Listowel Tue, 11th Sep, 2018
Whatsafellatodo He had a good run the last day and it made a man of him because he lugged in behind Gordon's horse and today Liam made use of him and sent him on and he was good and straight on the run-in. We'll talk to Jody (Daniels, owner) and see what the plan is now. We moved yard in March and that's three winners on the track now. We have 10 in and have a couple of babies so it will be Christmas time before we're properly up and going.
Ballinrobe Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
Movingswiftlyalong We stuck her in foal a couple of months ago and it probably brought about that little bit of improvement we needed. She's in foal to a local horse - Gatewood - he stands in Kiltormer. He's probably not getting all the mares he deserves because he throws nice stock. It knocked off her old clock - trying to train those fillies in the summer isn't always easy. The day she won in Sligo there was a lot of rain though it probably looked worse on telly than it was that day. They were galloping through puddles because it probably just couldn't drain. That's ideal ground for her.
Kilbeggan Fri, 24th Aug, 2018
Abbey Magic That’s a bit of a surprise and we only got her a couple of months ago. She’s a lovely mare and jumps brilliant. I thought she’d need the run and she did as she took a good blow but was able to keep going. It’s our first winner for the Halleys (Gerry and Debbie) who are very old family friends and neighbours of ours. I’ve no real plan as I genuinely thought she would need the run today.
Kilbeggan Fri, 24th Aug, 2018
Sir Benford Wales It was a super ride from Rachael. Johnny (Flanagan, owner) used to have Moscow Mannon with us and we got this guy to replace him. He’s a lovely horse, and I’m looking forward to going over a fence with him in time. He’s had a couple of little niggly things that have held him up and we decided to give him the time. He was a big backward horse, so I think he’ll keep improving. I think he could race on for the winter to a degree. I don’t know if he’d go on real winter ground but we’ll see.
Galway Fri, 3rd Aug, 2018
Snugsborough Benny I'm delighted for the horse - they went very quick and while he'd handle the ground it's a bit on the dead side,. Denis gave him a lovely ride - got him into a rhythm, and he kept going forward every chance he could. There was only two of them in it up the hill and the horse in front just started to tie up a little bit and we were coming at him. He's not a horse that you'd hit the front on too soon so Denis just timed it to perfection. Fair play to the horse - he's a smashing horse - and I'm delighted to have him. It's nice to get a winner in Galway and that was a very competitive race.
Killarney Thu, 19th Jul, 2018
Not For You He deserved that. He was unlucky here a few times and actually always ran well here. Davy (Russell) was very unlucky here once when he was carried out and he made one bad mistake the last day which put him out of the race. He'll tip away in that grade. There's nothing between them and he might get another one.
Kilbeggan Mon, 25th Jun, 2018
Katoptris She's a four-year-old and is still a bit weak but in fairness she dug deep. She's improving all the time and the better ground obviously helped. She'll be a lovely mare for breeding later on.
Downpatrick Sun, 17th Jun, 2018
Touchedbyanangel We ran him here the last time over a longer trip and we thought we'd bring him back. It went well and he loves that ground and loves the track. He's a handy horse with a good attitude. Andrew (Lynch) knows him well and gave him a great ride and said we would just try and be positive and we rode him as we said we would. It worked out perfectly. The other horse (Go Guarantor) ran well. He's a reluctant participant at times so unfortunately he had to be beaten by one of my own but at least he has shown a wee bit of form now. He has plenty of ability so hopefully that's something to work with.
Downpatrick Sat, 16th Jun, 2018
Fairymount Boy He was probably in front too soon today and swishing tails, he didn't swish them the last day. He looks well handicapped over fences on what he has done over hurdles and he has kind of turned the corner. Please God he will keep improving. The way things are it is possible (he could do well in a big handicap). My hands were tied in coming here today because of his rating and trying to find a race. He has handled this track so I would look at Galway but it would be the weekend in Galway, there wouldn't be anything else earlier on in the week. There's Killarney and I might give some of the festivals a rattle! We'll keep him on the go. I will probably stick with fences for now. He has jumped well today. He is a different horse this year. I just hope it is upwards and onwards with him. He has had bits of problems - he was done for his wind ages ago and he had kissing spines. The owner Pat Hayes is from Ballinrobe. My main aim would be to get him a win there some time during the summer. It could be a Ballinrobe meeting he goes to next.
Listowel Mon, 4th Jun, 2018
Sapphire Lady It was a good performance and Willie has found a good opportunity for her,. She was unlucky the last day as if she had helped David (Mullins) out a bit at the last she would have won but I'm the lucky one who got to reap the rewards today. She'll make a nice summer novice and is versatile trip-wise. She'll jump a fence in time but we'll win hurdles first.
Down Royal Fri, 25th May, 2018
Snugsborough Benny We thought he was more of a chaser, he won his point-to-point and he won it well. We were just waiting for a bit of nice ground to run in Ballinrobe and he came on from it. This was a nice opportunity for him. First of all I must give credit to the track, they did a great job watering and it is safe (ground). Denis is poetry in motion! He just has a lovely pair of hands. He took his time early on, crept his way into it and the horse learned a nice bit and got a nice bit of confidence. Hopefully it is onwards and upwards. We'll feel our way now and we'll see how he comes out of it. He'll handle soft ground as well but we gave him a break during the winter.
Punchestown Wed, 16th May, 2018
Na Trachtalai Abu I don't know when my last winner was! He did it well. I thought when he got sandwiched up a bit turning in, and Glenwood Forever got first run on us, that we were in trouble. I don't know if he had stood up whether we would have got to him or not. He does like something to chase though. I was afraid when Glenwood Forever fell that we were in front too soon as he does pull himself up a bit in front. Thankfully the loose horse helped us out a bit and in fairness to Donie he gave him a great ride and settled him lovely. He does run well fresh and won first time out last year in Kilbeggan. You're always a little bit afraid after a layoff coming back that you have them fit enough but thankfully he was.