Wexford Sat, 7th Sep, 2019
Rips Dream He is a lovely horse and we always thought on the Flat his bravery wasn't the best, but we think hurdles will toughen him up. He's not finished yet on the flat but the hurdles will put a bit of bravery into him. We were hoping for the best today as he had been jumping well at home and he is a lovely big horse. It is sad his owner Bill Foley passed away earlier in the year; he was an absolute gentleman and he would have been thrilled. His niece Annette O'Connor and nephew are carrying on with the horse now so it's great.
Leopardstown Thu, 8th Aug, 2019
Galeola The ground really worried me because we thought she was better on soft but Robbie said she strode out to her chin. He said when he came in that there was no doubt because he was taking a pull the whole way and he said the hardest job was holding her. I threw her into the Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on Sunday. I think she's at that level. Being a filly it's worth trying. I'll see how she comes out of this tomorrow but I think I would like to go and try and get a bit of black-type.
Navan Sat, 13th Jul, 2019
Quite Subunctious It's a long time coming with this filly but she's always shown that she was a good filly. Things worked out great today. It was a proper good galloping track and she sees it out well. She's probably better at a mile-and-a-half. It's been a special day. It was my father's mass as it's been over a year since we lost him and it's all kind of happened today. It's been a while without a winner. There have been a few things going wrong with the horses, they just haven't been right, and it's great to break it with this filly. They are great owners and Sean Toal has been very loyal and patient. She was getting into Bellewstown last week but I'd rather go to a good galloping track with her and it's worked out well thank God and Declan (McDonogh) gave her a peach. Hopefully we're turning a corner and I'm looking forward to what's around the corner. Something good is coming.
Cork Fri, 12th Jul, 2019
Rip Rocks Paddy Ok Padraig (Mullins, owner) has been with us from the start and it's great to get a winner for him and we're going to bring him to Galway now for the four year old hurdle on the Monday,. He was very weak last year and his flat form was very poor. He doesn't back up his races very well and that's why we space out his races and it took us a while to get the hang of him. We'll stay hurdling for now but we might get to a stage later on where we'll have to do something and could then go back to the flat.
Leopardstown Thu, 13th Jun, 2019
Galeola I'm delighted for John (winning owner) as we've had winners together but none so far apart from Danz Gift in his colours. We have always liked her but it has been a long road and it is only now she is starting to get race hardened fit and I thought she would like the track here. I'll look and see if there is more of the same for her next and there are lots of those distance races in Ireland which is great. She won't ever jump hurdles for me. I know I had Laid Back Luke and when he comes back I'll train him (for jumping) but this week has been so heart-breaking I couldn't take on training a national hunt horse because it'll just break your heart with injuries.
Punchestown Wed, 12th Jun, 2019
Count Simon On ratings he was probably entitled to do it but Jack was very happy with him. He jumped well and he just does what he has to do when he gets to the front. He’s that laidback that he could go any trip. He’s got the pace for two and a half (miles) and he’d stay three. He’ll be a fun horse to keep going. It’s good for Jack as it’s his first winner since he’s come back and we’ll try and keep him and Davy happy. Jack had to get a pin removed from his leg which was related to an old injury.
Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Cray He started coming to himself in the last few weeks and I did fancy him today. He is in again at Cork on Saturday and he will probably run again if he is alright. He didn't travel anywhere there and three miles shouldn't be a problem to him.
Down Royal Mon, 6th May, 2019
Count Simon It's good that we can see that he can step right up in trip. Whatever race I can find between two and three (miles) now because he's that type of horse. It's hard to make a big plan for him. He will (jump a fence) - he was bold enough, he enjoyed it and he enjoyed the nice ground. It's good for Paddy Vaughan, it's his first winner over jumps. Great for the Sloans, obviously they are big supporters of the yard and this is their local racecourse.
Dundalk Fri, 3rd May, 2019
Miss Snossyboots Her mother (Nick's Nikita) started out as a handicapper and ended up in a Group Three for us, so we'll see where we end up. She's very genuine and takes her racing great. She is improving with every run and is so straightforward. I wasn't worried about dropping back in trip the way she was working. It was a lovely race for fillies only and a good prize, there's a lovely programme for fillies.