Henry de Bromhead Stable Tour

    The Knockeen trainer enjoyed plenty of glory at the big festivals last term and here he discusses the pick of his team which could claim top honours at the major meetings in 2018/19.
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

Henry de Bromhead has steadily built his yard up over the last 15 years into one of the leading operations in the country. 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.

The last two seasons have seen de Bromhead secure over 60 winners and having made an electric start to this season, he is well on target to smash his previous seasonal best tally of winners.

Henry was good enough to let Kevin Blake of attheraces.com behind the scenes at his Knockeen base to go through his team for the upcoming season.

All Horses

Balko Des Flos (FR)

Form Profile:

A 169-rated chaser, he improved notably last season, winning the Galway Plate and Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He did us proud when winning the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The soft ground was obviously a concern going into the race, but the fact that he got fresh ground on the New Course was a big help to him. I’d be inclined to think that his below form run at Aintree in April can be put down to him feeling the effects of what had been a long season. It’s a long time from getting ready for a Galway Plate to the Aintree Grand National meeting and as much as you try to keep them fresh through the season, it’s hard for them to maintain their form for so long. He’s been back with me for a while and is in great form. We were just a bit worried about the ground at Gowran Park last week, so we took him out. We’re now looking at the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal for him and will work from there. I wouldn’t have a strong view as to what his very best trip is. He has shown very good form everywhere from two-and-a-half to three miles.

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Chris's Dream (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he won a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Clonmel by a distance last season.

Trainer Says:

We only bought him around last Christmas and Cheltenham wasn’t really on our minds at that stage, but when he won that Grade 3 novice hurdle at Clonmel so well, we thought we had to have a go. He was obviously disappointing and we wrapped up his season after it, but I wouldn’t judge him harshly on it. It was always going to be about going chasing with him this season and we are looking forward to him. We are still getting to know him, but he showed at Clonmel that he handles testing ground particularly well. We’ll hopefully have him out by mid-to-late November.

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Cuneo (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kapgarde - Mefertiti (Epervier Bleu)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Tramore, 16 Apr 2018 19:50
  • Result: Won/4, led at slow early pace and raced green early, briefly ran wide off bend after 1f, joined after 4f, headed halfway, improved to dispute lead again 3f out, ridden and led 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong
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Form Profile:

Shaped well over hurdles prior to winning a bumper at Tramore in April.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse that won a bumper at Tramore last season. We don’t run too many in bumpers, so for him to have won one is saying something. He had a couple of nice runs of hurdles prior to that and he’ll go back over hurdles this season.

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High School Days (USA)

Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he progressed through the ranks last season and promises to make up into a useful novice chaser.

Trainer Says:

She really progressed last season and we’ll send her chasing this season. Hopefully she’ll take to them and find more improvement. WShe really progressed last season and we’ll send her chasing this season. Hopefully she’ll take to them and find more improvement. While she is Flat-bred, she is a lovely big scopey mare and her schooling over fences has been good. She’s nearly ready to go and should be out in early November.hile she is Flat-bred, she is a lovely big scopey mare and her schooling over fences has been good. She’s nearly ready to go and should be out in early November.

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Identity Thief

Form Profile:

A 162-rated hurdler, he lost his way for a couple of seasons, but burst back to life to win the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April.

Trainer Says:

It was great to see him get back to Grade 1-winning form last season. Stepping up to three miles was an unknown at Aintree, but Sean Flanagan was very keen to give him a go at it and he proved to be right. I haven’t discussed it with the lads yet, but I’d imagine he’ll stay down the staying hurdle route. We have pencilled in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on November 11th as his potential comeback race.

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Mind's Eye

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Joleen (Bob's Return)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Galway, 9 Oct 2018 16:15
  • Result: 2/16, 3rd early, improved into 2nd after 2nd, closed on leader from 3 out and disputed lead from next, headed after last and soon ridden, no impression and kept on same pace run-in
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Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he failed to win a bumper, but he quickly progressed into a much better horse over hurdles, winning a maiden at Fairyhouse and a novices’ handicap hurdle at Leopardstown. He made a promising chasing debut at Galway in October.

Trainer Says:

I was happy with his chasing debut at Galway the other day, he just bumped into a good one of Willie’s that was fitter than him. He jumped nicely and just got a bit tired in the dip. I think he’ll come on a good bit for the run. We’ll likely keep him between two miles and two-and-a-half miles.

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Minella Indo

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beat Hollow - Carrigeen Lily (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 28 Apr 2018 18:10
  • Result: 3/13, close up and disputed lead at times, led before straight, soon strongly pressed, joined over 1f out, soon headed and kept on without matching 1st 2
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Form Profile:

Made an encouraging debut in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse. We bought him after he won a point-to-point and he ran a lovely first race for us in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival a month later. He seems to have a great attitude. He’ll start back in a maiden hurdle in November and hopefully he’ll progress up the ranks. We might start him off at two-and-a-half miles and assess him from there.

