Bargain-priced Alfred Nobel filly, Miss Ellmya, was extremely brave winning the Rick Hart Life Member Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Wednesday. (May 8)
Having just her second start, Miss Ellmya raced wide without cover before gaining a head victory in 59.67sec.
Miss Ellmya, from Movie Queen, by Bletchley Park, is prepared by the leading trainer Adam Durrant for owner Rob Gulberti.
“We saw her at Dawson Stud before the sales,” said Gulberti. “She walked into the barn with a big swagger and we kept our eye on her.
“There was only one other bidder and we got her for $6,000.
“The first-up run was a learning curve. She hasn’t put a foot wrong. She’s a little trier with above average ability.”
Apprentice Brodie Kirby described Miss Ellmya as “a little gun,”
“It was a shame she got caught wide,” said Kirby. “But the stable was confident and she found when I asked for an effort.”
Miss Ellmya showed, once again, that it doesn’t take big money to secure a nice winning racehorse.
So it was another successful weekend for Lynward Park Stud’s Alfred Nobel.
6Y0 mare Uptown Funk, wide from the 800m, won the Albany Stockfeeds Handicap (1200m) at Mt Barker on Saturday for trainer Jonathon Jachmann and jockey Julien Kokotajlo to being up her fifth career success.
Then 2Y0 Semigel, jumping from the outside at his third start, raced wide throughout winning the TABtouch Better Your Club Maiden (1200m) at Pinjarra on Sunday for the long-standing successful combination of trainer Lou Luciani and jockey Jason Whiting.
Alfred Nobel, winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland, has sired 18 individual winners this season including Fontainebleau (Listed Starstruck Classic) and Prim And Proper (Listed Supremacy Stakes).
Alfred Nobel filly Prim And Proper gained a brilliant win in the $100,000 Listed 1000m Supremacy Stakes at Ascot on Saturday (March 9).
Prim and Proper was ridden by Jason Whiting for trainer, part-owner and breeder Lou Luciani.
She sat one-one and finished with the race best 34.70sec. final 600m to score by a half-head from the favourite, Rio Del Mar (by Magnus), with 1 1/2len. to third-placed Beethoven (by Helmet), despite laying-in up the straight.
The win showed that although having raced five times for two wins Prim And Proper should continue to improve with further race experience.
She’s currently on TABtouch’s fifth line of betting for the $500,000 Group 2 1200m Karrakatta Plate at Ascot on April 6.
“We thought she would go very close,” said Whiting. “She was very good first-up when a short half-head second to Niccovi, just knocking-up over the last little bit.
“She covered them quite easy today but put the cue back in the rack a bit late. Somewhere down the line blinkers might do her the world of good.
“At the moment she’s stopping and waiting for them.”
Said Luciani: She’s a tough little bugger doing us proud. She’s as game as Ned Kelly.”
The emergence of Prim and Proper into one of WA’s best juveniles should come as no surprise. Alfred Nobel was Ireland’s champion 2Y0 in 2009 when he won both the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes.
Alfred Nobel 4Y0 Dynamite Bay, having his first start, gave a brave performance to win the Allflex maiden (1230m) at Albany on Thursday. (March 7)
Starting the favourite at $3.20, Dynamite Bay worked to lead under 58kg, kicked 2len. clear into the straight and did well to hold on and score by a long neck in 1.17.15 (soft6) – the track was then down-graded to soft7.
Dynamite Bay’s dam, I Say Sasso, by Due Sasso, won over 1100m at Northam in 22 starts and is a half-sister to Our Grey Halo.
Our Grey Halo, trained by Geoff and Adam, Durrant, won seven times, from 1400m to 2400m, and was second to Empire Dancer in the 2005 Listed 2200m Belmont Clasic and third to Black Tom in the Listed 2200m Tattersall’s Cup in the same year.
Alfred Nobel has sired 88 individual winners.
Alfred Nobel’s Fontainebleau gave a superb front-running exhibition to win the Western Racepix Handicap (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The quality mare, drawn wide at a difficult start, worked over to run the first 1200m in a relaxed 1.14.75 under the accomplished Glenn Smith then lifted the tempo and dashed clear for a determined length win in 1.50.54.
Fontainebleau has now won five times from 1300m to 2000m headed by the Listed Belmont Oaks and Listed Starstruck Classic. She has also finished second in the Group 3 La Trice Classic-twice, Listed Starstruck Classic and Listed Jungle Dawn Classic and has also finished third in the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic and fourth in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas.
“She got to the front nicely,” said Smith. “Last time we led early but was crossed and the speed was backed-off which did not suit her. So today I controlled the pace, then got them off the bit chasing and she was very strong.”
