Sligo Tue, 18th Jun, 2019
Maunganui It’s great to get a win out of him as he’s home bred by Gerry (Callanan). He’s been knocking on the door and Shane said he liked the ground tonight. Shane said he’s a bit lazy and the ups and downs and twists and turns suit him to keep his mind on the game. Hopefully he can get a bit of confidence and follow up again. It’s 50-50 whether Sea The Lion goes over (for the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes on Friday). Up to this morning when the ground was good we were going. We were to travel tomorrow but we are going to see what happens and delay it until tomorrow evening. Soft ground will be a no go. A lot of rain is forecast for tonight and early in the morning. We’ll see how much does fall and what’s the realistic chance of it drying before Friday. We deliberately gave him a longer break as the targets we have for him are in the autumn. We didn’t see any point in having him ready in March and April as he wants good ground. He’s entered for the Irish St Leger, and we are contemplating going back for the Ebor if we can get into it but he has to prove his worth before then. He’s fit and ready and we had to start him somewhere. We didn’t want to run him in our own Premier Handicaps and have to carry top-weight, so that’s why we are going to England, and Ascot fitted in nicely.
Dundalk Fri, 29th Mar, 2019
Paved Paradise She broke her maiden over seven here but when we brought her back here over seven I just said to Mark 'she doesn't stay does she' and he said 'no',. I thought it might be a bit sharp today but she's done well. She stayed at it and when it became more of a stamina test she had the fortitude to go through with it. When we get nicer ground during the summer she'll go on to the turf and we'll see how far she can go. She's won twice now and you can't ask much more of her. We'll see what the handicapper does and take her as far as she can go. Hopefully she can spend the rest of the year moving up through the handicap and we can have a bit of fun. I'd say her trip is six. That's an easy five but they went very hard early on and played to her bit of stamina.