Aintree Sat, 14th Apr, 2018
Identity Thief I'm delighted. You dream, but I wasn't expecting that. You have to stay, but we just didn't know if he would or not. It was Sean's plan as he said he would love to go three miles. We said we would leave it to him how he wanted to ride him and fair play to Sean. We came here for the two-and-a-half (Aintree Hurdle) last year and we rode him positively and he was disappointing on the day. The way he ran in the Champion Hurdle, he stopped at halfway and ran on really well again at the end. We hoped the big step up would suit and it's fantastic. We will enjoy today, but we've always felt he is a good horse as he won the Fighting Fifth. He lost his form over fences but it is great to have him back and we will enjoy today. We've got him in the Stayers' Hurdle at Punchestown but we will see about that.