrize (£K)OddsRunnersPlacingMarginTimeJockeyTrainerCite
16 July 2006Jumeirah EBF Maiden7 Curragh Maiden88/1101Neck1:26.30 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger [17]
29 July 2006KRA Tyros Stakes 7 Leopardstown 3227/21111.751:30.00 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger [18]
26 August 2006 Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes 7 Curragh 2516/471Head1:22.60 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger [19]
17 September 2006 Laing O’Rourke National Stakes 7 Curragh 11242/1611.251:26.40 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger [20]
14 October 2006 Darley Dewhurst Stakes 7 Newmarket 114111/8151Head1:26.12 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger [21]

Assessment

Teofilo was the highest rated European two-year-old of 2006 with a rating of 123. At the launch of the ratings, he was described by the senior Irish Handicapper Gary O'Gorman as a "monster". [22] He was awarded the title of European Champion Two-Year-Old at the Cartier Racing Awards.

Stud career

Teofilo stands as a stallion for the Darley Stud. [2] He is based at the Kildangan Stud, Kildare for the first part of the year, [1] and has been "shuttled" to the Kelvinside Stud, NSW for the Southern Hemispehere breeding season. [23]

His first offspring appeared on the racecourse in 2011, and include the Tyros Stakes winning filly Remember Alexander. [24] In October Teofilo had his first Group One winner when Parish Hall emulated his sire by winning the Dewhurst Stakes for Jim Bolger. [25] Other Group race winners in Teofilo's first two crops include Light Heavy (Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial), Havana Gold (Somerville Tattersall Stakes) and Loch Garman (Critérium International). On 29 June Teofilo had his most important success as a stallion when Trading Leather won the Irish Derby. On the following day Havana Gold won the Prix Jean Prat. In September 2013, Teofilo's first-crop daughter Voleuse de Coeurs won the Irish St. Leger.

Subsequent major winners for the stallion have included three time Group 1 winner Happy Clapper (Epsom Handicap, Canterbury Stakes, Doncaster Handicap), Pleascach, Arod (Summer Mile Stakes), Royal Empire (Geoffrey Freer Stakes), Special Fighter (Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 3), Humidor (Australian Cup, Memsie Stakes), Cross Counter (Melbourne Cup) and Exultant (Hong Kong Vase).

Major winners

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

FoaledNameSexMajor wins
2009 Parish Hall c Dewhurst Stakes
2009 Voleuse de Coeurs f Irish St. Leger
2010 Happy Clapper g Epsom Handicap, Canterbury Stakes, Doncaster Handicap
2010Havana Goldc Prix Jean Prat
2010Quest For Moreg Prix du Cadran
2010Loch Garmanc Critérium International
2010 Trading Leather c Irish Derby
2011Kermadecc Doncaster Handicap, George Main Stakes
2011Special Fighterc Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 3
2012Humidorc Australian Cup, Makybe Diva Stakes, Memsie Stakes
2012Palentinoc Australian Guineas, Makybe Diva Stakes
2012 Pleascach f Irish 1,000 Guineas, Yorkshire Oaks
2013Ajman Princessf Prix Jean Romanet
2013 Twilight Payment g Melbourne Cup
2014Exultantg Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Gold Cup, Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (twice), Queen Elizabeth II Cup
2015 Cross Counter g Melbourne Cup
2016 Donjah f Preis von Europa
2017 Subjectivist c Prix Royal-Oak, Ascot Gold Cup
2017 Tawkeel f Prix Saint-Alary
2018 Gear Up c Criterium de Saint-Cloud

Pedigree

Pedigree of Teofilo (IRE), bay stallion, 2004 [26]
Sire
Galileo (IRE)
1998
Sadler's Wells (USA)
1981
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Special
Urban Sea (USA)
1989 
Miswaki Mr. Prospector
Hopespringeternal
AllegrettaLombard
Anatevka
Dam
Speirbhean (IRE)
1998
Danehill (USA)
1986 
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Razyana His Majesty
Spring Adieu
Saviour (USA)
1987
Majestic Light Majestic Prince
Irradiate
Victorian Queen Victoria Park
Willowfield (Family: 1-n)

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