Trainer Lindsey Smith said Fontainebleau would now be prepared for the Listed 1800m Detonator Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, February 23.
“She’s going to make a great broodmare prospect,” said Smith. “She’s got a lot of Black Type about her.”
Fontainebleau is a half-sister to the nine-time winner Uncle George, successful from 1200m to 2400m. Her grand-dam, Summer Silence, won the Listed Lindsay Rosenthal Stakes and Listed All Stars Stakes; her third dam Surfside Lady won the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes and her fourth-dam, Bynsaab, won both the Champion Fillies Stakes and the Pinjarra Guineas and is also the dam of Listed Sunspeed Champion Stakes winner and sire Movie Maker.
Alfred Nobel is the sire of 87 winners. His progeny are racing in top form also winning recently in England, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Alfred Nobel’s hot siring form continued when Triple Event led throughout for a brave nose win in the SMB Electrical Handicap (1300m) at Pinjarra the following Thursday when starting at $81.
Triple Event, who has now won three times for trainer Jeff Pike, is from Rosendorff, by Viking Rule, and was bred by Quanah Park Thoroughbreds, long-time supporters of Lynward Park Stud.
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Alfred Nobel’s Mr Alby gave an incredibly tough performance under 55.5kg to win the Amelia Park Handicap (2200m) at Ascot on Perth Cup day.
Mr Alby raced wide without cover and held on to win by 3/4len. in 2.18.50, with three lengths between nine of the 11 runners.
It was his 13th start since July 25 having also won over 1650m Belmont Park mid-week under 58.5kg, over 1700m Belmont Park mid-week under 58kg and over 1800m at Ascot, also under 55.5kg.
The half-brother to Balmont Girl, winner of the Group 3 WA Oaks and Asian Beau Stakes and Listed Natasha Stakes and twice placed in the Group 1 Railway Stakes, is raced by his breeder, Mr Cooni Chua, a long-time Lynward Park supporter (Balmont Girl is by Lynward Park’s former stallion, Balmont).
Mr Alby put the writing on the wall with a brave fourth to class performers Mississippi Delta, Action and Cappo D’Oro in the Listed 2200m ATA Stakes a week earlier – and the success drew rave reviews.
Said race caller Darren McCauley: ‘He was turned out in magnificent order and raced accordingly. It was a tough, brave victory.’
Said jockey Shaun O’Donnell: ‘We got no favours early. So I kept him quiet as possible moving forward, moving forward till we got outside the leaders. He relaxed and at the 500m I still had a lot of horse. We all know how tough and tenacious he is.’
And said trainer Paula Wagg: ‘ I’m so proud of him. I couldn’t even look half-way through the race. I thought – what is he doing out there? But he toughed it out. We were headed towards the Perth Cup but I was happy to go into this race where he had a really good chance. He’s a picture of fitness and is thriving. He’s overcome serious injury and come back a much better horse. There’s always next year’s Perth Cup.’
Alfred Nobel’s Winning Supreme also continued his good form taking the Sa Po Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong the follow day.
Alfred Nobel’s international success continued when Wheao won the Pike Racing Maiden (2000m) at Matamata in New Zealand three days later. Wheao, from the Pricelessly mare Miss Whirl, is a half-brother to the Hong Kong Listed winner Go Baby Go.
Alfred Nobel’s Orange Strudel began quickly to set the pace and kicked clear in the run home for a brave second-up 1 1/4len. win in the 1200m TABtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap at York on Thursday (November 22) in 1.09.88.
Orange Strudel, ridden by Lucas Camilleri, is trained by Paula Wagg for long-time Lynward Park Stud supporter Mr Cooni Chua.
The 5Y0, from Strudel, a three-time winner by Bel Esprit, has now won four times and placed 12 times in 34 starts.
Under-rated Alfred Nobel 5Y0 Mr Alby gained the third win from his last six starts with a tough performance in the Scarboro Toyota Handicap (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Mr Alby, jumping from the outside at a difficult starting point, led the chase to a tearaway leader, who was 8len. clear the the 800m, before winning by a half-length in a smart 1.49.33.
Bred and raced by Mr Cooni Chua, a strong supporter of Lynward Park stallions for many years, Mr Alby is trained by Paula Wagg at Ascot and was ridden by Shaun O’Donnell.
“I was worried by the barrier,” said Wagg, a former jockey. “There were concerns that he could be caught wide.
“But he just keep going. He has staying blood and I’m quite happy looking for longer races.”
Said O’Donnell: “He toughed it out. He did it all by himself.”
Wagg is right about the ‘staying blood’.
