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French National Stud stallion Brier Creek dies

FRENCH National Stud stallion Brier Creek has died after suffering multiple health problems. The son of Blushing Groom had been advertised for the past two seasons as standing at the operation's base in Le Haut-Corlay in Brittany at a fee of €1,100.

Brier Creek was bred by Allen Paulsen out of then-record $2.5m yearling purchase and Del Mar Oaks winner Savannah Dancer, making him a half-brother to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Sha Tha.

Trained by John Gosden and racing in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed, Brier Creek progressed through handicaps at three, when he was beaten a head into second by Quick Ransom in the Ebor.

At four he developed into a smart performer, winning the Listed Aston Park Stakes and edging out Not In Doubt, Assessor and Daru to land the Group 3 Henry II Stakes.

Brier Creek developed into a good source of jumps performers, siring the likes of the Paul Webber-trained smart novice chaser Edgbriar, Nykel, a useful handicap chaser for Alan King, and Palypso De Creek, a Grade 3-winning chaser in his native France now trained by Charlie Longsdon, for whom he finished fourth in the Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree in November.

Brier Creek is also sire of Nitrat, Parrain and Palmier, all useful jumps performers in France, and Nelson Creek, a Listed winner on the Flat.







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