Jumps Season - At The Races

Henry de Bromhead Stable Tour

    The Knockeen trainer recorded a career-best last season and here he runs the rule over his runners which could elevate him to new heights in 2019/20.
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Henry de Bromhead has steadily built his yard up over the last 15 years into one of the leading operations in Ireland. The legendary Sizing Europe was the one that established de Bromhead on the big-race scene, but since his retirement Henry has kicked on and found a steady stream of Grade 1 performers to represent him at the highest level.

Recent years have seen Henry take his performance to all-new levels. Last season saw him smash his previous record tallies of winners and prize money, saddling 104 winners over jumps between Ireland and Britain including three individual Grade 1 winners.

Henry looks to have an excellent team at his disposal and was good enough to take Kevin Blake of attheraces.com through his squad for the campaign ahead.

All Horses

A Plus Tard (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kapgarde - Turboka (Kahyasi)
  • Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 14:50
  • Result: 3/8, tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, headway before 3 out, joined winner turning in, ridden after 2 out, one pace in 3rd approaching last, kept on under pressure flat, not quite able to get back on terms with front pair
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Form Profile:

A 160-rated chaser, he won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

He seems in great form and I’m very happy with him. I have to say, I was disappointed with his run at the Punchestown Festival. There might be nothing in it, but the more I look at his form and consider everything around his runs, I’m starting to think that he might be a better horse going left-handed. Everything he did going left-handed last season was excellent, whereas he ran below expectations every time he raced right-handed. With that in mind, we’d like to start him off at a left-handed track, but all the obvious domestic options for him are at right-handed tracks like Down Royal, Clonmel and Punchestown. We’ll look to get him to the races in the next month or so and two options we are considering are the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham or the Poplar Square Chase at Naas.

Video Form
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Balko Des Flos (FR)

  • 9-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Balko - Royale Marie (Garde Royale)
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
  • Last Race: Thurles, 21 Nov 2019 12:50
  • Result: 4/5, led, joined briefly 3rd, headed after 6th, disputed lead again from 8th, headed after 3 out, no impression in 3rd and slight mistake next, no extra approaching last
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Form Profile:

A 165-rated chaser, he won the Galway Plate and Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017/18.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form and might well start back in the Carvill’s Hill Chase at Punchestown next week. He really struggled on the ground last season. He just never really got a chance on normal winter ground and it didn’t suit him. I’d be hopeful he can come back to himself on a more typical winter surface this season.

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Chris's Dream (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Janebailey (Silver Patriarch)
  • Owner: Robcour
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 10/12, held up towards rear, headway approaching 18th, weakened before 2 out
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Form Profile:

A 146-rated chaser, he won two of his five starts over fences last season including a Grade 2 novice chase at Navan in February.

Trainer Says:

We haven’t picked out a target for him yet, but he’s in very good form at home. He was a bit later than most of them coming back in, so it’ll probably be the end of November at the earliest before we get him to the track. His form tailed off a bit at the end of last season and it did the same the year before. We’re not quite sure why that was the case, but he seems in great shape and we are looking forward to getting him back to the track.

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Cobbler's Way (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Beeper's Leader (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 14:50
  • Result: PU/19, tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression in 8th when pulled up quickly before last
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Form Profile:

Placed in a point-to-point, he made an impressive racecourse debut when winning a bumper by 11 lengths at Limerick’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He’s working nicely and I’m very happy with him. He looks as though he’ll be ready to run towards the end of this month. We didn’t run him again after he won at Limerick’s Christmas meeting as we felt he would benefit from an easy time of it. He’s a big horse and the break has really been to his benefit in physical terms. We’ll start him off in a maiden hurdle. He has a bit of pace, but you’d imagine he stay well too.

Video Form
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Dancing On My Own (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Morning Supreme (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: Sean & Bernardine Mulryan
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 16 Nov 2019 12:05
  • Result: 6/8, tracked leader, not fluent 6th, driven and lost place after 2 out, soon beaten, weakened last
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Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, she ran to a high level in novice hurdles last season, including when fourth in a Grade 1 contest at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Trainer Says:

He ran really well a couple of times last season, but we went down the handicap route with him at the Cheltenham Festival and it didn’t work out. We ran him in a maiden hurdle at the Galway Festival, but he didn’t handle the track at all. He is still a maiden over hurdles, so with all the experience he has he should be able to have a good campaign. I think we’ll drop him back to two miles.

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Dommage Pour Toi (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Magadan - Phenyl Des Mottes (Bonnet Rouge)
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
  • Last Race: Tramore, 18 Jul 2020 16:55
  • Result: 7/10, tracked leaders, not fluent at 2nd and briefly pushed along, slight mistake 6th, led 10th, bad mistake and headed 11th, ridden in 2nd after 3 out, 5th 2 out, weakened
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Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he broke his maiden over hurdles in a Grade 2 novice at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

I’m very happy with him and the plan is to go novice chasing with him. We’ll be looking to start him off in maiden chase over at least two-and-a-half miles in the next few weeks. His schooling over fences has been very good.

