Dundalk Fri, 17th Jan, 2020
Parkers Hill it was unfortunate for Shane Kelly that he couldn’t ride him. He pinged the gate and got a nice lead off Rory (Cleary, on Shawaf). I was actually there way too soon and the last half-furlong he was pulling himself up. Hopefully that can change his mind a bit that he’s after getting his head in front. The last couple of times he’d made the running and Johnny (Murtagh) said take your time on him and he enjoyed it.
Navan Wed, 23rd Oct, 2019
Nullifier Credit to Shane (brother and assistant trainer) he called me about five minutes after the run on Sunday and said it had taken nothing out of him. He was right, and Colin also jumped off him on Sunday and said you can drop him back to five if you want. He’s a typical No Nay Never, handles the ground and is a good strong colt. He’s done his job and got us a winner when we needed it. He’s given Colin his 100th winner and keeps him somewhat in the fight. We’ll put him away until next year and hope he grows into a horse. It looks like five or six will be his trip at the minute and he looks like a sprinter as well. Colin said he idled and didn’t know what to do when he got to the front. There should be plenty of improvement over the winter in him.
Curragh Sun, 15th Sep, 2019
Stone Circle He actually ran really well (when fourth) in Goodwood - I'm not saying he was unlucky but it was just one of those races around there. He travelled quite nicely and to be fair to him he had to stick his head out all the way to the line which he did. It was a great effort. Last year Alex Elliott and my son Nick bought Master Brewer who won the Sales race at Longchamp, and they went to war and bought this horse at Fairyhouse. It was a good performance giving weight all round and he’s a smashing little horse by a very good stallion.
Listowel Mon, 9th Sep, 2019
Clockers Corner He has improved and had a lot of misfortune on some of his earlier runs. He got messed up by a horse beside him on his first start at Naas, the same thing happened another day at Leopardstown and then he hurt himself another day. It has taken him until his last two starts to show his true colours. He didn't get the trip at Killarney and I was worried about the sticky ground here but he goes on soft and on holding so he's not a bad horse over seven furlongs, maybe six; his sire's (No Nay Never) average winning distance is 6.4 furlongs. We'll see if we can win a handicap with him and he'll probably end up going to the sales.
Gowran Park Wed, 4th Sep, 2019
Never Rains she was probably the classiest filly in that race for a claimer. I just rode her straight-forward. Denis and the lads said to drop her in fourth or fifth and try and see if I could get her to come home and that's what happened thank-God. She ran a good race last time but was a bit unlucky coming out of the stalls as she got a bit squeezed. She came home late and fast but thank-God we did the business there.