The breeding of National Hunt horses has sadly failed to qualify once again for this year’s Top 100 ‘Get Rich Quick’ schemes. You might call it a labour of love, sometimes even an uphill struggle, but the fastest way isn’t always the best way, and there is something glorious about the patience and perseverance required to nurture a winning jumper to the point that your soul will be nourished well before your wallet.
Happily, thanks to the redoubled efforts of the TBA Jumps committee over the last decade, Britain is no longer such a poor relation to France and Ireland when it comes to producing a top class horse. Sizing John, Thistlecrack, Coneygree and Cue Card are four of the highest achieving staying chasers of the last five years: all are British bred and all by different stallions.
The MOPS scheme, which incentivises the buying and racing of NH mares, was always going to be a slow-burner, but is now bearing significant fruit.
For this sort of progress to manifest itself, it requires the major stallion stations to be as optimistic, dynamic and forward thinking as their European counterparts. Having enjoyed personal involvement at Yorton for nearly a decade, I can testify that David Futter and his passionate team invariably have their glasses half-full… and that’s not just after hours.
David is always on the look out for the next opportunity for the British breeder and has sought tirelessly to improve the access to new and interesting bloodlines. Having developed the potential of continental imports Malinas, Gentlewave and the statistically impressive Great Pretender, he now looks to have struck gold again with Blue Bresil.
This handsome son of Smadoun already has two Cheltenham Festival winners under his belt in the shape of Le Prezien and Ibis du Rheu, has sired the Irish Champion Hurdle winner Mick Jazz and is responsible for Saint Goustan Blue, the multiple graded winner in France. With countless exciting youngsters in the wings at home and abroad, and a full book the last three years, Blue Bresil has every chance of making it to the top.
In terms of the sort of quick return that is so rare in the jumping game, 19 of his foals were offered at public auction in 2018 with a 100% clearance rate for an average of over £26,000, more than six times his stud fee at the time of conception.
He looks set to spearhead the Yorton roster for some time, with back-up not only from Gentlewave who stands 2019 in France but also from Yanworth’s sire Norse Dancer and Pether’s Moon, whose ability to stamp his stock in his powerful mould is quite remarkable.
Yorton is a friendly and outward-looking business, combining outstanding animal husbandry with a wholehearted commitment to the betterment of the breed. In short, David and his team will ensure that your experience as a National Hunt breeder is deeply enjoyable, and that the rewards will be well worth the wait.