Punchestown Wed, 16th Oct, 2019
Beacon Edge watching it I was a bit disappointed as I thought he’d travel through the race a bit better. Rachael thought she’d have won (when the other horse fell at the last). I was a bit disappointed when he got to the front how lairy he was from there to the line when he was left on his own. I do think he’s a very nice horse and he might even be better over further, although he did show us plenty of boot last year. He did stay well in those bumpers we ran him in. He has jumped very well at home and didn’t jump as well there but I’m sure he will come on for the run.
Punchestown Tue, 15th Oct, 2019
Sixshooter It was very pleasing and she (Rachael Blackmore) said he was awful green. She said it was hard to believe he had won two bumpers because he's so green,. She said when he really learns how to do it he'll be quite good. Everything the mare (Lobinstown Girl) has produced has won. I suppose we'll be going for a novice hurdle over two-and-a-quarter or two-and-a-half miles. I'll have to see where he slots in. It's nice that he kept his unbeaten record in tact and it would be nice if he could do that again. Obviously we're hoping he'll be real good but we'll have to see. He wasn't drilled for that and I expect him to improve a good bit. I don't think soft ground will bother him, his wind is good and he's pretty straight-forward. I wouldn't be afraid of going to two miles either, I think he has the pace, but I'm happy enough to stay at two-and-a-half with him at the moment. I think the three miles race can empty them out and he's only four.
Fairyhouse Sat, 12th Oct, 2019
Henry Brown That's Mark’s 3lbs claim gone now,. I'm not saying he took me by surprise but he's a weak horse. We knew he stayed quite well but I think he'll improve a lot with a bit of time. He's a big leggy horse. He stayed very well and jumps very well so hopefully he'll be a nice horse. I'd imagine he'll go hurdling now. We bought him off 'Puppy' Power at the Land Rover sale and he's for sale.
Limerick Sat, 12th Oct, 2019
Dadoozdart it was very straightforward. I spoke to Noel last night and he said not to have any worries about the ground or his fitness. He raced a little lazily in the Ulster Derby so he said to get him to jump and to get up and travel as close as we could in our comfort zone. He caught me off guard when I gave him a squeeze to go with Colin (Keane, on Nickajack Cave) turning in as he quickened and he got there too soon. He battled well and is a nice horse. It is testing ground, he is game and genuine and that's what counted.
Galway Tue, 8th Oct, 2019
The Red Menace I was worried would he go on the ground as he had never ran on it before. Previously he dropped out when he got passed, but he jumped brilliantly today and it now looks like that ground is what he wants. We were talking about giving him a break but we'll keep going now and three miles is what he wants.
Galway Tue, 8th Oct, 2019
Battle Of Midway He stays well and loved the ground. He seemed to outstay the other fellow (runner-up Thatsy) and he could go up to three miles now. His jumping was a bit rusty early but got going as the race went on and we'll see how we go with him. Sean said the ground couldn't be soft enough for him.
Tipperary Mon, 7th Oct, 2019
Daly Tiger I know when they are 1/2 or 1/3 it sounds simple but they still have to go out and do it. He schooled very well at home and I told him not to try to do anything fancy on him and try to get him over his fences. He will jump better when he has to. If he stays right I think he is a very nice horse. He had a problem with his knee over hurdles and never really got a chance to show himself. It happened early as a novice but hopefully it won't rare its head again. There are a lot of Gigginstown horses in the mix for novice chases this season so we'll see where he fits in. Trying to get a run was a problem but now that he has that won, the winners' races will be next and Michael wants to go for good races. We'll go for a novice chase and see where we go from there.
Gowran Park Sat, 5th Oct, 2019
Snow Falcon He’s very good when he’s fresh. The ground was too quick for him in Ascot and we let him out and I didn’t think there was any possibility he could be ready for this,. But Emma (Connolly) who rides him out and loves him more than anyone kept saying he’s there. We worked him over a mile on Tuesday and he worked brilliant, so we said we’d have to go ahead and run him. You would imagine the obvious place to go with him now is Down Royal as it’s the big chase and his owner is from Belfast and I’d say would love him to run there. He’s had a few little issues here and there. Last year when he won in the north he cracked a bone behind and that’s why we didn’t see him for the rest of the season. He’s been some servant and is a fabulous horse for us to have.
Dundalk Fri, 4th Oct, 2019
Buzz Killington I'd say the blinkers just woke him up a little bit. He even raced lazy there, . He ran no race at all in the Curragh on his first handicap. Maybe the ground was a bit easier that day and I'd say he just likes the better ground. He is a bit laid back. I wouldn't be surprised if another step up in trip mightn't do him any harm. He's only doing enough. I'll have to talk to his owner and see what the plan is.
Roscommon Mon, 30th Sep, 2019
Russian Bill He likes soft ground and it slowed the rest of them down. He hasn't really showed us an awful lot over fences so it was nice to see him coming back and winning something. Even though he was favourite I didn't really think he'd win to be honest and I didn't think he had won even at the line!
Downpatrick Fri, 27th Sep, 2019
Roseriver Has he was 100 per cent today and he did it well, he stayed well and he jumped and travelled. I always thought I was getting there - when he met the rising ground he stayed all the way to the line. Some of his earlier runs were very good behind some nice horses. He might have just lost his way towards the end of last season. He seems to have found his stride again now. Noel (Meade) was confident - conditions were perfect for him.