‘It’s the things you dream of!’: Trainer Henry de Bromhead celebrates his Grand National one-two thanks to history maker Rachael Blackmore … after doing the same at the Gold Cup in Cheltenham
- Henry de Bromhead secured a one-two at the Grand National race on Saturday
- The Bromhead, 48, trained Rachael Blackmore’s Minella Times and Balko Des Flos
- The trainer saw the same one-two success at the Cheltenham Festival in March
His stable jockey may have stolen the spotlight, the result of the Grand National was also a remarkable achievement for trainer Henry de Bromhead.
Being responsible for the first two at home in the world’s most famous steeplechase thanks to Minella Times and Balko Des Flos would go down as a crowning achievement for any leading jumping trainer.
But for the 48-year-old from County Waterford, it was just the extension of a great month.
Henry de Bromhead (left) celebrates Grand National success with Rachael Blackmore (right)
With Minella Times, Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National
At last month’s Cheltenham Festival, De Bromhead also trained the one-two in the Cheltenham Gold Cup thanks to Jack Kennedy-ridden winner Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore-ridden A Plus Tard.
The Bromhead’s Cheltenham trek included the Champion Hurdle on Blackmore-ridden Honeysuckle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Aidan Coleman-ridden Put The Kettle On.
After winning over £ 500,000 on Saturday, De Bromhead, whose father Harry was in his stable before him, is now third in the British Coaching Championship and said: ‘These are the things you dream of. We are very lucky and winged fences everywhere. It’s unbelievable.
The Bromhead also won the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Chase in March with Minella Indo
It looked like Rachael had won the last jump, but we all know how things can change. Any Second Now seemed a bit unhappy with its passage and came back to us, and Balko Des Flos stayed too.
‘Balko Des Flos is a class horse and just lost its shape. He ran a cracker, and Chris’s dream went really well; Darragh O’Keefe just released four or five gates. I am delighted.
‘Yes, of course I dreamed of winning this, but it was a very distant dream.
‘There must be a party now. I have the old ferry again tonight, that’s something to look forward to! ‘