Rire takes Grade 3 in fine style
The Henry de Bromhead-trained Eklat De Rire made it two from two over fences with a fine round of jumping to land the Grade 3 Novice Chase at Naas this afternoon.
Rachael Blackmore's mount made every post a winning one in the three-mile-one contest as he lobbed along in front and pinged his fences.
He had his rivals at work down to the second last and the Saddex gelding galloped on strongly. He was always holding Escaria Ten to record a length-and-three-quarters success.
Eklat De Rire cost £110,000 after winning a point-to-point and after finishing second on his 'track' debut at Punchestown last February won his maiden hurdle and beginners chase.
“He was deadly and is improving all the time. I couldn’t have asked for any more,” said de Bromhead.
“He handles an ease in the ground well. He’s a big heavy topped fella and, while we have never run him on it, I’d say he wouldn’t want it too good.
“Festival ground should be fine for him. I’ll have to speak to the owners but we said if today went well we would aim for the Festival Novice Chase at Cheltenham.
“He stays well and he jumps well. He was impressive there and I’d say he deserves his chance after that.”
Kevin Brouder performed some serious acrobatics after Forza Milan blundered at the last and shot him into the air. After looking set to come out the side door he recovered his balance to finish fifth.