Henry De Bromhead Stable Tour 2019/20

Fairyhouse Sun 21 April 2019 Henry De Bromhead after Honeysuckle had won The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final Photo.carolinenorris.ie

I think anything from 2m4f to 3m suits him but we’ll aim towards the Gold Cup and work away from there

The 2018-19 season won’t be forgotten any time soon in Knockeen, County Waterford, but the current abundance of equine talent on Henry de Bromhead’s hands means another memorable campaign could be on the cards.

The leading trainer smashed his previous seasonal tallies last term when sending out 98 winners on home soil – 104 in total when factoring in a handful of spring festival successes in Britain.

His team have hit the ground running already this time around with 39 visitors to the winner’s enclosure, including Kerry National hero Poker Party.

Looking forward, Monalee can fly the stable’s flag in top-notch staying chases, while Honeysuckle is one of the most exciting hurdling mares in recent seasons.

Tingle Creek-bound Ornua, Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo and impressive Cheltenham Festival scorer A Plus Tard also form part of a powerful team ready to dine at National Hunt racing’s top tables over the coming months.

Stable profile

Yard Knockeen
Where Waterford
Started training 2000
Horses in yard 80
Members of staff 25
Managers David Roche, Emmet Raher, Klaudia Daniszewska and Brian Scott
Travelling head lad Alan Coady
Secretary Nicole Roche and Angelina Laiso
Jockeys Rachael Blackmore, Hugh Morgan, Daniel Holden, Mikey Hamill, Robbie Power and others
Amateur jockeys David Roche, Barry O’Neill, Declan Lavery
Website henrydebromheadracing.com
Twitter @HenrydeBromhead

Winners in Ireland
2018-19 98
2017-18 60
2016-17 68
2015-16 48

Profit/loss to €1 stake
2018-19 -€20.83
2017-18 -€86.10
2016-17 -€92.87
2015-16 -€49.27

Irish prize-money in 2018-19 

A Plus Tard – Rachael Blackmore with winning connections
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race)
Cheltenham 12.3.19

A Plus Tard produced an awesome display in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival

Patrick McCann

A Plus Tard
Five-year-old gelding Kapgarde (sire) – Turboka (dam)
Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
Form figures: 1/2121-3
Racing Post Rating: 165c (chase)
Official rating 160c
His form seems so much stronger going left-handed than right-handed. The obvious race for him would be at Down Royal, but that’s going right-handed. We’ve narrowed it down to the Fortria Chase at Navan on November 10 or a 2m5f graduation chase at Haydock on November 23.

Balko Des Flos
8g Balko – Royale Marie
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 174c OR 163c
He needs a nice ease in the ground. He wasn’t back long when he ran at Punchestown this month and he needed that run. He’s entered in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal but we might wait for the Clonmel Oil or for the Listed conditions chase at Thurles the following week. His shins were an issue last season.

Chris’s Dream
7g Mahler – Janebailey
RPR 146c OR 146c
He tailed off a bit towards the end of last season, which was disappointing after he had won the Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. We’ll aim him towards the Troytown Chase back there and use that as a starting point. You’d hope that would suit well.

Cobbler’s Way created a big impression when winning a Limerick bumper impressively last December – Alain Barr

Cobbler’s Way
5g Oscar – Beeper’s Leader
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 117b
We decided to put him away for the year after winning his bumper at Limerick last season as he was very immature. He seems brilliant now and is moving great. He’s a very big horse and exciting to look forward to.

7g Kapgarde – Mefertiti
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 140h OR 136h
He’ll hopefully start in a 2m4f or 2m6f beginners’ chase over the next few weeks. He seems a big, scopey horse who stays well and has fences written all over him. I hope he can improve for going chasing – he needs to on his hurdling mark but if he does he could be a really nice horse.

Dancing On My Own
5g Milan – Morning Supreme
Sean & Bernardine Mulryan
RPR 138h OR 140h
He has some really strong novice form from last season and after Christmas we ran him in high-quality races with a view to being a novice this year if he didn’t win one. Unfortunately he didn’t handle Galway at all but it was great to see him come back to the sort of form he showed last year when winning at Wexford on Sunday. I think we’ll go to Navan over 2m4f towards the end of November [Grade 3 Monksfield Novice Hurdle], we’ll stick to left-handed tracks anyway. We’d love to get him to the Ballymore at Cheltenham next spring.

Demain Des L’Aube produced a good performance on his return from a significant absence when second to Dream Conti at Cork – Alain Barr

Demain Des L’Aube
6g Sumitas – Discolut
Alan Halsall
RPR 131c OR –
I was delighted with how he ran on his first start for us, and his first start for almost 600 days, at Cork recently. The Halsalls bought him from France and very kindly sent him to us. We’ll aim him at a beginners’ chase over the next few weeks.

