Down Royal Fri, 1st Nov, 2019
Pencilfulloflead We knew coming up here it was a big day. It could be one of those days where we could have five winners or one winner - thankfully everything worked out great, we had five winners and two seconds. Simon McGonagle, my head man, owns the last horse (Pencilfulloflead) so it is very important for him. He gave a good few quid for him a year and a half ago/two years ago at the Sales. He pulled muscles last year and we didn't get to run him. He's a nice horse. The plan was to come here and go to Cheltenham Sales next week with him. He's a horse I would be fairly keen to keep in the yard, so I'm going to try and get someone to buy him as I think he has a big engine. I was glad the rain came last night, Jamie (Codd) said he would even like softer ground. He's bred to stay. He stayed well and there was five winner in it so it was a good performance. We thought he was very, very smart last year. He pulled a muscle at the wrong time so we just pulled the plug with him. It's great as Simon is probably with me since the second year I started training. He's a big part of the team and he is one of my best friends. We've been hanging around since we were 12 or 13 years of age and it is nice for him to get a winner like that. He's a staying chaser, he's really a horse for next year to go hurdling. Anything else is a bonus with him.
Wexford Sun, 27th Oct, 2019
Our Friend He's a lovely horse and we always thought a bit of him. I thought he might run respectable and we might go back for a bumper but I told Kevin if it's happening it's happening. He's a nice horse, I loved his attitude, loved the way he jumped - for a horse first time out the way be behaved himself. You are straight into winners' company now so it's not easy. Kevin said he didn't think there will be any problem stepping him up in trip because he just did everything so relaxed, and he travelled well for him.
Ballinrobe Fri, 20th Sep, 2019
China Princess She’s a lovely filly but we were very disappointed with her at Down Royal,. We freshened her up and I was half confident coming here without knowing what happened at Down Royal. We may have made too much use of her there and I’m just delighted for Oran Crean and the Winning Ways as they have a good few horses in the yard. Derek said she was very green and that she’d improve. She’ll be a lovely one for hurdles in time.
Listowel Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Line Out . I was able to get a breather turning in as I was going ok then and it would have been easy to go on. Thankfully I'd enough in reserve at the end. It was a good training performance to get him back as I was a bit disappointed with him in Killarney the last day but he's come forward a good bit from the race.
Listowel Tue, 10th Sep, 2019
Unexpected Depth Kevin gave him a grand ride. We were hopeful enough. He seems to be improving a bit and he’s definitely settling better. It’s his first time in a handicap but I’m not sure if he’s going to be a soft ground horse so we might not have that much more racing to do with him this year if the ground changes. Kevin said it’s sticky enough ground over the far side.
Killarney Fri, 23rd Aug, 2019
Shantelle She (Katie O'Farrell) had a plan going out to be handy and she was probably crying out to be ridden that way,. She's after finding a bit of form and she's tough and winged everything there. For the owner John Kennedy that's a great boost as he's battled illness in the recent past. She has entries at Ballinrobe and Bellewstown and as she's so tough another run would be a possibility. We'll see.
Sligo Tue, 20th Aug, 2019
Jazzaway She's very well bred. We leased her off Burgage Stud, they bred Briar Hill and she's a sister to him,. She's a bit like him, neither of them are very flashy at home. On the racetrack they are a different kettle of fish. I don't ever remember having to go a full lap after pulling up on him!. Three of us ended up going the whole way around. We probably went very slow and it turned into a sprint. I thought between the three and the two we were going to be beaten but the uphill finish suited her and I'd say stamina is her forte. There is that mares' Listed bumper at Gowran in October and we'd have to look at that. The boys have her leased - they have Getaway Gorgeous as well so they've had a great week. She's not big. The family jump well though and we've had smaller jumpers.
Sligo Tue, 20th Aug, 2019
Unexpected Depth We're delighted with that because he's a horse that has taken us a while to get him where he is today,. He was a very highly strung type of horse. The last day in Ballinrobe a horse fell beside him at the first and I think both the jockey and the horse got a fright and it didn't help him. He has settled there now and has a better way of travelling, he doesn't take as much out of himself. In fairness this evening's race probably wasn't as good a race as the one in Ballinrobe. The ground was probably okay for him. We'll keep him going for a while and might look for a novice somewhere.
Galway Tue, 30th Jul, 2019
Zero Ten You have to have a big engine to be able to win these races that he’s winning. He’s very well balanced. He’s on the ball. He’s clever. He was a bit cautious at a few of the fences but his first run over fences, you’d expect that. He’s safe enough, he’s very aware of what’s going around him. He’s a bit special. David (Mullins) said he was just a bit deliberate at his jumps today. He said he wasted an awful lot of energy in the air. He was putting an awful lot of emphasis on his jumps. He said take his time and look after him. We’ll probably have to do a bit more schooling. You’d usually be happy enough if you won your beginners' around Galway. We’re not sure what’s going to come next. It’s great to get the novice chase campaign off to a winning start and hopefully can keep going in the same vein of form as we did last year.