Punchestown Wed, 15th May, 2019
Authorized Art He's a nice sort to look forward to. He's still a colt so I'm not sure whether we will look for another race or geld him. I'll see if there is a race for him in France, otherwise he could go to Galway or somewhere like that. He was still very green considering he had a run (over hurdles) in France. Even when he met hurdles wrong he had the scope to take off wherever he wanted to.
Tramore Tue, 14th May, 2019
Princess Vega I got a big thrill out of that. She was as green as grass and didn't know what was happening for the first mile and a half. She only got into a racing rhythm over the last half mile. I thought she might fall out over the last but she threw in a jump that even Paul wasn't expecting. That shows she had a bit more left in the tank than we thought. I'm delighted to get Quevega's breeding career off to a 100 percent start. A lot of the old crew (from the Hammer And Trowl Syndicate) are back here again today and it's lovely that she went out and won on her first run. She was improving with every bit of work at home. The French breeder of Quevega told me they only get better with age and we saw that with Quevega. Hopefully this filly can be the same. She is not the biggest in the world, so she might be a bit limited. She showed there with her jump at the last that she is stronger than she looks. We will continue during the summer with her.
Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Brahma Bull All credit to Brian as none of our usual jockeys were sticking their hands up to ride him as his schooling hasn't been fantastic and he is keen and he hangs. Brian deserves huge credit and rides out in our yard every week. He has a big engine but hasn't been easy to train and isn't easy on himself. He is awkward but Brian got him into a good rhythm. We'll step him up now and the way he travelled he could come back in trip. We'll find a novice chase for him now.
Gowran Park Wed, 8th May, 2019
True Self she's progressed no end since winning her maiden on the Flat and she just seems to be getting better with every run. She's a nice filly to look forward to during the summer, hopefully. She had a nice blow and I didn't want to be hard on her for no reason. I think she'll come on fitness wise from it.
Ballinrobe Tue, 7th May, 2019
Golazo He's a home-bred and he's one for jumps and a trip. He's a horse we've always liked. He's a fine big chasing type and we were worried about how he'd get on around here. They've done a wonderful job on the ground though and it's very safe. It's great to get the first one on the board for the season.
Punchestown Sat, 4th May, 2019
Mr Adjudicator It was a good performance under that weight for a five-year-old,. He got into a bit of trouble and made that mistake at the last but he picked up well. He might be a bit high for the Galway Hurdle but he'll definitely go back on the Flat. I'm delighted for Mr Bobbett as I've had no luck for him this season.
Punchestown Sat, 4th May, 2019
Benie Des Dieux I thought there was upset on the cards for a minute. Stormy Ireland ran a cracker and she was just getting away from Paul, he wasn't cruising past her like I thought he would,. Paul said to me that he felt the ground was drying up every minute and that she just wasn't relishing that ground. She got the job done. She didn't want to get down and gallop on it. It's just been an extraordinary dry winter, I know they've put a lot of water on it but you just can't replicate having a months rain. We'll see how she comes out of it. The French race comes up very quick but we'll see in the next week how she gets over that. We'll have to look at the French Champion Hurdle. She's done nothing all year so maybe a bit of hardship mightn't do her any harm at this stage of the game. There seems to be more prize-money for her over hurdles and I wouldn't go back chasing unless we got real winter ground next season. Unless there are real good prizes I don't think there is a necessity to risk her over fences. Stormy Ireland is so brave. She's so small, she's only about 15-3, and there's nothing of her but she has a heart as big as a lion. Hopefully she'll get a real good reward one of these days. She'll definitely go back to France, maybe the Prix la Barka or something like that will suit her.
Sat, 4th May, 2019
Benie Des Dieux She seems great and has had no ill-effects from the fall,. She won the race last year, she’s going back as defending champion. She’s in good form and we’re hopeful she can go and win the race again.
Punchestown Thu, 2nd May, 2019
Elfile she (Elfile) looks smart. I think she wants another half mile but she’s such a slick jumper that she’s able to counteract that. I think once she goes up in trip she’ll be better and Paul thought the ground was quick enough for her too. She wants a good dig in the ground. She’s one to look forward to next year and I’d say she will stay hurdling. I was also very happy with Allez Dance (third). She’s always had a lot of training issues but hopefully with maturity she’ll come right.
