Henry de Bromhead

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Henry de Bromhead

Key Stats

Name – Henry de Bromhead

Date of Birth – 28 October 1972

Birthplace – Waterford

Racing Yard – Knockeen, County Waterford

Big Wins: Cheltenham Gold Cup, Grand National, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, Arkle Challenge Trophy, Triumph Hurdle, Ryanair Chase, Irish Champion Hurdle, Punchestown Champion Chase, Tingle Creek Chase, Liverpool Hurdle, Celebration Chase and many more top prizes in Great Britain and Ireland.

Trainer Profile

After abandoning his original career choice in accountancy, Henry learned his trade with Robert and Sally Alner. He also spent time with Sir Mark Prescott and a spell working at Coolmore Stud.

He took over the training licence from his father, Harry De Bromhead, in 1999.

He claimed his first Grade 1 victory with Sizing Europe in the 2008 Irish Champion Hurdle.

Although he has been a well-respected trainer for many years with other notable victories, few expected him to take the 2021 Cheltenham Festival by storm in the way that he did.

He then followed up with a historic win in the Aintree Grand National when stable jockey Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to victory.

Henry de Bromhead – Key Trainer Stats

De Bromhead’s training career started in the slow lane, saddling just 5 winners in 1999-2000 and did not reach double figures until 2007-08.

He did not record his first half-century until 2016-17 (68 winners).

His spectacular 2020-21 campaign equalled his previous best tally of 98 and yielded over €2 million for the second consecutive season.

De Bromhead became the first trainer in history to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup in the same season.

He saddled six Cheltenham Festival winners, equal with Willie Mullins but lost out as leading trainer on placed horses.

Henry de Bromhead’s Big Race Wins

Sizing Europe’s breakthrough Grade 1 win in the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2008 was the first of several notable victories for the gelding. He also provided De Bromhead with his first Cheltenham Festival winner in the 2010 Arkle Challenge Trophy and won the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following season.

Prior to his amazing 2021 festival, his other major winners at the meeting included Special Tiara (2017 Champion Chase) and Balko Des Flos (2018 Ryanair Chase). Put The Kettle On (Arkle) and Honeysuckle (Mares Hurdle) struck at the 2020 festival and would return for even greater triumphs in 2021.

His sensational six in 2021 were Put The Kettle On (Champion Chase), Bob Olinger (Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle), Honeysuckle (Champion Hurdle), Minella Indo (Gold Cup), Telmesomethinggirl (Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle) and Quilixios (Triumph). Minella Times then crowned an unbelievable spring for the stable when beating stablemate Balko Des Flos in the Grand National.

De Bromhead has also been very successful at the highest level in Ireland with Honeysuckle winning the Irish Champion Hurdle, Punchestown Champion Hurdle and Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (twice). Other significant contributors include Petit Mouchoir, A Plus Tard and Identity Thief.

Henry de Bromhead’s – Most Famous Victories

Honeysuckle’s emphatic Champion Hurdle victory at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival sparked an unbelievable run of form for the stable. Connections had toyed with the idea of running in the race a year earlier but decided to run in the Mares’ Hurdle, securing her place on the Cheltenham winners roll of honour. Honeysuckle put her unbeaten record on the line but never looked like being beaten, powering clear of Sharjah and defending champion Epatante.

Minella Indo had started the season as a leading contender for the 2021 Gold Cup but his trial races had proved disappointing. He started a 9-1 shot on the day with Rachael Blackmore preferring A Plus Tard and 21-year-old Jack Kennedy coming in for the ride. De Bromhead had never lost faith in Minella Indo and he returned to his best, denying Blackmore another famous victory.

It was not long before Blackmore was back in the headlines, riding Minella Times to victory in the Aintree Grand National. She became the first woman to ride the National winner in its 173rd year, making front-page news across the globe.

Summary

2021 is going to be a hard act to follow for Henry De Bromhead. Things can hardly have gone any better as he and Rachael Blackmore swept up the biggest races in National Hunt racing. They are both on a sharp upward curve and will take some stopping!

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As the Co-Founder of British Racecourses, I love the chance to share my enjoyment of racing with others. As a family, we have always loved the racing and went to Haydock races as kids, as often as we could. We are now lucky enough to own some fantastic racehorses who we will follow around the tracks and we have had some great wins. As part of British Racecourses, I enjoy visiting and reviewing the racecourses that we visit, all of which I think have something to offer and are brilliant in their own ways.