Balmont began his stud career in style when She’s Quality and Korolenko fought out the finish of the Smokefree WA Maiden (1100m) at Bunbury on Sunday.
She’s Quality (2f Balmont – Seeking Quality by Tribu) was very impressive on debut. She trailed Snitzel filly Sunzal and Korolenko before powering home for a three-quarter length victory under Jarrad Noske.
Trained in the south-west by Ron Elvy, She’s Quality was bred by Evergreen Lodge manager Wendy Liddelow and comes from the family of LR Pinjarra Oaks Trial winner Quality Crescent (Man of Rank).
Runner-up Korolenko (2g Balmont – Secret Pact by Bletchley Park) was resuming after a spell and he also looks an early winner for trainer Steve Wolfe and managing part-owner Noel Carter. Bred by Olga McKenzie at Cromartry Stud, he sold for $15,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.
Balmont (USA) is now based permanently at Ted van Heemst’s Lynward Park in Bullsbrook after initially shuttling from Tara Stud in Co. Meath to Alwyn Park.
Balmont was a top-class juvenile winning the 2003 G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York. As an older horse, he was G1 placed in the 2004 July Cup and 2005 Golden Jubilee Stakes.
He is an older half-brother to Eskendereya who was early favourite for the 2010 Kentucky Derby. A son of Giant’s Causeway, he had won the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes by 8 lengths and G1 Wood Memorial by 9 lengths before a leg injury curtailed his career.
Balmont (Stravinsky) has sired 6 winners from his first Irish bred crop in Europe. Lynward Park stands him for a $4,950 fee alongside Trade Fair (Zafonic) and Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer).
The Bunbury Stakes card finished on a winning note for Lynward Park. Listed Bunbury Stakes winner Reimbursement (State City) and rejuvenated gelding Born To Be Bad (Red Eye Special) are by stallions formerly based at the Bullsbrook stud.
Reimbursement gave trainers Ross and Clint Price a welcome change of luck in the feature sprint of the south-west season. The father and son team lost stable star Like An Eagle in a tragic race fall at Moonee Valley on March 2.