JMB on Liza Josselyn, She’s among the best horses I’ve bred

22 June 2024

Jean-Michel Bazire

This Sunday for Champions’ DayJean-Michel Bazire sends out four Gr.1 runners, Lucky JacksonLiza JosselynJoumba de Guez, and Jasper des Charmes forming the ambitious alliance.

In the 2700m Prix Albert Viel, his hopes rest in a pair of exciting 3 year-olds. “Lucky Jackson endured a difficult winter. He’s getting better and better and since he’ll accept a bit more at the moment, we have been able to work him harder.” Recent winner of the Gr.2 Prix Kalmia, he will be tough opposition for stablemate, and rough diamond, Liza Josselyn.

Bazire has taken his time with her though. “We were in no hurry with her. She’s in perfect condition for Sunday.” By Ready Cash, out of Prix d’Amérique winner, Bélina Josselyn, “she takes on the colts for the first time, but we’re still going to try to win.” Asked how mother and daughter compared, he replied, “At the same age, she [Liza] is quicker. If she has the same potential, that would be something else. At her age, she already represents one of the best horses I’ve bred.” Facing her maiden Gr.1 test this weekend, she looks destined for a place in the history books. 

In the Etrier 5 year-old monté final, the 3000m Prix de Normandie, Bazire is again double-handed. He has a history with last December’s Prix Jag de Bellouet winner, Joumba de Guez, having trained her dam, Quoumba de Guez, herself a multiple group-winner. Although beaten [2nd] in her Gr.2 Prix Victor Cavey prep, “she is on the right road, she’s courageous and tough, and is at a level where she can win.” As for Jasper des Charmes, “I’m hopeful of getting him to win a harness group race; he’ll be ready for his return to the monté code.

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