Curragh Sun, 15th Sep, 2019
Search For A Song It’s a very special win on a very special and emotional day. We’re having wonderful horse racing but I’m very proud of our industry the way we are supporting Pat Smullen and cancer research. This has been a very special race for me over the years and it’s the eighth time I’ve won it. She was running very free early on and he’d a hard call to make. I was happy he made the right call because I didn’t want to see him spend the rest of the race trying to settle her. I know how well she stays so I wasn’t too worried. There is a lot of stamina there as her brother is Falcon Eight. She was very fit and very well and often horses that run that free will relax when they get to the front.
Leopardstown Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Norway We're delighted with him. It always looked like it could work for him here. A mile-and-a-half is probably his trip and taking your time on him a little bit,. We've probably been making too much use of him a few times recently but this suited him. He travels well, quickens well, but when he gets there he doesn't do a lot. He's a horse that is probably going to get better, he's going to be better next year. We had him in Australia but I don't think he's going to get in. I'd be viewing him as a next year horse really. He's a lovely horse to have, fast ground, a mile-and-a-half and he can travel and quicken. There are going to be a lot of places to suit him. He could travel a little bit at the end. He could go to Hong Kong or America.
Leopardstown Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Mogul We were delighted with him. He was trapped a little bit wide today and there was a nice pace on so he learned plenty. Ryan had to move early on him and when he got to the front he had a good look. I'd say he would have learned plenty and we've been very happy with his progress form race to race so hopefully he'll progress on again. He just had to keep him up to his job to make sure something wouldn't run him down late. Ryan was very happy and very complimentary when he came in off him. He would have a choice of two races now, probably the Dewhurst or the Vertem Futurity. We'll see how he comes out of it and the lads will decide on one of the two. We won't over-race him. His brother ran in a Group 2 and didn't run any more but this horse looks four weeks ahead of his brother at this stage. Obviously we think he's a classic horse, Guineas/Derby type horse.
Leopardstown Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Blissful We're delighted with her. She's a filly that just took a little bit of time to come,. Donnacha was very happy with her the last day. Ryan hadn't ridden her in a while, he was delighted with her and thought she had progressed a lot since he rode her. She's a filly that will stay further and will have no problem stepping up to a mile. It can be an advantage to get beat first or second time because with those kind of fillies if you step them into too good of a race before they are ready for it it might stop the progression. She has developed a lovely mind, she's gone very relaxed and hopefully there is plenty to come. Colin's filly kicked off the bend and you'd think she was gone because that filly won very impressively in Cork on her first run, we knew she was the danger. Our filly probably learned a lot today because she had to go and run after Colin's filly and had to fight at the end. She's very relaxed after and was in no way upset. I'd say she'd have no problem going into a Group race next and probably will end up getting a mile very well this year. The Fillies Mile could be a possibility for her.
Listowel Mon, 9th Sep, 2019
Lancaster House That’s the best feel he’s given me so far. From (stall) 17, to have the pace to get up to a position like that early, he has done very well. He travelled around very easy. He impressed me today - I think he’s quite a decent horse. I thought a mile and a quarter was going to be his trip, but he travelled so easy and showed a lot of speed today so a mile or a mile and a quarter are his trips.
Cork Sun, 1st Sep, 2019
Passion She stepped up plenty from her first run, she was very raw the first day. She'll be a lovely filly next year going a mile-and-a-half. I loved the way she quickened in the last furlong, and galloped out, she might have a little bit of class about her. It's not Dad's way to put them away so I'd imagine if there is a race for her over a mile somewhere she'll run again.
Curragh Fri, 30th Aug, 2019
Mogul He's a lovely horse, . Obviously he has a great pedigree and he's a big strong boy. He travelled and was very smooth through the whole race, I was very happy with him.
Killarney Thu, 22nd Aug, 2019
Royal Aide He ran ok the last day when he met a good bit of traffic and he won nicely today and handled the bit of juice in the ground,. He is progressive, is a well bred horse but took a while to mature. I'd imagine we'll step him up in trip and see what happens. He is in at Bellewstown on Wednesday and I'd say there is a fair chance he'll run.
Tramore Sun, 18th Aug, 2019
Blackhillsofdakota he was gelded at the back of his Aintree run and has come back very nice for it. We chanced our luck a small bit by running him at Aintree as it was his third run in 18 days so we learned out lesson and will take it nice and handy with him now. We're going to aim for a novice hurdle after this and will go from there. JJ gave him a great ride. We were very happy with Frankincense (runner-up) and were expecting both horses to run well so we're happy out. A more galloping track would suit Frankincense more but Tramore has been a lucky place for us.
