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Identity Thief steals a march in Fighting Fifth at Newcastle

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Identity Thief got up late in the piece to win an engaging renewal of the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Identity Thief got up late in the piece to win an engaging renewal of the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Henry de Bromhead's five-year-old was always prominent in the Grade One but handed the initiative back to Top Notch with a sketchy leap at the last flight.

But Bryan Cooper's companion was the essence of willingness and rallied along the run-in to collect by a neck at odds of 6-1.

De Bromhead: "I'm delighted. He did it really well and it was a super ride from Bryan.

"He missed the last but he got back up well.

"We've always liked him and it's great to come over here and win a Grade One."