County Waterford trainer Henry De Bromhead is no stranger to Cheltenham Festival success. Six different horses from his stables have given him seven winners at the major British jumps meeting.
After first landing the 2009 Cross Country Chase with Sizing Australia, De Bromhead has seen Sizing Europe, Special Tiara and Balko Des Flos land big Grade 1 races over Cheltenham fences. Which horses from his stable should you look out for at the 2020 Festival?
A Plus Tard
Winner of the last year’s Close Brothers Handicap Chase for novices over fences at Cheltenham, A Plus Tard is a young jumper on a serious upward curve. The six-year-old has come out and won a Grade 1 at Leopardstown this season.
A rare jumps racehorse for major Flat thoroughbred owners Cheveley Park Stud, A Plus Tard is on course to try and emulate stable companion Balko Des Flos by winning the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. He is the 9/2 second-favourite to do just that.
Impressive De Bromhead juvenile Aspire Tower joined the stable with plenty of experience from the Flat and bolted up on his first two hurdles starts. A fall at the final flight when still in front denied him a hat-trick in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
Despite that disappointment, provided he proves no worse for taking a tumble, Aspire Tower remains a prominent contender in the market for the four-year-olds only Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. This De Bromhead runner is 6/1 to win at the Festival.
Unbeaten yard star mare Honeysuckle now boasts a seven-race undefeated streak under Rules after dropping back in trip to 2m and proving she could run and win left-handed with Irish Champion Hurdle glory. De Bromhead must now decide which of her Cheltenham entries to take up.
Honeysuckle is in both the Champion Hurdle and Mares’ Hurdle over about half-a-mile further in distance at the Festival. You can check this page by 888 sports to see all the latest Cheltenham betting, and this six-year-old is second-favourite for both races behind Epatante and Benie Des Dieux respectively.
Sticking with mares, De Bomhead also has Minella Melody with the same owner. An unbeaten novice hurdler in three starts over the smaller obstacles, she completed her hat-trick in a red-hot renewal of the Grade 3 race at Fairyhouse named after Solerina.
That event has been won by some of the best mares in Ireland in recent years, including Honeysuckle. Minella Melody is now 4/1 joint-favourite to emulate Glens Melody, Limini, Shattered Love and Laurina by winning at the Cheltenham Festival with victory in the Grade 2 Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
De Bromhead has won the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham before, so Notebook – who landed the Irish equivalent when toughing things out at the Dublin Racing Festival – may be his best chance of more success a decade on from Sizing Europe. Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, this seven-year-old is now four out of four over fences.
Notebook has beaten all of the best 2m novices in Ireland, so is a worthy 11/4 favourite for the Arkle double at Cheltenham. He brings leading form claims into the Festival on two Grade 1 wins around Leopardstown, finding plenty for pressure on both occasions and showing guts.
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