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Monalee

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Tempest Belle (Glacial Storm)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 18:40
  • Result: F/11, tracked leaders, slight mistake 2nd, 2nd 3 out, improved to dispute lead before 2 out, niggled along and every chance when fell 2 out
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Form Profile:

A 158-rated chaser, he won two of his five starts over fences last season including the Flogas Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. He went on to finish second to Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

I’d say we’ll start him off in the second-season Grade 2 chase at Down Royal on November 3rd. We’ll see how he goes there, but I wouldn’t be against trying him over three miles again. I thought he got the trip in the RSA Chase and in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle the year before, he just needs to settle a bit better to give himself the best chance. He got two bad falls last season, but he bounced back from them well and hopefully we’ll get a clear run with him this season.

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Ordinary World

  • 8-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Saucy Present (Presenting)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Gowran Park, 6 Oct 2018 15:40
  • Result: 4/7, mid-division on inner, 4th 4 out, switched left and headway on outer approaching straight, pushed along and mistake 2 out, soon no impression, no extra run-in
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Form Profile:

A 152-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:

He had a nice comeback run over two-and-a-half miles at Gowran Park the other day. We wanted to give him a try at that trip and while Bryan was happy with him, I don’t know how much of a conclusion we can draw regarding the trip as he blew up after the second-last fence and just needed the run. He’ll probably go for the Fortria Chase at Navan on November 11th and we’ll plan our next move after that.

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Ornua

Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he has won three of his five starts over fences including a Grade 3 novice chase at Roscommon in October.

Trainer Says:

He runs at Punchestown tomorrow. I was delighted with his last win at Roscommon and he seems to be progressing quite nicely. All being well, he could go to the Cheltenham November meeting and we’ll make a decision after that as to whether we’ll keep going or give him a winter break. We’ll probably stick to around two miles with him, but he could try two-and-a-half miles at some stage.

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Paloma Blue

Form Profile:

A 149-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle last season and acquitted himself well without winning in Grade 1 novice hurdle company thereafter.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go novice chasing with him and he’ll hopefully be ready to start back around mid-to-late November. I’d say we’ll start him off at two miles, but I could see him getting two-and-a-half miles at some stage. I was happy with his novice hurdle campaign last season. I was particularly happy with his run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He has the shape and make-up of a chaser, so we’re hopeful that we’ll see the best version of him this season. He took a bit of a grip at times last season, so fences might just settle him down a bit.

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Petit Mouchoir (FR)

Form Profile:

A 157-rated chaser, he was one of the leading novice chasers of last season, twice finishing second in Grade 1 company.

Trainer Says:

Unfortunately he had a little setback after he came back in that held us up a bit, but he’s back OK now and we’ll hopefully have him back at the races for Christmas. I haven’t discussed him with the lads yet, but I think he’ll stay further than two miles.

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Special Tiara

  • 11-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Special Choice (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Sandown, 28 Apr 2018 15:00
  • Result: 4/6, kept wide, tracked leader, went left 3rd, jumped slowly 5th, left in front 8th, joined 3 out, soon headed, slightly hampered and lost 2nd 2 out, weakened approaching last
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Form Profile:

A 157-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 2017.

Trainer Says:

He will probably start back in the Shloer Chase at the Cheltenham November meeting. At the age he is now, we are just going to mind him as best we can and be selective with the ground we run him on. He needs decent ground to show his best and hopefully he’ll get more luck getting it this season than he did last season.

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Sub Lieutenant (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 158-rated chaser, he ran well at all the big spring festivals and got back to winning ways in a conditions chase at the Galway Festival on his most recent start.

Trainer Says:

He runs at Punchestown on Wednesday. It was great to see him get back to winning ways at the Galway Festival, as he had a messy campaign last season. He just had a few niggly issues that meant we didn’t get a clear run with him. He seems in smashing form now and hopefully he can get back to the form that saw him finish second in a Ryanair in 2017. While his best form is around two-and-a-half miles, I think three miles is his best trip, he just has to go and prove it now.

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Trainwreck

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Trail Storm (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: H de Bromhead
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 16 Oct 2018 16:10
  • Result: U/5, prominent, led before 2nd, headed approaching 4th where slightly slow, slightly slow next, 3rd from 8th, pushed along to challenge and dispute lead straight, mistake and unseated rider 2 out
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Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he has won two of his five starts over hurdles including a handicap at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He made his chasing debut at Punchestown on Tuesday and looked to be going quite well when unseating Rachael at the second-last fence. He’s the type of horse to make into a better chaser than hurdler and hopefully he won’t be long getting back on track. Decent ground will suit him better than testing ground.

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Twobeelucky (GB)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated hurdler, he won three of his five starts over hurdles last season.

Trainer Says:

He had a good break and is working well now. We haven’t decided what we’ll do with him this season, but there is a possibility he will go chasing. He has been lightly raced in the last year, so we’ll crack on with him now and see where he ends up.

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Valseur Lido (FR)

Form Profile:

A 151-rated chaser, he is a three-time Grade 1 winner over fences that has been a bit below his best since returning from injury.

Trainer Says:

He was very disappointing in the Galway Plate. We thought we had him back in good form leading into that, but it just didn’t happen on the day. He has had a break since then and seems in great form, but it’s just a matter of getting him right on the track.

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