Born in Lorraine with Joëlle and Philippe Morruzzi, Blue Lord won his 2nd Gr.1 yesterday at Punchestown, and is therefore their 2nd winner at the highest level with Willie Mullins after Kemboy. His breeders and his former trainer Christophe Herpin tell you the unique story of this budding champion, who could have left France at the age of 2 without an unfortunate setback…
Under the colors Munir/Souede, Blue Lord takes off for a 2nd Gr.1 at Punchestown
At 2 years old, the young blue lord could have made a one-way trip to Ireland without even being trained in France, but history would have it otherwise. Purchased €35,000 per George Mullins to ARQANA, the son of Blue Brazil nevertheless left the same evening for his native Lorraine…His breeder Philippe Morruzzi explain to us : ” He was a very beautiful horse, and we were very happy with his sales result, but the horse performed a “Wind Test” on site to check his breathing during the effort. At home, we only have a few horses, and they are bred on carrots and caress…the poor guy got a “rush” in the lunging ring, and made a noise. The sale was therefore canceled, and we left with him in the middle of the night of the sales! He then never showed any sign of respiratory problems…but hey, after forty years as a breeder, you become a philosopher, and you know it can happen!“.
Christophe Herpin and Philippe Chemin coached Blue Lord at the start of their career. Here they are last year in Granville, with Morgan Delalande, who himself was associated with the future champion of Willie Mullins
Finally, Blue Lord canceled his little Irish trip…but it was only a postponement! Placed at Philippe Chemin and Christophe Herpinhe was spotted by David Powell, who bought it for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede after a victory in September of his 4 years in Morlaix. Christophe Herpin explains: “ The horse came to us at the age of 3, and was extremely late. He started 4th with an apology at Dieppe, and was then very unlucky at Craon. A little “irritated”, we raced her a week later at Morlaix, and I told her jockey for the day, Christopher Grosbois, that he couldn’t lose her! David Powell bought it, and it was already pitched on the hurdles at home. He had great potential. You have to remember that at the team, we also had Air Drinker at the start of our career. He was very different from Blue Lord, being very complicated to train. I made him pass the cross in both directions at Brehal to calm him down…“.
Blue Lord’s second Irish trip this time went off without a hitch. Always estimated by Willie Mullins, he won on his debut over hurdles at Punchestown, before finishing 2nd in Gr.1 on his second outing in Ireland! Over the steeplechase this season, he has 4 victories in 5 outings, including the Irish Arkle (Gr.1) in February at Leopardstown, and therefore did it again yesterday at Punchestown, snatching success against Sublime Heart. He is therefore the 2nd Gr.1 champion and winner bred by Joelle and Philippe Morruzziafter Kemboy, also a steeplechase phenomenon with Willie Mullins. This is a great success for its Lorraine breeders, who have always managed to produce good horses with a small number of people.
Kemboy, the other crack in Ireland of Joelle and Philippe Morruzzi
Philippe Morruzzi explains: “I was a veterinarian by profession, for small animals. We have been breeding with my wife for forty years. We have had the chance to breed very good horses in France, which have always come close to winning Gr.1. They were especially at Bernard Sécly, who notably had Card’son. He won a group at Auteuil, and finished 2nd in the Cambacérès de Tidal Fury when he was born in June. I also had with Mr. Hosselet Melly Moss, who was 2nd in the Ferdinand Dufaure, before finishing 2nd in the Aintree Grand National under the saddle of a very young Ruby Walsh. I have always worked in confidence with the Haras de la Croix Sonnet, and used their stallions. I was one of the few to have a share of Tip Moss, the father of Mely Moss, who is by the way a distant cousin of Blue Lord. His grandmother is by the way by Mansonnien.”
Among the best horses bred by the Morruzzi in Lorraine, Mely Moss, a distant cousin of Blue Lord, finished 2nd in the Ferdinand Dufaure but also in the Grand National d’Aintree, 1 length behind Papillon
Blue Lord was also conceived at Croix Sonnet, where his father Blue Brazil was based before leaving for England at Yorton Farm, then in Ireland at Glenview at Paul Cashman. This remarkable stallion reached his peak with Autonomy, Blue Lordor the young phenomenon Constitution Hillannounced as the great rival ofhoneysuckle in the 2023 Champion Hurdle. Regarding Blue Bresil, Philippe Morruzi explains: ” I used Blue Bresil because it carries the blood of Luthier, a stallion whose lineage I have always followed. Blue Brazil was Smadoun, with the blood of Tip Moss, himself by Luthier! I also kept as a broodmare without racing a daughter of Blue Brazil, who is Kemboy’s sister.”
Blue Brazil during his years at Yorton Farm
Today, however, Joëlle and Philippe Morruzi have reduced the sails somewhat: ” We are not stopping breeding, but we have reduced a lot. Our son Pierre is based in Normandy, and we work with him. We have two mares together, purchased from ARQANA, including Carmen du Berlais. This is the origin of Chica Bonita, and therefore of Chinco, a champion who was also raised in Lorraine! Unfortunately, we no longer have Blue Lord’s family, since his mother died, and she only produced males. Blue Lord’s brothers were quite complicated, like their mother Lorette, who had a lot of character. She was a daughter of Cachet Noir, a stallion of Jean-Luc Henry who transmitted a little of this to his offspring. “Despite his missed departure for Ireland and the character of his family, Blue Lord managed to slip between the drops of fate to shine with a thousand lights at the master Willie…here is a new pride “made in Lorraine” for Morruzi family!
Congratulations Blue Lord!