A trip to France paid off for Mark Johnston and his team when Gear Up (2 c ex Gearanai by Toccet) landed the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2000m) on Saturday and in the process handed Teofilo (Galileo) with his 19th top-flight winner.
Winner of the Acomb Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) on August 19, the two-year-old colt was last seen running fourth in the Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) on September 26 and he clearly appreciated the step up in trip when beating Botanik (Golden Horn) by a neck, while Makaloun (Bated Breath) was another length and three-quarters further back in third.
Purchased by his trainer for €52,000 2019 Goffs Ireland Orby Yearling Sale, the colt is out of unplaced mare Gearanai (Toccet), making him a brother Eyrefield Stakes (Gr 3, 1m1f) winner Guaranteed.
Gearanai herself is out of winning Seeking The Gold (Mr Prospector) Plaintiff - the dam of Grade 3 winner Plainswoman (Zenstational).
The colt’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Dispute (Danzig), who is herself the grandam of Listed-winning trio Can’t Be Wrong (Broken Vow), Mobil Solution (Mobil) and La Piba (Lookin At Lucky).
Further back this is the same family as Grade 2 winners West Coast Belle (Tapit) and Norimberga (Exchange Rate), Grade 3 scorer Maoineach (Congagee) and Listed winner Tiz Now Tiz Then (Tiznow).
Teofilo stood in Australia for six seasons and he now stands exclusively at Darley's Kildangan Stud base, where his fee in 2020 was advertised as €40,000. His Group 1-winning progeny includes Kermadec, who is himself the sire of dual Group 1 winner Montefilia.
Gear Up matte la France dans le Critérium de Saint-Cloud !— Equidia (@equidia) October 24, 2020
Gear Up (J. Doyle / M. Johnston) remporte le premier groupe I de sa carrière ! Il succède au palmarès à Mkfancy au palmarès de cette épreuve.