County Waterford handler Henry De Bromhead is no outsider to Cheltenham Festival success. Six different horses from his stables have afforded him seven winners at the Cotswold venue. This year he looks to have another winner on his hands in A Plus Tard
A Plus tard is a rare jumps entry at the Cheltenham festival for major Flat owners Cheveley Park Stud. The six-year-old has to be deemed one of the Irish bankers, taking into consideration his ultra-impressive winning course form last year in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Conceivably A Plus Tard was one of the most notable winners throughout the four days festival last year and has received plenty of attention and gossip since. The dominating manner of Plus Tard’s 16 length demolition job last year undoubtedly suggests that he really deserves automatic respect in this year’s Ryanair Chase, materialistic of the low betting price presently on offer for him.
A Plus Tard is thought as one of Irelands leading chasers in the wake of his effortless success over the well-thought-off Willie Mullins trained Chacun Pour Soi at Leopardstown in December over the distance of two miles. Yet, that trip of two miles would be his minimum distance and confidence is extremely high that going back up in trip again should see him taking another enormous step forward on his already extraordinary form. If anything, the best of A Plus Tard could still be to come.
His trainer Henry De Bromhead has decided not run him again before the festival and, having needed his run at Navan on his seasonal reappearance, the in-form handler has insisted he is ‘very happy’ with A Plus Tard’s preparation. He will line up as a worthy favourite in the hands of his jockey Rachael Blackmore.
Everything has been geared up for this six-year-old with one day in mind, the Ryanair Chase, where it difficult to see him getting beaten. Irish eyes will be shining on A Plus Tard who is almost Certainly the one to beat with a clear round of jumping. Is he Irish banker material of the week? Feasibly.