Blue Bresil at Cheltenham
In the amphitheatre of Cheltenham racecourse. Blue Bresil had a Festival to remember. It wouldn’t feature on the front pages of the racing publications or neccessarily grace the headlines. But within the National Hunt breeding bubble there were some murmurs of what Blue Bresil is achieving. Le Prezien has been a high class performer on the racecourse; multiple Grade 1 placings, multiple Grade 2 wins and Grade 2 paced. It is this consistency which is the stamp of success for a high percentage of Blue Bresil’s stock. The seven year old gelding powered clear of his rivals at Prestbury Park to secure another Graded success. This time in the most competitive of festivals. Paul Nicholls has masterminded his career with his usual zest. Interestingly, the 10 times champion trainer has Le Prezien’s full brother at Ditcheat, Mont des Avaloirs, who is a multiple winner and Grade 1 placed. It’s a family that has served well over the years. Le Prezien was the highlight, but there were other notable runners for the Yorton Stud based stallion at Cheltenham. Mick Jazz has filled some column space on Yorton Studs website before, when winning the Grade 1 Ryannair Hurdle at Leopardstown. Before the tapes went up in the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle, he was placed in the Irish equivalent. Only beaten by multiple Grade 1 winners Supersundae and Faugheen. Davy Russel continued his association with the Gordon Elliott trained gelding, and out performed his odds. Blue Bresils progeny tend to be as genuine as the day is long, and Mick Jazz is testament to that. Only finding, Melon and Buveur D’Air too strong up the Cheltenham hill, finishing third in the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle is no mean feat. Mick Jazzs’ career is starting to take shape. Blue Bresil finished the week as the 9th leading Sire by prize money earned. At the time of writing, he is now on a 55% strike rate with winners to runners. These murmurs are becoming louder.