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Bressou set to strike Troytown note with Blue

14 March 2019

Just five have been declared for Saturday’s G.3 Prix Troytown at Auteuil, a 4400m prep leading to May’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris
Moved over the winter from Guillaume Macaire’s yard to Dominique BressouSaint Goustan Blue will endeavour to put his Prix Georges Courtois fall behind him, and run to the same level he produced when second to Bipolaire in the G.1 Prix La Haye Jousselin last November. Said his new trainer earlier in the week, “He does everything you ask of him in the mornings but I still haven’t had much experience with him. Saturday’s race will be a bit bizarre with so few runners. You feel the pressure receiving a horse of this calibre from the yard of such a trainer. We’ll be doing our best!”
As for Macaire, he will be represented by 2014 Grand Steeple winner, Storm Of Saintly. After having satisfied his trainer in a Fontainebleau hurdles event on comeback mid-February, the veteran gelding makes his first appearance over fences since late last year and his performance will be scrutinised ahead of a decision being made to run him in the spring highlight on 19 May.
Campaigned solely over hurdles last year, Dalia Grandchamp makes her long-awaited return to the chasing division in which she has excellent references, notably going down by just a short-head in the 2017 Prix Ferdinand Dufaure. She will be accompanied by stablemates Bob And Co and Edgeoy, but is by some margin the best of François Nicolle’s trio. “Dalia Grandchamp is a quality mare. She has enough work done and she tends to race well when fresh. I expect her to get straight back in the game. Bob And Co has good credentials and can make the first three. As for Edgeoy, he still has more to do and will have to take on older horses. It’s a useful re-entry race which will help to get him into condition.”


Picture: Saint Goustan Blue