Blue the colour as Yorton sire enjoys hot streak
Blue Bresil, on parade at Cheltenham, has been in good form recently
PICTURE: Steve Davies Blue the colour as Yorton sire enjoys hot streak By Nancy Sexton 1:05PM 17 NOV 2016
FRANCE has long been open to sending entires jumping and in turn their industry is one that offers breeders a good cluster of stallions with a proven record over fences.
In an effective marketing ploy for Yorton Farm's new stallion Clovis Du Berlais, a Grade 2-placed son of King's Theatre, the stud observed on Twitter that the leading French jumps sires' list was "dominated by stallions who performed over jumps: Saint Des Saints, Kapgarde, Balko and Nickname".
Not in the top ten but also making strides through the ranks are Great Pretender, who covered 63 mares at Yorton Farm in 2014 and lies in 12th, and Blue Bresil, who joined Yorton for the 2016 season.
Blue Bresil's first crop are still only rising six, which puts his position in 24th in a good light.
Another promising young French stallion with an accomplished jumps race record is Haras d'Enki's Buck's Boum, the Grade 1-placed brother to Big Buck's whose first crop of four-year-olds includes last year's Prix Finot winner Favorito Buck's and Paul Nicholls' unbeaten bumper performer Coup De Pinceau.
Ireland, meanwhile, is home to the highly successful Robin Des Champs, who stands at Glenview Stud, and his half-brother Robin Des Pres, another useful jumper who stands at Anngrove Stud.
As for Blue Bresil, he spent his first six seasons based in France at Haras de la Croix Sonnet, meaning that his credentials are being advertised in front of a British and Irish audience courtesy of a select group of representatives.
However, there are 11 of his progeny officially registered by Weatherbys as in training in Britain and Ireland, among them a mixture of unraced youngsters and proven performers such as Le Prezien, Babylone Des Motte and Ibis Du Rheu, allowing opportunity for his status in this part of the world to grow.
Blue Bresil has enjoyed a particularly good run of late, which continued at Cheltenham on Sunday when Le Prezien landed the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham for Paul Nicholls.
In all, it was a good day for supporters of jumping entires turned stallions as Nickname was also represented at Auteuil by Prix Sytaj winner Corscia. Nickname, an excellent two-mile chaser for Martin Brassil, died at Haras de Victot after only three seasons at stud and has since been replaced at the stud by another accomplished jumping entire in Gemix.
Fittingly, their successes came on the same day that Navan staged the Fortria Chase. Named in honour of Irish Grand National and dual Champion Chase hero, Fortria was by one of the best ever jumping entires in Fortina, winner of the 1946 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Aside from Le Prezien, a chief contributor to Blue Bresil's recent good run has been Saint Goustan Blue, who has racked up wins in the Prix Miror, Prix la Perichole and Prix Melanos at Auteuil for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede since June.
Then there's the filly Yosille, who was saddled by Jehan Bertran de Balanda to win the Prix Bernard Secly at Auteuil on November 6. Another representative, Mick Jazz, followed up his easy Clonmel maiden hurdle success for Gordon Elliott by running second to Labaik in the Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan on Sunday just minutes before Le Prezien obliged at Cheltenham.
Not only that, but Sunday's action also featured a creditable performance from Max Do Brazil, who chased home Saint Poursain in the Prix Marc Antony at Auteuil.
Every young stallion needs a flagbearer and in Le Prezien, who chased home Yorkhill in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April before changing hands for £290,000 to JP McManus at the GoffsUK Spring Horses in Training Sale, Blue Bresil has exactly that.
Bred by Jean-Raymond Breton and Thomas Trapenard out of the placed Saint Cyrien mare Abu Dhabi, Le Prezien is from his sire's first crop, which numbers a select 31 but also includes this year's Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle winner Ibis du Rheu.
A slightly larger second crop of 42 is headed by Saint Goustan Blue, Yosille and Max Do Bresil. Both crops were bred off a fee of €1,500.
While the likes of Saint Des Saints, Nickname and Kapgarde were campaigned exclusively over jumps in France, Blue Bresil successfully mixed both codes during his career. In that respect, he was not too dissimilar to Great Pretender, the sire of Ptit Zig and Mr Mole among others who ran fourth behind Sulamani in the Prix du Jockey Club en route to a brief yet successful career over jumps.
Douvan's sire Walk In The Park, the 2005 Derby runner-up, was also sent jumping by John Hammond although that particular experiment wasn't a great success.
Blue Bresil was a winner at two and following a successful debut at Toulouse at three, embarked on a Classic campaign for trainer Brigitte Halley des Fontaines.
Although those plans ended with an unplaced effort behind Vision D'Etat in the Prix du Jockey Club, he did perform creditably in good company along the way, notably when third in the Prix Noailles and Prix Hocquart.
He also took his chance in the 2008 Arc and, within several months, was demonstrating flair over jumps for new trainer Pierre Costes, notably when second to Long Run in the Grade 2 Jacques d'Indy at Auteuil. He was also second in the Grade 2 Prix de Pepinvast and Grade 2 Prix Amadou Hurdle at Auteuil.
Blue Bresil shares his sire Smadoun with high-class performers in both spheres, namely the Prix Lupin and Grand Prix de Paris winner Chichicastenango alongside popular jumpers Smad Place and Nacarat. Chichicastenango later stood in Japan but not before he had sired the aforementioned Vision D'Etat, himself responsible for the recent Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres winner De Bon Coeur out of his first crop of four-year-olds.
In light of his bright start as a sire of jumpers, it wouldn't be a surprise to see various outfits make a serious play for Vision D'Etat to stand in either Ireland or Britain.
In the case of Blue Bresil, all the evidence so far tells us his presence over here is a shot in the arm for British jumps breeding. He has certainly been deservedly well received so far, covering 134 mares this season at a fee of £2,750.
BLUE BRESIL – FACTFILE
2005 Smadoun-Miss Recif (Exit To Nowhere)
Stands at Yorton Farm
Notable runners include:
LE PREZIEN (11 g ex Abu Dhabi by Saint Cyrien) won Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (Gr2), Kelso Hurdle (Gr2), 2nd Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Gr1), 2nd Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Gr2)
SAINT GOUSTAN BLUE (12 g ex Les Saintes Glaces by Baryshnikov) won Prix La Perichole (Gr3), Prix Melanos Hurdle (Listed), Prix Miror (Listed)
BABYLONE DES MOTTE (11 f ex Nellyssa Bleu by Epervier Bleu) won EBF Mares Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Final (Listed)
YOSILLE (12 f ex Yolaine by Astarabad) won Prix Bernard Secly (Listed)
IBIS DU RHEU (11 g ex Dona De Rheu by Dom Pasquini) won Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, 3rd Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed)
Mick Jazz (11 g ex Mick Maya by Siam) 2nd For Auction Novice Hurdle (Gr3)
Max Do Brazil (12 g ex Lili Valley by Cadoudal) 2nd Prix Marc Antony (Listed)