Tipperary Wed, 1st Jul, 2020
Barrington Court You'd have to be delighted with her as when she is right she is very good. She did things nicely and Mum will have a chat with Frank (Berry, winning owner JP McManus' racing manager) and decide where we go from here. She had a little problem after her last run which we have ironed out now and this is great. Mum is going to Leopardstown later today for her debut (being present at behind closed doors racing)!
Curragh Sun, 28th Jun, 2020
Njord You would have to be delighted with that, a first time going a mile and a quarter. I thought Shane gave him a pretty ballsy ride. He sat nearly last and came up around them. He loved it and does like a bit of juice in the ground.
Curragh Sat, 27th Jun, 2020
Ancient Spirit It’s nice to see him back up his win in Navan. He’s a lovely horse and is growing in confidence getting his head in front. He didn’t get things his own way today and had to go after the horse in front. When he’s got there Shane said he did it easy enough.
Curragh Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
Aunt Bee It's great they put that on as an extra race!. She's a lovely filly and she had a lovely run at Naas. There's not much of her but she's got a big heart. He got into a lovely lead there as he had the prime draw there and he couldn't give it away. It's lovely for her owner/breeder David Reid Scott who isn't too well. He was in the Mater for a year and he's in rehab in Dun Laoghaire now. Like the other filly earlier she'll probably go for a winners of one and then try her in a Listed race as they are owner/breeders again.
Curragh Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
Bearberry She had a great run at Leopardstown and she came on a ton from that,. I was a bit worried about her when we were saddling her as she was a bit fractious and when she went out on the track she was humping her back a bit. She showed it coming out of the stalls. There is plenty of improvement in her and I'd say we'll look for a nice winners of one. We'll try and nick a bit of black-type, it would be nice for the owner/breeders. She probably wants to go up in trip as well as she just got there on the line.
Fairyhouse Thu, 25th Jun, 2020
Protagonist He did it the way we thought he'd do it. We kind of had to go here after what the handicapper gave him. He came out of his race well last week and hopefully there is a bit more improvement in him. He'll go for a race in Navan next Friday provided the ground is safe. Shane said he only just got away with that today, he wouldn't want it any quicker. Being gelded over the winter and stepping up in trip has helped him, said Shane Foley. We’ve always liked him at home and it’s nice to get a winner for Mr. Buckley (winning owner Michael Buckley).
Naas Wed, 24th Jun, 2020
Dacesa She went a bit weak on us about five weeks ago and has only done two bits since so there should be a good bit of improvement to come.
Leopardstown Sun, 21st Jun, 2020
One Voice I think she deserved that after getting touched off by Silence Please the last day. She's a lovely filly. She's in the Kilboy Stakes and I'd say that will be her next target. He was meant to make the running and as Shane said it was plan Z. It worked out today, maybe that's the way to ride her and we were doing it wrong. Because he said he was going to make the running on her we actually put a soft rubber bit in her as she has a very light mouth. I'd say going down the back, when she was being keen, he was cursing me for doing that but it worked out. She has a real good attitude, she's a lovely progressive filly and will keep stepping forward. It's lovely to get a winner for Craig as that's the first horse we've had for him.
Naas Sat, 20th Jun, 2020
Sussex Garden You would have to be delighted with that. Cormac O’Flynn bought her as he knew we had the sister Justina. She has a lot more size and scope than Justina,. Debbie (Flavin) led her up. She broke her and rides her every day. She was associated with Alpha Centauri and she has Alpine Star running in the Coronation Stakes in a few minutes so hopefully that could be a nice double! . We thought this filly could be one for the Albany earlier in the year but with coronavirus she didn’t get there. She’s smart. Mrs representing
Curragh Sat, 13th Jun, 2020
Dickiedooda you'd have to be delighted with that. A few of our two-year-olds have been a little disappointing over the last few days but that's great. We're really happy with her, she's very uncomplicated, and she was well bought as she was only £30,000. She's a lovely filly.
Curragh Fri, 12th Jun, 2020
Leo De Fury he’s (Leo De Fury) really exciting; we thought a lot of him last year and the ground was a bit soft for him at the backend in Longchamp but he’s wintered really well and I can’t believe he’s won so easy there. Shane said he just dropped him in. I thought there was something wrong as they went so hard and he was so far back but the way he got there he looks like a proper horse. I’d say the Tattersalls Gold Cup will be his next aim. We’ll give him a bit of time between his races.
Gowran Park Thu, 11th Jun, 2020
Shona Mea She came forward very well from last year as she was big and weak but did very very well over the winter and has improved,. Hopefully there is another handicap in her and it is lovely to win for her owner Pat Harty and his wife Bridie who hasn't been well.
Navan Wed, 10th Jun, 2020
Ancient Spirit we couldn't be happier with him. He was unlucky at the end of last year to get beat and it's great that's he's come out and done that today. He really battled. He's learning to do things right now. Shane jumped out and kept him out to let him relax in his own time. I think he'll get a lot of confidence from today. He has a few entries and I'll let mum, Michael (Donohoe) and Mr Zhang have the conversation about where they are going to go. He's very versatile and I think he'll go on any ground. He's just a good solid horse and a exciting, fun horse to have for all those group and listed races. He could be anything if he keeps improving like he has.
Naas Mon, 8th Jun, 2020
Lucky Vega You would have to be happy with him. He never came off the bridle at home and Shane said he was very green throughout the race. He was on the grass once or twice at home but that was it and they were only steady bits,.