Lynward Park Stud has set the standard for the 2012 WA thoroughbred breeding season by reducing the service fee for Alfred Nobel, Trade Fair and Balmont.
Alfred Nobel, who shuttles between Lynward Park Stud and Coolmore Stud in Ireland, will stand for $7,150, including GST, a reduction of $1,100.
Trade Fair, standing at Alwyn Park, Serpentine, will also have his fee cut by $1,100 to $4,950, including GST. And Balmont, standing at Lynward Park Stud, has had his service fee reduced by $550 to $4,400, including GST.
The reduced fees will still be sold on a ‘Free Return’ basis.
“Our strategy has always been to stand high-class international winners with matching pedigrees at a fee which reflects local market conditions,” said Lynward Park Stud principal Ted van Heemst.
“The economy has gone sideways at best since the last stud season with only moderate growth. So we have responded by reducing all our stallions fees in a move that should help breeders through trying times.
“There can be no disputing Alfred Nobel, Trade Fair and Balmont all provide excellent value.”
Alfred Nobel was a brilliant two-year-old winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland.
He is by Danehill Dancer, the sire of 1,146 winners (65.2 per cent) and 133 Stakes winners (7.6 per cent).
Danehill Dancer’s sire sons include Choisir, winner of the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and Group 2 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Lightning Stakes, Group 2 Emirates Classic and Group 3 Skyline Stakes in Australia, where he was top colt on the 2001-02 Australasian 2Y0 Classification. Choisir is the sire of Starspangledbanner, winner of the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and Group 1 July Cup in England, Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and Oakleigh Plate in Australia and the champion European, English and Irish sprinter in 2010 and the champion Australian sprinter in 2009-10.
Alfred Nobel also descends from one of the world’s most accomplished maternal lines.
His second dam, Dazzling Park, was champion European 3Y0 filly in 1999 and his third dam, Park Express, was joint champion Irish 2Y0 filly in 1985, champion Irish 3Y0 filly in 1986, when she was also top filly on the English 3Y0 Free Handicap.
Alfred Nobel is closely related to New Approach, the champion European 2Y0 colt in 2007 and the champion European 3Y0 colt in 2008, when he was also judged the world’s best of his age.
New Approach’s eight wins include the Group 1 English Derby, Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Group 1 English Champion Stakes, Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes and Group 1 National Stakes.
His first northern hemisphere yearlings sold to $525,000 at a $234,000 average and his first southern hemisphere yearlings sold this year to $475,000 at a $123,000 average.
New Approach is fully booked this year with Darley Australia at $33,000. Alistair Pulford, Darley’s Australian Nominations Manager, rates New Approach: “A super sire in the making. He’s in the Nijinsky class.”
Alfred Nobel’s first Irish foals have been well received. Damian Burns, of Lodge Park Stud, described them as: “Really strong with plenty of scope and quality, marked very much like their sire.”
Coolmore has subsequently received a number of return bookings for Alfred Nobel. His first WA foals will be born in the coming months. Lynward Park Stud is confident of a similar result.
Trade Fair rates with the best performed sires in WA – and certainly provides the best value.
He has sired 95 individual winners (58.6 per cent) and his recent stars include Moonstone Magic, winner of the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes in England and Al Rep, who won the Group 3 Premio Parioli (Italian 2000 Guineas) and Listed Premio Doumier and, now racing as Packing Whiz in Hong Kong, has just won the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Cup.
John Berry wrote on the Thoroughbred Internet:
‘Last year Trade Fair came up with his first European Group winner when his second crop son Al Rep landed the Group 3 Premio Parioli (Italy’s version of the 2000 Guineas). Now, from his third crop, he has an English Classic contender in Moonstone Magic, who also boasts a pedigree in which ‘Black Type’ is scarce. Trade Fair is clearly capable of upgrading his mares – so England’s loss is Western Australia’s gain.’
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Trade Fair won the Group 3 Criterion Stakes in England, Group 3 Minstrel Stakes in Ireland and the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup and King Charles 11 Stakes in England. He was third in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
Trade Fair was subsequently judged second Top Miler on the 2003 International Classification.
His sire, Zafonic, won the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas, Group 1 Prix Morny, Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes and Group 1 Prix de la Salamandre. He was head of the 1992 European 2Y0 and 1993 European 3Y0 Classifications. Zafonic sired 356 winners (68.2 per cent) and 53 stakes winners (10.2 per cent).
Trade Fair’s dam, Danefair, by Danehill, the sire of 1,573 winners at 78.6 per cent and 344 Stakes winners at 17.2 per cent, was unbeaten in four French starts, including the Group 3 Prix Minerve, Listed Prix des Tuileries and Listed Prix Melisande. She traces directly to Cairn Rouge, winner of the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Group 1 English Champion Stakes.
Balmont won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes and Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes in England.
His sire, Stravinsky, the champion European sprinter of his era, won both the Group 1 July Cup and Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes in England and is the sire of 776 winners (71.3 per cent) and 68 Stakes winners (6.3 per cent).
Balmont is a half-brother to Eskendereya, winner of the Group 1 Wood Memorial (by 9 3/4 lengths) and Group 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes (by 8 1/2 lengths) in the US.
Eskendereya was an odds-on favourite for the Kentucky Derby but was injured on race eve. Steve Haskins wrote in the Daily Racing Form: “He towers above the others in dominance and speed figures.”
He served 137 mares in his first season at Taylor Made Farm, Kentucky, where he stands for $25,000.
Balmont’s first four dams are by siring greats Seattle Slew, Alydar, Northern Dancer and Ribot. He traces directly to the great foundation mare Almahmoud, ancestress of Northern Dancer, Danehill and Halo – this is the world’s best sire family.
Balmont sired eight winners from limited opportunities while shuttling to Ireland. He is now based permanently at Lynward Park Stud, his first WA crop started racing this year and include She’s Quality, a winner at her only two starts, and the city placegetters Balcodia, Korolenko and Park Lane.