Powerful Irish owners Alan and Ann Potts have removed all of their horses from the Henry De Bromhead stable. The owners and trainer had built up a strong relationship over the past few years but that partnership has come to an abrupt end just weeks before the main part of the Jumps season kicks into gear.
Best known for owning Champion Chaser and multiple Grade 1 winner Sizing Europe, the Potts family have become increasingly powerful in recent years with their 4th place finish in the owners list last season proof of that.
They have made the decision to end their relationship with the popular Henry de Bromhead though and their horses have been dispersed to various trainers. Top class chaser Sizing John and Supreme Novices Hurdle 7th Supasundae have been sent to Jessie Harrington, whilst Grade 2 winning chaser Smashing has been moved to Mouse Morris.
The remaining Potts horses at the De Bromhead yard have been dispersed to Colm Murphy and Jim Dreaper in a move that has come out of the blue. The Potts and De Bromhead picked up a remarkable eight Grade 1 wins with the legendary Sizing Europe including the already mentioned 2011 Champion Chase and an Irish champion Hurdle back in 2008.
Henry De Bromhead has handled the move with class so far and in public at least he remains confident of having a good season but this will of course have a big impact on his immediate chances . He retains over 50 horses at his yard with Identity Thief perhaps the most exciting of them with the Gigginstown horse set to go over fences this winter having impressed over the smaller obstacles last term.