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.
Clonmel Thu, 2nd Nov, 2017
Hurricane Darwin That's going to leave him spot on for the Troytown and I think he's going to be competitive in it too. He's a horse that is improving and we're happy where he is now. It was his first time running over three miles but you're never afraid of running them over three miles with Denis, as he drops them in lovely and he said he was always going to win. Denis gives those horses great confidence and three miles in the Troytown, dropped in with a strong pace and ridden like that, will suit him. He's back on the right road now.
Thurles Thu, 26th Oct, 2017
La Bella Vida It was a beautiful ride. They went too fast and the jockey nipped into the inside at the top of the hill and that probably won it for him. Jessie's mare (Magic Of Light) was just staying on again after the last, but Sean had done everything, jumped beautifully to have enough up his sleeve after the last. For a small mare she has that bounce over fences and she is as brave as a lion. We'll tip away over fences for the time being. She ran at Sligo the last day because there were just five runners and it was a case of picking up prizemoney for her but she is a good ground mare and we'll be looking at Thurles and Punchestown with her but she is more a summer mare. She has now won three in the calendar year and for a mare who cost 500 euro at Goresbridge as a foal, she has given us great fun. She is a pleasure to train and that was the most beautiful ride - the jockey won that, nobody else.
Tipperary Tue, 3rd Oct, 2017
Crocodile Dundee Very few horses win a maiden hurdle and then a handicap chase on their next start! . There was plenty pace on today, which suited and he is a super jumper and will go for something similar next. He along with Billy De Kid (a winner at Clonmel last week) got a bad dose of a virus three years ago, so we've been waiting a long time for him.
Gowran Park Fri, 29th Sep, 2017
West Coast Time He was quite leery and was very green at his hurdles but he's a nice horse and had good bumper form,. He had a good look at the first and he even had a good look at the second last. No harm done though. I was watching it from the stands so it was hard to see but he jumped the fourth last and kind of ended up in front. For his first run over hurdles he was left in front with plenty of time. Still and all it was lovely. He should stay further as well. We'll think about stepping up in trip but he'd definitely be better when we can drop him in a bit more. We'll look for a novice and I don't think we need to go aiming too high yet.
Navan Sat, 23rd Sep, 2017
Hurricane Darwin Denis was really good on him and it suited the horse. He likes good ground and if we can stick to that, there could be another chase in him. He could go back over hurdles as he has a more lenient mark. He’s a nice fun horse.
Galway Mon, 18th Sep, 2017
Dundrum Lad I'm delighted with him and he's coming along nicely and jumped super. It's lovely to have a winner for Mr McManus and Frank (Berry, McManus' racing manager) has been a great help. Donie gave him a lovely ride and that's his first ride for me - 7lbs was a help, he gave him a lovely ride and it's lovely to have a chap like him. I don't think he wants bottomless ground and I thought Listowel would a bit heavy for him so we said we'd wait - we picked it right and it doesn't always go that way!. I'll talk to Frank (Berry) and see where we go next but I'm delighted with the horse, charmed!
Listowel Mon, 11th Sep, 2017
Crocodile Dundee It finally came and conditions of the race suited as he is a horse with plenty of experience and it worked out,. He battled, which he is not known to do but back to two miles on heavy ground suited. He won't come back here later in the week and we'll go back over fences now.
Listowel Mon, 11th Sep, 2017
Spare Brakes He only barely gets two miles but won very nicely and seemed to handle that ground well,. Donie worked for me for a couple of years and in fairness to him he has come a long way. He was a nice obliging lad and good around the yard but fair play to Enda (Bolger, his new employer) he has taken him on the next step. Enda did a lot of work with him and built him up with confidence. He gave him a very patient ride; I told him to take his time and it played into his hands as they went extra fast in front.
Clonmel Thu, 7th Sep, 2017
Guitar George He actually ran well here as a four-year-old and we've tried different things like holding him up and various things but said we'd go back to our old tactics and it worked really well. It was a super ride from Kevin and he battled really well to the line. Kevin was with us years ago and during the year he was Champion Conditional Jockey and if he'd been riding all year, I don't think he would have been in this category (for riders who ridden less than ten winners in the past year) and seemed like a good man to get.
Roscommon Mon, 4th Sep, 2017
All's Quiet I didn't think he would go on the ground. I've had him a few years and he was very weak early on. We ran him a second time at Galway after he ran well there on the Flat but he ran too free the second day over hurdles. We gave him a little bit of a break and sent him home for a fortnight, and he's done that quite easily. We'll probably go for a novice with him. I'm sure the handicapper is going to slaughter him but he's plenty of options and we won't kill him as I think he's a nice horse and will make a nice chaser in time. He's in again at Clonmel (on Thursday) but I don't think we'll run him as that's a fair old slog there today. He's not a bad horse on the Flat and has a nice mark so he could go for something like the November Handicap if he gets in. Dan Daly (winning owner) is a great patron of mine, and has been very lucky.