Sligo Wed, 25th Sep, 2019
Effernock Lad I thought the ground might have dried up too much for him as he likes a good cut in it,. He’s a very consistent horse and we’ve had him since he was a three-year-old. We intended to win a point-to-point and sell him but he never won a point-to-point and has won seven now on the track. He’s probably better over fences and he’s better handicapped over hurdles. He’s got a bad old cut and hopefully he’s alright. I think a horse jumped into him. For some reason they are running out of their skin this year. We have a few nice ones on the Flat and they are healthy and well.
Downpatrick Sun, 11th Aug, 2019
Effernock Lad I'll take a good leaf off the boss (Gerry Keane) and see how the training is done. I'll stay working for Gerry - he's been very good to me and is a good friend as well as a boss. Small steps first!. The ground was probably a bit lively for him in Sligo. I'd say it was (also) more competitive than we thought it was. He likes to run handy. He had been disappointing over hurdles the last couple of years and that is why he is well handicapped over hurdles compared to fences. I think he is a better horse over fences. I thought the two mile three might catch him out but it didn't and he won very well in the end. He won here over two mile five and has never won over two miles since. He couldn't win a point-to-point - the plan was to win a point-to-point and sell him on. That's six I think he has won on the track now. There are a couple of chases coming up for him, there is one in Killarney. He'll mix it anyway.