Honeysuckle

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Sulamani - First Royal (Lando)
  • Owner: Mr K Alexander
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 16:10
  • Result: Won/9, always prominent, shaken up to lead on inside turning in, soon ridden, big jump last, stayed under pressure flat, held on gamely
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Form Profile:

A 150-rated hurdler, she has won all four of her starts over hurdles including a Grade 1 mares’ novice hurdle at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

We have decided to stay over hurdles with her this season. She could potentially start back in the Grade 2 hurdle at Down Royal on November 1st or there is a second-season hurdle at Fairyhouse a week later that is an option. We’d like to keep her to mares’ company if we could, but being a Grade 1 winner excludes her from a lot of those races this side of Christmas, so we’ll be taking on the geldings a few times at least with her. I thought she looked really well suited to two-and-a-half miles at Fairyhouse and shaped as though she should stay a bit further than that. She was really good last season and you’d have to be excited about her this season.

Video Form
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Kupatana

  • 7-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Westerner - Kildea Cailin (Anshan)
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 31 Dec 2019 12:40
  • Result: 4/5, led, clear early, reduced advantage 3 out, headed 3 out, soon ridden, moderate 3rd next, moderate 4th entering straight, no impression
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Form Profile:

A 146-rated chaser, she won three races over fences when trained in Britain last season prior to changing hands for £210,000 in May.

Trainer Says:

We were fortunate enough to be sent her after she changed hands earlier this year and we are really looking forward to getting her started. She should be out by the end of this month and we’ll campaign her over fences.

Video Form
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Minella Indo (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beat Hollow - Carrigeen Lily (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: Mr Barry Maloney
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 11 Mar 2020 14:10
  • Result: 2/10, raced keenly, led until after 1st, led next, headed 5th, stayed pressing leader, led after 2 out, mistake last, hung right and pressed flat, headed towards finish
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Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler, he won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go chasing with him and we are likely to start him back in early-to-mid November. He’s a notably laid-back horse at home, but he really came alive at Cheltenham and put up a great performance there. He’s still very laid back at home, so it might take him a run or two to hit top form this season, but he looks great and I’m really looking forward to him. He has always looked a chaser in the making and his schooling over fences for me has been very good. He’s exciting.

Video Form
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Minella Melody (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Cottage Theatre (King's Theatre)
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 16:50
  • Result: 18/22, prominent, took keen hold, led just after 2nd, headed home bend, soon weakened, eased
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, she won a bumper at Gowran Park in March and went on to finish in the frame in Graded bumpers at Aintree and Punchestown.

Trainer Says:

I’m really happy with her and she’s on target to run in early-November. We’ll go hurdling with her this season and I think we’ll start her off at around two-and-a-half miles. She did really well in bumpers last season and the hope is that she can be even better over hurdles.

Monalee (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Tempest Belle (Glacial Storm)
  • Owner: Mr Barry Maloney
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 4/12, raced freely, chased leaders, led 14th, not fluent 16th, headed 4 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on flat
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Form Profile:

A 164-rated chaser, he was a Grade 1-winning novice chaser in 2017/18 and won the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park in February.

Trainer Says:

He’s another one of mine that was unsuited by the lack of soft ground last season. He performed well in form terms, but in truth he was struggling with sore shins for the second half of the season after running on what was quite quick ground at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting. Getting him onto soft ground will be a big help and I don’t think we’ve seen the very best of him yet. His ideal trip is still an unknown. I’ve always considered him a three-miler, but his form has given some cause to doubt that. First and foremost, we’ll look to get him back on his favoured soft ground and will make a judgement on him trip wise after that. The Clonmel Oil Chase or the Listed chase at Thurles the week after are potential starting points for him.

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Moon Over Germany

  • 9-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Germany - Elea Moon (Moonax)
  • Owner: Philip J Reynolds
  • Last Race: Galway, 30 Jul 2020 18:45
  • Result: U/19, towards rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 2nd
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Form Profile:

A 153-rated chaser, he broke his maiden over fences in the valuable Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree in April.

Trainer Says:

I was happy with his run at Tipperary on Sunday, he just didn’t quite seem to get the trip. He won his first race over fences after February 1st, so he will remain a novice until the Hatton’s Grace meeting at Fairyhouse on December 1st. We’ll look to drop him in trip for the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown next month.

Video Form
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Ordinary World

  • 10-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Saucy Present (Presenting)
  • Owner: C Jones
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 1 Feb 2020 13:25
  • Result: PU/7, soon trailing in last, never involved and tailed off when pulled up before 5th
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Form Profile:

A 147-rated chaser, he has been a model of consistency in Graded chases since getting off the mark over fences in October 2016, finishing in the frame in multiple Graded chases.

Trainer Says:

It was great to see him win at Ballinrobe the other day. We are looking at the likes of the Fortria Chase at Navan in early-November for him. He’s been a super horse for us and should continue to pay his way.

