Dominique Bressou is preparing himself for an emotional end of the season, as the time has come to send his stable star Milord Thomas, the 2015 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and three-times Prix la Haye Jousselin winner, into well-deserved retirement.
The Magalen O Bryant-owned ten-year-old was a gamechanger in Dominque Bressou’s career and could run one final time in the Prix la Haye Jousselin, a race that he dominated from 2014 to 2016.
“Milord Thomas took me to the biggest stage in the life of a trainer when he won the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and in doing so he proved that I could train good horses,” says 58-year-old Bressou a former jump jockey who started training in Chantilly 15 years ago.
“It was also thanks to him that the Papot family started to send me horses. Five years ago, I left Chantilly to start training in the newly-built training centre of Dragey, close to Saint Michael’s Mount.
“It was a big step, because no-one had any reference points in terms of how the tracks would work for getting the horses fit and ready, but thanks to Milord Thomas’s exploits, instead of forgetting me because I moved away from Chantilly, people started sending me horses.”
Dominique Bressou today trains for the biggest names in French jump racing and is going to saddle no less than three horses in the various Grade 1 races of the 48-hour jump weekend at Auteuil on the first weekend in November.
For a trainer that looks after about 50 horses, this is no small feat, especially as he also has numerous starters in the Grade 2 and 3 races of that same weekend.
Here, he guides Liz Price of attheraces.com through the pick of his team.
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