Galway Sun, 4th Aug, 2019
Mr Smith He’d a light weight and with the ground getting softer it told more. He did the right thing by letting him on and he just out galloped them really.
Galway Sat, 3rd Aug, 2019
Lancaster House He was still quite green and raw but his work at home was nice and he'll progress from that. He was a little bit slow away from the stalls but nothing around me had too much gate speed, so I was able to get him up there and, once I did, I was comfortable the whole way. He quickened up well and he put a nice bit of daylight between himself and the field. I think a mile and two furlongs will be no problem for him and after that we'll see after he steps up.
Galway Sat, 3rd Aug, 2019
Emperor Of The Sun He did it nicely. He had a good run the last day (in third at Killarney). He is still quite green, quite raw. Plenty to learn still but he has ability. He is still raw and gawky. In an ideal world you'd like to get a lead on him but if I had done that he'd have gone too slow for his own good so I had to make the running on him. He stuck at it well and he'll learn plenty from it. The second horse (Delta Dawn) had a decent run the first day and would have learned a lot from that as well and I'm sure they are smart horses.
Galway Fri, 2nd Aug, 2019
Invitation I had a good draw, she jumped and travelled and she was very fit so she kept galloping,. The plan is to get black-type and whether or not she'll be up to it we'll find out when we try it but that's the aim with her.
Galway Tue, 30th Jul, 2019
Petite Mustique I was very impressed with her. Things went really smoothly but I loved the way she picked up in the last two furlongs. I'd say she is very smart. She had the experience of the two previous runs and I was impressed by the way she picked up. She broke smart, travels very well and I like her a lot. She is not slow. She gave me a real good feel. I'm sure we will step her into Group or Listed company and find out more.
Leopardstown Thu, 25th Jul, 2019
Armory You'd be delighted with him and we'll go for the Futurity with him,. He progressing lovely, he came forward lovely from his first to his second run and you'd have to be very happy with him. He looks like a horse, that as a three-year-old, a mile would be his trip. You never know, he could stay further, but he's not short of pace. At the Curragh he was very good when he got out. We're delighted with him.
Leopardstown Thu, 25th Jul, 2019
Love She's a lovely filly and progressing, obviously,. They are really coming forward with every run. They are just progressing and she won nicely here the last day. Ryan was happy with his filly (Precious Moments), he didn't have a good draw, but he was happy with her. She has plenty of speed. Wayne was happy with his filly (So Wonderful) too and said she's still progressing. She's still a maiden as well. They'll probably all go to the Debutante and we'll what happens there.
Curragh Sat, 20th Jul, 2019
Iberia We thought they were three nice colts [Sherpa finished sixth] but they were just ready to start. They were green and babyish. Ryan was very happy with his lad, they were all very happy. The winner was green for a minute when he dropped him down but then when he got it together he picked up well. He won't have any problem going up in trip but seven (furlongs) probably won't be a problem next time as he'll be way more clued in. When he quickened he just got caught a little bit but then he got organised. The Futurity could be an option for him. Seamus (Heffernan) said that he thought the third horse felt like a very smart horse.
Leopardstown Thu, 18th Jul, 2019
Mohawk It was nice and smooth, they went a nice gallop, I got a nice slot the whole way and when I asked him to quicken up he did,. He probably got a little bit idle in front but he's a nice solid horse. They went a nice gallop and I think the leader was just starting to crack and my lad had form over further. He stuck at it well up the hill.
Killarney Wed, 17th Jul, 2019
Turnberry Isle he can be a little keen at home but the track suited and he was able to put it to bed before he came off the bridle. He is out of a top class sprinter (Rosdhu Queen) and whether he has maybe more of a sprinter's brain than body and that could be a lot of it (his temperament).
Leopardstown Thu, 11th Jul, 2019
Love she’s done it well. She was actually still a bit green and was hanging off the fence on the wrong leg for a bit. She just got lonely in front and when Colin (Keane on runner-up Soul Search) came to me she found another gear and went on. I’d say there was plenty more in there. Another furlong would suit her.
Bellewstown Wed, 3rd Jul, 2019
South Sea Pearl she doesn’t do a stroke but she stays very well. She had her ears pricked for the last two furlongs. She’d go as far as you’d want and is still learning and still raw. Hopefully she’ll learn plenty around a track like that.
