The €200,000 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase is Ireland’s premier race at Listowel Racecourse. This year it was Frenchman Busselton who hit the jackpot in his first attempt over 4,800m and nothing in his pedigree made him hold back… not even the jumps!
Ridden by a delighted JJ Slevin, Listowel’s Kerry National won the Busselton with ease!
5 years old, Busselton (Mastercraftsman) won brilliantly from start to finish against his seniors in the Kerry National yesterday, showing incredible toughness under saddle. James Joseph Slevin. threatened Hewick At the (virtual) last hurdle, Rep Michael Hilary Burke Taking advantage of his opponent’s fall and going to the post alone, “Mullins” Say a prayer (Recitation). It was another Frenchman who completed the podium of this brave high competition Daraso (Koenig Turf), trained as a winner Joseph O’Brien. Busselton is the first 5-year-old to put his name on the Kerry national chart since winning Southlander In 1969, quite an achievement!
A stranger fate than that of Busselton, who was clearly destined for a flat career. This studentAlerion Bloodstock Registered for La Teste’s Breeze in 2019 Louis Bodron, eventually withdrawing it from sale. It was under the latter’s training that Busselton finished sixth as a 2-year-old in a maiden at Angers later in the year. Moved to boxes David CottinThe horse did not miss his jumping debut, winning clearly when ridden in the Prix Wilde Monarch (L.).Alexis Porir.
Busselton during victory at Auteuil in the Prix Wilde Monarch (L.) in the colors of Herald Bloodstock © APRH
Exported to Ireland after this prestigious victory, Busselton cemented his form by finishing second in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle (Gr.2) on his first outing for his new stable, then third in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Gr.1). He was in every fight as a 4-year-old, a year punctuated by three wins over Irish fences. second to Untouchable in Turner’s Novices’ Chase (gr.1). Bob Olinger (Sholokhov), won Busselton on the flat at Roscommon this summer, before picking up his second win of the year at the Kerry National last Cheltenham Festival. In 17 outings over the odds, he finished outside the top four only once!
Mastercraftsman, a stallion far more popular on the flat than jumps
Busselton is the son of the deceased Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer), 2 to 3-year-olds at 1,200m, 1,400m and 1,600m four grs. Coolmore, sire of 60 Group winners on the flat. his mother, Blessed fortune (Rock of Gibraltar), showed anticipation and speed by winning the Premio Dormello (gr. 3) at 2 over the San Siro mile. Apart from Busselton, it has given three other winners including that lucky one (Dawn Approach), it reached many places on the flat Pascal Barry Before sending Marcel Roland, winning her over the hurdles at Fontainebleau on her debut… a performance she has yet to confirm. Blessed fortune is a sister Sunday brunch (Indian Lodge), winner at 2 of Premio Guido Berardelli (Gr.3). Busselton’s fourth dam is nothing but a champion my toad (Key to the Kingdom), Chevely Park Stakes (Gr. 1), Prix Robert Papin (Gr. 1 at the time), at 2, but also 1,000 Guineas, Prix de la Foret (Gr. 1) at 3 years old… The obscure secrets of genetics!
Lucky Doe during her win over the Bellefontaine Hurdles, which she didn’t confirm … as did her brother! © APRH
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