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
3f   Alfred Nobel (IRE) x Aunt Lydia (Serheed (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 0.8 Midnight Drama T: Fenella Martin J: T Turner
3f   Patronize x Nomunnofun (Akhenaton )
Not Offered
 3 1.3 Elegant Blast T: J T Warwick J: Lucy Warwick
3f   Blackfriars x Classy Charmer (Regal Classic (CAN) )
 Lot 266 2016 MM Perth Yearling Sale
Vendor - Scenic Lodge Muchea WA
Buyer - Morton Racing  $45,000
 4 1.4 Persian Princess T: A D Mathews J: P Carbery
3f   Stryker x Vaziri (Oratorio (IRE) )
 5 1.5 Fast As The Wind T: G Durrant and J Miller J: C Johnston-Porter
3f   Blackfriars x Russian Playmate (Dr Johnson (USA) )
 6 3.2 Sophie's Revenge T: T M Andrews J: Joseph Azzopardi
3f   Saxon x Speed Up (Canny Lad )
 7 3.5 Miss Sapphire T: Brett Mathews J: P Knuckey
3f   Patronize x McMindy (Kenvain )
 8 5.0 Perfect Dream T: G and A Williams J: W Pike
3f   Commands x Storm Alert (Metal Storm (FR) )
 9 5.2 Rosie Red Dress T: Ms P Kenney J: Takahide Ikenushi
3f   Blackfriars x Yorkshire Rose (Scenic (IRE) )
 10 7.2 Joyous Affair T: D T McAuliffe J: M Autier
3f   Trade Fair (GB) x Search (Royal Academy (USA) )
 11 11.2 Thunder Boom T: Ben Pearce J: Jarrad Noske
3f   Dane Shadow x Layette (Thunder Gulch (USA) )
 12 11.5 Imaginary T: G and A Williams J: B Parnham
3f   More Than Ready (USA) x Imaginative (Bianconi (USA) )
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