Ballydoyle Group 1 winning juvenile Alfred Nobel will shuttle to Lynward Park in Western Australia next year. Owner Ted van Heemst has secured a 50% share in the Danehill Dancer colt who is from the immediate family of Darley’s English Derby winner New Approach.
Alfred Nobel (3c Danehill Dancer – Glinting Desert by Desert Prince) topped the European juvenile rankings in 2009. After breaking his maiden at Leopardstown, the Aidan O’Brien trained colt stepped straight up to Group company at the Curragh winning the G2 Railway Stakes and G1 Phoenix Stakes.
Alfred Nobel emulated Danehill Dancer who won the Phoenix Stakes in 1995. He also followed George Washington, Holy Roman Emperor and Mastercraftsman who claimed the Railway – Phoenix double for O’Brien.
The 2009 renewal of the Phoenix Stakes was a triumph for Danehill Dancer. The Coolmore stallion also sired minor placegetters Air Chief Marshal and Walk On Bye.
Alfred Nobel was bred by Seamus Burns of Lodge Park Stud from a daughter of Dazzling Park who was herself a winner of the Matron Fillies Stakes and was placed in the Irish Champion Stakes and Irish 1000 Guineas. Dazzling Park is a half-sister to New Approach and a daughter of Champion Stakes winner Park Express.
“Alfred Nobel was one of the fastest horses that I’ve ever bred,” said Burns. “Being such a fast and early maturing son of Danehill Dancer makes him an ideal stallion for the commercial market, especially as he was such a good-looking yearling when we sold him.”
Coolmore bought him for 220,000gns at the 2008 Tattersalls October yearling sale. He will stand his first season in Ireland for a 5,000 euros next year before shuttling to Lynward Park.
“Alfred Nobel was a very fast two-year-old and is a fine looking horse with great presence,” Coolmore’s Christy Grassick said. “He’s also from a great family and we’re very encouraged by the fact that two of Danehill Dancer’s first sons to retire to stud sired Group 1 winners in Europe this year.”