Punchestown Thu, 31st Dec, 2020
Stones And Roses He’s owned by the singer Paddy Reilly and his son Ciaran. He’s improving and is a real old fashioned staying chaser. Extended trips are what he likes and he jumps for fun. He’ll probably come back here for the Grand National Trial. I’m delighted to give Brian a winner. He’s an integral part of our yard for schooling and riding work.
Punchestown Tue, 8th Dec, 2020
Unexpected Depth I have to say we weren't expecting that. He had some niggly problems but he seems to be 100 percent now. He's hard on himself as well, he doesn't relax much. we knew he stayed three miles but it was always on good ground he was finishing strongly. Even at home on deep sand he wouldn't be that comfortable on it. We didn't think he was as ready as he is either. James (Reilly) works for us in the yard and that's his first ride since October and it suited to take 7lbs off him. We'll look for something around Christmas, now that he shows he handles softish ground as well as that. We're delighted because it's a long time since we were in the winners' enclosure here. It does everybody in the yard good.
Limerick Tue, 17th Nov, 2020
Archies Charm He did it nicely and we always thought he was a right nice horse,. He was getting tapped for toe in his bumpers but is such a slick jumper and the conditions of the race were ideal for him. His jumping kept him in the race and he never had to get after him too much. . I was concerned about the ground but he seemed to get through it ok. It wasn't a fantastic race but he is a nice horse to go forward with although he is more a spring type on better ground so I won't be too hard on him at the minute. Hugh got a spare ride for me at Down Royal recently and I liked the way he rode then and he was the obvious go-to man today. That's his first winner for me and he is a young fellow coming on.
Down Royal Sat, 31st Oct, 2020
The Storyteller The ground not going too deep suited him. He's a horse of a lifetime and has always been a brilliant horse for the Sloans. He might get a bit of a break, he wouldn't want real heavy ground. They'll all go to the usual places over Christmas. It's great for Keith, he's a big part of our team. He's had loads of chances and he proves when he gets the chances how good he is. Denis (O’Regan) was happy with him (Presenting Percy) and said he blew up. The ground just wasn’t as soft as he would have wanted.
Tramore Thu, 15th Oct, 2020
Wearapinkribbon Stepping up in trip and jumping helped him today. I know he made a mistake at the last but at home he has been jumping very well. He is a nice jumper and a nice horse that will go up in trip again I think. It has taken him a while to learn how to race. In his bumpers he was very green. Hopefully he might improve again to win a novice hurdle or two. He is owned by Neville Eager and a few pals of his. He is named in honour of their good friend Breda Miley who had cancer but is well at the moment.
Listowel Sat, 26th Sep, 2020
Wadiyatink Now I ride out in Gavin's every now and then and obviously Johnny (Moore, injured stable jockey) is out; it comes in swings and roundabouts I suppose, as Johnny won the Kerry National on Snow Falcon for Noel Meade two years ago when I was out. I had never sat on her (Wadiyatink Now) but had spoken to Gavin (Cromwell) before racing and he said to drop in. He was trying to get a handle on her today more than anything else as her runs had been a little bit disappointing. She was fresh and well and she came home really well. To be fair I had a dream run all the way down the inner and I probably saved eight or ten lengths and it was a big help.
Listowel Fri, 25th Sep, 2020
Drop The Anchor That was a great pot to win and he won his bumper here on similar ground (in 2018). I had a few horses beaten recently that ran well but thought I'm never going to get a bit of luck!. The non-runners were a big help, and it was his first run back, but funny enough he can run well first-time. The jockey was claiming 5lbs from a low weight and, to ride a winner in the race before it, he is on fire so it is unbelievable. That was his first ride for me and I'm delighted with him, the horse, the owner and Aoibhinn (Walsh) for bringing him down. I'm delighted racing is still on and giving people a chance to make a living. I'll look for something similar with the horse and, depending on what the owners say, he might go up in trip if the ground isn't as soft next time.