Easy kill for Ripoll at Kempton

Lynward Park sire Alfred Nobel (Ire) sired his latest English juvenile winner when Ripoll scored by four lengths in a 1600m Kempton Park maiden on Wednesday evening.

Racing for the fifth time, Ripoll took keen hold from a wide draw and tracked the leaders before driving to the lead at the furlong.  He was coming off an excellent effort in a 1900m Wolverhampton nursery and appreciated the drop in grade and trip.

The Sylvester Kirk trained colt cost 12,000gns (AUD 27,085) at the Tattersalls yearling sale last October.  His dam Lahu Lady (Red Ransom) comes from a classic family nurtured by Sheikh Hamdan.

Her half-brother Aqaleem (Sinndar) was third in 2007 English Derby won by Authorized but suffered a serious pelvic injury and, after more than two years on the sidelines, was sent to Australia to win the VRC Henry Bucks Hcp (1600m) at Flemington.

Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes rated (Our) Aqaleem a leading hope for the 2010 Australian Cup before he fractured a shoulder in track work.

The Shadwell influence continues through Ripoll’s second-dam Dalayil (Sadler’s Wells).  She is a half-sister to Alhaarth (Unfuwain) and the dam of fellow Group 1 racehorse and sire Makfi (Dubawi).

Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer) has two northern crops racing and has sired 17 winners of 23 races in Europe this year.  Lynward Park owner Ted van Heemst now stands him full-time at Bullsbrook for a $4,950 (inc gst) fee.

Hoofnote:  van Heemst homebred Drupa won his maiden over 1600m at Ascot on Melbourne Cup day.  The Perth Racing chairman stands his sire Trade Fair (GB) at Alwyn Park in Serpentine and the gelding has a yearling half-brother by Alfred Nobel.

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