Galway Wed, 31st Jul, 2019
Borice I was worried about the ground with this lad. I thought it was too dry for him and I was humming and hawing about whether to run him but Simon flew over from Nice this morning and Anthony Bromley came over, and it was brilliant, unbelievable. He was sent over to us by Simon and Isaac and the plan was to go for good, big staying chases. I fancied him in the Paddy Power last year, but I’d say he hadn’t filled into himself after coming from France and maybe I ran him a bit soon. But that was great he won today, and he’ll be a nice horse for all them staying chases. It’s been a lucky race for us, and it’s nice to win another Galway Plate. We thought he was (our leading contender) all along — he was paper favourite this morning but obviously drifted a bit with the ground. We’ll enjoy today and dream about it but that was what he was sent to me for - to be an English National horse. We said if we were going to run him, we’d run him in a good staying chase. I wasn’t going to run him in a 20-grand race, it would have to be a 100-grand race plus, and thankfully it worked out. Luke gave him a super ride, and there’s no stronger jockey at that weight. He’s been around the yard a long time, and I’m good friends with his father, Philip, and it was nice for them that he won it.
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.