Shuttle stallion Alfred Nobel, back in WA for his second stud season, received a significant boost in Ireland this year.
Alfred Nobel is owned jointly by Coolmore Stud, the world’s leading breeding and racing operation, and Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst’s Lynward Park Stud.
Cathal Murphy, from Coolmore’s County Tipperary base, said Alfred Nobel had covered 105 mares this year, which was more than in his initial season.
“He gets good looking foals,” said Murphy. “And though the market is tough over here once breeders heard about the quality of his youngsters, then saw them, they wanted to send a mare.”
More than 50 local breeders attended a parade at Lynward Park on Sunday to inspect Alfred Nobel and his stud mate, Balmont.
“Like the Irish we are extremely impressed with Alfred Nobel’s first foals,” said Lynward Park manager Troy van Heemst. “He is upgrading his mares.
“And that’s no real surprise because he is an eye-catching horse.”
Alfred Nobel’s pedigree has also received a fillip this year with close relation New Approach, the winner of five Group 1’s including the English Derby, becoming the leading first-season sire in Europe with three winners at Royal Ascot, and with another close relation, Was, winning the Group 1 English Oaks.
Alfred Nobel won both the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland where he was champion two-year-old.