Trade Fair’s stunning winning form continued with a long-priced double in England and Ireland on Friday. (October 5)
Harrogate Fair ploughed through heavy conditions at Yarmouth to win the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Nursery (five furlongs) by 3/4-length at 14/1 and Knights Templar handled soft going at Gowran Park to win the Kilkenny Handicap (one mile) by a neck at 12/1.
Harrogate Fair is from Starbeck, by Spectrum, a winner at six furlongs and second in the Listed October Stakes at Ascot. She comes from an undistinguished maternal line with no Black Type winners within the first three generations.
Knights Templar is from Step Aloft, by Shirley Heights, a winner at 1 1/4 miles and a half-sister to both Unknown Quantity, winner of the Group 1 Arlington Handicap, and Starlet, top mare on the 1990 English 4Y0-plus Free Handicap.
In further good news for Lynward Park Stud, the majority owner of Trade Fair, who stands at Alwyn Park, Serpentine, resident stallion Balmont also had a winner in Ireland on Friday.
Balmont Mast, the 7/4 favourite ridden by champion jockey Johnny Murtagh, sprinted clear after hitting the front with 150 yards to go to win the Crowne Plaza Handicap (six furlongs) at Dundalk by 2 1/2 lengths in a smart 1.10.31. He had finished second in his previous two starts at Dundalk and Tipperary.
Balmont Mast is from Corn Futures, by Nomination, a half-sister to Crazee Mental, runner-up in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and the dam of Premio Loco, the champion older miler in Germany in 2009.
. Former champion Australian sprinter Choisir, like Lynward’s Alfred Nobel a son of Danehill Dancer, had a brilliant weekend siring Olympic Glory (Group 1 Jean-Luc Lagardene in France) and Obviously (Group 2 Arroya Seco Mile won in 1.31.95 in the USA).