Ialysos was bred by Greek department store tycoon Leonidas Marinopoulos and his wife, a daughter of Cambanis, at their Figaia Stud, and reportedly ran five furlongs in 0:54 seconds twice in Greece. He’s now trained in England by Luca Cumani, who also trains Group 1 winner Presvis for Marinopoulos, and Cumani’s wife Sara has called Ialysos a “Greek freak.”
The Marinopouloses reportedly have another “freak” back home in Lumos, a 3-year-old Gold Away colt who won his debut at Markopoulo May 11 by 10 lengths in 0:54.29 seconds for five furlongs, easily, according to a reader of this blog, Nicola Del Prete. Nic said Lumos ran the final quarter in 0:22.80 seconds.
Lumos was bred in France by Madame P. Morange and foaled in 2006 at Le Quesnay in France, where Gold Away stands. The mare and foal were sold later that year at the December Arqana breeding stock sale. Lumos was purchased by Stilvi Compania Financiera SA for 9,000 Euros. The Marinopouloses also breed under the name Stilvi Compania Financiera — once the breeding entity of Greek shipping tycoon Cambanis. Stilvi, a sprinting daughter of Derring-Do, was a 6,200 guineas yearling who won five of eight starts for Cambanis, including the Group 3 Duke of York and King George stakes. She was also second in the Group 1 Nunthorpe over five furlongs. At stud she produced 1980 Irish Derby winner Tyrnavos for Cambanis, as well as Group 1 Middle Park winner Tachypous and Group 1 Dewhust winner Tromos, among other high-class runners. Tachypous stood at stud in Greece at Cambanis’s Figaia Stud before his death.