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.
Kilbeggan Mon, 30th Apr, 2018
Heroesandvillains I didn't think we would be coming to Kilbeggan with him to win but he just went off in the spring. I don't know what happened him but we had to give him time and he's really a chaser in the making. He is a nice horse and we gave a lot of money (140,000 pounds) for him after he won a point. His owner has had desperate luck lately so I'm delighted to start the new season with a winner. We'll continue on for a little while although I'm not sure he'd run on summer ground.
Aintree Thu, 12th Apr, 2018
Bentelimar He was a little bit brave to start with and then he got clumsy, but the cheekpieces woke him up. We've been thinking he's seriously well handicapped ever since he arrived from Ireland. It's taken its time, but he's shown it today. He'd been on the go all last summer in Ireland, running in the Galway Plate and the Kerry National, and all this winter here. I thought this might be one race too many for this season and he'd go and win first time out next season in a big chase. He didn't run any race over two and a half at Kempton last time, but I knew he was well handicapped to win a big race. He'll go out in the field now. It's great for Johnny. It's been a tough first year in England for him, but he tries very hard and he's proved he is top class.
Down Royal Mon, 19th Mar, 2018
Mala Beach It looked an ideal race to go for. Conditions suited him so it was the right race to go for,. I'd say he remembered the quick(er) ground in Leopardstown early on but the further he got the better he jumped. That could be it for the year unless Punchestown came up very soft. He'll not go to Fairyhouse.
Punchestown Wed, 21st Feb, 2018
Call A Cab It's great to get that. He's fairly backward, big and awkward and is a chaser really. He's a giant of a horse and will take time,. We'll give him a bit of time after this as I know he'll go light, and then find a winners' race. The main thing is he's going in the right direction, and he will definitely want further on better ground.
Navan Sun, 18th Feb, 2018
De Benno I said during the week with the form he was in over fences and the weight he had that he was a certainty and he’s done it really well,. He pings hurdles and doesn’t jump them big like he does fences. There is a Grade B (Shamrock) Handicap Chase over 2m2f at Gowran in three weeks’ time and that’s where he’ll head for.
Gowran Park Sat, 17th Feb, 2018
Forge Meadow she was a bit slow jumping the second last but the other one (Identity Thief) didn't get away from her and she winged the last. She puts her head down and she loves galloping. She'll go two and a half on better ground but she won't go to Cheltenham as she doesn't travel. She went there last year and she melted. We'll go to Fairyhouse and Punchestown with her - there's a mares Grade 1 hurdle at Punchestown and she could run in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse also. She won a Listed race early on (this season) and then to come back after finishing second twice is fantastic. She is her own madam and has to go down to the gallops first at home. When she wants to go, she has to go and you can't wait.
Gowran Park Sat, 17th Feb, 2018
Tongie maybe we were running him over the wrong trip, and he made that look very simple. I had dreams of winning three-mile chases but in fairness David Mullins said this trip (two miles) was fine for him. It's a good day to get a winner, and he could come back here for a good handicap next month.
Naas Sat, 10th Feb, 2018
Archie Meade He's had his problems but I've had my own problems. I was out for about three months after a young horse came back on top of me at Spanish Point and I was in a wheelchair for a while. I want to thank Ciara Daffy who did a lot with him when I was out. She was out in all weather, and also my father as well,. That would have been his last run today if things didn't work out. We decided to drop him back in trip because the ground was testing and to be fair Cathal gave him a grand ride. He might go to Leopardstown now over three miles. I have four in training at the moment.
Naas Sat, 10th Feb, 2018
Best Behavior He's a staying type and the conditions suited him. Mark gave him a grand ride and thinks he'll probably be a better chaser than a hurdler. He should stay further,. He'll have another couple of runs over hurdles and we'll see what the handicapper does. He's a soft ground horse.