Alfred Nobel's Fontainebleau Claims Belmont Oaks
Mark Smith - Sunday, 9 July 2017

Three-year-old Alfred Nobel (IRE) filly Fontainebleau toughed out a fighting win in Saturday's Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m).

Given a positive ride by Glenn Smith, the Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly hit the lead at the top of the straight and defied all challengers in the run home.

Earning a maiden stakes win at her 11th start Fontainebleau defeated the $100 outsider Midnight Drama (Patronize) by three-quarters of a length with Elegant Blast (Blackfriars) a half-length back in third.


"It was Glenn's plan to roll forward," Williams told the West Australian.

"She can stay, that's the main thing. Her work on Thursday was really good so we were a bit confident, but it's good when the plan comes off."

Fifth behind Variation in the Listed Belmont Guineas at her most recent start, Fontainebleau advances her record to 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds from 11 starts with earnings of $120,650.

The intention is to have her next start in the Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) in a fortnight.

A homebred for the Van Heemst family's Lynward Park Stud, Fontainebleau is one of four winners from as many foals out of the stakes-placed Serheed mare Aunt Lydia.

Aunt Lydia is a granddaughter of Robert Holmes A'Court's Group II WATC Champion Fillies Stakes winner Surfside Lady (Pago Pago) the dam of stakes winners Ripped (Second Empire) and Summer Silence (Zabaleta) who is the dam of Aunt Lydia.

After not having a live foal for two years after the birth of Fontainebleau, Aunt Lydia foaled a full sister to the Belmont Oaks winner last spring.

Race 7 - Belmont Oaks
Listed - 2000m

Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 2:08.91. Sectional Time: 0:36.29 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $100,000 - 1st: $60,000 2nd: $20,000 3rd: $9,000.
 1   Fontainebleau T: G and A Williams J: G L Smith
$2.75
55.5
3f   Alfred Nobel (IRE) x Aunt Lydia (Serheed (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 0.8 Midnight Drama T: Fenella Martin J: T Turner
$101
55.5
3f   Patronize x Nomunnofun (Akhenaton )
Not Offered
 3 1.3 Elegant Blast T: J T Warwick J: Lucy Warwick
$4.50
55.5
3f   Blackfriars x Classy Charmer (Regal Classic (CAN) )
Not Offered
 4 1.4 Persian Princess T: A D Mathews J: P Carbery
$11
55.5
3f   Stryker x Vaziri (Oratorio (IRE) )
 5 1.5 Fast As The Wind T: G Durrant and J Miller J: C Johnston-Porter
$9
55.5
3f   Blackfriars x Russian Playmate (Dr Johnson (USA) )
 6 3.2 Sophie's Revenge T: T M Andrews J: Joseph Azzopardi
$101
55.5
3f   Saxon x Speed Up (Canny Lad )
 7 3.5 Miss Sapphire T: Brett Mathews J: P Knuckey
$201
55.5
3f   Patronize x McMindy (Kenvain )
 8 5.0 Perfect Dream T: G and A Williams J: W Pike
$4.75
55.5
3f   Commands x Storm Alert (Metal Storm (FR) )
 9 5.2 Rosie Red Dress T: Ms P Kenney J: Takahide Ikenushi
$101
55.5
3f   Blackfriars x Yorkshire Rose (Scenic (IRE) )
 10 7.2 Joyous Affair T: D T McAuliffe J: M Autier
$21
55.5
3f   Trade Fair (GB) x Search (Royal Academy (USA) )
 11 11.2 Thunder Boom T: Ben Pearce J: Jarrad Noske
$13
55.5
3f   Dane Shadow x Layette (Thunder Gulch (USA) )
 12 11.5 Imaginary T: G and A Williams J: B Parnham
$31
55.5
3f   More Than Ready (USA) x Imaginative (Bianconi (USA) )
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