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Kentucky Derby Fav Is Half-Brother To Shuttler Balmont
The sensational weekend victory by boom US 3YO colt Eskendereya (Giant's Causeway-Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew) in thrashing his rivals by 9.75-lengths in the Gr1 Wood Memorial Stakes (9 furlongs) at Aqueduct in New York (& immediately jumping to favouritism for next month's Gr1 Kentucky Derby) provided a major pre-breeding season boost for his Gr1-winning 9YO half-brother Balmont (Stravinsky-Aldebaran Light) who is shuttling to Alwyn Park in Western Australia (from Tara Stud in Ireland) for his 3rd season "down under". At his previous start, Eskendereya similarly blitzed his rivals by 8.5-lengths in February's Gr2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes (9 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park in Miami in Florida & overall now boasts 4 wins (also including 2009's Listed Pilgrim Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park) & a runner-up from 6 starts for US$725,700 earnings. Meanwhile Balmont's oldest progeny are yearlings of 2010 in Ireland. Balmont (closely-related to Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade & leading sire Halo on his dam side) won both the UK Gr1 Middle Park Stakes & UK Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes as a 2YO, & later added Gr1-placings in both the UK July Cup & UK Golden Jubilee Stakes.