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Henry de Bromhead is an Irish horse trainer who specializes in training horses for National Hunt racing. He trained Sizing Europe and is based at stables in Knockeen, County Waterford.
He commenced racehorse training in 2000, having taken over the family stable from his father, Harry. De Bromhead spent time learning training with Robert and Sally Alner and Sir Mark Prescott, and worked at Coolmore Stud.
He won his first Grade One race as a trainer in 2008 when Sizing Europe won the Irish Champion Hurdle and since then has gone on to have success in Ireland and the UK.
His major successes include three Queen Mother Champion Chase wins, with Sizing Europe in 2011, Special Tiara in 2017 and Put The Kettle On in 2021. His current stable jockey is Rachael Blackmore.
A stellar 2016/2017 season confirmed his profile in no uncertain fashion. Henry sent out 75 individual winners, five at Grade One level. Among those Grade One was Special Tiara, who gave Henry his fourth Cheltenham Festival winner when winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase. In 2018 the yard celebrated winning the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham with Balko des Flos and have had continued success.
"We've had a great few years and I'm delighted with where we're at. You are always tweaking things and you always need to improve, but we have a great team of staff here and the support of some brilliant owners, so you'd like to think we can keep competing”.
Immy Kennedy is 17 and is currently studying Equine Management. Having ridden for as long as she can remember she has competed in many disciplines from Showing and County Level Workers to affiliated Eventing, Show Jumping, and even a season of Pony Racing.
Immy was a familiar face on the junior BS circuit initially with Vicky Clarks super speedy ex 133cm race pony Mr Tangeroo and then with Coral McShanes 142cm coloured pony Gwyndyucha Ko-Ko. She had numerous wins as a junior show jumper, leading the BS Northern league on several occasions, named Cheshire Junior Champion and representing England North numerous times and was part of the (winning) BS Northern team at Stoneleigh. She is the reigning Pony Club Open Showjumping Champion with Ko-Ko, the only pony to have ever won it!
2020 found her pony years sadly at an end and with new rides biased towards eventing she ‘reluctantly’ found her dressage mojo with BE U18 teams in mind. Although opportunities to compete were minimal due to Covid it did mean that school was closed giving her the opportunity to ride out for local trainer Lisa Williamson, gaining as much experience as possible in all aspects of a race yard, leading up her first winner and reminding her that nothing beats speed when it comes to having fun on a horse!
It was love at first lot for the racehorses, the athleticism and intelligence of Thoroughbreds mean they are very easy to fall in love with! Immy currently rides out for Lisa when she is not in college and has also fit some working holidays in at Newmarket Pre-training under Alan McCabe. She finds both starting their education and re-training those retiring from the track incredibly rewarding.
Immy plans to join The British Racing School later in 2021 with the aim of becoming a flat jockey one day.
The hugely popular Denise Foster, known universally by her childhood nickname ‘Sneezy’, has been training a small string at Possextown Farm in Enfield, not far from Cullentra, for more than 20 years, saddling in excess of 40 winners over both codes on the track since 1998.
Among her most significant triumphs was that of Lily’s Rainbow in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Navan in 2016, with Billy Lee doing the steering, and the success of the Andy Duff-piloted My Cool Lady in a valuable Premier Bumper at the Punchestown festival six years earlier.
She took over the licence in very sad circumstances, after her husband David, a renowned three-day eventer who had represented Ireland at four Olympic Games, was killed in a fall at a local event in Rathmolyon at the age of 43 in 1998.
Further tragedy was to visit the family when her 27-year-old daughter Lucy, married to trainer Fozzy Stack, passed away in 2014.
In the wake of her husband’s death, Foster set up the David Foster Injured Riders’ Fund, which has paid out more than €200,000 to riders injured while eventing.
A qualified riding instructor, Foster worked initially in showjumping in Ireland and Belgium.
While working for the legendary Eddie Macken at Ferrans Stud in the remarkable Boomerang era, she met her future husband, a member of the Army Equitation School who would rise to the rank of Captain.
