Punchestown Wed, 15th May, 2019
Run For Mary She jumped very big but she'll come on plenty for it, although she will need to. She jumped the first few okay but then lost her way a bit. She had been schooling alright at home but hadn't been away at all. She will go for some mares' races, and should get further. She finds plenty and was the same in bumpers.
Punchestown Fri, 3rd May, 2019
Flirting Lesa I’d like to thank Jessica Harrington. I ride out for her in the morning and she allows me use her gallops which is great help. She’s a lovely woman to work for and she’s been a great help to me. Niall rides out in Jessie’s as well. He’s a very good rider and is underestimated as he doesn’t get many rides.
Punchestown Wed, 1st May, 2019
Colreevy Niall (Flynn, owner) rang me up the other day and said she'd won the mares bumper last year so let's go for the Champion bumper. I thought 'well why not',. He was hoping that she might get some black-type and finish second or third. Jamie worked the oracle and managed to squeeze a win out of her. She goes jumping now. She's a fine big mare, she can jump and she'll go over fences eventually.
Fairyhouse Sun, 21st Apr, 2019
Impact Factor We might have been lucky but Robbie thought he was going as well as anything. He’s fairly wayward and he could easily have run out after them!. It’s great to have a bit of luck on your side. He’s had a wind op since his last run and will head to Punchestown now.
Cheltenham Wed, 13th Mar, 2019
Topofthegame I’ve always thought he is a very smart horse, he has not been the easiest to train but on his day he is good. I didn’t say much to Harry on how to ride him, but just take your time whatever you do, and he gave him an absolute brilliant ride. He is nearly 18 hands and is just massive. I didn’t want to go to the Reynoldstown with him and give him a hard race. I just had to get the balance right. We’ve always believed he is a serious horse. Today was the only day we have trained him for and next year it will be the Gold Cup. With Clan (Des Obeaux) and the other young horses we’ve got it is exciting to have them, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and you have just got to let them develop. He is not unlike Denman and God willing he will stay sound he will be in the Gold Cup. Paul (Barber) is excited as he has him and Clan Des Obeaux.
Leopardstown Sun, 3rd Mar, 2019
Aint Dunne Yet Because he’s by Flemensfirth I always thought he wouldn’t like good ground but he floated around Fairyhouse last week and because he came home so well that’s why I stuck him in here,. Even on Friday morning Noel (O’Brien, owner/breeder) was saying I’m not sure about running him but I said we’d leave it until the last minute and hopefully the rain will come which it did. Even before racing it was still quite quick. All he had to do was stand up there I suppose but we’ll paddle on and see where we go. He could go for a novice handicap at Fairyhouse, and I’d say two and a half would suit him a lot better.
Navan Sat, 2nd Mar, 2019
Jetz That was grand. I only declared him when I saw there were so few in it. I thought it looked rather a hot race when I looked at it at the entry stage and I thought it was much too competitive. Robbie wasn't going to be able to be here either. I said we'd come when I saw there were only three there. Paul said he's very leery in front, and looks at everything, but he did it well. He said once he jumped the first fence he jumped super, very safe and a great jump in him. I don't know where he'll go. He's in at Cheltenham but I don't think he'll go there. The twice he's won this year has been here over two-one. We'll go two or two-and-a-half, whatever comes up.
Thurles Thu, 7th Feb, 2019
Cher Why Not It was great to get a win and you won't get a more honest horse. He is not the quickest but he keeps trying; I thought turning in he had a bit too much to do but he keeps going,. He needed a good leap at the last and he got it. He is an improving horse and that's his fourth run since January 1 over that sort of trip and it's tough on them but he's taking it well. We'll probably give him an easy time for a few weeks now and then we'll see if he can get some more nice ground.
Naas Sun, 27th Jan, 2019
Ballyward I’m delighted with that considering it was just his second run over fences. Whether we give him another run over a shorter trip for experience before Cheltenham I’m not sure,.
Gowran Park Thu, 24th Jan, 2019
Invitation Only Invitation Only has the right sort of profile for the race in that he’s a second-season novice and hopefully open to improvement. He has plenty of weight (11st 6lb) and off a mark of 152 it’s not going to be easy, but hopefully he has a good chance. Some Neck won his beginners’ chase here and Richie Deegan takes 5lb off his back. Richie is very good value for his claim and won a Grade One for us in last season’s Punchestown Champion Bumper. The worry with Some Neck is he can race a bit lazily, so I just hope he doesn’t end up too far back.