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Henry de Bromhead Stable Tour

    The Knockeen trainer is out for more big-race glory in 2020/21 and ammunition includes A Plus Tard, Honeysuckle and Put The Kettle On.
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Henry de Bromhead has held a trainer’s licence for just over 20 years and has steadily grown into one of the leading National Hunt trainers around.   

The last five seasons in particular have seen him accelerate his progress up the ranks, with him consistently raising the bar with regard to winners and prize money.

Those performances have seen him emerge from the pack as the closest pursuer of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott and there is no sign of his progress levelling out.

With the unbeaten Honeysuckle as his stable star and a strong supporting cast of Grade 1 horses such as A Plus Tard, Monalee, Notebook, Minella Indo and Put The Kettle On, de Bromhead looks set to have another big season in 2020/21.

Henry spoke to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss his team for the upcoming season.

Older Horses

A Plus Tard (FR)

Form Profile:

A 167-rated chaser, he won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and beat Chacun Pour Soi to win a Grade 1 chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He summered really well and is in great shape. We’ll be looking to start him back in the next four to six weeks. Our preference will always be to go left-handed with him, as that seems to suit him a lot better. There is every chance that he could go down a similar path to what he did last season, but we are keeping an open mind and wouldn’t be against trying something different with him in the right circumstances. He showed his versatility last season and proved that he can show top-class form at around two miles, but there is a thought in the back of my mind that he could be one to try at three miles at some stage. I’ll be having a good chat with his owners about him in the coming weeks and that might well clear the waters, but I’d have an open mind with him at the minute. Whatever route he goes down, it will be great to see him back at the races.

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Aspire Tower (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 145-rated hurdler, he won a Grade 2 juvenile hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting and finished second in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He is in great form and we are aiming him at that second-season hurdle race at Down Royal in a few weeks. I was disappointed with him in the Triumph Hurdle. To me it was clear that he wasn’t himself. He jumped and hung to his left and he hadn’t done either of those things before. It’s a testament to his class and toughness that he finished as close as he did. It might just have been the case that the season had caught up with him at that stage. He’s a big, scopey horse and I’d be hopeful he’ll be a better horse in physical terms this season. He’ll stay hurdling.

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Benruben

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beneficial - Didinas (Kaldou Star)
  • Owner: Due East Gone West Syndicate
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 26 Dec 2020 14:15
  • Result: 5/6, prominent, tracked leader, 3rd and slight mistake 4 out, 4th and slight mistake next, no extra in rear after 2 out, soon weakened, eased in straight, tailed off
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Form Profile:

A 138-rated chaser, he has won his last two starts including a Grade 3 novice chase at Roscommon in September.

Trainer Says:

It was great to win a Grade 3 novice chase with him. We are aiming him at the Craddockstown Novice Chase on November 14th.

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Bob Olinger (IRE)

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he made an impressive winning racecourse debut in a bumper at Gowran Park in March.

Trainer Says:

He’s a lovely horse that has been working well in recent weeks. We’ll be looking to start him back in a maiden hurdle in the next few weeks. He seems to have plenty of pace and probably won’t need to go any further than two-and-a-half miles for the time being. He’s an exciting horse.

Captain Guinness (IRE)

Form Profile:

Made a winning racecourse debut in a maiden hurdle at Navan in December and went on to finish a close second to Andy Dufresne in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Punchestown in January. He was still travelling well in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when being brought down at the second-last hurdle.

Trainer Says:

Captain Guinness summered really well, and the intention is to run him in a maiden chase later this month, possibly at Tipperary on the 20th. His schooling over fences has been very good and we’re excited about him. Looking back at his run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, he was very unlucky with how it unfolded for him. Who knows what would have happened had he not met with so much trouble, but it looked like he was going to run a big race. Thankfully he got up ok and we can’t wait to see him on the track again.

Chris's Dream (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 165-rated chaser, he has won three of his eight starts over fences including the Troytown Chase at Navan in November and the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park in February.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go for the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal at the end of the month. It seems to be a help to him to be fresh and we’ll look to spread out his runs as best we can.

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8 Dec 2018:

Cobbler's Way (IRE)

  • 7-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:

A 146-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting prior to finishing second to Latest Exhibition in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Trainer Says:

He will go for a maiden chase in the next few weeks. I’d be hopeful that he’ll be at least as good over fences as he was over hurdles. Everything went wrong for him in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season. He got carved up everywhere he went and is much better than he was able to show that day. He stays notably well

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28 Dec 2018:

Commandingpresence (IRE)

Form Profile:

Placed in a point-to-point, he made a winning start for de Bromhead in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in September.

Trainer Says:

I was impressed with his win at Punchestown last month. I thought he did it really well there. He is likely to run in the Listed novice hurdle at Limerick on Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing how he measures up in that company

Eklat De Rire (FR)

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he made it second-time lucky over hurdles when winning a maiden at Thurles in March.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go chasing with him this season. He is a real chaser in the making and I’m looking forward to him.

