+ABOUT HENRY DE BROMHEAD
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. "
" You'd have to be delighted with that. It was a super ride by Johnny and he jumped great.
He beat a good horse there and he's done it on ground that he really doesn't enjoy. His class saw him work through it and I'm very happy all in all.
Leopardstown at Christmas looks the natural progression. "
" We were worried about him handling that ground, but fair play to the horse he went through it and saw it out really well.
We decided to hang on to him a bit today and it seems to have worked well.
I'm delighted for his owner, Robert Finnegan, as that's his first horse with us. He's obviously a good horse. "
" That was great. He had to do it the hard way from the front and Bryan gave him a super ride
He's always been a horse we've thought a lot of at home and hopefully he'll improve from today.
I imagine he’ll stay hurdling this year and will make a lovely chaser next year. "
" That was deadly – and just his second run in a handicap.
He only goes right-handed, so we pin-pointed this after Galway, trained him for it, and it’s come off.
I'm delighted for Roger Brookhouse and for Andrew, who gave him a super ride. "
" It was brave of Johnny to do that and let him roll out in front. I was delighted when I saw him do it, win, lose or draw.
I'm delighted to win this race for Ann and Alan Potts. They have been amazing supporters of ours for a long time and we really appreciate what they have done for us.
My father was just touched off in a Plate with Bishops Hall many
years ago, so it feels good to put the record straight. "
" He put in some spectacular leaps there, but that's what he's capable of on a going day. He just loves his jumping.
We felt his good run at Aintree would have been enough if he repeated it, which he did.
David gave him a super confident ride. "
" He was brilliant. I was amazed at how well he was going approaching the Pond fence. He seemed to come out of Noel's hands at the last and was full of running.
The key with him is a sound surface. When he gets it he's top class. When Noel came in and said it was good to soft, soft in places it was a bit of a sucker punch, but anyhow it worked out well. "
" That was super. We decided to swerve the Arkle and concentrate on this race as he's at his best when fresh.
Ann and Alan deserve a lot of credit for their patience with the horse as he was very backward last year. It's great that their patience has been rewarded at the top level.
We'll aim him at all those Graded two-mile chases next year. "
" There were a few incidents out there, but he still had to do it the hard way and he's proved himself at the highest level.
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.
He's only four and he's a massive horse. "
" He's so enthusiastic for jumping, so we said we'd let him rip away in front and use his jumping today.
He was breath-taking at times and Barry said he was in his element all the way round.
Barry gave him the perfect ride. "
" He jumped deadly and settled well. For a horse that stays so well he has a real kick in a finish.
He's a horse with a lot of ability. I think he has a big day in him.
Johnny gave him a lovely ride. "
" 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.
No horse at home is fast enough to work with him, he just has so many gears and so much pace.
His owner is keen to step him up and I'd say we will in time. "
" That was incredible, he left it until the very end. He has such a following and deserves everything
Alan has always said 'he will tell us when he is ready to be retired'. He is still loving his work at home and he loved that there today, he has the heart of a lion.
Johnny was super on him. He has such a cool head for a young guy. "
" He loved the ground and he was just deadly today. Everything came together. He loves this place.
We felt at home that there was still a big performance in him.
He's been the horse of a lifetime for us. I've been it saying for years, but we really have been so lucky to have him. "
" He has really come to himself in the last two weeks and he put Twinlight's jumping to the test there down the back.
Andrew was delighted with him and said he answered every call.
I'd like to go back up in trip at some stage, but not on this testing ground. "
" 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.
He jumped super. He was a bit fresh early, but that's only his second run over fences.
I wouldn't rule out stepping him up in trip as we go on. "
" 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. I say it everytime, but we're just so lucky to train him.
Andrew said he gave a nice blow at the second last and he should improve a nice bit.
The work he's doing at home is great and the lads can't hold him!. "
" Andrew gave him a super ride and he was really impressive.
