Limerick Wed, 17th Jun, 2020
Global Pass I'm delighted for John Twomey and his wife Maura, from Newtownshandrum in Cork, as they are as kind owners as ever had a racehorse. The horse had such a bad year performance-wise last year, I made an agreement with John to keep him as a lead horse and if he showed anything we'd try him for John again on the track. He is a lovely horse to have around the yard and thankfully John has stuck with him. He was relatively inexpensive (5,000gns in 2018) and while it was hard to see where we would go with him last year, John was keen to give him every chance and I'm very grateful. Ronan (Whelan) was very ballsy on him and is riding brilliantly. We'll look for another race in two or three weeks and we can now pick his races as he won't be liable for ballot next time.
Naas Mon, 8th Jun, 2020
Sceptical He’s a special horse and so easy to train. I’m delighted for Jim Gough and James McAuley. They picked him out. Jim’s gutted he’s not here as he loves his racing but he has a good horse and he’ll probably go to Ascot next week for the King’s Stand,.
Dundalk Fri, 6th Mar, 2020
Sceptical He's a right horse. It was James' idea to come here as I hadn't this in the plan at all,. He won well the last day and we had intended to go straight to Lingfield on Good Friday as he was qualified for it. James (McAuley, owner) said over the weekend, would it be an idea to run him in this race for the experience because he did run around a bit the last day and was a bit green. He'd need all the experience he has because Lingfield is quite sharp. Dropping back a furlong today I didn't think it would be as easy as that, hence why we claimed 7lb off him with him getting 11lb the last day. I'd say his days in handicaps are numbered. You'd love the way he cut through them. He has a lot of class about him and natural ability. It's great that he's done that and he could be the best horse that I've had. He looks class. We ironed out one or two issues with him early on. He had his wind done after he won his maiden here and he's improved no end. We had a good sprinter in Make A Challenge last year and still have him going forward this season. You never know the two of them could clash in a big race. He works with Make A Challenge and we knew he was good. I was a little bit worried going to Doha with Make A Challenge because if Sceptical hadn't won here the Friday night beforehand he had no business being out there and we were already there at that stage. Luckily he won and Make A Challenge ran a good race on very quick ground and got bumped around. We're looking forward to him as well