Naas Sat, 11th Nov, 2017
Red Jack Mark (Walsh, winning rider) said they went slow and it turned into a bit of a sprint which is probably not up his alley. He'd prefer a good gallop,. His jumping was adequate and he probably needed it a bit but it's nice to get off to a winning start. He's entered in the Royal Bond but we'll have to see.
Thurles Thu, 9th Nov, 2017
Daly Tiger We thought he was fairly sharp and he's much sharper than those bumper horses we've been running and has more pace. The danger was he has been doing everything so easy that he really hasn't been taken off the bridle. I'd assume he'll go straight over hurdles now and unlike a lot of them (Gigginstown House Stud-type runners), you wouldn't be afraid of running him over two miles. Sean (Flanagan) rode him work before he ran in a point-to-point last year and liked him and when he went to the Sales, we were lucky enough Eddie (O'Leary) bought him for us to train.
Thurles Thu, 26th Oct, 2017
Monksland It was hard work and Sean said he never travelled at all and the ground was a bit quick for him. He has had plenty problems over the years and when the ground is any way good, he was knocking the top off it and needs soft ground to be at his best. He is a ten-year-old now and has been around a while, and that is part of it too but today was the plan. His pedigree is all stamina and he does stay three miles. I don't know where he is going to go and you couldn't say he is the horse he once was but we'll peg along and try and keep him sound and run him wherever he has a chance. I would say at some stage we could try him over fences in one of those big races like the Irish National. There might also be a conditions chase he could run into as well. We'll see how the season goes along but every race we win with him is a bonus as he hasn't been easy to keep sound.
Punchestown Thu, 19th Oct, 2017
Road To Respect I'm delighted. We had Disko and himself in this and felt this fella just comes a little bit quicker and the other fella takes a little more work,. I think Disko will go to the north for the JN Wine Chase. It could well be that this fella goes for the second season novice in the north, I don't know and we'll see what happens. He's back well and he done that well. We're not surprised he won, we thought he came on a good bit since last year. He seemed very well and he doesn't take a lot of work, it's just keeping him fresh and keeping him happy. He said he was a bit rusty early on and landed a bit steep and whatever, but when he went he got there real well. He stays. In fairness Eoin (Griffin) said that to me, he couldn't believe we were talking about two-and-a-half. All along he always felt that three miles is his trip. He's matured into a nice horse. That's the softest he's won on I think. We're thrilled. Hopefully he comes sound and he's alright. We can think about where we go after that. Anything is open to him. He's in the big one in the north as well but it might come a bit soon and we have Disko. There is a board meeting every time and decisions are made. In fairness Mike and Eddie do sort of row in with you and go with what you say. It's not all one-way traffic or anything like that. There are other horses to be considered. I know with Mike the one thing he always seems to do is run in Grade Ones so if we go in a good race there will be no problem with him.
Punchestown Thu, 19th Oct, 2017
Lex Talionis He's been improving with every run, just coming along and getting a little bit better everytime,. His run the last day was good and he just improved again from it. I thought the ground might be a bit soft for him but he said it half helped him in a way as he settled a little bit better. He jumped well and I thought he gave him a brilliant ride. He went round the inner the whole way, scraped the fence and got a great run around the inside going around the last bend. It just made the difference between winning and losing. He just puts his head down and gallops. He's probably well enough handicapped on the Flat and there could be a Flat race in him as well.