Clonmel Tue, 20th Feb, 2018
Spare Brakes He did it nicely although it wasn't the strongest race and it suited,. He was exposed until he won his hurdle race so I didn't go back for more and I'll look for another handicap chase next.
Punchestown Sun, 11th Feb, 2018
Gilgamboa that was a proper race and the young horse (Burning Ambition) served it up to him. He was second last year in the Fortria Chase in Navan and it was a Grade 2, so that rules him out of Cheltenham this year so we'll probably go to the Tetratema next and then on the Liverpool Foxhunters. soft ground is important to him and he's a grand horse to have.
Leopardstown Sun, 4th Feb, 2018
Total Recall he was very keen and Paul didn't anticipate a slow pace and the horse just winged one or two hurdles and then was in front. He didn't want to be fighting with him in at the back so took a chance letting him on and hoped for the best. You wouldn't think a three mile chaser would want to go much faster but he was going so easy. I think the Bobbyjo Chase is probably next and it would look like he's a Grand National horse. He is still in the Gold Cup and I'll see what way it's working out but the Bobbyjo would look Plan A at the moment.
Punchestown Tue, 30th Jan, 2018
Moyhenna she's in the Sales in two weeks time at Cheltenham but I'll be gutted if she goes and we lose her.. running over two miles, that was always going to be hard going because she's a three-mile mare and we'll be looking at fences next year. We might find a mares' novice and give her one more run this season. She mightn't be quick but she's a proper national hunt mares and stays very well. Her sister, by Flemensfirth, Moskovite is very good at home and won a point-to-point two weeks ago. She definitely goes to Cheltenham (Sales) in two weeks and could be very good - she could be as good as we have had. We have another sister by Flemensfirth who is showing good things so it's a great family. It's good for the lads, the Hennellys, who have been good national hunt supporters for a long time. They sell Solita tonight in Fairyhouse and are expecting her to make a few quid.
Thurles Sun, 21st Jan, 2018
Gilgamboa It has been a credit to everyone to keep the show on the road today and that's his ground as he suffers with his knees. He's not qualified for Cheltenham and could run in the Tetratema next and then the Joseph O'Reilly Chase so we'll keep him on the home-front this season. Things were a bit messy early on in the race today but it was grand to win another one with him and it's great to have Nina back riding over fences too. Ground might be an issue with him going back to Aintree as that's his ground and we'd like to have him around for another couple of years.
Clonmel Thu, 11th Jan, 2018
Beyond The Law He won easy and is improving and goes on the ground. The tongue-tie is a big help and ground could be a factor with him. He will probably get an entry in the Michael Purcell Hurdle in Thurles. He is a chaser in the making.
Punchestown Sun, 31st Dec, 2017
Moyhenna She hasn't run a bad race all year. We could have stayed hurdling but I said to Robert that she qualifies for the bonus and it's vital that you have one more cut at it, because it's like winning two races,. I'm delighted she's done it now because she deserved it. She's run well in all her races and she's a chaser in the making. Whatever she does over hurdles will be an added bonus. She's 16'3 and a staying mare. I have her whole family. Her sister by Flemensfirth is going to run in a point-to-point in the next week or two and we think a bit of her. I also have another three-year-old by Flemensfirth and a two-year-old full-sister to her. The Hennellys have been good supporters of mine but unfortunately they couldn't be here today as Robert is quite sick at home. That's a good end to the year anyway. I'd imagine she'll head for a two-and-a-half mile plus mares maiden hurdle towards the end of January or start of February. We won't over-race her this season as it will all be about novice chasing next season.
Limerick Fri, 29th Dec, 2017
The Ballyboys I’m delighted for the boss man (father and owner Liam) as he’s had to be patient with that lad. He’s disappointed a few times and I thought this race might suit him. He loves those conditions as they are not able to quicken away from him and he’ll just stay galloping. Johnny said he probably got there a bit soon but the horse took off and when he done that he had to keep the revs up to keep going. When the other horse came back he put his head down. He’s not ungenuine but the blinkers just get him to focus that bit more. He’ll probably run over fences now around the middle of January, and we’ll keep him going in that ground. We kept him ticking over during the summer because he’s so gross but we’ll give him a small break next summer.
Limerick Fri, 29th Dec, 2017
Beyond The Law He jumps well and loves the ground, and he wasn't winning out of turn. He jumps well enough to run in a handicap but if the ground stays this soft we'll find a winners of one somewhere. We'll keep the options open but chasing is what I'm really looking forward to with him.
Clonmel Thu, 7th Dec, 2017
Rock On Lilly She's a sister to Total Recall so I'm hoping she'll be valuable! It was funny that the two horses won around the same time and I was praying she would win today. She did it alright and she was happy on the ground. I'm based in Bagenalstown and have four horses in training at the moment.