Cork Thu, 22nd Mar, 2018
Black Tears She would have learned loads from the first day when she was very green and Lisa said today it did her no harm that things got a bit messy because she was able to get a lead into the straight. I'd say they are two good fillies and they pulled ten lengths away from the third. Gordon reckons if she is ok after this that she'll go for the €100,000 bumper in Fairyhouse at the Easter festival. She'll then go out on her summer holidays before going hurdling next season.
Limerick Mon, 19th Mar, 2018
The Granson I was very afraid of Gordon's horse (Crezic) and on paper you'd say he shouldn't beat him but you can't run away from one either. I was hanging nicely down the home straight and it was a good job he had the stands' rail because I couldn't steer him and couldn't get a good belt into him. I don't know how well Jack (Kennedy, Crezic) was going but my lad keeps going. In his bumpers all he was doing was galloping and he had some good form. I'm delighted for his owners Padraig Coffey (from Portarlington) and his son-in-law Tadhg Maher (who runs a bar in Lanzarote) as this horse had had stop-starts and gaps between his runs with small issues. It's grand to repay them and hopefully he can go on to something better.
Navan Sat, 20th Jan, 2018
Hareth We knew he was tough. They went a fierce gallop on the ground and he was nearly first off the bridle. He ran well the last day and came on from the run,. It’s a great pot today and it’s job done now. He’s by Jeremy and they love that ground, and also he’d bottom weight so there were a lot of positives.
Leopardstown Wed, 27th Dec, 2017
Whiskey Sour I've never seen anything like it. Losing the other race in the stewards race, then Mengli Khan jumping out at the second last,. I thought at least then we'd be first, second and third going to the last and then the two of them fall individually. It was extraordinary stuff and I was just waiting for them to bring down our third runner and really cap the day. Whiskey Sour was definitely the fourth of ours coming into the race and he ends up winning it. It was just an extraordinary race. I said to David 'how did you miss all those horses' and he said 'it's lucky he's small'. He's probably the smallest horses in the card. It was a lucky win, end of story. The other two horses ran very well. Sharjah and Real Steel and they were probably lucky that Mengli Khan ran out. It was an extraordinary race and I don't know what to take from it.
Limerick Tue, 26th Dec, 2017
Lady In Lavender Rachael gave her a good ride — she's a good girl to ride there's no doubt about it. She never settled in Mallow and was unlucky: I don't know what happened, she's always free but we put a hood on her today and it settled her. They went a good gallop which was also a big help as well. She has a bit of foot though, and might prefer a bit of better ground. Her owner Conor O'Brien is a vet in Fermot and is flying overhead at the moment. He's coming home from Vienna and couldn't be here today. He said to me 'ye'll get on fine without me, I won't be riding her!
Gowran Park Sat, 25th Nov, 2017
Roja Dove I'm thrilled for the syndicate as much as anything as they're a good bunch of lads. They're from Maynooth and have leased her from Noel Doyle. Fingers crossed she goes on and her next run might be in a rated beginners' chase at Tramore in a few weeks time. It's grand to have her and she seems to be on a nice enough mark and hopefully we'll continue to have fun with her over the winter. I've been surprised with her, as from day one I've been thinking 'is this too good to be true?' as her homework and everything was good but it's great and fingers crossed she stays going.
Thurles Thu, 9th Nov, 2017
Solar Heat I think personally the ride, more than the 5lbs claim, made the difference and I think he did everything right and she jumped her heart out and you couldn't fault them. Barry has been second for us in the past and that's his first win for us. He's a good jockey and timed it well today. She is owned by the West To Easy Syndicate, which are brothers Michael and Louis Conway who are Galway and Dublin based.