Downpatrick Fri, 10th May, 2019
Dynamic Allen I've just got here from the (Necarne) point-to-point and I watched the race on the phone going through Downpatrick! . I had a runner in the first race of the point-to-point and had to rush back here to see it. I'm delighted, it just worked out grand. She obviously needs better ground, the ground made the difference to her. The track probably didn't suit her but the mares' race was just maybe more suitable for her. She's in again on Wednesday at Punchestown but I don't know, we'll see what way she comes out of that there. She'll be better over a fence in time and she has a nice pedigree. A more galloping track would suit her. . She had a few breathing issues so we had to have her wind done a couple of times. She seems to be on the right road now. I thought she maybe needed to be a wee bit handier but he (Kevin Brouder) said she was flat to the boards and that's the way to ride her as she likes passing horses. Once she sees she is going forward and passing horses she races far better.
Punchestown Tue, 30th Apr, 2019
Delta Work he could be anything and is a horse to really look forward to. The Gold Cup is the plan (for next season) and that’s where we’ll go. He was in his own rhythm the whole way, and never looked out of his own comfort zone. I haven’t given him much work since Cheltenham and just kept him hacking away. We kept it simple and it’s great for everyone in the yard as well as Davy (Russell) and for Gigginstown who are big supporters of the yard. We knew we were light on bullets this week so it’s nice to get a Grade One on the board the first day.
Leopardstown Sat, 2nd Feb, 2019
Le Richebourg He jumped well on the whole and when he had to clever he was. Mark gave him a lovely ride and he was very cool on him,. There was a bit of drama throughout the race. I was delighted he was able to avoid that and he put in a good round of jumping. They went strong and fast and it tested a lot of horses' jumping. He was good an clever at the last. Obviously he made a little mistake at the last here at Christmas and it was good to see him learn from that. A bit of nice ground is important to him. He was a good hurdler, he was fifth in the Galway Hurdle and we were a bit disappointed with him but the form of the race has worked out unbelievably well since. He's very exciting and I'm delighted. He's won over two-and-a-half so he can go two-and-a-half. It think he needs a strong pace and we'll stick at two for the time being. We'll see how he comes out of it but the Arkle now would make a lot of sense. It's going to be an even bigger test there and there'll probably go even faster. I couldn't be happier and winning a Grade 1 is massive. Us And Them ran a cracker and he jumps well. He's an outstanding jumper and would have a chance of going to the Arkle as well. Aintree might suit him too. We'll see how they come out of it and make a plan then.