Alfred Nobel Filly Stars
Alfred Nobel filly Honeysuckle Lil continued her impressive form by winning the Waltham- On-The Wolds Handicap (six furlongs) at Leicester in England yesterday. (June 18)
Honeysuckle Lil, a 3/1 chance, led throughout under jockey Rachel Richardson to easily beat Fever Few (8/1) by 2 1/2 lengths. The 15/8 favourite Lead A Merry Dance was a further neck away third.
She had won the Michael Padley Memorial (six furlongs) at Ripon at her previous start.
Honeysuckle Lil is trained at Habton Grange, North Yorkshire, by Tim Easterby, son of the legendary Peter Easterby, the only English trainer to prepare more than 1000 winners on both the flat and over jumps.
‘She’s a filly on the upgrade,” wrote Easterby on his stable website.
Alfred Nobel, standing the coming season at Lynward Park Stud, Bullsbrook, for $4,950, including GST, has 17 individual winners and 16 individual place getters from his first two northern hemisphere crops and initial southern hemisphere crop.
With just six runners he is currently the leading WA first season sire and is fourth on the Australian first season sires list behind Hinchinbrook, who stands for $16,500 and has had 20 runners, the ill-fated Beneteau, who has had 22 runners, and Star Witness, who stands for $22,000 and has had 28 runners.