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Ornua

  • 9-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Merry Heart (Broken Hearted)
  • Owner: John J Phelan & Syed Momin
  • Last Race: Killarney, 7 Jul 2020 18:30
  • Result: 3/10, chased leader, led after 2nd, ridden and headed before 3 out, no extra in 2nd 2 out, 3rd and kept on one pace from before last
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Form Profile:

A 154-rated chaser, he won four of his 10 starts over fences including the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April.

Trainer Says:

He is in super form and we are aiming him at the Poplar Square Chase at Naas on November 9th. We were delighted with the way he progressed last season and hopefully he can make a smooth transition into open company now. I think we’ll keep him around two miles this season.

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Paloma Blue

  • 8-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Court Leader (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: C Jones
  • Last Race: Killarney, 7 Jul 2020 18:00
  • Result: 3/6, prominent and disputed, headed after 8th, disputed again 6 out, led next, ridden and pressed 3 out, joined before next, headed after 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace
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Form Profile:

A 147-rated chaser, he won a maiden chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He lost his way a bit last season. We don’t really know what went wrong with him, but he seems in really good form now and hopefully he’ll show his true form this season. We’ll look to bring him along slowly and see where he slots in.

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Petit Mouchoir (FR)

  • 9-y-o; gelding
  • Breeding: Al Namix - Arnette (Denham Red)
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
  • Last Race: Galway, 30 Jul 2020 18:45
  • Result: 3/19, tracked leaders, closed up from 3 out, effort approaching straight, kept on without matching front pair run-in
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Form Profile:

A 155-rated hurdler, he has returned to hurdling last season and most recently finished fourth in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Trainer Says:

He got very tired on his comeback at Tipperary on Sunday. He should improve from that run in physical terms. We’ll likely keep him over hurdles for the foreseeable future and the Morgiana Hurdle is likely to be his next target.

Video Form
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Poker Party (FR)

  • 8-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Gentlewave - Becquarette (Nombre Premier)
  • Owner: Robcour
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 1 Mar 2020 16:40
  • Result: 3/8, rear of mid-division early, mid-division at 6th, ridden in 6th entering straight, 4th at last, kept on without threatening to go 3rd close home
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Form Profile:

A 146-rated chaser, he won the Kerry National at the Listowel Harvest Festival.

Trainer Says:

It was brilliant to win the Kerry National with him and I’d say we’ll aim him at the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. He is unexposed over staying trips over fences, so hopefully he can keep progressing over that sort of trip.

Video Form
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Presented Well

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Millstream Express (Presenting)
  • Owner: Bellamy Syndicate
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 28 Dec 2019 12:50
  • Result: 22/25, a little keen, soon chased leaders, 10th from 5th, weakened from before 2 out
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Form Profile:

A 128-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Down Royal prior to finishing third in the Connolly's Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s a horse I like, and we have decided to stay hurdling with him this season. I think he is open to more progression and I’m looking forward to him.

Video Form
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Sinoria

  • 7-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Oscar - Petralona (Alleged)
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
  • Last Race: Cork, 8 Dec 2019 15:05
  • Result: F/5, close up and disputed, led after 4th, ridden and narrowly headed after 3 out, under pressure in close 2nd when fell 2 out
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Form Profile:

A 142-rated hurdler, she has won two of her four starts over hurdles including a Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown in February.

Trainer Says:

She’s in great form and the plan is to go chasing with her this season. There’s a mares’ maiden chase at Thurles at the end of this month that we have in mind for her. I think she’ll prove best over at least two-and-a-half miles and we are looking forward to seeing her over that sort of trip this season. Her schooling over fences has been very good.

Video Form
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Solomn Grundy

Form Profile:

A 135-rated chaser, he remains a maiden over fences, but ran very well in valuable handicap chases last season.

Trainer Says:

He lost his way a bit at the backend of the season, but he looks great now. He’s still a maiden over fences which gives us plenty of options, but I’m inclined to aim him for something like the Troytown Chase at Navan. Longer term, maybe he could be one for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Video Form
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Sub Lieutenant

  • 11-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Brian Boru - Satellite Dancer (Satco)
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
  • Last Race: Galway, 31 Jul 2020 19:15
  • Result: 2/7, pushed along briefly early, soon led, pushed along again from last, headed approaching straight, soon no impression, one pace
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Form Profile:

A 155-rated chaser, he ran very well to finish second in Topham Chase at Aintree on his first attempt over the Grand National fences in April.

Trainer Says:

He has had a little setback that will slow him down in getting back to the track, but he should be back after Christmas. He ran a brilliant race in the Topham over the big fences at Aintree and really seemed to enjoy it, so we’ll train him with a view to getting him back there to the Grand National. He is best suited by better ground.

Video Form
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Walk Away

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - Pegus Love (Executive Perk)
  • Owner: Robcour
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 25 Jan 2020 12:25
  • Result: 3/9, a little keen early, tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, jumped slightly right 2nd, 4th from 4th, progress from 8th, 2nd and not match winner when jumped slightly right 2 out, dropped to 3rd approaching last, one pace
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Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Thurles in March and acquitted himself well in Grade 1 novice hurdle company at Aintree and Punchestown.

Trainer Says:

He’s going to go novice chasing this season. He should be effective over three miles this season.

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