Naas Sat, 9th Nov, 2019
Kilfenora last year was a mess and he’s (Kilfenora) a far better horses over hurdles than he is chasing and we sent him back hurdling and he ran a blinder at Punchestown (in May). This was the first decent staying hurdle to target and thankfully he’s done it. He’ll go further and the Pertemps (Hurdle at Cheltenham in March) is an obvious long term target for him.
Clonmel Thu, 31st Oct, 2019
Tintangle She is a good mare but has a lot of quirks. We didn't want to make the running but there was nobody to make the running and you could see jumping off she didn't want to be in front,. She has an engine but she would be better with a lead and hopefully in better races there will be something to make it. In fairness to her she tried to run out but still winged it. It's not the jumping that's the problem it's the in between. I thought she was gone at the last.
Thurles Thu, 24th Oct, 2019
Arizengo We had him in the spring time when Harry Smyth sent him to us and I bought him off Harry this year for his current owners,. He made bad mistake the last day at Galway when he twisted his back and the physio has done great work on him. We were genuinely disappointed with him at Galway as he travelled so well but after the bad mistake it was curtains. He had been working extremely well recently and the boys all took the 100/1 this morning, and I include myself in that! I backed him each-way. representing
Cork Sun, 20th Oct, 2019
Flooring Porter the step up in trip and the tongue-tie helped him and he was good. Johnny (Moore) said he was just a bit ignorant at those (padded) hurdles but he got around and there's a race for him at Navan in a few weeks. He is improving and while he didn't jump well early, he came into it well and got it done so all good.
Fairyhouse Sat, 12th Oct, 2019
Tintangle She was entitled to do that on hurdles ratings,. Jack said she had a bit of a blow and the ground is probably riding slower than they are calling it. It's beautiful ground and a nice way for her to start off. He said she wasn't doing a stroke in front. Ideally he didn't want to get to the front that soon but she winged the third last and he had to let her go. She's a bit of a madam but fences might be the making of her. We rocked on over fences because she got black-type over hurdles and she won a Listed bumper. She'd be a valuable broodmare if she could get it over fences as well.
Clonmel Thu, 3rd Oct, 2019
Suvretta She is one of the smallest horses in the yard and because she is so small we had been easy on her before Ballinrobe. She blew up then and since then we have trained her normally and that has helped her improve. The ground today was a lot better than at Ballinrobe. She is related to Sesenta and she too was very small. It is a great fillies' pedigree and I'm not sure whether we go jumping now as she would only be a novice through the winter then. We could wait until next year to go jumping and we might look for a mares' winners' bumper next.
Bellewstown Thu, 29th Aug, 2019
Flooring Porter He was one of the highest rated in the field so he was entitled to make the frame anyway,. I thought they went very hard. He was last going past with a circuit to run and he was struggling to lie up. It just kind of fell his way as they went too hard and he outstayed them. They weren't a great bunch so we won't be getting too excited but it's great to win.
Downpatrick Mon, 26th Aug, 2019
Finding Joy I haven't been here for a good few years now. I saw the race and I said 'gees I'll have to go to Downpatrick and I'm driving the lorry myself'. I felt I had to come and when I saw the entries I really had to come and when I saw the weights I had to go now anyway and it's great to come and win. I was leading trainer here for monkeys years. I used to love coming here and I was coming here to win 60 quid; Frankie Fitzsimmons said 'youself and Christy Kinane kept this place going for years'. It would be a long trip home if you didn't win. I came up here one day and one refused to start and I had to go all the way home again, I only had one runner. She will probably go to Listowel for something similar. The way she jumps she will jump a fence. She will win one over fences and she will win over hurdles again. If she improves from five to six, next summer could be very good. I always thought she would win a bumper and she didn't win the one day I really fancied her in Wexford - the ground was patchy and she didn't handle it. I always felt she wanted a three-mile bumper!
Ballinrobe Mon, 12th Aug, 2019
Le Hachette She has to be trained from the field and she's one that's given us all sorts of problems,. We were going to give up on her but she has a brilliant pedigree and we said we'd point-to-point her. She could have won all three days in the points but she eventually got there one day at Longford in a bog. She had a run in Kilbeggan to put her spot-on for this.
Kilbeggan Sat, 10th Aug, 2019
Finding Joy I thought she'd win a bumper and went to Wexford with her and put blinkers on her which was the makings of her as it sharpened her up,. She is always behind the blinkers at home and since I put the blinkers on her she has improved. She ran well in a maiden at Killarney, was keen the whole day and has just got better. I wanted better ground today and was worried about that but Trevor gave her a good ride and that's his first winner for me. He was with me all last winter and the previous winter.
Roscommon Tue, 9th Jul, 2019
Chasing Abbey If I had ducks they would drown!. They are all running well but something always seems to be happening. Here the last day a horse broke his leg near the line and Roachdale House was cruising there in the last (before unseating). This lad looked like he was never going to win and he's won so you don't know. He was very green. He jumps brilliant at home. I think he'll improve but he's just not a natural hurdler. He jumps great at home. I might try him in cheek-pieces, it's hard to put on after winning but it's only for jumping. He lacks that little bit of sharpness over jumps but it will comes. We might find a novice handicap somewhere. He might go for a novice as there would be less runners and he might learn a bit more but it's probably too good for him. He's had his wind done since the last day when he gurgled. He didn't do anything right then and jumped terrible over the wooden hurdles. He's used to them hurdles and jumps them better but he needs to get better with his jumping. At home you couldn't fault him. He's a nice little horse and his form in bumpers last year was steady. We all had a few quid on him. I had a double with the other lad so that would have been great!