Cork Sun, 9th Dec, 2018
Chatham Street Lad He loves Mallow, a flat track. We were a bit concerned about the ground but he’s a big, strong horse and the ground was loose. The race worked out lovely for him as they went an even gallop the whole way and he jumped well. His two wins now are in Mallow so hopefully we can find something for him here again.
Limerick Fri, 30th Nov, 2018
Therellalwaysbeone It was nice to get a win but we thought we'd struggle with the ground. That track there is the wettest track as all the water falls back down into it so we were happy for the ground going the way it did. He wouldn't mind going down into it eight or nine inches and he is a great strong horse with a big stride to him. I'm looking forward to him going over fences. He'll run next over Christmas as he's a horse you can't over-race.
Galway Sat, 27th Oct, 2018
Leap Dearg We have him a couple of years and bought him hoping he'd turn into a nice horse but he lost his way when he got higher in the ratings. We had given up on him and basically I kept him for the young lads in the yard to get going and to give them rides. We found that by going back hurdling he got a bit of confidence. I was always keeping an eye out for a chase that would suit him and it worked out great. He was awarded a race in Clonmel but today is also my wife Sarah's (daughter of Galway Race Committee Honorary Member Pauline Gavin) first actual winner. That was great to see today and the horse and jockey have now improved together.
Downpatrick Fri, 12th Oct, 2018
He's No Molly he lives outside and since we let him out he has improved a bit, he used to worry himself to death in the stable. The race fell apart but he kept going and he got round in one. He mightn't stay too long over hurdles, I'd say he might go jumping fences because he's an out-and-out stayer. He's a grand big horse. He was second in a point-to-point and I bought him off the Doyles and hopefully he will win a few more.
Navan Sun, 23rd Sep, 2018
Famous Day I thought it would be the other way about if we were going to have a winner. The other fella (Cappacon) is not a two-mile horse, and if it was two and a half we would have fancied him a lot. It has taken a good while for the penny to drop with this horse. She's had plenty of racing but looking at her this morning I thought she was only getting race-fit. I could count her ribs this morning and I couldn't count them all year. She’s a well-bred mare and we wanted to win a race with her. She might not do much more this year but if she's in good form we might decide to run her again. She wants good ground so time is probably running out for her.
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.