The first mare covered by Overbury Stud’s new stallion Le Brivido has been tested in foal. She is the young George Vancouver mare Espionne, who won over a mile at Chantilly as a three-year-old, and is owned by her breeder, Thierry de La Heronniere of the Haras d’Ellon. From a German Classic family, Espionne is a half-sister to the dual G1-winning novice hurdler Petite Parisienne and is one of several mares travelling from France to be covered by the highly-rated Jersey Stakes winner.

‘I am a big fan of Siyouni ~ he really is one of the very best stallions ~ and Le Brivido is all Siyouni,’ says de La Heronniere, who has invested in a breeding right in Le Brivido. ‘I’m impressed by him, and I think he can be just as successful as his sire.’ De La Heronniere bred one of Siyouni’s biggest early stars, the G2 Prix Coronation winner Volta who was also third in the G1 French Oaks and second in the G1 Prix Rothschild ~ and he had double cause for celebration yesterday as another Siyouni bred by him, Sea Watch, won at Chantilly. ‘I’ve also done well with Overbury Stud ~ I sent a mare to Cityscape and produced the three-year-old filly Avenue de France whose had two races for two wins.’

Le Brivido stands at Overbury Stud at £7,000 Oct 1, SLF, with 50% of the fee returnable if the mare produces a filly.