Gowran Park Sat, 7th Mar, 2020
Lady McCabe She's a very consistent mare and hopefully if the handicapper gives her a chance she might pick up another one. She'll probably stay a bit further as well. I'm delighted to get the win out of her as she's a well bred mare. She's by Yeats out of a half-sister to Binocular. It's good for the page. Hopefully she'll pick up another small hurdle somewhere and mightn't do too bad over fences after.
Thurles Thu, 6th Feb, 2020
Cahirdown Boy He wanted a bit of better ground; I ran him at Limerick and the ground was terrible and it was a mistake to run him - it's a mistake I won't make again with him. Today was the best he has jumped and he has been improving a bit. The nicer ground and the step up in trip helped and I think he could keep going for the summer.
Navan Sat, 18th Jan, 2020
Kilfenora He is a smart horse. This is his game and he is going to be hitting a rating of 150 now but I'm going to enjoy two Graded successes with him. Not many horses achieve that in a lifetime and we'll worry about a plan when Frank (Berry, McManus' racing manager) gets back,. The ground might scupper Leopardstown for him and we might have to look for a Grade 2 or 3 race if we have to go that route because he'll be limited enough with the handicaps he can go for. He won't be going back over fences any time soon as if you can do one thing well, stay doing it. His jumping was very slick today.
Fairyhouse Tue, 14th Jan, 2020
Countess Cathleen it was an ordinary chase but she won well. She's been a bit unlucky as she didn't get her ground last year. That was really her problem and she loved that there today. She won a hurdle race at Clonmel a couple of years ago on heavy ground and hasn't really had it since. Hopefully she'll keep going. Sean is riding with great confidence at the moment.
Navan Sat, 7th Dec, 2019
Longhouse Poet He looks to be a nice horse. Hopefully we'll find out a bit more when he steps into something else. I haven't anything planned and we might look at a graded race in the New Year. We'll probably make an entry anyway in the Grade 1 at Naas and that would be an ideal place as well. Derek seemed to be quite impressed with him anyway. He's never got beaten on him as he won his point-to-point and his bumper on him. He's a horse to look forward to. Maybe we'll have better days but we won't know that until we delve into that area. It's nice to have a horse like him anyway.