Fairyhouse Fri, 14th Jun, 2019
Black Magic Woman She’s had a few runs this year but is a proper race mare. She’s thriving on it and since I took the headgear off she’s running that bit more relaxed and finishing off well. I have my eye on a fillies handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend, and hopefully the handicapper isn’t too hard on her. I’d hope she’ll shape up into a black type filly and she has an entry in the Brownstown back here next month. I hope she keeps progressing.
Gowran Park Mon, 3rd Jun, 2019
Black Magic Woman I saw that her price was a lot smaller at the off than it was yesterday evening. Someone fancied her, and expected her to outrun her price, but it wasn't my money. I was just happy to see her hit the line in front,. It's nice to have her back on track. She's always been promising and we just had to get her to put it all together today. With the help of Gary Halpin she did that. The trip and ground was ideal, she got a lovely run on the rail and picked up well when Gary asked her. It was a really good performance. On that evidence I'd say she'd get a mile, now that she's running her race the right way around. I'd expect her to improve again off that. We'll look at the premier handicaps that are coming up. I had earmarked one a couple of weeks ago but we took her to York instead and the ground was a bit quick for her over there. I'll get my head in the program book now and look forward to the season with her. She's a nice filly to have.
Punchestown Sat, 4th May, 2019
Mr Adjudicator It was a good performance under that weight for a five-year-old,. He got into a bit of trouble and made that mistake at the last but he picked up well. He might be a bit high for the Galway Hurdle but he'll definitely go back on the Flat. I'm delighted for Mr Bobbett as I've had no luck for him this season.
Dundalk Fri, 3rd May, 2019
The Perch We probably didn't expect it but she ran fairly well when she was a bit out of the handicap in the claimer. The way it worked out she was 15lb or 20lb wrong with a couple of horses. We thought she would maybe run into a place but we didn't expect her to win like that. We were running her here just after Christmas and she didn't seem to be letting herself down on it but she had been running over a mile and four and a mile and three, and we just took a chance dropping back to a mile last week and she ran a cracker and we said we would bounce her out again. I would have been happy with fourth or fifth. It was a hot enough race - I think Noel's horse (Wild Shot) had won three in a row. To do it like that there may be more to come hopefully. She'll go the turf now - there's a race in a couple of weeks over in Ayr. We'll play it by ear and see what happens. He (Patrick McKenna) currently has three (in training), the other two run at the Curragh on Monday. It's a small operation so any win is a good win. We are in Benburb, 45 minutes down the road (from here). Emmett McKenna, representing