Punchestown Wed, 12th Jun, 2019
Gun Merchant He’s a nice, big, galloping horse. We’ll leave him now for his summer holidays and he’ll be a grand horse to come back in and go hurdling. My father (Pat) and a heap of his friends own him so it’s grand. I actually trained my first Irish winner for them (Barstool Prophets Syndicate) with a horse called Toran Road (at Kilbeggan in May, 2007).
Limerick Thu, 11th Apr, 2019
Internal Transfer He has been a lucky horse and is three from three around Limerick. I was very disappointed in his jumping today for a horse who is such a good jumper. Whether he was going as fast as he could over 2m4f on good ground or not I don't know but he is better on softer ground,. Going on that performance he would want it softer so we may consider giving him a break and coming back later in the year. If it was soft he might go to Fairyhouse or Punchestown but I'm not anxious to run him again on good ground.
Leopardstown Sun, 3rd Feb, 2019
Whisperinthebreeze I'm delighted. That's a lovely way to win your beginners!. He ran really well in Punchestown and I was delighted with him. We thought he had only 9-11 but luckily the weights went up and Paddy was able to ride him. He knows him from home. He jumps like a handicapper and I said to make use of his low weight. We knew he stayed three miles so what was the point of hanging around. I told him you have to kick him into every fence because his problem was, if you look back on his beginners chase, he was a bit cautious. I put the cheekpieces on him and said to be positive the last day when Finny Maguire rode him. He probably would have won the last day he if hadn't made a mistake at the third last and he was giving the winner well over a stone. I was pretty confident today. I knew he'd love the ground because he won his point-to-point on good ground. He was the last horse that Alan Potts bought, off Timmy Hyde, and I was lucky enough to get him. He was literally in my yard a week before Alan died. It's great that Stephanie his daughter is over here today. We had sort of thought about the four miler at Cheltenham but I definitely wouldn't be going if there was too much soft in the ground. He's a smashing horse, he's just turned six, so he could be a horse that might run in the Irish National if he gets into it and then we could look at something at Punchestown for him.