"Teofilo Now Firm Favourite" - April 2007 - The Daily Telegraph - UK Read Full Article
J McGrath talked to Jim Bolger in today's Telegraph about Teofilo, the 5-2 favorite for the Stan James 2,000 Guineas and how the colt has recovered by intensive hydrotherapy in his ECB Equine Spa.
Teofilo resurfaced in front of a packed press gallery on Jim Bolger's gallops in County Carlow yesterday - and this exciting colt ticked all the boxes. His price for the Stan James 2,000 Guineas has fluctuated wildly over the past week, but yesterday firmed generally to 5-2 favourite with most layers, though he remained 11-4 with the race sponsor. The colt looked strong and well as he trotted on the grass gallop as a preliminary to strong cantering tomorrow. Bolger, who remains confident his colt will be meeting his Newmarket engagement on May 5, could not easily identify the colt's injury, which came to light eight days ago. "We're not 100 per cent certain, but as far as we can see, it's an over-extension injury - the soreness seemed to be the back of his knee on his off-fore," Bolger explained. "The soreness was relieved after a couple of days in the spa and at that stage he'd been trotting sound and he has since."
Teofilo, unbeaten in five starts, is Bolger's stable star and there is no hiding his admiration for the colt, who could prove to be the best he has trained since Irish Derby winner St Jovite. Bolger reiterated plans for an attempt at the three-year-old Triple Crown, which takes in the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger. He also announced the colt would retire at the end of his three-year-old campaign to a stud in Ireland. Bolger said: "As you saw this morning he's back trotting, having had his swim earlier, and he seems to be in very good form," said the trainer. "I'm totally satisfied, and I was totally satisfied before we had the hiccup, that he's fit and ready to go. I wouldn't have thought being off regular exercise for a week is a problem. He's taken to the swimming very, very well." Teofilo's stablemate Finsceal Beo has, by contrast, enjoyed a trouble-free build-up to the Stan James 1,000 Guineas, for which she is 2-1 favourite. She looked in great shape when taken for a strong canter yesterday.
Bolger said he felt the dangers to his filly in the Guineas would be trained in Ireland, as well: Miss Beatrix and Arch Swing. Teofilo and Finsceal Beo already have a date to meet in the covering shed when their respective careers come to an end. The mating will take place early next year. At Punchestown today, the Noel Chance-trained River City, third in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, is the sole British representative in the Kerrygold Champion Chase.