Killarney Wed, 21st Aug, 2019
Camorra I like Killarney and I said I'd rather have runners down here as it is my mid-term break,. He is a nice colt and we put him in the Beresford Stakes this morning, even though my rule is we don't enter until they've earned it; they have to win to qualify in my book. We thought he'd run well and Colin said he was a bit clueless when they came around him and instead of bullying him he, let him find his own way and put his head in front on the line. He is a nice colt who I didn't expect to run until October as he has next year written all over him.
Roscommon Mon, 19th Aug, 2019
Scorched Earth He did his best to throw it away!. It was a great ride. We dropped him into a handicap as we'd given him enough chances in maidens. How far could he have won, or should he have won. Shane said he was looking at the screen but I said if it wasn't the screen it would have been something else. I don't know how he's managed to stay a colt, he's a full-brother to Washington DC. He's managed to avoid the dreaded cut all summer. I'm normally quick to do it so he's obviously quiet at home. He's won, he likes the soft ground and there is plenty of interest in him to go the other route (jumping). He loves that ground, the softer the better and he was just dossing. Colin would have been unlucky to have gotten his pocket picked but the horse didn't help him.
Cork Sat, 17th Aug, 2019
Yaxeni she has a brilliant attitude and she is such a lady at home I was hoping the race would wake her up. Before the race she was sleepy and went down to the start as if she was just having a day out. She is in the same bracket as Leminsta (finished fourth at Leopardstown on Thursday) and we decided to come here over a mile with her and she will be a lovely filly over a trip next year. She has a bit of class and there were a lot of talking horses in that race today. We've just delighted as she was just ready to start and she was well bought for 8,000gns as a foal.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Tony The Gent I agree with these claimers. I don't think these horses, when you add in the prize-money, would make the same money in the horse-in-training sales. If I support them, like I have last year as well, and people see them coming from our yard isn't it good business. Other than that you end up accumulating them in the yard. I need horses that can win and if they can't win this is a lovely out and we can move on to the next one. I think we should support races like this. I think he's a good quality horse for a race like that, as was the horse last night. Somebody will win a couple of races with him and drop him back into a claimer. I just think that's the way the system should work and I've no problem with that. The horse last night will go into a claimer in two weeks time again.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Last Opportunity That's grand. He was green and today's race was about qualifying him, giving him experience and hopefully winning on route to the sales race on Champions Weekend. He has breezed but that's the first time I have galloped him on grass. He has a great temperament. The negative is that we've won with a few Dandy Mans first time and they haven't done much after that but the positive is that he's a nice horse and has a great temperament. He's been trained with the sales race in mind and that's the next target.
Gowran Park Wed, 14th Aug, 2019
Tennessee Wildcat We've got these old stalwarts in the yard, him and Tony The Gent tomorrow, and it's a shame but my job is to win races with them. I have a field full of older horses, like The Reaper, and that's where they end up out in a field. They are put in a claimer to win races which will help Colin's agenda and help my agenda. If somebody claims them, with the prize-money it's more than we'd get in the sales ring. If they don't claim them sure won't we carry on in this vein and win a few more races. It's a little bit disrespectful to the horse because he deserves a bit better than that. He struggles in handicaps and in that grade it was just nice to see him doing it. I won't be surprised to see him claimed, my horses are put in to be claimed and if they are claimed they are claimed.
Tipperary Sun, 11th Aug, 2019
Justifier Colin said he is still green and handled the ground and will get a furlong extra no problem,. We do like him, we thought he had to run to 95 today to win and he did. He has done what we've asked him there and will genuinely improve for stepping up and he is ticking all the right boxes at the minute. It is five weeks to the Juvenile Stakes on Champions Weekend but we'll run wherever the race presents itself.
Curragh Fri, 9th Aug, 2019
Siskin My confidence was shot all week with the rain purely because we knew he was better on a faster gallop. His forte is that burst of speed that he still showed there. I think he’s a very smart horse. Talk of Guineas at this stage is very premature as we are racing over six furlongs in August. Today was to tell us do we step up to seven for the Dewhurst or the National Stakes or do we go Middle Park route. Did we learn anything trip wise? I don’t know. I just learned that this is one good, tough horse. We’ll get together and make a plan with him. I’m delighted to be training for Prince Khalid, and as I’ve said we can’t train Group 1 horses unless we get Group 1 horses. Thankfully in my second season training for this operation I’m after getting a Group 1 horse. What a horse to have — he’s so push button. I was worrying all week listening to every drop of rain falling but the horse just got on and did his job.
Naas Mon, 5th Aug, 2019
Auxilia She’s a nice filly. She ran as green as any of ours have ran all summer at Leopardstown on her first start but I loved the way she hit the line. I would have been very disappointed if she didn’t win today’s race in that fashion. She’s a filly that wants a mile but is still very raw. She holds the big entries but as Colin says we’d like to have one more run in a winners’ race. For that reason we will probably miss the Debutante and go winners and then on to something like the Moyglare. She’s learning on the job but is not as precocious as we think she is. She is a filly we like, and is in a bracket with a few nice fillies that we have.
Galway Tue, 30th Jul, 2019
Rita Levi Colin is unreal around these tracks and is strong and is the last man ever to go for his stick. To be fair to the filly she looked brilliant and it was the first time ever she looked like a mare than a filly and has taken her racing really well. Colin was brilliant but you need to have a horse underneath you.
Gowran Park Sat, 27th Jul, 2019
Long Arm He's a nice horse and obviously the pedigree speaks for itself. As you can see he's very much a work in progress. We expect him to be a 12 furlong horse in time. They didn't go much of a gallop there and you could see the greenness. It's not ideal beating yourself but that's life and I've given the other horse plenty of chances. It was a nice race to start this horse in. He's handled the ground, Steph likes soft. He's always been good and honest at home. I'd like to think he has a nice future ahead of him but he's one that we won't kill at three. We just have to look after him and go gently gently but it's a good start.