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Identity Thief storms home in Ryanair Stayers Hurdle


16 Apr 2018

Identity Thief, winner of the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal in 2015 storms home to win the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle. 

"After travelling into the extended three-mile contest powerfully, the 14-1 shot sprinted clear of Wholestone to score by five lengths, with 6-5 favourite Sam Spinner a further ten lengths back in third.

Identity Thief: clearing away from WholestoneIdentity Thief: clearing away from Wholestone

 

De Bromhead was thrilled to have Identity Thief back to form and hailed the input of jockey Sean Flanagan, who only got on board the eight-year-old at the start of the season.    

The trainer said: "Fair play to Sean, it was his suggestion to go three miles. You have to stay – we didn't know whether he would or not – but after the way he ran in the Champion Hurdle, we hoped he would.

"It's great to have him back as I got disappointed with him over fences. He was just getting jumped out of it and this may open up options."

Flanagan, a key cog in Noel Meade's operation who was registering his first top-flight success in Britain, said: "I've been lucky to ride him all season and after the way he ran in the Champion Hurdle, when he travelled well early and just hit a flat spot mid-race before staying on well at the end, I thought he'd probably get three miles.

"He's such a classy horse that he was able to travel nicely and he stayed on well. I got a few gaps and he jumped his way there – he did it very easily as he's a very classy horse on his day. He rides like a very good horse over three miles."

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