Fairyhouse Sat, 22nd Feb, 2020
Ificudiwud He was supposed to be going to the sales but when he won Michael (O'Leary, Gigginstown) said I could keep him to go chasing,. We sent him home for a bit of a break after the summer because he wanted soft ground and it's taken me until now to get him ready. It was just niggly things that stopped him and slowed him down. He'll stay hurdling now this year and go jumping next season. It's great to win Tommy Carberry's race as he was one of my favourite people in life.
Naas Sat, 8th Feb, 2020
Valdieu It's nice to win with him, he's been a disappointing horse,. He showed us an awful lot as a bumper horse and even early on as a jumper. I always thought he’d make a real good chaser. It just shows you what we are running against all the time. You would have always thought a horse rated like him would have won a beginners chase. I was glad the line came! I'd say that's his max, he only just barely got home there. They went a real gallop the whole way but that probably helped him too because that's the sort of horse he is. As the spring goes on maybe he'll improve a bit as he goes on but he'll need to. He was a lovely bumper horse and we thought the world of him. Even over hurdles we brought him to Cheltenham last year and though he faded out of it then he ran a good race in a good race for a long way. I don't think he's shown any of that this year yet and that's his best run this year.