Henry De Bromhead was delighted to see Notebook warm up to a winning return in Grade 2 company at Naas, writes Tom Harle.
The seven-year-old was twice a Grade 1 winner in Ireland in 2019, beating Cash Back and Fakir D’oudairies en route to those successes and both lined up in the Poplar Square Chase
Rachael Blackmore and Notebook are quite the partnership and they won their sixth race together as he overcame a split four from home and improved to score by 12 lengths.
“He was a little bit rusty over the first few, but then jumped really well and stayed at it really well. It’s good to see him back to form,” said De Bromhead.
“I’d say he’ll go to Leopardstown at Christmas. He loves it around there and has won two Grade Ones there.
“Rachael said he took a blow at the fourth-last and hopefully he’ll come on for it. I’m delighted with him.
Notebook closed to 20-1 in some places for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, having been 33-1. In 2019, he finished sixth in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.
11-10 favourite Cash Back, for Willie Mullins, fell at the first.
Meanwhile, Gordon Elliott hit three figures for winners with the National Hunt season in its early stages thanks to Call Me Lyreen’s victory in the Grade 2 hurdle at Naas.
The four-year-old has won on all three starts, taking his maiden at Tramore in September, and he held off Gavin Cromwell’s Wolf Prince to win by two lengths here.
“He’s a lovely horse and is stepping forward all the time,” said the Cullentra boss.
“We weren’t sure about the ground, but he coped with it well.
“He’ll have a little break and go for one of the novice hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival.
“Keith (Donoghue) deserves a lot of credit as he’s done a lot of work with this horse at home.”