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1st Winner For Lynward Park Shuttler Balmont
WA Lynward Park shuttler & UK Gr1-winning 9YO stallion Balmont (Stravinsky-Aldebarran Light, by Seattle Slew) sired his 1st winner when 2YO filly Danube Dancer (Balmont-Green Danube, by Irish River) scored at the 2nd time of asking at Warwick (5.5 furlongs) in England. Balmont, who has shuttled between Tara Stud in Ireland & Western Australia's Alwyn Park for the past 2 seasons, will stand at Bullsbrook-based Lynward Park in 2010 for $7,150. Balmont is a half-brother to this year's boom US 3YO colt Eskendereya (Giant's Causeway-Aldebaran Light) who thrashed his rivals by 8.5-lengths in the Gr2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes (9 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park & then by 9.75-lengths in the Gr1 Wood Memorial Stakes (9 furlongs) at Aqueduct to become favourite for last weekend's Gr1 Kentucky Derby, before a minor leg injury forced his shock withdrawal (and subsequent retirement) in the week leading up to the Churchill Downs Classic.