The Blue Nipper helped Alfred Nobel (Ire) climb up the sires’ premiership with an on-pace victory over stablemate Light Up The Sky at Ascot on Saturday.
War Chant ($281k) leads the WA second-season ladder but Lynward Park stallion Alfred Nobel ($277k) is right on his heels after The Blue Nipper won the Colours Summer Special Hcp (1400m).
The Neville Parnham trained gelding took 8 starts to break through although he did have solid form around Vega Magic and Lite’n In My Veins. “He drew awkwardly and I told Brad to roll forward because there was no south-westerly,” the jockey’s father said. “He’s been crying out for 1400m and I knew he could carry 59kg. He’s not a big horse but he’s tough.”
The Blue Nipper (3g Alfred Nobel – Lady Yasmin by Mujahid) was a $25,000 buy for Parnham and owner Colin Loxton at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions. He was bred and sold by Toreby Park’s Fiona Gerrard and is a younger half-brother to talented sprinter Shady Bet (Bletchley Park).
“I trained Shady Bet for Colin and he was a handy horse but broke a leg when coming out of surgery for a cannon-bone injury. That’s why we purchased this guy.”
Their dam Lady Yasmin is a half-sister to South Australian stakes winner Pure Velocity and WA Easter Cup winner Swift Jeune. She has a 2yo filly by Domesday, a yearling filly by Vital Equine and was bred back to Alfred Nobel last year.
“I didn’t want to be caught wide so we settled outside the leader and he produced a good burst in the straight,” Brad Parnham said. “He’s still raw and should have won by more but got lost when he hit the front.”
Alfred Nobel has 13 yearlings entered for the 2016 Perth Magic Millions next month including the filly from Wild Park (Lot 198). She received a timely update when her 2yo half-brother Trademark won at Ascot on Saturday
Hoofnote: Alfred Nobel two year-old Swedish Memories scored a brilliant 950m trial win at Lark Hill on Monday clocking the best time of the morning (57:01s). He was runner-up in the Crystal Slipper Stakes on debut and was last seen defeating Trademark at Ascot on December 12.