-ABOUT HENRY-

 

 

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. "

 

 

Success as a top National Hunt trainer has gradually followed. 332 winners, 13 at Grade 1 level, have all subsequently gone towards establishing Henry's reputation as one of the most well-respected trainers in the country.

 

 

" We're training around 55 at the moment. There is room for more, but to be honest I'm 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. "

 

 

 

 

 

-NOTABLE WINNERS-

 

 

-DAYS HOTEL-

 

Paddy Power Over 260 Shops Nationwide Chase

 

" He loves that bottomless ground and two miles suits him down to the ground. It's all credit to him. "

 

 

 

-SMASHING-

 

Red Mills Chase

 

" That was super. His jumping was spectacular at times.  We're delighted to win this prestigious race today. "

 

 

 

-SMASHING-

 

Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Chase

 

" I was delighted with the way he did it, apart from the last two, but it was a competitive race and he did it well . "

 

 

 

-IDENTITY THIEF-

 

Stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle

(Grade 1) (2m) Newcastle 28/11/15

 

" It’s great to come over here and win a Grade One. It was a proper Champion Hurdle trial, so we can dream about that in March. "

 

 

 

-SIZING JOHN-

 

 

" You'd have to be delighted with that. It was a super ride by Johnny and he jumped great. "

 

 

 

-THREE STARS-

 

 

" I'm delighted for his owner, Robert Finnegan, as that's his first horse with us. He's obviously a good horse. "

 

 

 

-IDENTITY THIEF-

 

 

" That was great. He had to do it the hard way from the front and Bryan gave him a super ride. "

 

 

 

-SADLER'S RISK-

 

 

" That was deadly – and just his second run in a handicap. I'm delighted for Roger Brookhouse and for Andrew, who gave him a super ride. "

 

 

 

-SHANAHAN'S TURN-

 

 

" I'm delighted to win this race for Ann and Alan Potts. They have been amazing supporters of ours for a long time. "

 

 

 

-ENJOY RESPONSIBLY-

 

 

" He put in some spectacular leaps there, but that's what he's capable of on a going day. He just loves his jumping. "

 

 

 

-SPECIAL TIARA-

 

 

" He was brilliant. I was amazed at how well he was going approaching the Pond fence. When he gets good ground he's top class. "

 

 

 

-SIZING GRANITE-

 

 

" That was super. We decided to swerve the Arkle and concentrate on this race as he's at his best when fresh. "

 

 

 

-SIZING JOHN-

 

 

" Johnny has always held him in high regard from his bumper and it's very fitting that he's provided him with his first Grade One. "

 

 

 

-SPECIAL TIARA-

 

 

" He was breath-taking at times and Barry said he was in his element all the way round. "

 

 

 

-SHANAHAN'S TURN-

 

 

" He jumped deadly and settled well. For a horse that stays so well he has a real kick in a finish. "

 

 

 

-MOSCOW MANNON-

 

 

" That was great and Davy said going on in a better race he would be better again. The couple of times he did ask him he was brilliant. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" That was incredible, he left it until the very end. He has such a following and deserves everything. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" He loved the ground and he was just deadly today. Everything came together. He loves this place. "

 

 

 

-DAYS HOTEL-

 

 

" He has really come to himself in the last two weeks and he put Twinlight's jumping to the test there down the back. "

 

 

 

-SIZING RIO-

 

 

" That was great. It was good to see him go and do it at this level as I always hoped he’d make a real nice chaser. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" That was great. Every time he runs it's a relief as you're thinking that some time he will show he's not up to it as much as he was. "

 

 

 

-DARWINS FOX-

 

 

" We've always liked him a lot, but he got hurt badly a few years ago and fractured a joint. He  looks exciting again now. "

 

 

 

-SPECIAL TIARA-

 

 

" We thought back then that an easy two miles on good ground would suit him well. It's nice when it comes together. "

 

 

 

-DAYS HOTEL-

 

 

" His jumping won him the race. I'm delighted, he did it the hard way, he went out and made it a real good gallop. "

 

 

 

-BUCKERS BRIDGE-

 

 

" He jumped super and battled well. I hope that trip was a bit sharp for him and we'll step him up a bit in distance. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" He has the heart of a lion and that's what sees him through races on that type of ground. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" I'm delighted that we got the job done. There is always a bit of pressure when you are such a short price for a Grade 1. "

 

 

 

-DAYS HOTEL-

 

 

" He jumped super all the way and I'd imagine he'll improve a bit for the run. Phillip said he felt about 90 per cent fit. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" Wow - that's all I can say! I say it every time, but I'm so lucky to have him and he nearly seems to be getting better and was flawless there. "

 

 

 

-SIZING RIO-

 

 

" He's a real galloping horse and the faster they go the better he is. He is a big raw 4yo and he'll only be better with time. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" I'm delighted with that. I felt he was a bit scratchy, but he's like that on his first run every year. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" He was super, so tough and he kept battling away. Andrew knows him like the back of his hand at this stage and gave him a super ride. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" I thought that was a brilliant performance on ground that was a little bit tacky for him. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" He's a horse you can run over any trip and he'll try his heart out. He really is the horse of a lifetime for us. "

 

 

 

-DAYS HOTEL-

 

 

" That was very good, his jumping was great and he's improving all the time. He's a lovely novice to have in the yard. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" It's great to win another graded race with him, but you have to say it was a hollow victory and a fortuitous one. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" That was phenomenal. It's far and away the greatest moment of my career. He's a very special horse. "

 

 

 

-SIZING AUSTRALIA-

 

 

" It's brilliant and he deserved it. He's been placed a few times and it's great to get it for Alan and Ann. "

 

 

 

-SIZING EUROPE-

 

 

" He seemed to be travelling brilliantly and jumping great. He got a fantastic ride and it all went right on the day. "

 

 

 

-AN CATHAOIR MOR-

 

 

" David gave him a superb ride. He just loves that testing ground, so we said we'd take our chance. "

 

©Henry de Bromhead Racing 2016