Alfred Nobel (Ire) signed off from Western Australia with a winning double last weekend through Dew West (Ascot) and Lyle’s Choice (Albany).
The 14 year-old former Lynward Park and Alwyn Park resident has been purchased by Brett Maidment to continue his stud career in Queensland. He arrived out here in 2011 after a Group 1 Phoenix Stakes victory at the Curragh for Coolmore Stud.
Alfred Nobel has sired 122 winners of 340 races led by Perth black-type fillies Showy Chloe (G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes), Fontainebleau (LR Belmont Oaks) and Prim And Proper (LR Supremacy Stakes).
Dew West (4m Alfred Nobel – Moisture by Mossman) was given the run of the race by Willie Pike and was poised one-out, one-back to take charge in the TABtouch Westspeed Platinum Plate (1100m) on Saturday. Pike has been aboard in all five of her wins wins for Waroona-based owner-breeder Anne Fisher.
“She only has a short sprint and Willie timed her run perfectly,” trainer Jason Pateman said. “She has had respiratory problems so we added a tongue-tie today knowing it was our last throw at the stumps. She was probably going to be retired but we might get another chance now.”
Lyle’s Choice also raced in the box-seat under Holly Watson in the Hygain Regain Hcp (2100m) at Albany on Sunday. He defied a late betting drift to score the first win of this campaign at his sixth run back from a spell.
The victory was made all the more sweeter after connections claiming a Westspeed 4yo stayers bonus to increase the bank by $17,350. He has won 5 times in 15 starts since transferring to Ben & Dan Pearce in March 2020.
Lyle’s Choice (4g Alfred Nobel – Lady Kiseki by Fuji Kiseki) was bred by Siobhan Campbell but failed to make a $10,000 reserve at the 2018 Perth Magic Millions. His dam’s last two foals, by Geisel Park sire Vert De Grece (Ire), are 2yo filly Miss Trickster and yearling colt The Frenchman.
Alfred Nobel will be replaced at Alwyn Park by NZ-bred stallion Laguna De Bay (High Chaparral). He has been used privately by owner Jim Sheridan and the best of his progeny to date has been Fiery Bay who has won three times at Pinjarra this year.