A New Approach
Boom English stallion New Approach, a close relation to Lynward Park Stud’s Alfred Nobel, sired his first southern hemisphere stakes winner when Montsegur took the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday. (March 9)
Montsegur, the $2.50 favourite, was also New Approach’s first southern hemisphere winner and could now be Golden Slipper Stakes bound.
Bred by Darley, who stand New Approach, Montsegur is from Chatoyant, a daughter of the Golden Slipper Stakes winner Flying Spur and a half-sister to the Group 3 winners Time Out, Bonaria and Legally Bay, the dam of Group 2 winner Jolie Bay.
New Approach was Europe’s champion 2Y0 and 3Y0 in 2007 and 2008. His eight wins from 11 starts included the Group 1 English Derby, Irish National Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes, English Champion Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.
He made a brilliant start with his first crop runners in Europe last year, siring 12 individual winners, headed by the unbeaten dual Group 1 winner Dawn Approach and the stakes winners Tha’ir and Newfangled.
New Approach covered a restricted book of 79 mares in Australia last season at $33,000 after having covered 133 mares at Dalham Hall in Newmarket, England.
New Approach had eight offspring sell at last week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at an average of $162,813, placing him third on averages behind Fastnet Rock and Redoute’s Choice.
Alfred Nobel, who is currently serving the northern hemisphere season at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, won the Irish Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes.
His dam, Glinting Desert, is a daughter of Dazzling Park, the 1999 European champion 3Y0 and a half-sister to New Approach, Shinko Forrest, the Japanese Group 1 winner and sire, and to Alluring Park, the dam of last year’s Group 1 English Oaks winner, Was.