Lynward Park shuttler Alfred Nobel sired his first winner in France on Sunday.
His Irish bred filly Aimee claimed the Prix Culin (1300m) by over a length from Miss Sophie (Linngari) and Dauphine de France (Air Chief Marshal). She had been unplaced on debut at Chantilly earlier this month before the breakthrough at Le Touquet on the English Channel coast.
Aimee (2f Alfred Nobel – Silverdreammachine by Marju) is one of 8 first-crop starters seen out by her sire in Europe this year. Owner Peter Aregger paid 10,000 euros (AUD 14,295) for his first winner at the Irish Tattersalls yearling sale in September 2013.
Her dam is a sister the German Group 2 winner Stormont and second-dam Legal Steps (Law Society) is a half-sister to Australian bred filly Super Sheila (Last Tycoon) who was exported to win a Group 1 Sprint at Turffontein.
In 2011, Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst commenced shuttling Alfred Nobel from Coolmore Stud to Lynward Park after a Group 1 winning career topped by the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
As owners and trainers eye the new season with his rising two year-olds, Lynward Park has decided to give Alfred Nobel a break from shuttling this year but he will back in 2015.
Alfred Nobel’s immediate family received another important update last week when Al Naamah won on debut at Chantilly. The Galileo filly was a record-breaking Tattersalls graduate last year selling to Qatar’s Sheikh Joaan for the equivalent of AUD 8.58 million
Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer) and Al Naamah descend from champion broodmare Park Express. They share that in common with Darley’s boom sire New Approach and 2012 English Oaks winner Was.