Dommage Pour Toi
6g Magadan – Phenyl Des Mottes
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 140h OR 140h
He’s a real chasing type and will start off in a beginners’ chase in the next couple of weeks, potentially at Down Royal on November 1. He did a lot in a very short space of time last year but progressed well, and it looked as though further would suit him better when finishing fifth in a Grade 1 hurdle at Punchestown over 2m4f.

Due Reward
6g Westerner – Long Acre
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 138c OR –
I thought he ran well last time at Roscommon in a Grade 3 novice chase behind an improving horse when the ground may not have suited us ideally. The Craddockstown or Klairon Davis Novice Chase are options for him.

Ellie Mac appeared to enjoy her recent return over hurdles at Punchestown – Patrick McCann

Ellie Mac
6m Court Cave – Dizzy’s Whisper
Niccolai Schuster Horse Racing Club
RPR 125h OR 121h; RPR 130c OR 127c
She ran really well on her return at Punchestown and seemed to really enjoying being back over hurdles. We might have another go over hurdles and aim towards running her at Christmas.

4f Mount Nelson – Don’t Stop Me Now
Wilde At Heart Syndicate
RPR 129h OR 130h
She seemed to possibly lose her form a little after winning a mares’ hurdle at Down Royal in June. She ran well at Cheltenham on Saturday and could have one more run before we put her away to go chasing next spring.

Honeysuckle marked herself out as a high-class operator last term – Patrick McCann

5m Sulamani – First Royal
Kenneth Alexander
RPR 144h OR 150h
She was brilliant last season and seems in really good form. She’s entered for the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle at Down Royal [tomorrow] and a second-season novice next week at Fairyhouse over 2m4f. With all the mares’ races in the programme book, there actually seems to be very few in Ireland this side of Christmas in which a Grade 1-winning mare is eligible, which is a little frustrating.

Jan Maat
6g Electric Beat – Jeanine
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 135c OR 137c
He’s really taken to fences and it was good to see him win well in a Grade 3 this month. I think we’ll give him one more run before potentially heading on a break. He’ll either run in the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown or the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham next month.

6m Westerner – Kildea Cailin
Kenneth Alexander
RPR 148c OR 146c
We’re delighted to get her and she seems a lovely mare. She was a bit keen on her first run for us at Wexford on Monday and I’d imagine she’ll drop in trip next. She has the option of going to Clonmel for the TA Morris Memorial Mares’ Chase next month.

Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore winners of the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Chas (Grade 1). Punchestown Festival.Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 01.05.2019

Minella Indo
6g Beat Hollow – Carrigeen Lily
Barry Maloney
RPR 156h OR 152h
We’re looking forward to seeing him over fences. He’ll start at the end of November – he takes plenty of work so might need a run or two to get him going. He’s a very tough horse and it was fantastic to see him back up his Albert Bartlett win when he also landed a Grade 1 at Punchestown. He seems in really good form.

Minella Melody
5m Flemensfirth – Cottage Theatre
Kenneth Alexander
RPR 119b OR –
It looked a strong bumper in which she finished third in at Punchestown on her final start last season. She’s in good form and schooling well. We’ve pencilled in a 2m4f mares’ maiden hurdle at Cork on Sunday to start her off.

Star quality

8g Milan – Tempest Belle
Barry Maloney
RPR 168c OR 164c
His win the Red Mills Chase at Gowran in February was the only time he got the soft ground he wants. He’ll probably start off in the Clonmel Oil Chase [November 14], or there’s a Listed chase at Thurles the following week. We might enter him in the King George and have a look at the Savills Chase at Leopardstown. I think anything from 2m4f to 3m suits him, but we’ll aim towards the Gold Cup and work away from there.

Monalee enjoyed ground conditions when winning the Red Mills Chase (Grade 2) at Gowran last season – Patrick McCann

Moon Over Germany
8g Germany – Elea Moon
Philip J Reynolds
RPR 154c OR 151c
He didn’t seem to see out the extra distance on 2m4f last time at Tipperary, so we’ll drop him in trip. He’s still a novice in Ireland until Drinmore weekend so we’ll make use of that status and run him in the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown on November 16. He won nicely at Ballinrobe previously and I think soft ground makes a big difference to him. He might be one for the Hilly Way Chase down the line but we’ll see how he progresses first.

Notebook jumped well when winning on his chasing debut at Punchestown – Patrick McCann

6g Stowaway – A Plus Ma Puce
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 132h OR 127h
He’s a lovely horse who looks a chasing type and we’ll aim at staying races over fences with him.

6g Samum – Nova
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 137c OR –
He jumped well when winning on his chasing debut at Punchestown this month and seemed to really enjoy his fences. Hopefully he’ll continue to progress.

Ordinary World
9g Milan – Saucy Present
C Jones
RPR 159c OR 147c
He’s been great and I was delighted to see him back winning at Ballinrobe last time. He’ll either go for the Fortria Chase at Navan [November 10] or there’s a winners of two race the following day at Carlisle. He’d be our first runner there if lining up.

