Clonmel Fri, 8th Jun, 2018
Venezia It is lovely for him to win and for a horse with only three runs over hurdles he jumps well. He needed all the assistance and luck he got but won nicely in the end. He needed a couple of great jumps at the last two fences and he got them. He loves the ground and that makes a big difference to him. He can probably do everything (chase, hurdle and flat) but when and where I don't know and I'm not in a hurry with him either. He'll have to go handicap chasing as he wouldn't be good enough for a novice chase. He is the first Galileo I've been lucky enough to train and he's a lovely horse and I'm lucky to have him.
Curragh Sun, 27th May, 2018
Platinum Warrior You'd be delighted with that horse. He's a Galileo and we don't get too many Galileos,. He's a horse with a big engine, and always has had, and he loves that ground. He got a bit lonely there in front and wandered, he's done it in the past. I'd say the better the race the better he'll be. Shane said he got a bit unbalanced down the hill. He got there quick then. I think there is more to come from him and we'll aim him at the Irish Derby now. I'd say he'll step up to a mile and a half no bother. You'd have to like the way he goes about things, he keeps improving. He goes on that fast ground. He's out of a Clodovil mare so he'll maybe handle an ease too but he's such a light actioned horse. He ran a blinder the last day, it was his first time up to a mile and a quarter. He's just coming to himself. Our horses were slow to come to themselves over the winter and we had to be patient. The weather was bad, the ground was bad, and I wasn't pushing them. It was all about picking up from here on. He's one of those types that's getting better with racing.
Killarney Mon, 14th May, 2018
Benkei He travelled and jumped well and he had the form on his Punchestown run and that run was good enough to win this. He could go on the flat now but we'll keep going wherever we can find a race for him. If I had a few more owners like Jerry (Nolan), it'd be very easy. He has been lucky and has two nice horses (also Lord Erskine) with me.
Leopardstown Sun, 13th May, 2018
Southern France He's a grand big horse, genuine and stays well. There is plenty of improvement in him still. Once I got him out and gave him a few cracks he went on about his business. The first two are probably nice stayers, and my lad could be for something like the Queens Vase or even a King Edward.
Curragh Sat, 12th May, 2018
Carlo Biraghi He did it well and he stays well,. He'll probably go for something like the Gallinule or the Nijinsky Stakes. We'll see where we're going after that then. Chris said the hardest job was pulling him up before the boards. He's a nice horse. He matured a lot over the winter. He was a big raw horse last year and we were in two minds whether we'd run him or not. We gave him the time and it worked out. Chris said he wasn't in love with that ground. The dream is alive.
Curragh Sat, 12th May, 2018
Bye Bye Baby You'd be delighted with that and she came forward lovely from Navan,. She's a very straight-forward filly and I couldn't be happier. She'll go to Epsom next (for the Oaks). She's very straight-forward, very uncomplicated and stays well. She's a very well bred filly too. On their first runs I'm never surprised. Obviously we've seen the improvement can be out of this world sometimes. When they start off, they start off, and you just want them to progress. The first day is just the start.
Navan Sun, 22nd Apr, 2018
Order Of St George It would have suited me if they were going a bit quicker but it was the right race for him, he was 5/1 on and did what he had to do. He's the best one (in the staying division). I’m delighted with him, and hopefully he’ll go for the Saval Beg (at Leopardstown on May 25) which is what we usually do and then on to Ascot. He finishes out very well when he gets into his tempo and he gallops up the hill. Ryan said he was very relaxed and moved very well. They would be the two things that you would love to hear.
Cork Sun, 15th Apr, 2018
Allegio I know it was only four runners but they have to go through the ground. Last year we thought he was a good ground horse but he has turned inside out over the winter. Seamie (Heffernan) said all last year he was on the weak side,. I'm not sure where we go from here but he is very good and I think the handicapper can't be as harsh as the winning distance because the others couldn't go. There are handicaps for him at the Guineas and Derby weekend and we'll also see what's in the U.K. We'll see how the handicapper reacts but hopefully he won't react the way he could if he wanted.
Leopardstown Sat, 14th Apr, 2018
Gustav Klimt We're very happy, obviously the ground was far from ideal, but it was nice to get a run into him as it's a long time since he ran. Ryan was very happy with him,. Ryan said he was very impressed with the way he quickened in that ground. He's a real good ground horse. Newmarket is the plan if everything is well. US, we knew he'd hate the ground but he needed to get out, and Donnacha's horse (Kenya) will stay further. US might go to the Guineas now and he'll grow another leg between now and then.
Naas Fri, 13th Apr, 2018
Capri We're delighted and it was nice to get him started. We'll have a look at going to the Mooresbridge next and he'll come on lovely. Then we might have a look at either the Tattersalls or the Coronation. Maybe he can do the two. He's a lovely relaxed horse, lazy and a brave horse. Ryan was delighted with him. We'll let him come slowly rather than forcing him. We'll feel our way. That's the first time he's won over ten and we'll be thinking a mile-and-a-quarter and a mile-and-a-half with him. There should be tons of improvement. I'd say he got tired but he was entitled to and it's nice for him to be doing that rather than racing up there with his mouth open as we've another eight months to go.
Leopardstown Sat, 3rd Feb, 2018
Supasundae I thought it would be a bit too quick for him over two miles. I only came here as a prep run for the three-mile hurdle at Cheltenham, and to win this is some prep run!. Robert was sure that when he had Faugheen in his sights at the last that he would stay every inch of the way, and he did. When he got to the front he was only pricking his ears. He’s only in the three-mile hurdle at Cheltenham so that’s where he will be going. He won over 2m5f there last year, and we ran here to try and get him jumping quick. We know he stays so that’s why we are going for the three-mile race. He jumped absolutely super today, and I’ve never seen him jump so well. He’s a much better horse on better ground and that’s why he comes into his own in the spring. He doesn’t like slogging around on heavy ground. He is by Galileo so there must be a little turn of foot in there somewhere. It’s really sad that neither Alan or Ann (Potts) are here to see the horse fulfilling his potential.