Galway Sat, 26th Oct, 2019
Mount Pelier It is unfortunate but they (IHRB) are going to have the next trainers' course in the spring. I think it is the first time ever that they didn't have more than one course in the year. One was held last spring but the autumn course was cancelled as a minimum of ten people was required to hold the course. we expected that as these were only summer horses and he is a proper winter horse. He had been to a schooling hurdle in Tipperary and ran well there and is improving all the time. He is class (to jump) and loves jumping. He was getting all the allowances there so you wouldn't want to get carried away, but he is worth an entry in the Craddockstown Chase, over two miles, and the 2m4f Florida Pearl Chase. If he is not good enough we can drop him back down again but I couldn't have been happier there. Kevin Brouder has been riding for us but is injured at the moment and we're been using best available at the moment and Davy (Russell) is one of four riders we're using today.
Thurles Thu, 24th Oct, 2019
Stylish Moment He is a grand oul horse and he won well the last day and we thought he'd come on a bit,. Everlastingpromise (runner-up) missed the last and we winged it and it was probably the winning of the race and he is probably a galloper and Philip said he'd use him up turning in instead of getting caught for toe, so he gave him a great ride and that's his third winner for us in the last ten days. It was his first run in a handicap chase and he is rated 104 over hurdles so that's something we'd have to look at. He wouldn't want really deep ground but likes it yielding or soft.
Cork Sun, 20th Oct, 2019
Lakemilan She had been so consistent all year, was in good form and keeps improving and is an amazing filly in fairness to her, . There is nothing of her there but she keeps improving, keeps eating and holding herself together. I wasn't sure when the fall-off would happen but it hasn't happened yet and that was an improvement again. Today was the target for a good while so I'm not sure where we go but she is going to be a 135 mare now. I was thrilled with Articulum but I didn't think he travelled great throughout the race. I told Phillip (Enright)not to be hard on him as it was his first run back and from a long way out he wasn't going to win the race. I trying to watch both horses with a couple of kids hanging off me as well so it was hard enough to watch but Articulum seemed to see it out well for a first run back and also in a handicap. He is very well handicapped over hurdles and I'm tempted to go for a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse next. I'm also half-tempted to go to Cheltenham in November too but I'm not sure.
Tipperary Sun, 6th Oct, 2019
Davids Charm Philip Enright gave him a great ride. He said it was like a bit of work for him,. They went hard up front and Philip was happy to sit off it and let him ease into the race. He had no hard race, and provided he has come out of it okay, he will go for the Cesarewitch next Sunday. He’s been some horse for us. Before today he had about €230,000 won between everything and another almost 40 grand today.
Galway Mon, 16th Sep, 2019
Dumhach Thra He stayed at it up the hill and is a tough horse. Michael and Pierce (Mee) love Galway and its great to have a winner for them at Galway. He is improving the whole time and Milan is a good solid sire. I think he can go up in trip and a little better ground might suit him better also.
Listowel Thu, 12th Sep, 2019
Davids Charm Two years ago he was beaten a short-head in this race and was unlucky in the Galway Hurdle where he was caught at the start and got squeezed up passing the stands, . He was only beaten four lengths and he lost more than that in the race so I thought he would have won. Philip knew the horse from Galway and I told him to keep him out of trouble today and he gave him a brilliant ride; Philip is as cute as a fox!. He's not unlucky any more and won handy enough. The Cesarewitch is next and we'll see after the Cesarewitch what to do. He has never jumped a fence and Tom O'Brien (owner) says to keep him away from the fences but I think he would jump a fence.
Clonmel Thu, 5th Sep, 2019
Happy Jacky He toughed it out well and it was his last chance to race in that 80-95 grade today so we said we'd take our chance. It was a bit quick but he is tough out. Today's trip was as short as he'd want and not knocking the rest of the horses, but it looked a middling race the last day. We might give him a pop over a fence before the ground goes heavy - he's not one for winter ground. He has great scope and he wants safe, yielding ground.