Ornua enjoyed Grade 1 glory in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree last season – Edward Whitaker

8g Mahler – Merry Heart
John J Phelan & Syed Momin
RPR 159c OR 154c
He looks a two-miler after a great season last year. He’s being aimed at the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase at Naas on November 9 before hopefully going for the Tingle Creek at Sandown. He ran very well around there last year when second to Dynamite Dollars.

Paloma Blue
7g Stowaway – Court Leader
C Jones
RPR 146c OR 147c
It was a frustrating season last time in which he won one of his three races, but he seems great again now. Hopefully he’s back to how he was before. We haven’t really picked out a race for him yet but he’s working well.

Paloma Blue will bid to enjoy a more fruitful campaign this season than last term – Patrick McCann

Petit Mouchoir
8g Al Namix – Arnette
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 165h OR 152h
He’ll improve plenty for his comeback run in a Tipperary Grade 3 this month and he’ll have an entry in the Morgiana Hurdle, which he’ll probably go for.

Poker Party
7g Gentlewave – Becquarette
RPR 147c OR 146c
He was brilliant in winning the Kerry National last month and I’d imagine we’ll aim him towards the Paddy Power Chase at Christmas. The fact he stayed that longer trip should open doors for him.

Put The Kettle On
5m Stowaway – Name For Fame
One For Luck Racing Syndicate
RPR 142c OR 137c
She’s been really progressive and we’re probably aiming towards Cheltenham in November before letting her off on a break.

Put The Kettle On has been a big improver through the summer months – Patrick McCann

Presented Well
6g Oscar – Millstream Express
Bellamy Syndicate
RPR 132h OR 128h
He’s a really nice horse who will probably stay hurdling this year. We’ll see how he gets on but hopefully he might end up in something like the Pertemps Final, Coral Cup or Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival.

Raya Time
6g Al Namix – Ruthenoise
R S Brookhouse
RPR 132h OR 127h
We felt he deserved to win a maiden hurdle so it was great to see him do it so well at Clonmel. He was a bit disappointing on his chase debut at Wexford on Monday and I’d imagine we’ll wait for better ground with him.

Sinoria showed plenty of ability over hurdles last season – Alain Barr

6m Oscar – Petralona
Kenneth Alexander
RPR 135h OR 142h
She was a very good mare last year and has been schooling well over fences. Unfortunately she came home sore from the Cheltenham Festival but seems great again now. We’ll find a beginners’ chase for her over the next couple of weeks and see how she progresses. Judging on how she won at Down Royal last season, I’d say the further she goes the better.

Solomn Grundy
9g Westerner – Marika’s King
RS Brookhouse
RPR 142c OR 135c
He lost his form at the end of last season but he seems really good again now. He’s still a novice over fences but we’re probably aiming him towards the Troytown Chase at Navan [November 24].

Sub Lieutenant
10g Brian Boru – Satellite Dancer
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 166c OR 155c
We’ll be charting a Grand National route with him, having run a cracker in last season’s Topham Chase. He’s on a break at the moment but we’ll run him after Christmas.

Walk Away, an attractive son of Black Sam Bellamy, showed plenty of potential last spring – Patrick McCann

Walk Away
6g Black Sam Bellamy – Pegus Love
RPR 138h OR 140h
He’s a lovely horse who had some good runs over hurdles last year, including in an Aintree Grade 1, before his form tailed off a little at Punchestown. He’s schooled well at home and will go novice chasing this season.

Expert View

If able to get his preferred soft ground, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Monalee build on the promise shown in recent seasons and bag a Grade 1 on his way to a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Honeysuckle is expected to be one of the leading lights in the mares’ hurdling ranks. Chasing is likely to be her game eventually, but she could take advantage of some good opportunities this season.

A Plus Tard may well have more to offer as he progresses, having bolted up in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March. He could turn out to be a Ryanair Chase type come next spring, apparently best suited to going left-handed.

Minella Indo has chaser written all over him but judged on his improved form in the spring, it may well take him a little time to hit top gear in his new sphere.

There could be more to come from Moon Over Germany over fences and he makes plenty of appeal dropping back to minimum distance when able to use his novice status.

Second-season novice Chris’s Dream could be an interesting candidate for something like the Troytown or Paddy Power Chase.

Cobbler’s Way created a big impression when bolting up in a Limerick bumper last Christmas and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him develop into a very useful operator over hurdles.

Smart bumper mare Minella Melody ought to take high rank in the mares’ novice hurdle division, albeit the likes of Gypsy Island and Daylight Katie are highly exciting prospects she will surely have to clash with again.

Dommage Pour Toi and Cuneo could take significant steps forward from their hurdles form when switching to fences, like plenty of the stable’s representatives tend to do.

Henry De Bromhead Stable Tour 2019/20
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