Teofilo was an undefeated Group 1 star as a two-year-old and although he did not run again after that championship season, he differs from most of the increasing number of those tried only at two but then go to stud.
Whereas they are typically horses who were withdrawn from training at the end of their first season, he was one of the major classic market leaders at three, missed the campaign due to a setback and so covered his first book at Kildangan Stud at the age of four.
He has been a tremendous success in that role, he is 13 years old and his current tally of 68 stakes winners worldwide includes 13 who have won at least once at the highest level. The most recent addition to that baker's dozen was Ajman Princess, a Group 2-placed stakes winner who put up the performance of her career in the Group 1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.
This was a third win from 11 starts for the Roger Varian-trained four-year-old, with all of those victories coming this season. Last year she was still a maiden when chasing home Even Song in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot and, in 2017, she has been third to The Black Princess in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and to Bateel in the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes.
Ajman Princess is the fourth foal out of stakes-placed triple winner Reem Three (by Mark Of Esteem), she is a half-sister to three winners, and her dam is a half-sister to Afsare (by Dubawi), the Group 2 Celebration Mile scorer who was runner-up in both the Grade 1 Arlington Million and Group 1 Premio Presidente della Republica.
Jumaireyah (by Fairy King), dam of that smart pair, is out of the placed mare Donya (by Mill Reef) and that makes her a half-sister to a string of successful runners of whom Lost Soldier Three (by Barathea) is most notable. He won the Listed Silver Cup Handicap at York and his multiple blacktype placings include third in the Group 3 City of Gold Stakes at Nad Al Sheba.
Stakes-placed Altaweelah is a full-sister to Jumaireyah and, although she is the dam of just one winner from five foals, that sole scorer is Qasirah (by Machiavellian), the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes third whose string of winning progeny features the listed race scorers Toolain (by Diktat) and Tantshi (by Invincible Spirit).
Donya is also the grandam of the Group 3 Huxley Stakes winner Danadana (by Dubawi) – out of the lightly raced one-time winner Zeeba (by Barathea) – and, as one might expect of a daughter of Mill Reef (by Never Bend), she has some very notable immediate relations.
Her half-brother French Glory, among the early runners by the late, great Sadler's Wells (by Northern Dancer), won the Grade 1 Rothman's International Stakes at Woodbine and Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil at Maisons-Laffitte, and her dam is the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud heroine Dunette (by Hard To Beat).
Norland (by Gay Mecene), a half-sister to Dunette, was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary before becoming the dam of dual US Grade 2 scorer Ampulla (by Chief's Crown), while Godille (by Bolkonski) – another sibling of the classic star – is the grandam of two-mile South African Grade 1 winner Desert Links (by Kahal).
With a new Timeform rating of 119, Ajman Princess still has some way to go if she is to prove herself to be a top-class filly, although it is possible that she can improve again before the year is out.