Teo's Sister leaves Bolger elated after debut victory
TEO'S SISTER made a striking winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown last evening.
A full sister to 2006 champion two-year-old Teofilo, Jim Bolger's newcomer evoked memories of her esteemed sibling in what looked a good contest over seven furlongs.
Unraced as a juvenile and uneasy in the betting, the 9/4 chance broke away quickly under Kevin Manning.
Bolger's three-year-old was, however, slightly keen in the first few furlongs as her jockey assumed an early, if rather enforced, lead.
Although Shiramiyna, the 11/10 favourite, came from off the speed to launch a serious challenge, Teo's Sister stayed true and fast to score by a length and three-quarters.
Bolger said: "I never had one as unlucky as her. Small little things, never anything major, have held her back. She even had footballer-type problems, like hamstrings.
"She is a great model with good confirmation and temperament. We will try and find a few opportunities for her now to get some experience.
"I'd like to get a nice winners' race for her next and then move up in class, but I'd say she wouldn't mind a rapid move up. She will probably line up in the Matron Stakes (Leopardstown, September 3).
"The ground (good to firm) wasn't a problem for her. Kevin didn't mention it and her brother (Teofilo) handled it. I have never had as much interest in an unraced horse before."