Teofilo - Still Most Successful Galileo’s Son at Stud

He was the first stakes winner from the connection between Galileo and a Danehill’s daughter and his achievements significantly contributed to win for this nick the position of the currently most successful nick of European breeding. The unbeaten champion two-year-old who had to end his racing career prematurely and never raced after his triumph in the Dewhurst Stakes, however he remains more than the pioneer of an excellent nick. He is a successful sire.

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The best proof of this was last Sunday and the meeting at the Curragh, where the winner of the Gladness Stakes, Flight Risk, finished second in the Gr.3 Renaissance Stakes, but – above all – two of Teofilo’s progeny became new stakes winners – in a rather interesting fashion. The two-year-old Eziyra, the daughter of Eytarna, half-sister of the Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate from a staying family, won the Gr.3 C L Weld Park Stakes, and the three-year-old Twilight Payment, the son of the miler Dream On Buddy, the daughter of the sprinter Oasis Dream, won the two-mile Loughbrown Stakes (L).

Thanks to this couple the number of Teofilo's stakes winners rose to fifty-nine of just six crops of foals of racing age, including this year’s two-year-olds. Nearly sixty black-type winners represent six per cent of all his progeny of racing age and 9.3 per cent of all runners and it comes as no surprise that his fee at Kildangan Stud was in the last three seasons 50,000 euros.

Teofilo made his name with the very first crop. His twelve first crop stakes winners included the winner of the Dewhurst Stakes Parish Hall, the first of ten Gr.1 winners produced by Teofilo so far. Parish Hall was a Gr.1 winner at two but if someone expected Teofilo to become the serial producer of leading two-year-old, they were wrong. Besides Parish Hall, only Loch Garman won a Gr.1 race at two, when he won, on heavy ground, the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on November 1. Thirteen of his progeny won a stakes race at two.

Distance-wise Teofilo’s progeny is similar to the progeny of his sire Galileo. The average winning distance of Teofilo’s progeny is 9.8 furlongs, which is just a little shorter than 10.6 furlongs for Galileo’s progeny. Most of his stakes winners are successful on distances from eight to twelve furlongs and only two of his three-year-old plus progeny won a stakes race over six furlongs; even over seven furlongs his successful progeny include mainly two-year-olds. The influence of his damsire, sprinter Danehill, is thus not prominent. Looking further into the family we will find out that Teofilo’s dam won the 1,000 Guineas trial over eight furlongs, but the granddam Saviour, by Majestic Light, performed best over distances from nine to eleven furlongs.  

In the second crop he had sixteen stakes winners, headed by the Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and Teofilo’s first Australian Gr.1 winner, gelding Sonntag, winner of the Queensland Derby. The 2013 season was of key importance for Teofilo, as besided Trading Leather another Irish classic triumph was achieved by the four-year-old Voleuse de Coeurs, winner of the Irish Saint Leger. The very next season the demand for Teofilo’s yearlings grew massively and they sold in 2014 for 119,000 guineas on average, which was much more than in previous years.

Next year he had again twelve stakes winners, including his chief earner, the New Zealand foaled Kermadec, the two-time Gr.1 winner, successful in the AUD three million Doncaster Handicap. Besides him, a Gr.1 race was won by Special Fighter, successful in the Al Maktoum Challenge at Dubai (R3).

The fourth crop, which included eleven stakes winners, brought the first classic female winner, the winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas Pleascach, and the winner of the Australian Guineas, Palentino. This year’s three-year-olds by Teofilo include seven stakes winners, among whom the most successful is Sanus Per Aquam, a stakes winner at two. Sunday winner Eziyra is the first black-type winner of the last crop on the racecourse.

This year is another milestone for Teofilo. His first grandsons and granddaughters are offered in the sales ring. These are sons of the Prix Jean Prat winner Havana Gold, presented as the fastest and most precocious son of Teofilo and they do not fare badly so far. In the 2014 stud season the demand for Teofilo grew and he covered 152 mares in Ireland, despite the raised fee from 35,000 to 50,000. These yearlings are offered on yearling sales and only Book 1 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will offer twelve of them next week. It is to be seen what demand there is for them.

Miloslav Vlček

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