Thurles Sat, 21st Mar, 2020
Politesse I'm absolutely delighted. She came out of her bumper no problem and to be honest it didn't take very much out of her. She's done a lot of schooling, I didn't know if inexperience would tell today but I think what she's shown today is that she is very talented. I'm delighted to have gotten her out today. We could have kept her for bumpers but, especially when you see what is going on in the world, sometimes it better just to get on with it. She's over hurdles now, she's won, and she has her novice status until the Hatton's Grace meeting. I always take stock about what our next plan is but that will have brought her on a ton anyway and it's what she needed. I'm delighted for the owners, delighted for everybody and delighted racing has gone ahead. Conor has ridden her a lot at home, knows her well, and I think it has to help when they know a horse and know the stride on them. You have to use that stride with her. She's clever and at home she always looks at what's she's doing. It was her first time jumping hurdles in a crowd, in a race, and she is smart enough that she would have got it as she went along. That will bring her on so much. She's that kind of filly and everything she's done she's come on and on. She's bright, takes it in and moves to the next step. I'm very very lucky to have her and I know that. On everything she's shown us so far I think we can be a little bit ambitious with her. Ground wise that was lovely for her, on the easier side of soft. If God willing racin
Thurles Thu, 20th Feb, 2020
Politesse It is a relief - not because I didn't expect it but because I don't have many horses and it is rather easier when they go off at 66/1 as there's no pressure,. She came out of Leopardstown really well and this was the obvious race to go for and take on her own sex. Like all horses, they'll tend to go on any variations (of ground) and she is very exciting. My husband (Harry Fowler) bred her with Alex Davies and is now owned in partnership with Pete Davies and where we go from here, I want to sit down and see. She has done more than I could have asked for at this stage but there are lots of options for her. We are all about the bigger picture, she is well bred and I'd like to think it isn't just about this year, it is about the next few years going forward. We'll look at all the serious bumper options now but she won't go to Cheltenham.
Clonmel Thu, 9th Jan, 2020
Some Man If it had been on normal ground, I thought he'd have done that, but seeing good horses strung out today, I was very worried about it. He was very very keen when we got him and I knew if he didn't relax on that ground today, he was going to be gone in a couple of hundred yards when you'd ask for him. Rob said he relaxed and got into a lovely rhythm and for me personally, he is as good as I've had and is a proper horse. He had lots of problems when I bought him at a dispersal sale for GBP5,500 last May. He is not a slow horse either and I'll qualify him for Cheltenham. He has to be placed in another hunter chase or win an Open Point to Point so I'll go the easiest possible route I can take.