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.
Trade Fair sired his 31st individual winner for the season when Trade Prize won the Glenroy Chaff Maiden (1000m) at Ascot on Wednesday in 59.69sec., 0.78sec. faster than Alcina, by War Chant, recorded winning the following race.
Trade Prize is from Finality, who was retired to stud by Mr Cooni Chua after receiving a strong recommendation from Lynward Park to mate her with Trade Fair.
The mating produced a series of high-class in-breeding matches within the first six generations to Mr Prospector, Mr Prospectors’s sire, Raise A Native, Mr Prospector’s son Fappiano, Northern Dancer and his dam Natalma and to fellow broodmare gems Tamerett and Killaloe.
Finality has an Alfred Nobel yearling colt and died last season after foaling an Alfred Nobel filly.
Trade Fair will have 14 yearlings on offer at the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale on February 19-20.
Trade Fair’s winners continue to roll out with consistency.
Dust Me Off (Thank You George And Lorna Saunders Handicap, 1920m) and Scottish Trader (Come To The Tabtouch Rose Of York 5th March Handicap, 1100m) won at York on Friday.
Then Broker (Peel Thunder Rd 1 – Good Friday Maiden, 1500m) was successful at Pinjarra on Saturday.
Trade Fair had winners at Moe in Victoria, Ascot and Bunbury the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The sire of 244 individual winners at 61.3 per cent, Trade Fair has 14 yearlings on offer at the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale on February 19-20.
It was trading as usual for the Alwyn Park Stud based stallion Trade Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Plucky Rita raced outside the pacemaker and drew clear late for a 1 1/2len. win in the Horsepower Handicap (1100m) at Moe in Victoria on Friday.
Pearl Trade dashed home with the race best 34.90sec. final 600m for a striking 2 1/4len. win in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1200m) at Ascot on Saturdayin a slick 1.10.98.
And Fair Sonari sat mid-field and finished hard along the inside for a 1 3/4len. win in the Graeme Hurst Memorial Handicap (1705m) at Bunbury on Sunday.
Trade Fair, the sire of 243 winners at an impressive 61.2 per cent, has 14 yearlings on offer at the Perth Magic Millions Sale on February 19-20.
It was a long distance double for Lynward Park’s Alfred Nobel on Wednesday. (Jan 31)
Orange Strudel, jumping from the outside, slotted in one-one and fought hard to win the Perth Racing Club Membership (1200m) at Ascot.
Then Winning Supreme made it two in a row when he raced handy after being hampered at the start and proved too strong to win the Fa Hui Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley.
Orange Strudel, bred and raced by Cooni Chua, was ridden by Lucas Camilleri for trainer Paula Wagg.
He’s from Strudel, a three-time winner by Bel Esprit. His third dam, Apple Danish, won the Group 3 Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.
Winning Supreme was ridden by Jack Wong for trainer Me Tsui.
He’s from Matila Grace, by Stravinsky, an un-raced sister to La Italia, winner of the Group 2 Challenge Stakes in New Zealand.
Alfred Nobel, the Group 1 winning Irish juvenile with a world-class pedigree, has 29 lots set to the offered at the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale on February 19-20.
Alfred Nobel 4Y0 Our Dynamite continued his impressive New Zealand form winning the Manely Horse Handicap (1200m) at Wanganui. (yesterday, Jan 11)
Our Dynamite, the 4/1 equal favourite, scored by 1 1/4len. in 1.12.71 for trainer Wayne Marshment and jockey Madan Singh.
He has now won at two of just five runs.
Owned by former WA trainer Kevin Mahoney, he’s an all-WA product being from the Bletchley Park mare Gold Park, a four-time winning half-sister to the 16-time winner Finito (Group 3 Strickland Stakes-twice, R.J. Peters Stakes and Bunbury Cup and Listed Bunbury Stakes-twice and WATC St Leger.
Alfred Nobel, the Group 1 winning Irish juvenile with a world-class pedigree, has sired 75 individual winners with his best crops yet to race.
He has 29 yearlings set to be offered at the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale on February 19-20.
Trade Fair 7Y0 Riponian made all the running to upset equal favourites Champion Harbour and State Residence and win the RacingUk.com Handicap (seven furlongs) at Musselburgh in Scotland on Saturday.
Alfred Nobel’s Chetan bought up his eighth win when successful in the 32Red Casino Handicap (seven furlongs) at Kempton in England yesterday. (Wednesday)
Chetan, ridden by Ben Curtis for young trainer Charlie Wallis, a former jockey, started the 2/1 favourite and settled mid-field.
The 5Y0 then finished hard to win easily by 2 1/4 lengths.
Superbly-bred Alfred Nobel, winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland, stands for $4,500, plus GST, at Lynward Park, Bullsbrook.