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Friday, 18 January, 2019

De Bromhead eyeing Min rematch with star novice

Identity Thief: "He's been in good form and has been working well"
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For many the battle between Altior and Min in the Racing Post Arkle will be the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival, but Identity Thief is coming back to himself and could bid to play the role of party pooper.

Identity Thief had been as short as 11-2 for the festival prize before he blotted his copybook in the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown last month when he was pulled up lame after jumping just five fences.

But last year's Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner is once again pleasing trainer Henry de Bromhead and looks set to line up in the Frank Ward Solicitors Irish Arkle at Leopardstown on January 29, when he would get another crack at Min.

"Identity Thief seems really well again now and is coming back to himself," said de Bromhead. "He jumped Sunday morning and schooled really well. He popped away and I was very happy with him. It was nice to see.

"We're hoping to get him back up and running very soon, and the Arkle at Leopardstown could be on the cards.

"We'll just have to see how he comes on over the next couple of days. We treated a couple of things with him and they seem to have worked."

Identity Thief has been pushed out to 20-1 for the Arkle at Cheltenham by Paddy Power and is 4-1 with the same firm to also win the Irish equivalent.

We're hoping to get him back up and running very soon
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