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De Bromhead is ready to battle it out with the big guns at this year's Festival, writes Michael Verney

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Henry de Bromhead is a pessimist by nature but he looks well placed to add to his seven Festival winners to date with the odds-makers convinced that he will be celebrating again next week. Photo: Sportsfile via Getty Images

Henry de Bromhead is a pessimist by nature but he looks well placed to add to his seven Festival winners to date with the odds-makers convinced that he will be celebrating again next week. Photo: Sportsfile via Getty Images

Sportsfile via Getty Images

Henry de Bromhead is a pessimist by nature but he looks well placed to add to his seven Festival winners to date with the odds-makers convinced that he will be celebrating again next week. Photo: Sportsfile via Getty Images

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.

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Notebook. Photo: Sportsfile

Notebook. Photo: Sportsfile

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Notebook. Photo: Sportsfile

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.