Curragh Sat, 20th Jul, 2019
Romanised It's lovely to see that. He's been in good shape this year. He had two lovely runs in Group One company and he appreciated dropping in grade. Billy was delighted with him and he said when the gap came he quickened up very smartly. He said when he got to the front he was always just doing enough. He's gone very professional this year, more relaxed and easier to deal with. I thought it was a lovely performance. I'm pleased because you are nearly on a hiding to nothing, you're nearly expected to win, and you'd be hoping that it works out like that but it rarely does in racing. He'll come out of the race well and he'll go the Jacques Marois next. There was just a big gap between Ascot and the Jacques Marois, the guts of eight weeks, and I just thought he'd need something to keep him at a level. I'm delighted. I'd probably prefer to being going back to seven with him rather than going a mile-and-a-one or two today. What helped was that Billy said they went a good pace. He needed them too really, to be fair. He said from halfway he was happy with him. I thought he quickened well there, he switched leads, like a nice horse. He said when he got there he was like 'oh I've enough done' which is nice as well. Billy was very good on him. I was kind of looking at the Prix de la Foret last year (over seven) but thought maybe the round track at Longchamp would be too sharp for him. I don't know now. That opens up options.
Fairyhouse Wed, 17th Jul, 2019
Prince Of Naples I'm delighted. I thought Robbie gave him an absolutely gorgeous ride because I thought at one stage he was in trouble,. He said it just took him a while to get going and for the penny to drop. He said he absolutely loved that ground and he hit the line really well. Robbie said he's just a really nice horse. I didn't give him any big entries because until they won you can't really chuck them in. There are still lots of nice races and we might go for a winners of one because he still needs to learn a bit more. He's very well bred, he's Holy Roman Emperor, so maybe a bid will come in for him. We haven't sold a horse for a while and it's nice for the business — it takes the pressure off me. It's ultimately John's decision. We've always really liked him, he's a bonny little horse.
Curragh Fri, 28th Jun, 2019
Roman Turbo He's a lovely smart horse. We thought he was ready to start, and thought he'd run well, but we weren't sure if he was good enough to win a Derby weekend maiden,. He was professional. He had the benefit of running in a barrier trial at Naas and I suppose that was as good as a run to him. We thought this was a nice place to get him started, on a nice track. Ronan said he just took a heave with him and got a little bit tired. I'd say he's smart. I'd say our two-year-olds might be smart enough. He's only the third one we've run and two have won first time out. I'd say it's a record for me to train two two-year-olds winners first time out!. I thought he'd come on from it as he's like me he thrives. We'll step him up now and could look at something like the Angelsey. He's very straight-forward and Ronan said when the gates opened he knew what to do. The owner is from Hong Kong. We had a horse for him last year, Little Turbo, and he won for us last year. He has two with us this year.
Gowran Park Mon, 3rd Jun, 2019
Finding Nero That was great — what a ride!. He said he's still a bit babyish, he's not sure because one minute he's keen and the next he's off the bridle. In all fairness when he wanted him in the last 150 yards he quickened up well through the gap. Mentally he's probably still a little bit weak, and still has a little bit to go, but hopefully after today, with that race under his belt, he'll improve. Hopefully he can win another one of those before the year is out.