Henry de Bromhead brings an acquired knowledge of how to train and prepare racehorses. A knowledge obtained from having worked with some of horse racing's most well-known establishments such as Robert Alner, Sir Mark Prescott and his own father, Harry de Bromhead.
" Dad was essentially a farmer who trained a few horses. I had no interest in the farming end of it, but I loved horses. He trained Bishops Hall to win the John P Harty Memorial Chase at Punchestown and to run in three Grand Nationals and he trained Fissure Seal to win the Gold Card Final at the Cheltenham festival in 1993. That was some day! "
Henry also gained valuable experience while working for both the national hunt and flat divisions of the world renowned Coolmore operation.
"I worked at some great places with some great people and learned a lot. I was sent to Australia and America when I was with Coolmore and that was a great experience. People were very good to me. It was a phenomenal job, but I just had this thing in me that I wanted to train horses, I couldn't shake it out of me."
Taking over the reins at his father’s Co. Waterford yard in 1999, Henry promptly won the feature race at Tramore, the only meeting to be staged in England or Ireland that day, with his first runner.
"When I took over from my father I was very lucky, as there were already a few nice horses in the place, horses like Feeling Grand and River Clodagh. It was a big help."
Undoubtedly Henry's most successful horse to date has been Sizing Europe, the horse of a lifetime, but there have been and continue to be others, like An Cathaoir Mor, Days Hotel, Moscow Mannon, Sizing Australia, Sizing Granite, Sizing John, Sizing Rio and Special Tiara.
Collectively these horses have helped Henry increase his reputation and progressively build the yard up to where it is today.
"We're training around 50 at the moment. There is room for more, but to be honest we're quite happy with where we are at the moment numbers-wise. We have a lovely mix of some cracking young horses and some more established ones, who can be relied upon to win their races every year.
I think it works well as things stand and I would rather have nice, quality horses in the yard and keep standards high than train a larger number of horses that maybe aren't so good.
Being champion trainer is not something I'm really looking at. Realistically you're not going to be challenging to be champion trainer with 40 or 50 boxes.
What we want to do is train good horses for good owners and win big races. That's what we're concentrating on."