Identity Thief ready for take-off over fences

Identity Thief: Fighting Fifth winner is going chasing this season

PICTURE: John Grossick ( Identity Thief ready for take-off over fences By Brian Sheerin 7:21AM 20 OCT 2016

HENRY DE BROMHEAD looks set to take the wraps off Identity Thief on Saturday as the Grade 1-winning hurdler is an intended runner in a two-mile beginners' chase at Punchestown.

The son of Kayf Tara scored at the highest level last term when winning the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and De Bromhead is looking forward to sending the Gigginstown star over fences for the first time this weekend, providing the ground conditions are suitable for the six-year-old.

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"He's exciting. We're looking forward to getting a run into him and as long as the ground is suitable enough he should line out," said the trainer.

"You obviously want to get his first start out of the way before making any long-term targets or committing to anything. We're looking for a clear round from him and we'll take it from there. Let's hope everything goes okay.

"We have ideas about where we'd like to see his season going, but let's get his beginners' chase out of the way first."

Three Stars plans

De Bromhead looks to have another top-class chase recruit on his hands, judging by the winning performance of Three Stars in the Grade 3 Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown last week.

He said: "He'll either go for the Racing Post Novices' Chase at Cheltenham in November or he could run in the Craddockstown Chase at Punchestown instead.

"He won well at Punchestown last week and so too did Sadler's Risk. We're looking at the JN Wine Chase for him [Sadler's Risk] at Down Royal on December 5."

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