Gowran Park Wed, 14th Aug, 2019
Arabeska The plan was to jump and lead but she missed the kick. She's a grand filly. For some reason she doesn't run as well on straight tracks but then she did run a cracker down in Cork when John Oxx's horse beat us. He didn't move us in the handicap for that but then put us up 8lb for winning here. She liked that ground and she stayed well. I'd love to stick a bit of black-type on her by the end of the year. She's after winning two races now and she's really for the breeding end now. It gives us more of an option that she did that on that ground. I thought she battled well to do it when she got out.
Sligo Wed, 7th Aug, 2019
Elite Trooper Grey I was keen to put a claimer on him but Shane said 'no I'm riding as I think he has a great chance' so I said 'fair enough, just win on him so'. He gave him a lovely ride. I had him in last week in Galway but I said we'd wait for this as it's good prize-money. They went fast enough and he likes a bit of trouble; he's been second to a lot of good horses and the horse that beat him in Limerick is now rated over 100. He hasn't had a bad run. Earlier this year the horse that beat him in Leopardstown was third in Royal Ascot while the lad (Sovereign) who beat him last year in Galway happened to win the Derby!. He has great form and I'm just delighted we can get a win for Mr Zhang. He's a Fast Company so he needed a bit of ease in the ground. I thought the handicapper had been a bit hard on him, putting him up 10lb for his last three runs I think that's unfair on horses in Ireland. I think if you finish second you should be dropped 2lb because it means you are trying.