Minella Indo
A Plus Tard
are likely to run at Punchestown and Aintree respectively after providing Henry de Bromhead with a i-2 in the WellChild Cheltenham Gilded Loving cup.

The Knockeen-based handler enjoyed a memorable week in the Cotswolds – becoming the get-go trainer to saddle the winner of the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Hunt and Gold Cup in the same week.

Minella Indo completed the feat when denying ameliorate-fancied stablemate A Plus Tard in Friday’s feature – and could now bid to crown his season with victory in the Punchestown Golden Cup on April 28.

Watch what an overjoyed Henry de Bromhead had to say to Nick Luck about a Cheltenham Festival that could not have gone much amend for the trainer

“I look dorsum at the Gilt Cup with disbelief, to be honest. I watched it back this morning and was kind of going ‘this didn’t happen’,” De Bromhead said on Racing Television receiver’s Luck on Sunday programme.

“Minella Indo kept staying and I’thousand non sure nosotros’ve seen the one-half of him – he’due south and so tough.

“I oasis’t actually spoken to Barry (Maloney, possessor) about plans, but Punchestown would exist great if he seems practiced – I think we should strongly consider Punchestown.”

A Plus Tard ran an splendid race to fill the runner-upwards spot nether the all-conquering Rachael Blackmore and could head for the Betway Basin at Aintree, given his preference for left-handed tracks.

De Bromhead as well nominated side by side flavor’s Betfair Chase at Haydock as a possible target.

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He added: “The one question almost A Plus Tard going into Cheltenham was he’s got so much class, would he get the final two furlongs? Only he really did, in fairness to him – and wouldn’t he have been a very impressive winner if ‘Indo’ wasn’t there?

Minella Indo and A Plus Tard provided de Bromhead with a one-2 in the WellChild Cheltenham Gilded Loving cup

“A Plus Tard’s grade is ridiculously better on left-handed tracks, so if he’due south well, we’re considering Aintree for him.

“That (going left-handed) limits him, simply the race at Haydock could be a lovely race for him in the autumn.

“When you have ii horses like that, you’d dear to endeavor to keep them apart every bit all-time you tin can.”

The first of half-dozen winners on the week for De Bromhead and Blackmore was the brilliant mare Honeysuckle, who stretched her unbeaten tape to 11 with a runaway success in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday.

While future plans are up in the air, connections have mooted the possibility of a career over fences, with a bid to emulate the great Dawn Run – the only horse to win a Champion Hurdle and a Golden Cup – in mind.

“It’due south something we’ll have to give a lot of thought to and ultimately it comes down to Kenny (Alexander, possessor),” said De Bromhead.

“She’s an extremely valuable mare. There’s probably a footling chip more hazard over fences, but without wanting to tempt fate, she goes off loose every Sunday morning in our indoor school and she takes off and goes off jumping for sport.

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“Every Lord’s day morning she jumps a hunt argue about four times and she loves it.

“I haven’t really schooled over fences outside, only she’s a point-to-point winner and makes that shape over hurdles, so if Kenny said he’d like to get chasing – I think it’s something we all demand to talk over, the pros and cons, then ultimately it’s downwards to Kenny to make up one’s mind what he wants to do.”

Honeysuckle – and so impressive in the Unibet Champion Hurdle

De Bromhead, who likewise struck Festival gold with Put The Kettle On in the Champion Chase, Bob Olinger in the Ballymore, Telmesomethinggirl in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle, Quilixios in the Triumph Hurdle, faces a catamenia of isolation subsequently returning to County Waterford.

He added: “Information technology’due south been a scrap quiet for me, as I have to quarantine for five days, just information technology’s buzzing around the identify.

“Last yr we went with similar horses and a similar squad. We had two winners and we were happy, (but) people were maxim we’d be top trainer and things like that, merely nosotros peradventure didn’t quite fulfil what we had hoped we could practice.

“Coming into this yr, you know it could just be the aforementioned equally the twelvemonth before, but we ended getting what nosotros got and information technology’s just incredible.

“It’s so tough to win there (Cheltenham). Everybody has the ups and downs of the place – that’s racing to be honest, but at Cheltenham even more then as it’s so competitive.

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“In that location’s enough of ups and downs and you actually appreciate the ups when you get them.”

De Bromhead was too keen to praise the achievements of Blackmore, who became the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle and the first to be crowned leading jockey at the Festival.

He said: “She works hard and has had to work hard. She’southward a 10-year overnight success.

“She’s had all the knocks. I know the feeling and you just accept to piece of work your way through information technology and try to step forward and not back.

“Rachael appreciates what it takes to be at the pinnacle of this game. She’s bright to work with and has every race planned out.

“I thought some of her rides this week were brilliant. She’s just a great rider and a corking person.”

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