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Stellar Victory for Irish Point

Stellar Victory for Irish Point

Irish Point clinched the Grade 1 Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle in an impressive display of skill and stamina. Aboard the grey five-year-old, Jack Kennedy guided the horse to victory, building on their success last season, culminating in a win at Aintree.

A Step Up in Class and Distance

Irish Point, having won over two miles at Down Royal last month, faced a new challenge in this race, stepping up in class and distance to three miles. The horse efficiently handled the increase, maintaining a comfortable position in midfield behind the leader, Home By The Lee.

Dominating Finish

Approaching the final hurdle, Irish Point moved smoothly between rivals, taking the lead effortlessly. As the even-money favorite, he accelerated clear, finishing 11 lengths ahead of Asterion Forlonge and a further half-length in front of Ballyadam.

Irish Point: A New Co-Favorite for Stayers' Hurdle

Following this victory, Irish Point's odds have been significantly adjusted. Paddy Power, Betfair, and Sky Bet now list Irish Point as a 4/1 co-favorite for the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He shares this position with stablemate Teahupoo and the French-trained Theleme.

Trainer Elliott's Insights

Trainer Gordon Elliott praised Irish Point's professionalism and calm demeanor throughout the race. While there was initial apprehension about the increase in distance, Elliott's concerns were put to rest by Irish Point's relaxed yet responsive performance. 

Future Plans and Considerations

Though plans remain flexible, Elliott hinted that Irish Point might be aimed at Aintree again. The trainer also acknowledged the luxury of having several strong contenders in this division, highlighting the importance of strategically planning their races.

Kennedy's Confidence in Irish Point

Jockey Jack Kennedy expressed his ease during the race, noting that Irish Point was so relaxed he felt like he was doing a simple workout. Kennedy's confidence was evident as the horse responded immediately when asked for more effort.

In summary, Irish Point's victory in the Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle marks him as a horse to watch in the upcoming Stayers' Hurdle, with both trainer and jockey confident in his abilities to succeed at higher levels.

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