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Henry de Bromhead Stable Tour

    Knockeen trainer Henry de Bromhead landed a personal best of winners last term and took Championship honours at the Cheltenham Festival - here he lifts the lid on his talented team which includes several youngsters with potential.
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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.

Last season was a remarkable campaign for de Bromhead. While he had the significant disappointment of losing the Alan Potts horses early in the campaign, he bounced back in sensational style, registering 68 winners - which is by far his best-ever tally - finishing third in the trainers’ championship and saddling Special Tiara to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Henry was good enough to let Kevin Blake of attheraces.com behind the scenes at his Knockeen base to go through the many promising horses he has in his care.

All Horses

Alisier D'irlande (FR)

  • 7-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Kapgarde - Isati's (Chamberlin)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Navan, 12 Nov 2017 14:10
  • Result: 2/6, led, 4 lengths clear halfway, reduced advantage 4 out, strongly pressed 2 out and headed approaching last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in, no impression on winner close home
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Form Profile:

A 149-rated chaser, he won in Grade 3 company last season.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go for the Fortria Chase at Navan in November.

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Avenir D'une Vie (FR)

Form Profile:

A 132-rated hurdler, he made a winning hurdling debut in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in November, but disappointed in his two starts following his return from an injury-enforced absence later in the season.

Trainer Says:

He’s back and in good form. He had a bit of a setback in the middle of last season and he never really seemed to come back to himself in his runs after that. He’s a horse we’ve always liked, so hopefully he’s come back to himself now and can deliver on what he promised. He’ll go for a beginners chase in the next few weeks.

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Balko Des Flos (FR)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Balko - Royale Marie (Garde Royale)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Clonmel, 16 Nov 2017 14:20
  • Result: 3/6, tracked leaders, mistake 8th and slight mistake next, 3rd 3 out, pushed along before next and no impression when mistake last, no extra
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Form Profile:

A 158-rated chaser, he has proven to be a very progressive chaser since being sent over the larger obstacles last season culminating in his victory in the Galway Plate.

Trainer Says:

It was a bit disappointing to see him beaten the other day, but he’s come out of it well and is in good form. We are looking at the second-season novice chase for him at Down Royal in early November. I think we’ll probably try him at three miles again this season.

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Capital Force

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Watson River (Presenting)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 7 Oct 2017 13:45
  • Result: 5/11, slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, bad mistake 2nd, soon raced in 6th, moderate 4th approaching 3 out, moderate 5th into straight and no impression, jumped left 2 out, no extra
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Form Profile:

A 132-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Thurles in February and was only beaten 23 lengths in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He fell on his chasing debut at Listowel in September.

Trainer Says:

He won his point-to-point and has always looked like a chaser in the making, so he’s obviously one we are really looking forward to.

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Champagne West

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Wyndham Sweetmarie (Mister Lord)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Clonmel, 16 Nov 2017 14:20
  • Result: 5/6, led, slight mistake and headed 4th, led again 8th and headed after next, led briefly when slight mistake 4 out, pushed along and no extra after 3 out, weakened
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Form Profile:

A 163-rated chaser, he was a smart chaser for Philip Hobbs, but found significant improvement after joining de Bromhead last season, winning a Listed chase at Tramore and the Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park prior to running below form in two starts in Grade 1 company.

Trainer Says:

He’s in super form. In fairness to him, he had a long season last season and I wouldn’t judge him too harshly on his last two runs. I think ground is important to him and he’s a much better horse on softer ground. We’ll aim him at all those good conditions chases and find our way with him.

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Identity Thief

Form Profile:

A 157-rated hurdler and 147-rated chaser, he won his first two starts over fences last season in fine style, but was disappointing in his next three starts over fences and was below form when returned to hurdling later in the season.

Trainer Says:

He’ll be a little bit later getting back to the track than most of the others. Hopefully he’ll come back in better form than he finished last season in! I haven’t really decided what road we’ll go down with him yet in terms of hurdles or fences, we’ll just concentrate on getting him in good form.

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Judgement Day

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he finished second in all three of his starts in bumpers last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s a real nice young horse. He’ll go straight over hurdles and while he should stay well, he’s not short of pace.

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Monalee

Form Profile:

A 145-rated hurdler, he won two of his five starts over hurdles last season including a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Clonmel in February. He also finished second to Penhill in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

We’re aiming him at a beginners chase in late October or early November. We might start him off over two-and-a-half miles and potentially move up in trip later on. He won his point-to-point and has always looked like a chaser in the making, so he’s obviously one we are really looking forward to.

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Ordinary World

  • 7-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Saucy Present (Presenting)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Naas, 11 Nov 2017 12:35
  • Result: 2/6, tracked leader disputing 2nd, 3rd 4 out, progress on outer into close 3rd 2 out, ridden in 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in
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Form Profile:

A 148-rated chaser, he made an impressive winning debut over fences in a maiden chase at Fairyhouse in October and finished in the frame in all four of his starts in Grade 1 and Grade 2 company after that.

