Naas Sat, 10th Feb, 2018
Balliniska Band He's a nice horse and he'd been working well. He's a half-brother to Gowiththeflow who won on Thursday, and another nice horse called Lough Derg Farmer,. I've been buying foals for the last four or five years, and he was one of the batch. Richie Downes buys them for me. He's probably the first one of them to run so hopefully it's a good omen. He only cost 9,000 and is a fine big horse who will make a chaser. He'll probably have one more run before the end of the season. The syndicate have had great success with the likes of Sea Light, and a lot of them are local to me. He's called after a dog that won the English Derby (in 1977).
Leopardstown Sat, 3rd Feb, 2018
Off You Go The rise in the weights (after winning at Limerick) left him bang on and initially I didn't think he'd get into the race. He snuck in perfectly at the bottom and it worked out. I don't know what the plan is but I'll talk to Frank (Berry, McManus' racing manager) and see. He's still only a baby and I'd say he'll only have one or two more runs before the end of the season. He probably wouldn't even get into the Coral Cup at Cheltenham and while I doubt he'll go to Cheltenham, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle could still be a possibility. Mark (Enright) is very lucky for me and while I don't give him many rides, anything I put him up on wins most of the time. Dromlease Express won this race 14 years ago and that was a good day as well!
Punchestown Tue, 30th Jan, 2018
Oscar Lantern he was consistent enough. His last two runs were quite consistent and he was at the right end of the handicap today in that ground; it paid off. He'd be idle enough but would pull out a small bit, he only has the one pace. It's great to get the win out of him. We thought he would get one and once he's got one I suppose we'll try and get another one!