Mast a flag-bearer for Balmont

Balmont Mast, a son of Lynward Park’s Group 1 winning sprinter Balmont, won the LR Testimonial Stakes (1200m) at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Irish bred five-year-old settled at the tail and stormed home under champion jockey Johnny Murtagh to score by three-quarters of a length from Angels Will Fall (Acclamation) and Red Dubawi (Dubawi).

Balmont Mast (5g Balmont – Corn Futures by Nomination) started 5/2 equal favourite and he found another gear deep inside the last furlong to win quite cosily.

Trainer Eddie Lynam said Balmont Mast was one of four runners he could have in next weekend’s Champions Sprint at Ascot in England.  “We will see what the ground is like before making any plans for him,” said Lynam.  “But really it’s all about next year’s Golden Shaheen in Dubai.”

Balmont Mast went to this year’s Dubai carnival after winning the Listed Mercury Stakes in Ireland.  He finished second in the Meydan Trophy, third in the G3 Mahab Al Shimaal and second in the G1 Golden Shaheen.

Lynam then flew him to Singapore where he ran fourth to Lucky Nine in the G1 Krisflyer International Sprint at Kranji.

Balmont Mast was bred by Limestone Stud and Tara Stud in Ireland.  He is a half-brother to Crazee Mental (Magic Ring) who was runner-up in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 1997.

Balmont (Stravinsky) stood at Tara Stud when on shuttle duties but now resides permanently at Lynward Park.  He is standing at the Bullsbrook property for a $3,300 (inc gst) fee this year.

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