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Alfred Noble - Phoenix stakes - Curragh - 26.07.2009

Alfred Nobel repels paternal half-brother Air Chief Marshal at the Curragh

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Clean sweep for Danehill Dancer in Phoenix Stakes

A DAY after Sir Michael Stoute saddled the first three home in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, another Group 1 clean sweep was achieved in today's Camas Park & Ashtown House Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Danehill Dancer sired the winner, Alfred Nobel, the runner-up Air Chief Marshal, and the third, Walk On Bye.

Alfred Nobel is also the Coolmore stallion's second consecutive winner of the Phoenix Stakes after subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Mastercraftsman triumphed last year.

Danehill Dancer landed the 1995 renewal of the race for trainer Neville Callaghan.

Bred by Lodge Park Stud, Alfred Nobel is the first foal out of the seven-year-old Desert Prince mare Glinting Desert, herself a daughter of Dazzling Park, who was placed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish Champion Stakes, and is a half-sister to last year's Derby winner New Approach.

John Magnier purchased Alfred Nobel for 220,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, and the colt is trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Bookmakers quoted prices as low as 10-1 for Alfred Nobel to win next year's 2,000 Guineas.






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