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Lilbourne Lad - Naas 06/06/2011

Lilbourne Lad: the son of Acclamation won the Rochestown Stakes at Naas

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Teolane the first stakes-winner for Teofilo

TEOLANE confirmed the promise of her near six-length maiden win last time out with an all-the-way victory in the Listed Coolmore Stud European Breeders Fund Fillies Sprint Stakes for two-year-olds at Naas on Monday.

Teofilo and Jim Bolger

Teofilo and Jim Bolger

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In the process she becomes the first stakes winner for her first-season sire Teofilo. She evokes memories of the unbeaten juvenile, as she is also trained by Jim Bolger and carries Bolger's white and purple silks.

The manner of Teolane's victory was also Teofiloesque as she showed plenty of determination to grind out victory from the fast-finishing runner-up Princess Sinead after leading for most of the race.

Princess Sinead also carries the same colours of her first-season sire Jeremy, those of Betty Moran.

Teolane is the third winner bred by Bolger out of nine-time 1m-10f winner Masnada, a daughter of Erins Isle, a stallion Bolger once stood at his Redmonstown Stud in County Wexford.

Teolane is one of three winners sired so far by Teofilo, a son of Galileo who stands at Darley's Kildangan Stud in County Kildare at a fee of €15,000.

Earlier on the Naas card, Lilbourne Lad marked himself down as a likely leading player in the Royal Ascot two-year-old races with a devastating six-length victory in the Listed Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings.

Lilbourne Lad, trained by Richard Hannon for Andrew Russell, hails from the crop conceived in the year immediately after his sire Acclamation was crowned champion European first-season sire and was given a fee increase from €9,000 to €30,000.

Acclamation, whose first-crop son Dark Angel leads this year's freshman sires by number of winners, stands at Rathbarry Stud at a fee of €15,000.

Lilbourne Lad was bred by Swordlestown Little out of the winning Green Desert mare Sogno Verde, making him a half-brother to Bobbyscot, a 7f winner at two and runer-up in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes over 1m2f at three.

Sogno Verde is a half-sister to Pugin, a Listed winner over 1m2f and 1m6f, and Chartres, a Listed winner over 1m4f, out of Irish Oaks third Gothic Dream, herself a daughter of Irish St Leger winner Dark Lomond.

Lilbourne Lad was purchased by Epona Bloodstock from the consignment of Swordlestown Little at the 2009 Goffs Foal Sale for €75,000. Hannon's regular talent scout Peter Doyle picked him up for £80,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale.





Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882