Honeysuckle

Form Profile:

A 158-rated hurdler, she has won all eight of her starts over hurdles including four Grade 1 contests. Her most recent win came in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

She’s in great order and the plan at the minute is to look to start her back in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The thought at the minute would be to aim for the Irish Champion Hurdle after that. If all has gone well to that point, we’ll most likely have a choice to make between the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle again.

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Jason The Militant (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 143-rated hurdler, he won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas in February and made a winning return to action in a Flat maiden at Fairyhouse in October.

Trainer Says:

He will most likely go for that second-season hurdle at Down Royal at the end of the month. His owner Peter Michael was keen for him to start back with a run on the Flat and it was a great decision as he won a mile-and-a-quarter maiden at Fairyhouse earlier this month. He’s always shown plenty of pace at home and he showed it on that day. He’s a horse we’ve always liked, and I think there will be more to come from him over hurdles. Soft ground is a big help to him, and I think we’ll keep him around two miles.

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2 Dec 2018:

Le Musigny (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Anzillero - Fee Magic (Phantom Breeze)
  • Owner: John P McManus
  • Last Race: Navan, 8 Nov 2020 14:45
  • Result: 5/17, soon prominent, not fluent 3rd and raced in 4th, effort straight, no extra and one pace from before 2 out
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Form Profile:

Made a winning racecourse debut in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in January and ran in a Listed novice hurdle at Naas in his only other start.

Trainer Says:

He won a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in good style, but got a bit lost in a stronger novice hurdle on heavy ground in his only other start last season. We have him entered in a maiden chase at Punchestown next week and he might well start back there. He is filling out all the time in physical terms and we think he’s a nice horse.

Minella Indo (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 160-rated chaser, he was restricted to three starts in his novice chase campaign last season, winning a maiden chase at Navan and finishing a close second in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form and the intention is to give him more racing this season. He’s so laid back and takes a lot of work to get fit, so we think he’ll benefit from starting back a bit earlier and being kept busier. There is a Grade 3 for second-season chasers at Wexford on October 26th that we have our eye on to potentially start him back in. He ran a cracker in the RSA Chase and did very little wrong bar missing the last there. That run would encourage you that he’ll be able to compete in open company this season.

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Minella Melody (IRE)

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, she has won three of her four starts over hurdles including a Grade 3 mares’ novice hurdle at Fairyhouse in January.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to give her a run and then aim for the Grade 2 mares’ hurdle at Fairyhouse at the end of November. She was very disappointing in the Mares’ Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and we never really got to the bottom of why she ran so poorly that day. We’re hoping that will just prove to be a blip. We’ll keep her over hurdles this season.”

Monalee

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Tempest Belle (Glacial Storm)
  • Owner: Mr Barry Maloney
  • Last Race: Thurles, 19 Nov 2020 13:20
  • Result: 3/4, led, not fluent 4th, joined before 2 out, soon pushed along and headed and dropped to 3rd, one pace
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Form Profile:

A 171-rated chaser, he was a Grade 1-winning novice chaser in 2017/18 and most recently finished a close fourth in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

There is a Listed chase at Thurles at the end of the November that we have pencilled in as a potential starting point for him. After that, we might well consider running him in the King George VI at Kempton. He proved his stamina in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and we were delighted with his run there. He might have run even better on another day too, as he met with some interference and then got a few slaps across the face off Nico de Boinville for good measure! We are really looking forward to seeing him back on the track.

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Notebook (GER)

Form Profile:

A 158-rated chaser, he won four of his five starts in novice chases last season including two Grade 1 contests at Leopardstown.

Trainer Says:

He was very disappointing in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival. Mind, the horse he fought out the finish of the Irish Arkle with ran even worse than him that day, so maybe they both had a harder race than we thought at the time. We’ll look to start him back in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas on November 21st and will then look at the Grade 1 over two miles at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

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Paloma Blue

  • 9-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Court Leader (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: C Jones
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 28 Nov 2020 12:30
  • Result: 10/11, tracked leaders, mistake 7th and briefly pushed along, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon weakened, mistake at last
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Form Profile:

A 149-rated chaser, he got back to winning ways in a conditions’ chase at Wexford in August.

Trainer Says:

He ran ok the other day and I think we’ll get him back to two miles now and aim for the Fortria Chase at Navan on November 8th. His rating leaves him between two stools to an extent, but hopefully he’ll pay his way again.

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Put The Kettle On (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 154-rated chaser, she has won five of her six starts over fences with her latest victory coming in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

She’s in great order. We had intended on starting her back at Gowran Park last week, but the ground just got a bit quick for her, so we took her out. I’d say she could well go for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham now. She seems to love the track there. We gave her a break during the winter last season, but she’s had a good summer break this time, so we might well kick on through the winter with her.

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