Expectations high for Thief
Identity Thief is the star attraction in the Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.
Identity Thief: Bids to continue his impressive start to chasing career.
The six-year-old made his mark at the highest level over hurdles when winning the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle 12 months ago before going on to finish sixth in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
He could not have been more impressive on his chasing debut over this course and distance last month and is joined by stable companions Ordinary World and Attribution as trainer Henry de Bromhead bids for a fourth success in this Grade Two contest following the previous victories of Sizing Europe (2009), Days Hotel (2011) and Sizing John (2015).
De Bromhead said: "He (Identity Thief) seems in good form and we've been happy with him since his last run.
"On hurdle ratings he would be the highest-rated of my runners, but Ordinary World was very good in Fairyhouse and we always hoped he'd be a better horse over a fences.
"Attribution was second to Ordinary World in Fairyhouse and was good in Naas last time, so we'll see what happens."
Identity Thief and Attribution both carry the colours of Gigginstown House Stud and the leading owners have a third representative in the form of Gordon Elliott's Ball D'Arc.
The small but select field is completed by Shay Barry's stable star Bentelimar, who is thrown in at the deep end on his fencing bow.