Together, they established Possextown for the production and education of eventers but David, who had ridden in point-to-points and hunter chases, had a passionate interest in racing and took out a licence to train.
Foster took up the baton and Twisted Logic was her first winner, in a point-to-point, within days of doing so.
Her first victory on the track came courtesy of Supreme Touch at Naas in 2001.
Some of the faces behind our ex-racehorse rehoming programme.
Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley | Retraining and rehoming horses in the UK and Ireland | Friday Night Racing | OTB SPORTS.
Neil Treacy and Johnny Ward
Meet some of the TBAITA members giving our ex-racehorses a second chance in a new career out of racing!
BBC RADIO GIVING US A SHOUT OUT FOR THE WORK WE DO RETRAINING AND REHOMING EX-RACEHORSES!
The day's news agenda set with Sarah Brett and Chris Buckler.
Team TBAITA Maiden Hurdle Race Downpatrick 2021.
Some lovely Racing TV coverage of our Ireland division of the thoroughbred rehoming agency with Suzy Barkley and Monique Lyle.
Our second sponsored Maiden Hurdle race at Downpatrick racecourse.
Live TV interview with Racing TV | Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley of the British and Irish Thoroughbred Agency.
The Irish Field
© Photo Healy Racing
Suzy Barkley is eyeing Galway for Mcquinn after he was placed in a Punchestown bumper last month.
The seven-year-old gelding had previously been pulled up in a point-to-point and a maiden hurdle, but left that form behind with a staying-on third at 100/1 in Punchestown.
Barkley said: "I've always thought a lot of him and always believed in him despite his form - I think ground was a factor as doesn't handle soft ground. Another furlong and he would have been even closer.
"It took nearly a year for me to get him right with ulcers and not eating properly. He's a big horse, and he is eating well now and has got condition and is stronger.
"I'd like to go to Galway for a bumper with him and the Run For Your Money Syndicate are keen to go - they are all originally from Ireland and all but one live in England now.
"I hope he will keep improving but chasing is his future - he is a fabulous jumper. He is related to Colin Tizzard's good horse Royal Vacation (a Grade One winner over fences).
"He's a good ground horse and would like it good to yielding."
The Irish Field
By Margie McLoone
Mr Flowers and his trainer Suzy Barkley after he had won at Down Royal. Photo Healy Racing.
The Suzy Barkley-owned and trained 27-year-old had a great innings, retiring in 2006 at Down Royal after recording his fourth win over fences
THERE was sad news from Donaghacloney this week with the death on Monday at the age of 27 of the Suzy Barkley-owned and trained Mr Flowers who had been in excellent fettle up to the previous day.
A son of Cardinal Flower, the bay gelding was bred in 1992 by James O’Mahony out of the Monksfield mare Miss Monksfield, a half-sister to the Realm gelding Olan Lad whose seven wins included the 1989 running of the Thyestes Chase.
Mr Flowers was purchased as a foal at Tattersalls by the late Philip Dennison who sold him on at the same venue the following November. Suzy gave Rathmore Stud 7,200gns for the gelding at the 1996 Derby Sale and he has been in her care ever since.
He ran 37 times in total and showed his best form over fences, winning four times, finishing second four times and placing third on five occasions.
Having filled the runner-up spot in a two-mile, one-furlong handicap chase at the 2006 Fairyhouse Easter Festival, Mr Flowers ran at Down Royal the following month when, at the age of 14, he was retired after winning the Daily Mirror Handicap Chase over two and a half miles, beating the seven-year-old Bravery I into second by three lengths.
“I had hoped to do some of those racehorse to riding horse classes on him but he quickly let us know that going around in circles was not for him!” recalls Suzy who currently has 12 horses, mainly youngsters, in her Bluestone Lodge Stables.
“It didn’t matter – ‘Frenchie Flowers’ as we called him here was my pet and I was happy just to look after him at home. When I decided to buy a flat foal, I thought Mr Flowers would look after the colt but, again, he’d have none of it and so that job was given to my old Grade A show jumper, Futurarma, who is now 24.”
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