Darley sire Teofilo moved off the mark with his first southern hemisphere winner in Hobart on Sunday.
Gee Gees Prairie (2f Teofilo – La Prairie by Bertolini) has been one of the busiest two year-olds in Australia this season and she broke through in the Ross Fouracre Hcp (1100m). It was her sixth start this season since an unplaced debut on November 4.
She settled fourth under apprentice Siggy Carr and did best in the Heavy 8 conditions to score by three-quarters of a length from Gee Gees Style (Wordsmith) and Ile Aux Cygnes (Statue Of Liberty).
Stablemates Pengalas Gee Gee (Atlantis Prince) and Gee Gee’s Lass (Atlantis Prince) then brought up a hat-trick for Carr, trainer John Luttrell and owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard.
Gee Gees Prairie was a $45,000 buy from Esker Lodge at the 2012 Inglis Premier Sale. She is from a half-sister to the dams of stakes winners Shelbourne Lass (Brocco) and Skoozi Please (Prince of Praise) and has a yearling brother by Teofilo and a weanling half-sister by Excellent Art.
Teofilo (Galileo) was an unbeaten winner of the G1 Dewhurst Stakes before retiring to Darley. He has sired 77 winners in two northern crops at a 50% strike-rate. There have been 13 stakes winners among that total including the G1 winners Parish Hall (2011 Dewhurst Stakes) and Loch Garman (2012 Criterium International).
Darley shuttled Teofilo to Australia for three years until 2011 and, overall, he covered 315 mares at a $22,000 fee. He was withdrawn from southern service before his first runners appeared down here.