We've always liked him a lot, but he got hurt badly a few years ago and fractured a joint. I never thought we'd get him back to his full potential, but he looks exciting again now.
Hopefully he can stay sound going forward. "
" That was brilliant and Bryan gave him a wonderful ride.
The owner got 66-1 in November that the horse would win today!
We thought back then that an easy two miles on good ground would suit him well. It's nice when it comes together. "
paddypower.com Chase (Grade 2) (2m) - Naas 24/02/13
" 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.
Paul Carberry looked to be going well at the last, but our horse jumped it great and got away from the fence very quickly.
He's won two Grade 2s now since he came back and just keeps improving. "
" AHe disappointed at Fairyhouse the last day, so we backed off him and gave him a bit of a break. He seems to be back as good as ever.
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.
Andrew gave him a great ride. "
" That was a bit of a slog and he did what he had to do. He just looked very idle on ground that he wouldn't be mad about and his jumping was ok, but he has the heart of a lion and that's what sees him through races on that type of ground.
As I always say, we are just so lucky to have him! "
" 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, but I'm thrilled that we won it.
I'm so happy we weren't at Kempton yesterday for the King George as that was a complete slog. "
" That was savage and it's great to have him back.
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.
Hopefully he'll stay injury free now as he'll make a lovely horse over the winter on heavy ground. "
" Wow - that's all I can say!
Andrew said he was running away with him at times coming down the hill. The more he pulled out of him the more he wanted to go.
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. "
" That was good and I'm delighted with it.
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. He's a real horse for the future and one we're very much looking forward to over fences. "
" I'm delighted with that. I felt he was a bit scratchy, but he's like that on his first run every year.
He just likes to get his eye in on his first run but as it gets on in the season he really starts to attack them.
It's a lovely way to start and we're looking forward to the season. "
Boylesports.com Champion Chase (Grade 1) (2m) - Punchestown 24/04/12
" He was super, so tough and he kept battling away.
The ground was softer than ideal for him, but he has a big heart and he pulled out all the stops.
Andrew knows him like the back of his hand at this stage and he jumped great – everything went to plan. "
" That was a brilliant performance on ground that was a little bit tacky for him.
Andrew said he didn't jump as good as he can, but I thought he was brilliant! He just popped a few because of the ground and didn't let ‘fly', but it was a savage performance and it's straight to Cheltenham now and that's the prep run out of the way. "
" He was a bit slow at the second down the back and I got a bit worried, but then he was brilliant and just winged fences. He then did his normal thing where whenever the others start struggling he starts cantering. He is an amazing horse.
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. "
" That was very good, his jumping was great and he's improving all the time.
I'd say he was only getting going after the last, you'd like to think he could go further.
He's a lovely novice to have in the yard. "
" It's great to win another graded race with him, but you have to say it was a hollow victory and a fortuitous one.
You have to feel for the connections of Rubi Light. Our horse never jumped the way he can. Andrew said he kept slipping.
There's no plan until we see how he is. "
" That was phenomenal. It's far and away the greatest moment of my career. We have had a lot of very good days and a couple of dodgy days with him, but he has shown his true self today.
He has such a good record on this track and over this trip over both hurdles and fences. He's a special horse. "
" 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
He got hampered last year, but we didn't make enough use of him and that was my fault.
I told Andrew to ride him however he wants today and it just shows you should leave it to the jockey! "
" He seemed to be travelling brilliantly and jumping great. He got a fantastic ride and it all went right on the day.
He loves to be fresh and we got our runs and experience into him before Christmas in the hope that he'd be spot on here today.
Hopefully he'll come back next year for the Queen Mother. "
+AN CATHAOIR MOR
" We were taking a bit of a chance running him back so soon after Fairyhouse, but he just loves this testing ground, so we said we'd take our chance.
David gave him a superb ride. He always travels so well in his races, but David said he wasn't early today and that was a sign that they were going very fast up front. "
©HENRY DE BROMHEAD RACING 2015