Identity Thief attempts to rediscover sparkle in Flyingbolt

Saturday, Feb 18 2017

Identity Thief is the star name on show in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan on Sunday.

The Grade One-winning hurdler looked destined for the top of the chasing ranks after winning his first two starts over fences.

However, Henry de Bromhead's charge was pulled up lame during a much anticipated clash with Min over Christmas and only made it as far as the first fence in last month's Irish Arkle.

The seven-year-old bids to reignite his season in this Grade Three affair, and jockey Bryan Cooper said: "Things didn't go right for him at Christmas. He pulled up lame and made one bad mistake, maybe he got a fright after that.

"Hopefully it hasn't knocked his confidence. I schooled him the other day and he seemed to school well at home, but it's a different kettle of fish when you go to the racetrack as you're going quicker and there's more fences to jump.

"He'd want to win and win very impressively if he's to book his ticket for Cheltenham. We'll know a lot more about where we're going after Sunday."

The same colours of Gigginstown House Stud are also carried by Gordon Elliott's Ball D'Arc.

Enda Bolger's Ballyoisin and Tully East from Alan Fleming's yard make up the field.