Galway Tue, 28th Jul, 2020
Champers Elysees But for a little bit of a technicality she’d be sold to the US and thankfully they (Fitzwilliam Racing) kept her. I thought the best was still to come from her and it’ll be the Fairy Bridge Stakes for her next. In fairness to Danny Sheehy he said she was flying, and he rides her in all of her work. I was very, very impressed and I have to say surprised. Hopefully she can step up but if she stays the same she’ll do me. It’s Fitzwilliam Racing’s track after the likes of Baba Boom winning for them here before.
Curragh Sun, 26th Jul, 2020
Trueba That's great for Nikita. I thought it was an ideal race as he probably didn't get home over a mile the last day. A stiff six or an easy seven if probably ideal. We have him there for Nikita now as he doesn't seem to go for any of the rest of the lads. She rides him out most days and told me he was flying. He had a good draw and it just worked well. He's always been a horse that worked well, he's rated 66 now and he'll be there for her until the end of the year. Hopefully she can get another winner on him. She works very hard and wants to be a jockey. It's tough for the girls here, but she's doing a good job with the opportunities she's getting, she probably doesn't get enough.
Down Royal Fri, 24th Jul, 2020
She's Our Queen The handicapper has his job to do. You can't blame a horse that is improving, he is bred to improve with time and with distance, and he has improved from his first run of the year to his last run. I don't think there's too many horses in Ireland that get 21lb; he was proved right to give him 21lb. We'll see what he gives him again, he has a job to do. We think he is a big baby and whatever he does this year he is sure to improve. I had a lot of big horses last year and that is why we are having such a good year this year. They seem to have strengthened up over the winter. I think he is (still improving in his work at home). He is by Manduro who is a stallion that gets three and four-year-olds. He has improved. I did (fancy him today). I thought it was going to be tough, I would have loved to have had a run in between. It's the fifth run of his career and he is after winning the Ulster Derby, so he's probably a pretty smart horse. The second horse (Sunchart) ran in the Irish Derby so it was a good race. The best two horses were in the front two. I'm delighted for Shane Kelly as I think that is the biggest win he has had for us. He works hard and deserves his win so I'm delighted. This year we have hit a rich vein of form - big horses improving with every run. We like to see them keep coming forward on every run.
Down Royal Fri, 24th Jul, 2020
She's Our Queen Improving all the time - as you can see she's a very big filly. I'm delighted for the owner (Hassan Alabdulmalik), it's his first winner for us - Debbie Mountain is the manager and she has done a great job with sending us over some nice horses. We won't do too much with this one this year because she is big and she is raw, and I think she will improve plenty. Whatever she does this year will be a bonus, I think she will be a real nice four-year-old when she develops up into the size because she is a big lady. That's one thing about our horses - when they get challenged they know how to get to the line. That's one thing we pride ourselves on. We have them fit, we run them over the right distances, and I knew she was going to finish the last 100 yards strong and thankfully she did. Ben Coen did a great job. I'm not sure this year, but maybe next year she could get a mile and a half. I think a mile and two is probably a good distance for her at the moment.
Down Royal Fri, 24th Jul, 2020
Measure Of Magic It was a very good race she won at Tipperary - she beat the horse that won the Group 2 the other day (Aloha Star). We always thought a lot of her. We were going to run her before then but we had a bit of a hold up with a dirty scope. There's a Listed race in a couple of weeks in Naas and we'll go for that. We think she's a smart filly and please God she has a big future ahead of her. She is quick, she is fast and she is very professional and hardy, which is ideal for what you need for a fast two-year-old. That ground is beautiful out there, so you couldn't fault it. I'd say it was good for her and she went on it. There was a bit more of an ease in Tipperary, so ground is not an issue. It was a good race. I thought she would win but there were lots of winners in it. The form was in the book.
Curragh Sat, 18th Jul, 2020
Sonnyboyliston He's progressing well. I thought he was a little bit unlucky at Navan the last time,. Ben said he made his own bit of bad luck today as he wasn't travelling through the race. When he got him to the outside he stayed on well and got the trip well. I think it's a good trip for him at the minute but he might be a horse that gets a mile-and-a-half in time. He's a very sensible horse but he does light up when he gets to the races. He's only had five runs and is still learning. It onwards and upwards but it's going to get tougher for him as he goes along.
Limerick Fri, 17th Jul, 2020
Call Me Rocky He is a big baby and is better back at that trip; there were no maidens for him at that trip when he ran him at Roscommon so we had to start him at 1m2f and he was fresh. He was back at this trip on this ground, and it suited him, and he was sure to come on from the run the last day. We'll see what the handicapper does now.
Leopardstown Thu, 16th Jul, 2020
Aztec Parade That's 20 winners in five weeks so it's a great start to the season. I'm delighted for that horse because he ran into a couple of good ones. I know it was a weak race but Ben said he gave him a nice feel. He's a great mover and has got the size and the scope. He just did what he had to do. We might stick him up to Listed company now and see how good he is. Whatever he does this year he will be better next year. We are trying to gather a nice team of horses that going forward can compete in Listed and Group races next year.
Curragh Fri, 10th Jul, 2020
Carrytheone He’s improving all the time. He’s a big horse and is mentally a bit immature. Shane has done a good job on him. We’ve the hood on him as he’s a bit keen at home, a bit buzzy, but he’s starting to relax into it now. I think whatever he does this year, he’ll be even better next year. The syndicate is from Melbourne and I met them when I was over in Australia. Lope de Vega was doing well over there, so I had this fella to sell to them. It’s their first winner in Ireland and I know they were all looking at the race, so I’m thrilled for them.