Kilbeggan Fri, 21st Jul, 2017
Mezajy I was quietly fancying him. He just had so many goes but without the blinds he was running on and off the bridle,. He loves it there in front. He came up for me at the last and when Davy Russell (on Zanjabeel) is breathing down your neck it's fairly scary. You either go long or you give up. I thought I was nearly nicked on the line but it's brilliant. The lads have been patient and John Mahon is a great owner. He's a Longford man who is based in New York. Possibly he'll go for the handicap hurdle on the Monday night at Galway, although I have three or four for it now. It's great he's got his head in front as he deserved it.
Killarney Mon, 17th Jul, 2017
Allegio He's a lovely horse and is obviously by the right sire! . I was just worrying was he going to be a victim of finishing third and fourth and he deserved that. He should have won his maiden here but was boxed in on the rail and Seamie (Heffernan) came in and put his hands up and has put it right today and kicked at the right time and just held on. It's great for Ray Treacy who flew into Farranfore at lunchtime and is based in Bedfordshire but is originally from near me at Cloughjordan. He has three or four horses with me and is a great supporter of mine. My horses are in good form and it will be a long week here hopefully. We were thinking of running him in the mile handicap at Galway next. Colm Sharkey, who buys some horses for us, picked him up at the Doncaster Horses In Training Sale. He phoned me and said he had an unraced Galileo from David O'Meara's who David thought was a bit weak and you could do worse than put him away and could be a bumper horse. But when we started to gallop him, he had too much speed for a bumper, so we won't complain - he was a steal for E5,000.
Wexford Fri, 7th Jul, 2017
Nulife I was boxed in a bit, but I knew I had plenty of horse and I didn't want to get there too soon. I was loving it the whole, until I wheeled out at the second last - if I was back again I would have stayed in a bit longer. I'm thrilled as this horse has been frustrating but has plenty of ability. He has been raring up in the stalls (in his flat races recently) and had cheekpieces and a hood today - I think it was a good job. He has a fierce sensitive mouth and that's what has been happening in the stalls - the minute a bit of contact comes with his mouth he rares. He’ll win a Flat race but the stalls are a problem so I’m delighted for his owner Tony Ryan who has persevered with him. It's been a year since he first ran in Killarney and I didn't think he'd be a year a maiden but hopefully he can go on from here.
Curragh Sun, 2nd Jul, 2017
Tithonus That's absolutely brilliant and he deserves it,. I have to say a big thanks to Donncha Houlihan, my vet in Greenmount Veterinary. He diagnosed this lad with gastric ulcers after his last run. He put him on a course of antibiotics and he has turned him inside out. He's a top class vet and I can't thank him enough. I also have to thank the boys, Tony and Mike O'Brien for having the patience earlier in the year. We were thinking big but made a bit of a mess of him and put him in the Lincoln over the wrong trip. It was just trial and error but all those things led to us finding out about the ulcer. Rory was brilliant on him from start to finish. It's just great. He's versatile as he's won over fix, six and seven. The last thing I told Rory going out to just remember that he won over seven furlongs in Galway and to make lots of use of him. There is so little between these sprinters and we didn't know for a few minutes whether we'd got up or not. That inch is some difference. He's entered in the Scurry in two weeks time and that looks likely. Six furlongs should be perfect, the optimum trip. I have to thank a good team of staff at home also. It's exciting times. We got a bunch at the Derby Sales during the week so we have all sorts now, point-to-pointers and sprinters!