Lynward Park’s Fontainebleau proved a class above her rivals winning the $100,000 Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m) at Belmont Park last Saturday.
Now, from a breeding perspective, this may have come as a surprise to some.
Why? Because her sire, Alfred Nobel, was a champion 2yo in Ireland winning both the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes over 1200m.
But this was never going to stop Alfred Nobel siring winners over a distance.
Why? Because he comes from one of the most distinguished maternal distance lines in Europe. Alfred Nobel’s second-dam Dazzling Park was the 1999 champion European 3yo filly winning from a 1600m to 1800m.
Dazzling Park’s dam Park Express was the Co-Champion Irish 2yo in 1985 and Champion Irish 3yo the following season. She won from 1200m to 2400m headed by the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes and she is also the dam of both New Approach and Alluring Park.
New Approach was the champion 2yo and 3yo European colt in 2007-08. His 8 wins from 1400m to 24000m included the Group 1 English Derby, Irish National Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes, English Champion Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.
Alluring Park is the dam of Was, winner of the Group 1 English Oaks, and Douglas Macarthur, winner of this year’s Group 3 Derby Trial Stakes in Ireland.
So Alfred Nobel was clearly going to produce winners over a variety of distances. And having served 200 mares over the past two seasons it’s a case of…watch this space.