Group 1 double for Teofilo

Havana Gold completed a Group 1 double for Teofilo in the Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Darley shuttler had sired Trading Leather to a G1 victory in the Irish Derby (2400m) on Saturday.

Havana Gold (3c Teofilo – Jessica’s Dream by Desert Style) was bred by Sir Eric Parker and sold for 80,000gns at the 2011 Tattersalls October yearling sale.  He has now won 5 from 10 starts for Qatar Racing and his best result before Sunday had been a G3 victory in the Somerville Stakes at Newmarket last September.

Trainer Richard Hannon said all options are open with the Teofilo colt.  “He deserved that win and will have a break now.  I think he will get 2000 metres but he’s done nothing wrong at a mile.”

Master trainer Jim Bolger prepared Teofilo’s first Group 1 winner on the weekend when Trading Leather prevailed in the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Trading Leather (3c Teofilo – Night Visit by Sinndar) has won 4 of his 8 starts commencing with a Gowran Park maiden last September.  He doubled up in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket the following month before a winter spell.

Bolger brought him back for placings in the G2 Dante Stakes and G1 Irish 2000 Guineas in May prior to a three-length Listed victory in the Silver Stakes at the Curragh on June 9.

“It’s a wonderful day and a great achievement,” commented Bolger who bred the winner, his sire and dam.  “This is the best – I haven’t had anything like this.  Last week at Ascot would have come close, for obvious reasons, but this is the best.”

Bolger was referring to the heroics of stable star Dawn Approach in the G1 St James’ Palace Stakes.

“Trading Leather was a bit rusty in the Dante and we had to run him in the Guineas.  He didn’t get to show up until the Silver Stakes.  I was very happy from flag-fall today – he just had to bide his time.”

Teofilo’s first Australian-bred crop has produced 3 juvenile winners from 10 starters.  He will stand this coming season for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee at Darley Kelvinside.