Sligo Sun, 6th May, 2018
Sally Park we gave him a break because we felt that he didn't cope with the heavy ground. He didn't jumped great today and he suffered a bit with his palate. He's probably going to have that done and then come back for something. He has a few issues. He won't stay hurdling for long as he'll go chasing. You wouldn't go chasing on the back of some of those jumps but he does jump fences well and maybe it was the track because he does jump well and he actually jumped well when he asked him.
Punchestown Fri, 27th Apr, 2018
Magic Of Light Going to the last I thought oh no we are going to be second again. They have been running brilliantly all week but the ground has just been a bit soft for all of them and I thought it was a bit soft for her but she did it for me. She might not be the best but she’s very brave and she stays. Her last few runs have been a bit disappointing but she hates heavy ground and it was a bit looser today and I put a pair of cheek-pieces on her to get her travelling. Robert said she just didn’t travel in Fairyhouse and it definitely helped her as she was sweet all the way through the race.
Punchestown Wed, 25th Apr, 2018
Tornado Flyer At different times up the straight you could have made any of the three of them the winner. I thought Carefully Selected had nabbed it turning for home and when Patrick came through I thought he was going to win. All the time I could see Richie just keeping his horse covered and I said if he gets a bit of daylight, minds the little bit he has in the tank and plays his card at the right time.. It was a real good ride. Richie claims 5lb and it was a tremendous ride for a 5lb claimer (not able to claim in this race). He rode a winner for me in Listowel two years ago and he's a guy that impresses me, he impressed me that day. It's very seldom we need an amateur rider, with Patrick and Katie, but I've always tried to use him if I could.
Fairyhouse Tue, 17th Apr, 2018
Flemenstorm I was a bit afraid of the ground drying out and becoming too tacky for him. He loves it sloppy and I was hoping that they'd have raced on the original Tuesday no matter how bad the ground was because he loves the muck. He did that well and better than I thought he would. I'd say his season could be over with this wind and the time of year the ground will be gone. We might put him away and you never know he might pick up one next year. I thought she had come to early and I said coming off the corner 'just sit, sit'. He kept jumping himself into it and there was nothing she could do.
Cork Mon, 2nd Apr, 2018
Wilcosdiana I've had four point to point winners and turned 18 last month and am doing my leaving cert this year. She was the easiest winner I'll have and I don't think I missed one fence. She pricks the ears and is an easy ride. I'm a bit light for point-to-points and I'd like to give going professional a go.
Cork Sun, 1st Apr, 2018
Sumos Novios He is settling and did everything right today. I could never before in his life run him like that, so quick (from his previous run) and it is only now that he is 10 years of age that he is taking his training properly. He found plenty today when he asked him and for a big horse he is agile enough over his fences. I'll run him in Punchestown if the weather lasts but it needs to be safe for him to run. He's after winning a Graded race now and it's great to get one like that. It's a great win for Jonathan too as he needed to get on a good one and it'll give him more confidence.
Thurles Sat, 24th Mar, 2018
Castlegrace Paddy His preparation didn't have the one last gallop you'd like but his mobility was unreal and it was the first time I've ever seen him right in himself,. He had been stiff and sore after his last run in December but had no issue for the last six weeks and I could start into training him. He should come on tonnes from this and he'll probably run in the Grade 1 two mile novice chase at Punchestown next. He likes being fresh and we'll keep him fresh for Punchestown now - he's exciting and he deserves a lash at the Grade 1.
Navan Fri, 23rd Mar, 2018
Glencairn View I've had this race in mind for a good while and it's rare when it all works out. He's a fair horse. He's in the (Irish) National but he won't get in and it's too soon now anyway. I can't see us going to Punchestown on good ground. The race that was formerly the Whitbread could be a possible with some cut in the ground. He missed a year and that wasn't for the craic! The long term is the dream that we might have an Aintree National horse. He has a long way to go to get to that but that's what we are aiming at in time. You will really see the best of him over three and a half or hopefully four and a half if that dream comes alive. He'd stay doing that speed for another two circuits. I think he's an improving horse.
Navan Fri, 23rd Mar, 2018
I Am Sailing He's a lovely big horse but is still a baby and very green. He's a big chasing horse and will be a lovely horse next year. Mark gave him a lovely ride, and we'll see what JP and Frank want to do.
Cheltenham Wed, 14th Mar, 2018
Relegate Down the back I was struggling, but the further I was going, the better I was going. When she hit the rising ground, she took off. She's as hard as nails. We had planned to run her at Sandown last Saturday, but the owner said we had black type from winning at Leopardstown and we should have a crack at the Champion Bumper. I actually thought she was an also-ran and I was right halfway down the back!. Katie said the further she was going, the better she was going. She couldn't keep up halfway down the back, but then her stamina kicked in and I'm delighted for Katie, who actually sold me the second horse as well.
Gowran Park Sat, 10th Mar, 2018
Spancil Hill This is a lucky track for us and we've always got a few winners here. They need time and when you give it to them they tend to improve. He's by Flemensfirth and they can get through that ground.
Naas Sun, 25th Feb, 2018
Fitzhenry It's great. He's a little unlucky not to have won his last four in a row, he was on the wrong side of the photo finishes,. He got hindered at the last again and I thought he wasn't going to get back up again but in fairness to Barry he galvanised him. He'll probably head to Navan now for the three-mile final in March. He's a horse that will improve with a bit of age as well, he's a little bit of a shell of himself. It's great that he's won a decent pot.
Thurles Thu, 22nd Feb, 2018
Jett He deserved that as he had been running in Graded company and in a handicap the last day he fought the whole way and wouldn't drop the bit,. Today when I saw the entries, I knew there'd be good pace and it suited and he jumped super. He'll be much better on better ground and will go 2m5f as well. We have a couple of options and he is in the 2m4f novice handicap at Cheltenham but it depends on whether the handicapper moves him or not. He'd be fine if he didn't move him at all.
Clonmel Tue, 20th Feb, 2018
Freeway Space That was badly needed! This is all thanks to Jamie (Codd) who rode her in Limerick and said she jumped the third last and seemed to choke up on him so we got her palate fired and it seemed to have made all the difference,.
Thurles Thu, 8th Feb, 2018
Last Man Standing He is learning every day and is a next year horse really. I'll give him another run somewhere and he's ok - he'll do me. My last winner for Mr Magnier was Attitude Adjuster (ridden by Ted Walsh to win the Foxhunters Chase in 1986).
Leopardstown Sun, 4th Feb, 2018
Relegate We've no decision made although we have a better mare than we thought we had now. Colreevy (beaten favourite and third placed) pulled too hard and was too free - that's what Patrick said to me.