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'It's probably as strong a team as we have had' - Henry de Bromhead seeks to take Cheltenham by storm

Trainer ready to battle it out with the big guns at this year’s Festival

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Trainer Henry de Bromhead on Day One of the 2018 Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Trainer Henry de Bromhead on Day One of the 2018 Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Trainer Henry de Bromhead on Day One of the 2018 Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

His father Harry "was an original thinker, a bit unorthodox" before he handed over the training reins at the turn of the millennium, and the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Henry de Bromhead.

While Manchester United soccer legend Ryan Giggs swore by yoga and former Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll was a keen student of Pilates to keep their bodies supple throughout long and successful careers, De Bromhead places his equine faith in dressage.

Described as "the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance", it plays a huge part in De Bromhead's training regime – but it's a lesson that he learned the hard way.