Tipperary Mon, 14th May, 2018
Roseriver Has I'm delighted with him. The good gallop suited him and he'll go a little further probably. He'll probably run in a handicap at some stage but I think his next run will probably be over hurdles. He's not over-big and that's sort of why we went back to the Flat. We thought after his last run that he could win a maiden. He wasn't far behind the favourite the last day. Nina (Carberry) said when she won a bumper on him that he doesn't like being hit. I said it to Colin and he didn't, he said you're probably right and it was a help. He'll jump fences in time too, he's big enough to do that. He's not huge but he's big enough to do that.
Kilbeggan Fri, 11th May, 2018
Net D'Ecosse He deserved that as he had a lot of good runs last year without winning a race. He ran well around here before. I was a little worried about the ground because it was soft but he handled it well. He jumped well and got a good positive ride. Hopefully he might be a nicer horse this year. We had to hobday him last year after we got him and it took him a while after that. He likes summer ground.
Roscommon Tue, 8th May, 2018
Momus We thought he'd win and he did but then we thought the other lad (Curley Bill) would too and he didn't. We're after having a serious run with the bumper horses and the one we thought was the best one got beat in Ballinrobe. I'd say maybe the ground beat him. He's a nice big horse (the winner) and he wasn't showing us much early on at all. Back at Christmas time you wouldn't think he was ever going to win anything. He's big and he's tall and I'd say when he gets the summer's grass he'll turn out to be a nice horse next season jumping. He's going to be a chaser in time and is a grand big horse. In the last six weeks he's turned inside out. He wasn't doing much in front and I had warned him not to go to the front. I was up in the stand's thinking 'where are you going' but it worked out. I often think in those two-and-a-half mile bumpers everyone thinks they are on a stayer and they go too quick. Then you need a stayer to win one because you have to come from behind. They are really all slow anyway and that's why they are in the two-and-a-half mile race. We are having a great run and Nina (Carberry) went too soon!. Mark has been around for so long and it's very hard to get a fella with the experience he has with a 5lb claim. You nearly have a free claim with him. It all happened by luck as he just came down to ride out to keep himself fit. One thing led to another and he ended up getting going. I can't take him off now anyway!
Down Royal Mon, 7th May, 2018
Jerandme He was very green. He stays really well and I thought this better ground would suit him. He gallops well. He was very keen early too. I'd say when he learns how race a little bit better he's useful. He likes good ground. He's done most of his work on soft ground but I thought he might be a little bit better on good ground and I'd say he probably is. I'd imagine we might try a winners' bumper with him.
Sligo Sun, 6th May, 2018
The Red Menace the further he went he seemed to get more comfortable. They just had him on his head for the first mile. It was all new to him, and the lively ground too, but as the race went on he just got better and better.
Dundalk Wed, 2nd May, 2018
Sheisdiesel I thought the post was never going to come,. We were sitting in Navan the other night as we were going to put her in at 15,000 Euros. I said to put her in a few pounds lighter and she'd win and she did. In fairness to her she always runs her race. She's consistent, reliable and goes on that surface. I'd be sorry to lose her as she's a good solid little thing but she's probably good value for someone. She could run back in another one of these and win again. Probably the change wouldn't do her any harm at this stage.
Kilbeggan Mon, 30th Apr, 2018
Heroesandvillains I didn't think we would be coming to Kilbeggan with him to win but he just went off in the spring. I don't know what happened him but we had to give him time and he's really a chaser in the making. He is a nice horse and we gave a lot of money (140,000 pounds) for him after he won a point. His owner has had desperate luck lately so I'm delighted to start the new season with a winner. We'll continue on for a little while although I'm not sure he'd run on summer ground.
Punchestown Sat, 28th Apr, 2018
Wounded Warrior He is what he is, he's not easy to predict. He ran a cracker and he (Sean Flanagan) said he loved the ground and jumped great. We've been putting claimers on him and he's a big, big, strong fella and going back to Sean probably did him. That's no disrespect to the lads that have been riding him but just a stronger jockey was a help to him. He got a good tune out of him and they couldn't go far enough. I always thought he could be a Grand National horse but obviously that's it for the season as he wants extreme distances and there are no more of them. We'll see what the plans are, I know he would have been very close to the for sale sign before today but he might get a reprieve. We might try him in the Becher Chase in December. That could be a race for him because he's strong and a tough sort.