Dundalk Fri, 13th Dec, 2019
Distant Vista Michael Ryan and his team are delighted, they bred him, and I'm delighted to train a winner for them. The visor seemed to help him and Shane Kelly was happy with him the last time he rode him and said he handled the surface really well. We put the visors on him during the week and it seemed to put a bit of life into him. He's a horse that we liked all along and I'm glad he's got his head in front now. He's coming along all the time. Colin said he's still a bit lazy in behind but when he got into daylight and he gave him a backhander, with the visor, he quickened up well. I hope we can find another race for him here as I think he's a horse that wants the fast surface.
Leopardstown Sat, 19th Oct, 2019
Zoom Zoom Babe he (Crosse) said everywhere he went he got turned sideways. She's won now and the other lad who was second is off to the sales. That's Shane 5lb gone now. He's given her a good ride and I think they've just outstayed everything else really. The ground has probably suited her. I think she'll improve enough for next year as it's only her fourth run. Her last run was moderate but her first two were okay. She'll end up staying further as well and hopefully she might be alright.
Navan Wed, 9th Oct, 2019
Doonard Prince It's great for a ten-year-old that had kind of went wrong on us during the summer and had fallen back down to this mark,. It was the same mark he had fell down to two years ago when he won two at the Curragh. He climbed back up again then. Mikey gave him a peach of a ride. I'm sure he's going to ride loads to winners because he was real cool on him, exactly to instructions. He ran better than his finishing position last time, only beaten four lengths on good to firm. If you look back all his form is on soft ground and he got it today. There is a race here again in two weeks time and if we can just keep the momentum up he could climb again like those sprinters do. They get down to a level and then go again. It's great to have him and great for John Bowden. He's with me from the start. Most fellas when a sprinter like him gets to ten years of age they start losing faith. He was the first winner John ever had and he won five for him. He hung in there all summer long even at some stages when we were scratching our heads and wondering if he was going to come back to himself. It's great to get it and it'll keep the show on the road.
Curragh Sun, 29th Sep, 2019
Katiba It was a good performance first time out in a big field. We might leave it at that for the year or if we do run again it could be in the Eyrefield,. She’s a big, big filly and one to look forward to next year. Shekhem ran a cracker in the Beresford, he always does. He got beaten a neck in Galway and was beaten a neck again today. He tries so hard. He’s a good colt and there is improvement in him. He’s still immature and he’ll make a real good three-year-old. Ground really doesn’t matter to him. He runs just a little bit free and hopefully we’ll curtail that over the winter. He did just a little bit too much early on today, and in my opinion it cost him the race.
Listowel Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Sand Fly She ran well earlier in the week and she was in such good form we said we'd give her a break after today. She was well-in here. We took her to the beach a few times to freshen her up. The boys (Fly Syndicate) all had tickets for the match and stayed at home so I'm glad it paid off. There is only one Listowel and a lot of the syndicate are from North Kerry. Senator Paul Daly in Kilbeggan is also involved, Eamon Leahy and the Kavanaghs from Charleville. We bought her handy early in the year when nobody had faith in her. We didn't get the key when we bought her but I think we have the key to her now!. Gary rides out for me and is a Newcastle West man.