Thief to return to Punchestown

Henry De Bromhead is targeting a return to Punchestown next week with exciting novice chaser Identity Thief.

Identity Thief: Craddockstown Novice Chase target

The Grade One-winning hurdler successfully switched to chasing when making a winning debut over fences at Punchestown last month.

The County Waterford handler has selected the Craddockstown Novice Chase as the next port of call for the Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old.

De Bromhead has won the Grade Two contest three times through Sizing Europe in 2009, Days Hotel (2011) and Sizing John (2015).

"We've got a couple of options for Identity Thief but at the moment we are heading towards the Craddockstown Novice Chase," said De Bromhead.

"We've had a bit of success in the race over the years and it's a very suitable race that fits into the calendar well if you win a beginners' chase in October, as we did with this horse.

"Identity Thief is in really good form and we were delighted with his run at Punchestown the last day. He jumped really well and put up a lovely performance, so we're very happy with him at the moment.

"The Florida Pearl Novice Chase over two-mile-six is also on that weekend and Dean's Road may run in that. He's in good form at the moment and has the option of that race."

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