Teofilo, a first-season son of Galileo, was represented by his first Group 1 winner today when 2-year-old colt Parish Hall won the Dubai Dewhurst at Newmarket for breeder/trainer Jim Bolger and his mother, owner Jackie Bolger. The same combination (plus owner John Corcoran) was responsible for Teofilo, who’d won the Group 1 Dewhurst and the Group 1 National Stakes on his way to an undefeated five-for-five season and the European juvenile championship of 2006. Teofilo didn’t race at 3 and now stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland, and he’s had three first-crop stakes winners to date and has a promising future ahead.
On pedigree, Teofilo was unique at the time because he was by Galieo from a mare by Danehill, crossing the blood of two iconic Coolmore sires (and here I mean Sadler’s Wells, sire of Galileo, with Danehill). Since, this nick has been responsible for many outstanding Group 1 winners, including a number of 2011 classic winners headed by the undefeated Frankel.
Now Teofilo’s Group-1 winning son Parish Hall—also his first winner—has a unique pedigree as well, as he’s closely inbred 3×3 to Sadler’s Wells through the latter’s two iconic Coolmore sons Galileo and Montjeu. This is the first case of a stakes winner inbred to Sadler’s Wells through these two powerhouse classic getters, but it’s interesting to note that aside from this there’s nothing at all impressive in the pedigree of Parish Hall through a conventional reading of his first four dams. The dam, the 7-year-old Montjeu mare Halla Siamsa, was a winner at 3. Her dam, the Quest for Fame mare Siamsa, won two races at 3 and produced five foals but only two winners—none of stakes class. The third dam, the Northfields mare Amoura, unplaced racing in North America, produced five winners from eight foals but no stakes horses. One of her daughters, however, is responsible for the Holy Roman Emperor 2-year-old filly An Ghalanta, a stakes winner this year. The fourth dam, the French-bred Labus mare Visala, was imported to the US and bred one stakes winner, Holwah, by Hostage. In recap, the first four dams combined have produced two stakes winners, but until Parish Hall today that total was one Listed winner in the US.
Beyond the fourth dam—and a clue is that she’s by Labus—this family traces back to the storied Frizette family that breeder Marcel Boussac developed and refined over a lifetime, and Parish Hall’s 11th dam is Frizette. The fourth dam’s sire, Labus, a stakes-placed horse, was one of Boussac’s last stallions during the crumbling era of his breeding empire and was actually given away by the Aga Khan after the latter had acquired Boussac’s stock upon his death. Ironically, after that the Labus filly Akiyda won the Arc for the Aga in 1982, and she also traces to Frizette along the same lines as Parish Hall, through Tourzima/Djezima/Heldifann/Banshee/Frizette.
Labus, by Busted, is himself from this family, branching from Durban, Banshee’s daughter.
Boussac was renowned for close inbreeding and for breeding for type, and Bolger himself is not afraid to inbreed closely.