Identity Thief bursts through fog for Craddockstown win

Identity Thief: looked good in the glimpses viewers got of him

PICTURE: John Grossick ( Identity Thief sneaks
in under cover of fog By Stuart Riley 1:15PM 20 NOV 2016

Report: Punchestown, Sunday

Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase (Grade 2) 2m, 4yo+

IDENTITY THIEF made it two wins from two over fences with a possibly impressive performance. In heavy fog it was nigh on impossible to see much bar the last 50 yards, but in that 50 yards he pulled away from stablemate Ordinary World with ease under hands and heels.

When the commentary is heavy on words like 'probably' and 'presuming' it is a bit of a giveaway no-one has much of a clue what is going on. Still, several firms cut Identity Thief for the Racing Post Arkle just in case what happened was impressive.

BoyleSports on the other hand pushed him out to 10-1 after his one length success, so the betting market seems as confused as everyone else.

The only person with much of an idea as to what happened was the man on board, Bryan Cooper, and he seemed happy enough. "He got the job done," he said.

Cooper did elaborate, providing the race's only illumination. "The ground wasn't ideal for him, he's always going to be a better horse on better ground. We went a proper gallop from the word go and he'll have learned a lot more today.

"He jumped with a lot of fluency and I would have won a lot cosier if he'd jumped the last, but I popped it as it was never in doubt. I feel he got a good education today and that's what we wanted to do. We got a lead in a proper run race and I'm happy."

He added: "It was never in doubt from the back of the third last, I always felt I had them covered. I jumped very well and I got a lovely lead off Davy [Russell – rider of Ordinary World], I'd land upsides him at fences and take him back and get a tow again. I was getting a length or two at every fence and it's a learning curve."

Attribution finished third to make it a 1-2-3 for trainer Henry de Bromhead.

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