Balmont two-year-old Park Lane showed he should not take long to open his winning account with an impressive display at the Belmont Park barrier trials on Monday (May 7).
Park Lane drew away to win a 400m heat by 2 1/4-lengths in 23.52sec.
At his only race start, Park Lane was a four-length second to crack filly Miss Solis in the Westspeed 2Y0 Plate (1000m) last October 8.
Miss Solis went on to win another three times, including the Listed 1100m Supremacy Stakes, and was second in the Listed 1100m Gimcrack Stakes and third in the Group 2 1200m Karrakatta Plate.
Park Lane was initially prepared by Frank Maynard jun. With Maynard’s decision to resume his training career in Malaysia, Park Lane was transferred to Jim Taylor.
He’s certainly bred for early success.
Balmont was England’s pre-eminent juvenile of his year taking the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes and the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes. Park Lane’s dam, Kirov Ballet, by Dauberval, won twice as a two-year-old for Maynard and was an unlucky third in the Gimcrack Stakes.
Kirov Ballet’s dam, Cornerstone, by The Fort, won four times in her juvenile season. And Cornerstone’s grand-dam Effrontery, by Atilla, was a half-sister to Delicious, who won six times as a two-year-old , including the PARC Sires Produce Stakes, VRC Mimosa Stakes and VATC Mona Nursery.
But it’s not a total early maturing family.
Effrontery was also a half-sister to Fast Finesse, the dam of Ace Queen, winner of the SA Oaks and WATC Tattersall’s Cup. Ace Queen was also the dam of Unconquered (five wins, 1200m-2700m, SAJC St Leger and Port Adelaide Guineas); Without Peer six wins, 1400m-2250m, SAJC New Year’s Gift) and to Temptress (who won over 1200m and 2000m and took the SAJC Hill-Smith Stakes).