Killarney Tue, 16th Jul, 2019
Glint In Her Eye Sometimes it is hard for those mares to carry a winners' penalty and she has gone and done her job. She has a bit of pedigree and will probably go and run in a maiden hurdle from here. She'll rattle off that ground all day and is a typical Presenting.
Wexford Wed, 19th Jun, 2019
Buttevant Lady The owner (John Hutch) had a tenner each-way on her at 100/1,. She disappointed in two point-to-points on bad ground. She had a little wind operation and that seems to have worked. Her dam is out of a full-sister to Synchronised and is by Sadler's Wells. It's great to get a win with her, she wasn't worth anything beforehand and now she is worth a couple of pounds.
Wexford Wed, 5th Jun, 2019
Shawshank we don't know what happened him the last day, maybe it was the big screen that caught his eye. Sometimes the big screen can change and flash and maybe it was that. He is in no way cowardly and is a very good jumper. From doing nothing only jumping fences, he went over hurdles like he was a professional and I was delighted with how he hurdled the last day and he never missed a beat today.
Ballinrobe Tue, 28th May, 2019
Blazing Emily It’s been a great day and that’s a good end to it. I’m feeling quite old as I rode her mother (Blazing Tempo) to win a bumper for Willie Austin ten years ago and she won the Galway Plate for us afterwards. This mare hasn’t been easy to train at home so I was a bit worried about her fitness coming here. We’ve had her a while but she’s had little issues here and there and we’ve finally got her right. I didn’t want it to turn into an end-to-end gallop, so I just set steady fractions in front and natural ability has done the rest. It’s great to get a winner for Kenny Alexander and I’d imagine we will try to find her some black type somewhere. I’m not sure if I will get her for a winners’ bumper but I’d like to!
Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Brahma Bull All credit to Brian as none of our usual jockeys were sticking their hands up to ride him as his schooling hasn't been fantastic and he is keen and he hangs. Brian deserves huge credit and rides out in our yard every week. He has a big engine but hasn't been easy to train and isn't easy on himself. He is awkward but Brian got him into a good rhythm. We'll step him up now and the way he travelled he could come back in trip. We'll find a novice chase for him now.
Wexford Sat, 27th Apr, 2019
Uisce Solas That was brilliant, it's my first double on the track. It's great for her owner Anthony Murphy who had put a lot of money and time into her. She was a bit leery when she hit the front but she had plenty left. She is in at Punchestown next Wednesday. If the owners want a day out we might chance it because it wasn't an overly hard race for her today. We might be able to get black type with her. Her sister wasn't beaten far in a black type race two weeks ago. Tommy Kiely, John's nephew, owns the broodmare and they look a decent family. The mother was very decent and bolted up in a 30-runner bumper at Navan.
Navan Mon, 18th Mar, 2019
Caravation She’s tough out and did it the hard way from the front. They were rated to finish close enough and they did. I’d say she will run again with the ground the way it is. We’ll find something, maybe a winners of two or something like that. Derrinross ran well (in the Albert Bartlett). The good ones quickened away from him but he got a bit of prize money and came home well which is great. He’ll probably have one more run and then go chasing if it stayed soft early in the new season. He jumped brilliant — he never jumped as well.
Naas Sun, 10th Mar, 2019
Gallant John Joe the race was on the short side and we were on the wrong side of the weights with a couple of them although we always thought he could do. We put him into the race because we couldn't see another one and we thought he'd need another run if he was to go to Fairyhouse or Punchestown. We're delighted because he works well at home and I'd say the cheek-pieces helped him a little bit. Barry (Browne) had a bit of bother with him the last day in Leopardstown, they got their wires crossed a little bit, but today everything went perfect. Barry gave him a powerful ride and he knows him well. He jumped beautifully, especially the last, and he did it very well. He should be a better horse over 2m4f or 2m6f. I'm not sure what the plan is and will have to talk to the syndicate. They were asking if he could go to Aintree but I'm not sure as he's a handful to get to the start relaxed. There was a lot of noise in the parade ring here today and I wasn't impressed. Luckily enough he had earplugs in or we would have been in trouble with him. One day in Leopardstown they took down a hurdle, and they were walking around for about five minutes. He was covered in froth before the race started but still finished second.