Punchestown Sat, 4th May, 2019
Blue Templar We had a great start and we're after having a great finish, in between just wasn't great,. It's great for Ray Barron, who is with us and he's a very hard worker. He rides a lot of the young horses and gets them going so that is his reward. Having a winner at the festival in these races is great and we saw Peter Maher getting his name on the La Touche the other day. We're all kind of smallish trainers and I'm grateful to Mr McManus to let me do this with these horses. That's what I love and the riders love riding around there. Blue Templar could be a nice horse for the La Touche next year. He loves the ground and Ray said out in front he was pricking his ears. All he can do is win. The owner has been patient as he was an eight-year-old maiden coming here on Tuesday. It's paid off now with two wins here this week. He's only rated 89 or 90 over fences but once he sees a bank he excels at it. Unfortunately Josie Orders is paying for his success, with 12-7 and that's telling on him a good bit. He'll have a lesser penalty next year and he's also a soft ground horse. We're happy, we've had a good week with two winners.
Punchestown Tue, 30th Apr, 2019
Blue Templar I just said to the owner he’s a patient man as he's an eight year-old maiden! The other horse (Youcannotbeserious) is classier but the experience around here told. We’ll see how he is but he may come here for the La Touche on Thursday. He seems to be fine and fresh, and he ran twice last year as well. The ground is not too taxing either. It gets the week off to a good start.