Henry de Bromhead has steadily built his yard up over the last 15 years into one of the leading operations in Ireland. The legendary Sizing Europe, winner of the Arkle Chase and the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, was a constant presence on the big-race scene for nine of those years, but following the retirement of the great horse, de Bromhead is moving forward in search of his next superstar.
Last season saw de Bromhead finish third in the Irish trainer’s championship with 48 winners, which is almost identical to the tally he secured in the previous two seasons.
He had the disappointment of losing the Alan Potts horses last summer but soon received a significant boost in firepower from Gigginstown House Stud, helping him to secure by far his best-ever seasonal tally of winners and bagging several big races on the way.
Petit Mouchoir has been a flagbearer this term, landing the Ryanair Hurdle and the Irish Champion Hurdle to find himself near the head of the betting for hurdling’s most prestigious prize, the Champion Hurdle, Sub Lieutenant captured the Titanic Belfast Chase and heads for the Ryanair, Irish Arkle winner Some Plan is set for the Cheltenham Festival equivalent and Champagne West’s victory in the Thyestes Chase puts him in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup picture.
The class of 2017 represents Henry’s strongest-ever squad for the Cheltenham Festival and he was good enough to talk attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake through their prospects.