Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Nam He should have won in Killarney but he got left eight lengths. Leigh (Roche) said he was very unlucky as he got checked in his run. We said he'd win in Galway so we pooled all our resources in that and he didn't get in. We would have got in the last day but it was a last minute thing and he was drawn in Oranmore and the ground was cutting up so I didn't go. The young lad was good on him. He talked a good game in the parade ring beforehand and we said of he rides half as well as he talks we'll have a right chance. He rode him well and I was delighted with the ride he gave him because he's not an easy ride. He gave him a nice ride. We'll see what the handicapper does and he could even go hurdling if we wanted to.
Galway Fri, 2nd Aug, 2019
Lucky Icon He won well in Killarney and is a horse who is growing up and getting stronger all the time. Killarney was a confidence boost for him and maybe we found out the way to ride him as well,. He wasn't straightforward and the first win he had over hurdles at Ballinrobe he put up a Champion Hurdle performance that day, I thought! I was looking forward to more but it didn't come. Obviously he needs to be ridden that way, or on the outside, as he could be claustrophobic. He has also got a lot stronger in the last couple of months. Danny got the fractions right and rode him very well. I'd run him again on the flat when I see an ideal race and an ideal jockey for him.