Winning week for Lynward Park

Lynward Park stallion Balmont (USA) signed off a winning week for Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst at Bunbury on Sunday.

Balmont (Stravinsky) was a Group 1 winner of the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and his first-crop gallopers Just Dougie and Miss Obvious wasted no time breaking their maidens on the south-west circuit.

Just Dougie (3g Balmont – Kymtu by Serheed) powered home on debut to defeat Miss Andretti’s kid brother Billy Beau by a half-length in the CCR Group Maiden (1200m).  He is prepared locally by Greg Carige for the Read family who bred him from a mare related to Perth Group 3 winners Dual Cidium (Inceptor) and Dual’s Brute (Ace in Action).

Miss Obvious (3f Balmont – Shathor by Tirol) was also doing her best work at the business end of the Weathersafe WA Maiden (1400m).  The Dan Morton trained filly was reappearing after a debut fourth at Bunbury on November 15.

She is a half-sister to star ex-pat Captain Obvious (Verglas) who has won 15 races including the G3 Singapore Jumbo Jet Trophy, Malaysian Magic Millions Classic and the Meydan Al Naboodah Hcp on an excursion to Dubai earlier this year.

Their dam Shathor is an unraced half-sister to Umah (Umatilla) who was a G1 winner of the 1996 Karrakatta Plate at Ascot.  Morton bought Miss Obvious for $31,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.

Balmont had also sired Pinjarra maiden winner Ashanti on Boxing Day and that three-timer was enhanced when Trade Fair mare Variety Fair scored a last-to-first victory Perth Racing Hcp (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Trade Fair (Zafonic) stands at Alwyn Park by arrangement with van Heemst and a syndicate that bought him outright in 2009.  He started shuttling from Ireland to Western Australia in 2006.

Variety Fair (5m Trade Fair – Degrade by Metal Storm) is a stayer with potential and is a half-sister to LR Sheila Gwynne Stakes winner Salisbury Street (Blevic).  She cost $45,000 at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions.

“She’s had problems but we’ve always known how much ability she has,” trainer Alan Mathews said.  “She’s like a Formula 1 racing car – either 100% right or not right at all.  It’s always a fine line although Pat (Carbery) has always said just wait till she gets over some ground.”

That’s not surprising because her extended pedigree traces back to Perth Cup winners Muros (Ribollire) and Royal Coral (Ark Royal).