Henry de Bromhead enjoys Clonmel double

Thursday, Jan 10 2019

Henry de Bromhead continued his fine start to the new year with a double at Clonmel on Thursday.

Daybreak Boy claimed the feature event in fine style when running out a nine-length winner of the Munster Hurdle.

Rachael Blackmore tracked the leaders on the 13-8 favourite before sending her mount to the front turning for home.

The pair saw off the attentions of Count Simon before the final flight before storming clear in the closing stages.

“He could go for the Martin Pipe Hurdle at Cheltenham, I wouldn’t discount that idea,” said de Bromhead.

Newcomer Capuccimix completed the brace in the following Monroe Maiden Hurdle.

The 6-1 shot pulled his way to the front after half a mile but had plenty left at the business end as he recorded a cosy four-length win under Robbie Power.

De Bromhead added: “He’s a big hardy fella, but he’ll have a few more runs this year and it’s all about chasing in time.”

Power went on to complete his own double later on the card when All The Chimneys took the Jossesstown Handicap Chase.

Willie Austin’s charge was produced to lead going to the second-last and the 5-2 favourite stayed on well in the closing stages to score by three-quarters of a length.

French Made (3-1) looked a nice sort when getting off the mark on her Irish debut for Willie Mullins in the opening Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The French import led turning for home under Paul Townend and stayed on strongly in the closing stages to post a three-and-a-half length win over 5-4 favourite Edene D’Arc.

“She was getting a lot of weight off a mare who had more experience than her and the further she was going the better she was going,” said Mullins.

“She will progress in mares’ novice races and she will probably get a Triumph Hurdle entry, but she will want to be a lot sharper.”

Trainer Shane Crawley has his small string in fine form and Thereisnodoubt justified support (7-1 into 9-2) when claiming the Lisronagh Handicap Hurdle.

The Primary gelding made all under Eoin O’Connell for a comprehensive nine-length success.

There was a much tighter finish to the Tipperary Handicap Hurdle later on the card as 6-4 favourite Danse Away got the better of a good duel with British Art to record a neck win in the hands of Danny Mullins.

Gearoid O’Loughlin’s Sidetracked sent favourite backers home happy, obliging as the 5-2 market leader in the concluding Rathronan Maiden Hunters Chase, with Barry O’Neill the winning pilot.

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