Down Royal Fri, 30th Aug, 2019
Macgiloney He's a grand old horse,. He jumped for fun and didn't stop, he's all heart. He's improving the whole time and he gives you his all. Yeah brilliant (to get the ride). Denis is suspended - unfortunate for him but fortunate for me. He's been super to me since I turned (conditional) and even for the two boys to let me ride him, I'm just grateful. Hopefully we can stay going. I'd be in Denis' a few days a week and after that I go wherever I have to go. The two men that own him are absolute gents, I'm delighted for them. You couldn't meet nicer than them.
Ballinrobe Tue, 27th Aug, 2019
Happy Jacky We were a bit worried about the ground to be honest,. I thought it might be gone for him but he's a hardy little lad. He got through it alright - he wouldn't be in love with it but he's just tough. He got boxed in on Friday evening and just got no run. He finished out his race real well. After seeing that we said we'd go again as he bounced out of it so well. I'm delighted for the lads (the owners) - they'll enjoy it!. We might look at Listowel but it's just grand to get him over the line.
Tramore Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Jaime Sommers It was a bit of a surprise. She had been disappointing so far this season but she takes a good few runs to get fit. Ruth rode the race to perfection. She kept out of the chopped-up ground as the other two took on each other. Fair play to Ruth, she rode a fantastic race. We tried the cheekpieces on her the last time and they seemed to have improved her and this was her second time to wear them. It's great to win with her on the Flat as she ran out of options over hurdles and fences. She was badly handicapped, she was just caught. She had her first run on the Flat at the Curragh but she didn't like the stalls, so the flag start here was ideal for her, this race was really ideal for her. She loves Tramore and was placed the other two times she ran here. It wasn't a total surprise as the track suited and the ground dried up a bit. We definitely won't go over fences with her again. I wouldn't risk her as she is the only filly I have out of Solerina. She is entered on Saturday in a maiden but is not eligible now. I'd like to see what the handicapper gives her and maybe go for something at the end of the season on the Flat. Her mother won three Flat races so it's great that she has now as well. She has now won over fences, hurdles and on the level. Solerina is twenty-two now and is in-foal to Walk In The Park. I think she has nine foals so far and she is great form.
Killarney Tue, 16th Jul, 2019
Somethinboutangela She was in front a bit early but she travels so well and the last day things didn't go right. She had a good run previously at Tramore when she jumped a bit high but is starting to jump fluently now. She can drop down in trip and will be a grand mare to go chasing. The owners are from Galway and she might go there as she is a fun mare and we'll make the most of it. The owners were in hard luck last year with Hurricane Ben being killed. I only have two horses in for the summer and there is a 5,000 euro bonus today, so that is the icing on the cake.
Killarney Mon, 15th Jul, 2019
Lakemilan She ran at Bellewstown in a race which was a qualifier for the Galway Hurdle but that didn't work out and we were well beaten on the day. I don't know for what reason but she didn't travel and never got into it. She runs well around here and she seemed fresh enough so we left her take her chance here. Kevin said he felt he was going to win the whole way. We messed it up a few times with her by getting caught in behind and then going out in front but this time it was a peach of a ride. We'll come back here again in August.
Bellewstown Sat, 6th Jul, 2019
Mac N Cheese That's brilliant and I'm delighted for Brien as it's his birthday as well. What can I say they are just running well. It's worked out great with this horse as he was cheap buy. He has won over fences and is after winning there now. He will probably go for the Galway Blazers now.
Bellewstown Sat, 6th Jul, 2019
Macgiloney That was brilliant. He was gutsy and loved the battle,. When I entered him I wasn't sure was I going to be able to run with the ratings but if you don't run them you don't win anything. I don't think the handicapper can react too much because I went through the form of the others and their ratings had maybe been got through good placing by Gordon. I didn't think in a handicap that they would have run to marks in the 130s. I'm thrilled with this lad. He's always had a big future and he's still improving all the time. Chasing will be the job long term. He's owned by some good guys, Michael Moloney, Pat Gilmartin and John Gilmartin. They've been with me a long time. He won a bumper here last year and he's been placed a lot of times. They've got some great days out of him. He'll go to Galway now, whether he runs in the three-mile handicap or the two-and-a-half novice. Killarney might come a bit soon. He's a nice horse to have going forward. He wants all of that three miles. We didn't go mad there so I had to get involved a bit sooner than ideal but it worked out well.