Henry de Bromhead admitted: "You dream of days like this," after chasing debutant Sizing Granite beat odds-on favourite Lieutenant Colonel in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Beginners Chase in Naas to complete the trainer’s first treble.
Having made most of the running and jumping better than the odds-on favourite, Sizing Granite kept finding for Jonathan Burke on the run-in to score by a length, not only completing de Bromhead’s treble but doubles for owners Alan and Ann Potts and their retained rider Jonathan Burke.
“It’s my first treble on the same card, although I’ve had three on the same day, between Punchestown and Cork,” confirmed de Bromhead. “This horse was always going to be a chaser. He’s still a big baby — backward and green. But he’s a very exciting horse.”
Sizing John, fourth in the Punchestown bumper won by subsequent Group 2 winner Forgotten Rules last April, made a successful start over hurdles in the opening Follow Us On Facebook Maiden Hurdle, sparking the de Bromhead treble.
In front at the second last, the Midnight Legend gelding stayed on to beat Phil’s Magic by two lengths, prompting his trainer to explain: “We’ve always liked this horse. He’s a real chaser-in-the-making and might head for a four-year-old race in Gowran at the end of the month. We thought a bit of him going to Punchestown in the spring, But Dermot Weld’s horse made the rest of the four-year-olds look ordinary.”
Former champion Davy Russell provided the middle leg of de Bromhead’s treble when Moscow Mannon justified 4/7 favouritism in the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase, powering clear on the run-in to beat Felix Yonger by four and three-quarter lengths.
His trainer said: “He’s pretty fresh today and Davy said he was a little keen. But today was all about getting him rolling again. He’s a horse with plenty of gears – no horse is fast enough to work with him at home.
“He’ll probably step-up in trip in time. But for now, we’ll keep at this sort of trip and we have plenty of options, races like the Dial-A-Bet at Leopardstown over Christmas or the Hilly Way in Cork. Or he could go to England for something.”
Mark Walsh is enjoying his best ever season and completed a double for J P McManus on Plinth in the Hospitality At Naas Racecourse Hurdle and the Michael Hourigan-trained Give Us A Break in the €30,000 Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle.
Plinth made all to beat just three rivals convincingly, giving Aidan O’Brien his twentieth National Hunt win of the season.
And the progressive Give Us A Break, up 11lb for her win in Sligo in August, tracked front-running Face Value for most of the journey before staying on dourly to hold Solita, her trainer confirming: “She’s a joy to train, has kept improving all year and will have no problem stepping-up to three miles.”
Jessica Harrington said: “He’s enormous and has had bits and pieces of problems since he ran in his second point-to-point eighteen months ago,” after Moscow Magic made all under Robbie McNamara to foil uneasy favourite Kate Appleby Shoes (Patrick Mullins) in the bumper. The six-year-old Moscow Society gelding will now go jumping.
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