Naas Wed, 26th Jun, 2019
Simply Beautiful She had good form. I think she wants further than that and wants a little bit slower ground but she was just good enough to win today,. She's a grand filly. Conditions weren't with her today but she put her head down and galloped to the line.
Clonmel Fri, 7th Jun, 2019
Treasure Chest In fairness to the horse something knocked into him at nearly every fence and he did jump a bit indifferently but he's tough in-between and stuck it out well to the line. He's hardy and hasn't run for a bit. He likes this sort of ground and will keep going over the summer.
Tipperary Tue, 4th Jun, 2019
Harpo Marx You'd be delighted with him and he'd probably want better ground and he stays well. He is progressive, wants much better ground and is a big, strong, powerful horse. He could step up in trip and could run in the Queen's Vase next. It's a 1m6f this year and he'd go straight there as he won't have much time to have another run.
Gowran Park Mon, 3rd Jun, 2019
Up Helly Aa I would rather he had run in the first race and taken the pressure off as he was the one I was expecting to win today,. The other two were bonuses, well Arabeska I thought would win also. He's a smashing colt and I'm very lucky to have him. He did everything lovely and he's still a work in progress. He's still asleep in his work and in his race there. I loved the way he quickened up there inside the last furlong or so. We'll talk to the owners and let them decide. I'd love to go to a winners race, or something like that, to give him a bit more education. He's still a baby and he won't be out quick. The next maiden wasn't till Cork and in case it was firm I said we'd come here. We'll work from here and I think we'll stick to a mile-and-two because the way he quickened up there he still has a bit of his mother's pace. He's the first foal out of Fiesolana and his sister by Dubawi, called Innervisions, will hopefully be running in the next three or four weeks. He's a gorgeous horse and it great to have horses like that in the yard. It keeps the dream alive. I had a treble in Tipperary a few years ago.
Fairyhouse Thu, 30th May, 2019
Search For A Song the first thing was to get her into stalls. We’ve done a lot of work with her but she’s claustrophobic. She’s a lovely kind tempered filly and it’s just a question of building up her confidence. That was the most difficult part as the actual race I was quite confident the result would be as is. She’s a lovely filly in the making but is still very immature. She will either go for a winners of one or a Stakes race maybe the Oaks Trial at Naas. She’s a filly with a lot of potential but she needs more experience if we are to think about the Irish Oaks. She’s even claustrophobic in the stable at home. It’s all about giving her confidence but we still have work to do and we will continue to build on that. The Oaks Trial is probably a logical next step for her. It’s only a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half will be her forte. If it all comes too soon there are plenty of good races for her later in the year. She handles that ground well and is a lovely light-actioned top of the ground filly.
Curragh Sun, 26th May, 2019
Hermosa She’s done very well from two to three. She’s really grown and strengthened a lot and I thought she was very impressive. She gave me a good feel the whole way up there and she never really felt in any danger. She’s a big filly — a very strong girl. She gave me the feel of a real high class horse. She never felt like she was going to get beat and when they do that through a race it’s usually a good sign. The plan was changed to come here rather than go to the Oaks, and then go from here to the Prix de Diane in three weeks time. I’m so delighted that we did (change plans). She’s a lovely mare and we felt that she progressed from Newmarket. I think she showed that today. She could go further and her sister (Hydrangea) got a mile and a half. We’ll see how she gets on in France before thinking about that.
Curragh Sun, 26th May, 2019
Magical We are delighted to have her as a four-year-old. She’s a big, powerful mare that is full of quality, with great strength and a super mind,. She had done enough last year to go off to stud so it’s a great credit to all the lads to keep her in training. The plan made out was the three races and then see about Ascot for the Prince Of Wales. There is an autumn campaign and she has to have a break somewhere before maybe the Irish Champion and the Arc. Hopefully she will come out of today well and then we can have a think about Ascot. It’s all stuff to dream about.
Leopardstown Sun, 12th May, 2019
Il Paradiso We're delighted with him and he stays well. He obviously gets a mile-and-a-half really well and he'll get further. He will progress a good bit and he might even get a mile-and-six. He'll be a horse that I'd say come Leger time he'll be coming into his own. He stays very well and I'd say he'll step into stakes company now. I was delighted with the second horse too.
Naas Mon, 29th Apr, 2019
Jack Yeats He had a good run the last day,. I got it fairly handy up front, myself and Billy (Billy Lee on Mackqeez), and I quickened up well and stuck at it well.