Territorial, a son of Teofilo, became his sire’s first Graded winner in Japan when taking the G3 Kokura Daishoten on Sunday, 21 February. Winner of the Listed October Stakes last year, the Godolphin entire settled in third before ridden along at the three-furlong marker. Closing the gap set by the early leaders by the two-furlong pole, Territorial soon came under pressure from eventual second Boccherini but held on to win by a nose.
Bred by Darley, Territorial is the best performer from the unraced Street Cry mare Conservatoire. She is a half-sister to the G3 Prix du Lys winner Claremont and also the dam of New Approach’s G2 Prix de Malleret heroine Strathspey. They are out of the G1-winning Mezzo Soprano (Darshaan) from the extended family of G1 Japan Cup victor Cheval Grand and Champion Japanese mare Vivlos.
Teofilo enjoyed a fantastic 2020 producing no fewer than six G1 winners including Prix Royal-Oak hero Subjectivist, G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Gear Up alongside a second G1 Melbourne Cup winner with Twilight Payment. No fewer than 21 sons or daughters of Teofilo have now won at the highest level with over 10% of his runners Stakes winners.
He has already enjoyed success in 2021 with Glorious Dragon leading home a Teofilo 1-2 in the G3 Centenary Vase last month and Teofilo stands at Kildangan Stud again this season at a fee of €30,000 Oct 1, SLF.