Sunday in reality was a slight anti-climax over in Ireland as weather conditions at Punchestown turned their exciting card into an unwatchable procession. Identity Thief continued his impressive start to his chasing career with an easy enough win and A Toi Phil was the most notable winner of card easily dispensing of some fellow well thought of novice chasers in the other Grade 2. The Grade 1 was comprehensively won by Willie Mullins’ Nichols Canyon, who looks as if he can win anything his camp wish him to this season. At Cork visibility was much better and in the opener, an ex-Mullins horse really caught the eye.
12 50 PEACE NEWS (H De Bromhead) 7/4, Maiden Hurdle, 2M, Soft to Heavy
When a barrage of Willie Mullins’ horses were spread around a number of Ireland’s other top trainers, Peace News was not one of the horses to hit the headlines. But his debut at Cork showed why Willie had always thought this French import was an exciting prospect; the 4YO travelled beautifully and the sticks were no issue whatsoever. The race will turn into a very tidy maiden in time and he won with plenty in hand, despite what it may so on paper. He already has a G1 entry for December and although this is a considerable step up he will go with plenty of support. De Bromhead is still working out and learning about his new recruits, but Peace News may be one of the most exciting youngsters he has revealed so far this season.