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Balmont Newmarket 07.07.05

Balmont: the son of Stravinsky formerly shuttled from Tara Stud

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Balmont gets off the mark in Australia

BALMONT began his southern-hemisphere stud career in style when She's Quality and Korolenko fought out the finish of the Smokefree WA Maiden over 5½f at Bunbury on Sunday.

She's Quality, a two-year-old filly out of the Tribu mare Seeking Quality, was very impressive on debut. She trailed the Snitzel filly Sunzal and Korolenko before powering home for a three-quarter length victory under Jarrad Noske.

Trained in the south-west of Australia 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, a two-year-old gelding, 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 A$15,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.

Balmont is now based permanently at Ted van Heemst's Lynward Park in Bullsbrook in Wester Australia after initially shuttling from Tara Stud in County Meath Meath to Alwyn Park.

Balmont was a top-class juvenile, winning the 2003 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and Gimcrack Stakes at York. As an older horse, he was Group 1-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, Eskendereya had won the Fountain of Youth Stakes by eight lengths and Wood Memorial by nine lengths before a leg injury curtailed his career.

Balmont, a son of Stravinsky, has sired six winners from his first Irish bred crop in Europe. Lynward Park stands him for a A$4,950 fee alongside Trade Fair (Zafonic) and Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer).






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