Galway Thu, 30th Jul, 2020
The Trigger I'm over the moon — delighted. We did fancy him coming here. The handicapper gave him 12lb for the last day but we thought it was fair as every race he has improved. My son 'Tubs' had him spot on for today, he rides him at home and he told me he was ready to rock!. We took a chance, Galway wasn't the plan to be honest. It was just that he won so impressively at Limerick and was getting 12lb so I said 'why not' and stuck him in. That's four wins in under four weeks, it's amazing. I had horses won a sequence before and then we've given them a break and sometimes you can't get them back. When he's in good form like that I might just give him a week or two and maybe try and go for the five. We'll strike while the iron is hot as he's eleven. You could give him a break and he could come back and never be the same. We'll play it by ear, get today over and see how it goes. (My son) Tiernan couldn't come today as he's busy with the kitchen and Tubs is outside watching through the hedge. It's a pity because he's Sean Flanagan's ride but he broke his sternum the other day. He's turned the horse inside out and got a good tune out of him. He's a big part of it. We needed the split there as he had a rough enough passage and ran keen the whole way. He never really got any light at any of his hurdles. It looked like we were in trouble turning in but Mark said once he got the split he knew he was going to win. It's some achievement to win four-in-a-row in Ireland, it's hard to do, espec
Kilbeggan Fri, 17th Jul, 2020
The Trigger He was brave and did it well. Sean was excellent on him and he never missed a beat. I thought he was beat turning for home, but Sean switched him to the inside and he stayed on well after the last,. He’s looking amazing at the minute and when he hits a bit of form he seems to keep it. His last four runs have been very good. Just before the lockdown, the horses weren’t quite right but they are healthier now and starting to run to form. He’s in again at Gowran and Limerick during the week but he doesn’t usually bounce back that well running quick. We’ll see how he is after that. He was four and a half kilos heavier today than he was when he won at Tipperary, so I was thinking he was getting too fat. I don’t train him too hard — I made that mistake before. When you train him hard and try to gallop the weight off him then he goes back ways.
Downpatrick Sun, 22nd Mar, 2020
Benefit North That was a great ride from Denis (O'Regan) and he's a great man to have on board,. He's a very, very pacey horse. He travels so easy and we knew he would travel at the top of the hill. He got a couple of lengths and was able to freewheel down the hill. I was expecting a good run. Bryan Cooper rode him in Leopardstown the last day and said he was only in second gear when he fell at the second last. The form has since been franked, so we thought we were going to be bang there today. There was a bit of money for him, but we have nothing to spend it on!