Though Alfred Nobel was a champion Group 1 winning 2Y0 in Ireland, he comes from one of Europe’s best, and most commercial, Classic winning maternal lines.
His grand-dam, Dazzling Park, was the champion European 3Y0 filly in 1999 and is a half-sister to New Approach and Alluring Park, the dam of Was. New Approach’s eight wins included the Group 1 English Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, English Champion Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes and National Stakes. Was won the Group 1 English Oaks.
And Alfred Nobel’s third dam, Park Express, was the joint champion Irish 2Y0 and champion Irish 3Y0 filly in 1985-86. She won both the Irish Champion Stakes and the Lancashire Oaks.
Alfred Nobel filly Prim and Proper fought hard to win the Crown Sports Bar Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday when starting the $2.80 favourite.
Prim And Proper, ridden by Jason Whiting for Capel-based trainer Lou Luciani, had finished an eye-catching two length fourth to Amarillo Rose in the Initial Plate at Belmont Park on debut.
The win was expected on both form and pedigree.
Superbly-bred Alfred Nobel won both the Irish Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes as a 2Y0 for champion trainer Aidan O’Brien and Prim And Proper’s dam, Prima Vista, is a winning half-sister to Desert Angel, who won the VRC Listed 900m Debutante Stakes on debut and at her only other start was second to Langoustine in the VRC Group 2 1000m Maribyrnong Plate.
Alfred Nobel’s Pure Dynamite was a long neck third on debut in the Crown Sports Bar Plate and Nobel Impact, another Alfred Nobel filly, was fourth, also on debut.
“Trade Fair was the most under-rated stallion in my 50 years in the industry and deserved far more recognition that he was afforded.”
That’s the fitting tribute to Trade Fair from John Chalmers, WA’s leading bloodstock agent, after the 18-year-old stallion was humanely euthanised on Wednesday, February 28, with multiple large cancer tumours.
Chalmers negotiated the shuttle of Trade Fair for David Redvers, of Tweenhills Farm and Stud, Gloucestershire, England, to stand at Evergreen Lodge, Myalup, in 2006 for a syndicate of Rick Hart, Fiona Gerrard (Toreby Park), the late Allan Young (Kintore Stud) and Siobhan Campbell (Bellbridge Park).
He covered 92 mares in his first season and stood a further three years at Evergreen Lodge.
Chalmers then organised the outright purchase of Trade Fair to Ted van Heemst’s Lynward Park Stud in 2010 with the original shareholders remaining in the partnership. Trade Fair was re-located to John Andrew’s Alwyn Park Stud, Serpentine.
In 12 WA seasons Trade Fair covered 811 mares with a 87 per cent fertility rate. His biggest book was 122 mares in 2014.
“Trade Fair was largely supported by owner-breeders as opposed to commercial studs,” said Chalmers. “And he was rarely afforded the best of mares.
“He has a record of 517 named foals for 400 starters and 245 winners at 61.3 per cent. And 6.8 per cent of his runners have been Stakes winners or Stakes placed. His winners have been successful from 1000m to 3800m.
“Trade Fair has sired Group and Listed winners in both hemispheres including the Canadian Group 1 winner Trade Storm, who also gained Group placings in Canada, the USA, UAE and UK.
“His best Perth winners have been Fuschsia Bandana, winner of the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes, Strickland Stakes and Northerly Stakes, and Cool Trade, winner of the Listed Scenic Blast Stakes and placed nine times at Listed level.
“Trade Fair has produced 31 individual winners in the current racing season and there is much more success ahead.
“His progeny have been extremely resilient and very sound with many racing till seven or older.
“His stud performance has been clearly impressive.”
Trade Fair’s sire, Zafonic won at five of seven starts including the Group 1 English Two Thousand Guineas and Dewhurst Stakes and the Group 1 French Prix Morny and Prix de la Salamandre. He was the 1992 2Y0 and 1993 3Y0 European champion.
Trade Fair’s dam, Danefair, by Danehill from Roupala, a daughter of Cairn Rouge, winner of the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas and Group 1 English Champion Stakes, was unbeaten in four French starts taking the Group 3 Prix Minerve and Listed Prix des Tuileries and Prix Melisande.
Trade Fair’s five wins included the Group 3 Irish Minstrel Stakes and English Criterion Stakes and Listed English King Charles 11 Stakes and Dubai Duty Free Cup. He was third in the Group 1 English Dewhurst Stakes, their equivalent to the Golden Slipper Stakes.
Trade Fair was the second top UK miler in 2003, when he was third on the International Classification.
Said John Andrew: “Trade Fair was a terrific horse. Good to handle. An absolute professional. His progeny responded to kindness.”
Trade Fair was cremated and buried near his stall at Alwyn Park Stud.