Thurles Fri, 10th Jan, 2020
Open To The World Aidan is well able to ride and is with me from the start, . He came from RACE and went to dad (Christy) for two years and stayed with me and is a great worker. We only kept the mare to give Aidan a few rides and when you are trying to get going yourself it is hard to get the young lads going as well. Today was due to be her last run as she will be covered but we may run her again now after that. You couldn't have a trip long enough for her and I'm more delighted for Aidan more than anyone. We might now see if there's another handicap chase for her soon.
Cork Sat, 4th Jan, 2020
Minella Till Dawn It has been a great day, four winners. He was probably going to be second the last day when he fell at the last but I'd say the blinkers woke him up today so it was grand,. He is a big horse and now that he has got his head in front he might win again. He had a few niggly problems and it mightn't have been the strongest race in the world but he won so it was great.
Limerick Fri, 29th Nov, 2019
Punitive he was behind the bridle the whole way around and you wouldn't know what you had under you because he'd never show you anything. As soon as he turned in he came alive and I was fairly confident but didn't think it would be so close. That is a big improvement for him looking at his previous runs and you'd have to be delighted with that.
Down Royal Fri, 1st Nov, 2019
Pencilfulloflead We knew coming up here it was a big day. It could be one of those days where we could have five winners or one winner - thankfully everything worked out great, we had five winners and two seconds. Simon McGonagle, my head man, owns the last horse (Pencilfulloflead) so it is very important for him. He gave a good few quid for him a year and a half ago/two years ago at the Sales. He pulled muscles last year and we didn't get to run him. He's a nice horse. The plan was to come here and go to Cheltenham Sales next week with him. He's a horse I would be fairly keen to keep in the yard, so I'm going to try and get someone to buy him as I think he has a big engine. I was glad the rain came last night, Jamie (Codd) said he would even like softer ground. He's bred to stay. He stayed well and there was five winner in it so it was a good performance. We thought he was very, very smart last year. He pulled a muscle at the wrong time so we just pulled the plug with him. It's great as Simon is probably with me since the second year I started training. He's a big part of the team and he is one of my best friends. We've been hanging around since we were 12 or 13 years of age and it is nice for him to get a winner like that. He's a staying chaser, he's really a horse for next year to go hurdling. Anything else is a bonus with him.
Wexford Sun, 27th Oct, 2019
Our Friend He's a lovely horse and we always thought a bit of him. I thought he might run respectable and we might go back for a bumper but I told Kevin if it's happening it's happening. He's a nice horse, I loved his attitude, loved the way he jumped - for a horse first time out the way be behaved himself. You are straight into winners' company now so it's not easy. Kevin said he didn't think there will be any problem stepping him up in trip because he just did everything so relaxed, and he travelled well for him.
Ballinrobe Fri, 20th Sep, 2019
China Princess She’s a lovely filly but we were very disappointed with her at Down Royal,. We freshened her up and I was half confident coming here without knowing what happened at Down Royal. We may have made too much use of her there and I’m just delighted for Oran Crean and the Winning Ways as they have a good few horses in the yard. Derek said she was very green and that she’d improve. She’ll be a lovely one for hurdles in time.
Listowel Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Line Out . I was able to get a breather turning in as I was going ok then and it would have been easy to go on. Thankfully I'd enough in reserve at the end. It was a good training performance to get him back as I was a bit disappointed with him in Killarney the last day but he's come forward a good bit from the race.
Listowel Tue, 10th Sep, 2019
Unexpected Depth Kevin gave him a grand ride. We were hopeful enough. He seems to be improving a bit and he’s definitely settling better. It’s his first time in a handicap but I’m not sure if he’s going to be a soft ground horse so we might not have that much more racing to do with him this year if the ground changes. Kevin said it’s sticky enough ground over the far side.