Alfred Nobel Foal Tops Irish Sale
By Karl Patterson
A first crop colt by Lynward Park shuttler Alfred Nobel topped Day 2 trade at the Goffs Foal Sale in Ireland on Tuesday. (November 20)
His colt from Cafe Creme (Catrail) was offered by Herbertstown House Stud and made 65,000 euros to the bid of Camas Park. The session-topper’s dam is from an unraced half-sister to G1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun (Zieten).
Cafe Creme has already foaled winners by Verglas and Bertolini. Her current yearling is a filly by Haatef.
The colt was the first born by Alfred Nobel when he arrived at Lodge Park Stud in Co. Kilkenny on January 20. “He’s a really good strong colt with plenty of scope and quality,” Lodge Park’s Damian Burns said shortly after the birth. “We are delighted with him and we bred not only Alfred Nobel and Cafe Creme but also both their dams and grand-dams.”
Alfred Nobel is owned jointly by Coolmore Stud and Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst. A son of Danehill Dancer, he was a G1 winner of the 2009 Phoenix Stakes emulating his own sire who won the same race in 1995.
Alfred Nobel covered an initial book of 105 mares at Coolmore’s Irish headquarters in 2011. “He gets good looking foals,” Coolmore’s Cathal Murphy said. “Once breeders heard about the quality of his youngsters, then saw them, they wanted to send a mare.”
His pedigree has also received a fillip this year with close relation New Approach siring three stakes winners at Royal Ascot. Another member of his immediate family – Was – won the G1 English Oaks.
Alfred Nobel (Ire) is currently standing his second season at Lynward Park in Western Australia at $7,150 (inc gst) service fee.
Currency converter: 1,000 euros – AUD 1,231