Punchestown Thu, 2nd May, 2019
My Sister Sarah Paul is very cool like Ruby. He has a different style of riding but gets very good results. this filly got into a good bit of trouble in Fairyhouse; she’s not the biggest in the world and got intimidated by others around her. Today Paul dragged her to the outside and once he got out there he got her balanced and racing and she jumped well enough.
Punchestown Wed, 1st May, 2019
Colreevy Niall (Flynn, owner) rang me up the other day and said she'd won the mares bumper last year so let's go for the Champion bumper. I thought 'well why not',. He was hoping that she might get some black-type and finish second or third. Jamie worked the oracle and managed to squeeze a win out of her. She goes jumping now. She's a fine big mare, she can jump and she'll go over fences eventually.
Punchestown Wed, 1st May, 2019
Elimay I held my breath when Mark sent her through on the inside because she wouldn't be the fastest filly in the world,. She gallops all day and jumps very well. He just committed her, if it didn't work out I don't know where he would have ended up — through the rails I'd say. Anyway he got through and it worked out. Charlie Swan bought her as a chaser in France because she's such a good jumper but she's not the biggest so we said we'd hold off for a year and maybe go chasing next season. We'll see now after that race where we go. I'll have a chat with Frank and JP and see what they want to do. There are hurdle races to be won with her still. She could go back to France. They could decide they want to go chasing straight away also and there could be mares chases there if we keep getting this broken weather and the ground is nice. I'd imagine she'll go to France but the only thing is that JP doesn't run too many over there and he's inclined to get them back and put them on grass. Because of the type of filly she is we might let her travel but we'll see and it will be up to him to decide.
Punchestown Tue, 30th Apr, 2019
Klassical Dream Ruby said he was too settled and was not as pleased as he was in Cheltenham but I thought in Cheltenham he just ran very free. You can’t keep racing like that and I was much happier with today’s performance, albeit the second horse has been to Cheltenham and Aintree and had two very hard races. He’s a fair machine but we were the beneficiary of him (Felix Desjy) having those hard races today. I’m happy to stay over hurdles and try and make a Champion Hurdle horse out of him. I think he could be good enough so we’ll see.
Kilbeggan Fri, 26th Apr, 2019
Botani She was very good and has improved for the break after her first run. We’ll have a look at winners’ bumpers but I’d be keen to go jumping sooner rather than later in the new season,.
Fairyhouse Tue, 23rd Apr, 2019
Camelia De Cotte I thought it would be hard giving her (Pravalaguna) weight but there wasn't a whole lot in it. It could have gone either way - I thought Ruby (Walsh) might have a trick or two up his sleeve but luckily enough we had the horse underneath us. She would probably be entitled to (go to Punchestown), she is hard on herself is the only thing. We'll see how she comes out of it. She's very sharp. You saw more than I did as I just arrived here when they were pulling up. Paul thought she was going a little right today, I don't know why. He said the ground was well watered and it's a credit to Fairyhouse to produce ground in weather like this.
Fairyhouse Mon, 22nd Apr, 2019
French Made I was hoping that we might get her placed today,. Chatting to Ruby before the race we both thought she stayed and I said 'if you can get her to jump over the first few hurdles and be up there in the first three'. Her form in France showed that she was always staying on and it looked like she wanted a further trip. That was the plan and we were hoping she'd stay on to be third or fourth but she stayed on to win. There is not a lot of her, she's skin and bones, but that's the way she is. When she came from France she was like that and I've been kind of trying to train her but not to train her. I've been trying to keep her together. She's tough and obviously doesn't need a lot of training because she's just naturally fit I'd say. That opens a lot of doors. We'll look at Punchestown and she's one that will definitely go back to France for the meetings in May and June. I'd say the ground has to be a help because she's not a strong mare but she's very, very fit and very tough as she showed today. I'd say she'll go to Punchestown as she hasn't had a hard season this year.