Trainer Says:

I’m aiming him to start him back in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas in mid-November. I think he’ll stick to around two miles this season. He’s a big horse and will hopefully find some improvement this season.

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Ornua

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Merry Heart (Broken Hearted)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 18 Oct 2017 14:35
  • Result: 3/8, led before 1st, joined and disputed entering entering straight, ridden and headed before last, 3rd from last, kept on same pace
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Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he has won two of his five starts over hurdles.

Trainer Says:

The ground wasn’t ideal for him in the Galway Hurdle. I think I’ll save his novice status over fences until next season, so I’ll look for a novice hurdle for him in the next few weeks. More than likely he’ll soon be off on a winter break and come back for the spring.

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Paloma Blue

Form Profile:

Made an impressive winning debut in a bumper at Fairyhouse in January and bettered that when second to Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

We’re aiming at a maiden hurdle in November and we’ll see how he goes from there. He is a galloping type of horse, so I think we’ll probably step him up in trip as the season progresses. He’s a real chaser in the making.

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Peace News (GER)

Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he made a promising winning hurdling debut at Cork in November, but proved a shade disappointing in Graded novice hurdle company after that.

Trainer Says:

He was a bit disappointing last season, though when you look back at the maiden hurdle he won so impressively, it didn’t work as well as it looked like it might at the time, so maybe we just overrated him a bit based on that. There’s a conditions hurdle at Punchestown on October 18th that will suit him and we’re aiming to start him back in that. We’ll start him over hurdles and we’ll see after that, but chasing is a potential option for him. I don’t think he needs to go much further than two miles.

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Petit Mouchoir (FR)

Form Profile:

A 160-rated hurdler, he improved after joining de Bromhead last season, winning the Ryanair Hurdle and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown prior to finishing third in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in really good form and of course we are excited about him. We’re hoping to start him back in a beginners chase in the next few weeks. He might start off at two miles, but I could see him going two-and-a-half miles at some stage. Fingers crossed he takes to fences and can get to a similar level that he did over hurdles.

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Sadler's Risk

Form Profile:

A 151-rated chaser, he won a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown in October.

Trainer Says:

He has been a bit disappointing this summer, but seems in better form now. He’s going to run in the Grade 3 chase at Punchestown on October 19th that he won last year. He’s a better horse going right-handed.

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Some Plan (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 144-rated chaser, he has improved after joining de Bromhead last season, winning a novice chase at Naas prior to capitalising on the final-fence fall of Royal Caviar to win the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown in January.

Trainer Says:

I was very disappointed with him from Cheltenham onwards last season and while there were no obvious problems with him, I’d say he might be one that doesn’t want to run too regularly. He started back at Limerick on Sunday in the conditions chase over two-and-a-half miles.

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Special Tiara

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Special Choice (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 19 Nov 2017 14:25
  • Result: 3/5, led, not fluent 6th, headed after 3 out, one pace next, no chance with winner between last 2, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, lost well beaten 2nd near finish
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Form Profile:

A 163-rated chaser, he is well established as a high-class player in the two-mile chase division and gained the biggest win of his career in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

He’s in super form. We were hoping to start him back at Gowran Park the week before last, but the ground went against him, so we are looking at the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham instead. I’d say he’ll have a similar sort of programme to what he had last season.

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Sub Lieutenant (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 162-rated chaser, he found improvement after joining de Bromhead last season, winning a Grade 2 chase at Down Royal in November and finishing second in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Melling Chase at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

He seems great and we are hoping to start him back over three miles and a furlong in the Carvill’s Hill Chase at Punchestown on October 19th. We are keen to try him over that sort of trip and we’ll know where we are going with him after that. He’s always looked to me as if three miles will suit him, so we’ll soon find out.

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Three Stars (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Hapeney (Saddlers' Hall)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Aintree, 11 Nov 2017 14:15
  • Result: 5/12, tracked leader until not fluent 4th, stayed in touch, ridden 9th, not fluent 11th, one pace and beaten from 3 out
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Form Profile:

A 140-rated chaser, he won a Grade 3 novice chase last season and acquitted himself well in better company later in the season.

Trainer Says:

We are aiming him at the big handicap chase at Cork on October 15th and hopefully he can find some improvement this season.

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Twobeelucky

Form Profile:

The winner of two of his three starts over hurdles, he finished second to Le Richebourg in a novice hurdle at the Galway Festival last time.

Trainer Says:

He’s in good order, we are just a bit on options for him at the minute. He could end up going for something like the For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan. Winter ground would be a big question mark for him and he might be one that gets a break when it gets really testing.

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Valseur Lido (FR)

Form Profile:

A 161-rated chaser that was trained by Willie Mullins until last season, he made a winning start for de Bromhead in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. Having finished fourth in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s back and on great terms with himself. He fractured a cannon bone and had to have it screwed, but he seems really good now. We are aiming him back at the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in early November.

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