Leopardstown Thu, 20th Jun, 2019
One Last Look We're delighted with that. She's a lovely filly and she was very well bought by Gaelic Bloodstock,. The boys were working hard at the sales and that's where the name came from. It's very hard to buy pedigrees but she was the right model and they said they'd have to have one last look. They bought the look rather than the pedigree and it's worked out. Colin liked her and she was only ready to start out. We threw her in the winners race and sometimes they are easier to win than a big 20 runner maiden. He said that with her head low to the ground, and her action low to the ground, she wouldn't want it any quicker than that. He said it's beautiful ground but she wouldn't want it any quicker and we'll have to keep an eye on that. We'll take baby steps with her, look for a winner race or something like that and move on. We always liked her, Colin always liked her at home, but she will improve a lot from it.
Cork Fri, 14th Jun, 2019
Who's Steph It was very straightforward and he is rated 97 so you'd expect him to be winning his maiden like that. He hit a flat spot turning in and I thought 'what the hell' but Colin said to go further and said he ran to his rating,. I'd have gone a mile with him but Colin called it right and said to go 10 (furlongs). I take no credit for it as I'm lucky to be in the right place - Adrian (Keatley, previous trainer) found and sourced the horse and bought a cracking horse and has done a grand job with him and we've just brought him along quietly. It's not nice circumstances but that is horse racing. He is staying with me and I seem to be gathering Hong Kong-based owners at the minute, rather than selling to them. It has been 20-odd years of selling to them so it is nice to have it this way around. They are lovely horses to have and most trainers will train these horses to win and I am lucky with my team of horses at the minute.
Fri, 14th Jun, 2019
Who's Steph I used to watch Dermot Weld with Famous Name and wonder what it was like to have a bomb-proof Group 3 horse and now I know,. As Colin said the only negative is she is so honest, she is doing too much. I genuinely thought it was going to be heavy today but there is no soft in the description. It is beautiful ground and I am adamant she needs soft to be at her best but that was safe ground and you can't not run on that. She is in the Pretty Polly and that is a huge step up but the man (George Strawbridge) bought her for the big days. Obviously she will only turn up on those days if the ground is good or less and the aim would be to get Group 1 placed and keep pot-hunting that way with her. Last year I couldn't run her because of the ground but this year we're getting a run with her so we are having a bit of luck.
Leopardstown Thu, 13th Jun, 2019
Justifier He has a great temperament. Colin said early-doors he was working well at home and he had him in the same category as (stablemate) Siskin, which would be a long way from my thoughts. He said the ground rode lovely and he wouldn't want 'firm' in the description. He is a lovely horse, will get further and I think there should be huge improvement going forward as I have been tender with my two-year-old's this year. We would normally have tried a load of them but are taking them along quietly this year and he is my fourth two-year-old runner. Hopefully they are all queueing up now and ready to run and hopefully that's a sign of things to come. I'm disappointed Sean (Jones) isn't here as he got held up in a meeting but it is lovely to run one in his colours and hopefully we can start getting his blue and white colours in the winners' enclosure again soon.
Navan Sat, 1st Jun, 2019
Nickajack Cave That was grand. I thought things worked out against him in Roscommon as they went no gallop and he got boxed in,. He couldn't go anywhere and couldn't do anything about the pace. They sprinted away from him but he learned plenty. He's a horse that's on the improve, he's learning as he goes along and he's a good looking horse. He loved that little bit of juice in today's ground and he got every yard of the ten furlongs. I'd like to think that if the handicapper is handy with us we have another premier handicap in him.
Navan Sat, 1st Jun, 2019
Inscribe I thought Colin was very good on him. That's as far as he wants to go,. A mile-and-two or a mile-and-a-half is his trip. We had to protect him last year because we were on fast ground all summer. He's a gross individual. I'd like to think they won't be too hard on him and leave a little handicap in him. He's a nice horse to have. We'll maybe look for a premier handicap over a mile-and-a-half. If it was a wet summer he could keep stepping up gradually.
Gowran Park Wed, 29th May, 2019
My Mystique I'm delighted for Homer as she has only done there what she's been promising to do at home for ages. She's been more than disappointing in the last 24 months and she's dropped down to the lowest mark that we were prepared to give her. If she didn't perform tonight she was finished. Colin wanted blinkers and with the blinkers on and motor-biking her round on the track, everything fell into place. It's no more than she's capable of and she's probably capable of a lot more. Whether we persevere now with her, we'll see. She's from a good old family with My Laureate bouncing back to form, Insayshable over in Hong Kong, and Ainippe previously. It's a family worth having for the shed but whether we persevere after that one we'll decide later on because I don't think she's in love with it.
Gowran Park Wed, 29th May, 2019
Tony The Gent I suppose he was due that. When the handicapper has you you just have to keep plugging away until you get down to your mark again. It's as fast as he wants it and he deserves that and Colin said he picked up well. You'd expect him to win that as he did and he just needs to stay in this bracket. We've been claiming off him with the kids but they're just not strong enough for him, he's been taking the mickey out of them.