Frodo is precision engineered and entitled to National Hunt aristocratic status | Bloodstock News
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The pedigree of popular prominent jumper Frodo, who is expected to make his seasonal reappearance in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, is in the eye of those who think National Hunt breeding is imprecise or even wholly arbitrary.
Bred in France by Philippe Gasdoue, Frodo is the first offspring of Country Reel Miss Country mare, who was trained by Christophe Lotoux to win a 2m2f hurdle race in Saint-Brieuc.
The dam, from Miss D’Hermite, the winning mare of Solicitor, is a half-sister to six other winners, including Medermit, who completed two level 2 hurdles and the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase and the Haldon Gold Cup, as well as mothers. great French hunters Emeraude De Kerza and Saint Pistol.
Miss Country has now produced four winners from four runners. Frodo’s younger half-sister, Tidjy, 8 years old by Slickly, won the hurdles at Fontainebleau; his half-brother Sao, his two-year-old younger son of Great Pretender, won hurdles in France and scored three times in the close in Great Britain for an RPR of 144; and his four-year-old half-brother Paolo, also by Great Pretender, has won twice in France, most recently in a contender for Fontainebleau on Tuesday.
Miss Country has been based in Great Britain, owned by Jared Sullivan, since being bought for â¬ 135,000 at the Arqana 2017 summer sales. She has a three-year-old filly by Kapgarde named Country Lady and in training alongside Frodo. with Paul Nicholls, and a two year old colt by Kayf Tara. It was covered by Walk In The Park this year.
Interestingly, Country Reel emerged as a surprisingly good dad of jumpers. Other daughters of the fast-bred Gimcrack Stakes winner produced talented handicap hurdler Ciel De Neige and promising hurdler novice Homme D’Un Soir.
There is also a strong legacy of National Hunt success on the male side of Frodo’s family. His much-missed sire, Nickname, won the first year of hurdles at Auteuil before becoming a soft ground sensation for Martin Brassil, memorable to Central House a 14 length victory in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase. in Leopardstown in December. 2006.
The 185 foals that Nickname sired during his three years at Haras de Victot, before his death at the age of just 12 in 2011, also include the best Cyrname, the second year hunter Le Mercurey, the enduring Yala Enki. and the useful kinds Aurore D’Estruval, Bagad Bihoue, Chic Name and Gwencily Berbas.
The nickname, meanwhile, came from Listed winner Newness, which produced no less than six other black-type riders (Nagid, N’Avoue Jamais, Nom D’Une Pipe, Narkis, New Saga and Nom De D ‘La) as well as double winner of Group 3 flat and third in the Prix d’Ispahan No Risk At All.
No Risk At All is also rapidly establishing itself as a great stallion of obstacles, with its first representatives including Allaho, Epatante and Esprit Du Large. His recently announced fee increase to â¬ 12,000 at Haras de Montaigu seems justified, and he is sure to be full for the season as soon as possible.
Newness was also a half-sister to Nile Palace, who is the third dam to Frodo’s stable mate and fellow Political Scientist and Doctor De Ballon, one of the brightest stars in the French jumping scene. actual hour.
All things considered, Frodo’s pedigree allows him to be considered the aristocracy of National Hunt.
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FIRST POSTED AT 9:51 AM, OCT 29, 2021