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Horse Racing profile: Henry De Bromhead

Henry De Bromhead is known as one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt circuit, having been training for over two decades.

De Bromhead had plans for another career before he started training horses in 2000, taking over the family stable from his father, Harry. 

His first Grade One win came eight years later, but he now wins the big races on a regular basis. He won his first Grand National in 2021, while De Bromhead has also won two Cheltenham Gold Cups since 2021. 

The Knockeen trainer now has over 20 winners at the Cheltenham Festival and we can expect to see him in the winner’s enclosure on regular occasions over the coming years.

Henry De Bromhead’s Cheltenham Festival record

The Irishman had been training horses for 10 years before he got his first winner at the Festival, with Sizing Europe breaking his duck with victory in the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2010. 

The gelding then delivered victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase 12 months later, while Sizing Australia also won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in 2011. 

De Bromhead is a two-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with wins in 2021 and 2022 courtesy of Minella Indo and A Plus Tard. 

The latter will be 10 in 2024 and may well run again in the big race.

The most recent superstar of the De Bromhead yard has been Honeysuckle, who led the way for Henry de Bromhead Cheltenham runners in four consecutive years - 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

Another recent Festival success for the Knockeen trainer is Envoi Allen, who won the Ryanair Chase in 2023.

Henry De Bromhead's Grand National record

De Bromhead's first ever success in the Aintree showpiece came as recently as 2021, but the wait and near misses were certainly worth the wait. 

The Irish handler first tried his luck in 2014, when Buckers Bridge made the trip across the Irish Sea to Aintree. 

He managed to finish 11th, and De Bromhead took two years to plan his next assault. Sadly Home Farm was pulled up, while his 2017 entry - Stellar Notion - suffered the same fate. 

It was not until 2018 that De Bromhead secured his first prize money from the world's most famous race, as Valseur Lido finished eighth. 

The same horse came 10th 12 months later, but in 2021 De Bromhead's dreams came true. De Bromhead not only won the race, but secured a one-two finish in the process, as Balko des Flos finished second under Aidan Coleman, to Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times. 

Sadly in 2022, both his runners, Minella Times and Poker Party, failed to complete the race, while De Bromhead also had two runners in the 2023 race. 

Ain’t That A Shame was last of the 17 finishers at Aintree, whilst Gabbys Cross unseated rider Peter Carberry at the 15th fence.

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