Leopardstown Sat, 14th Apr, 2018
Who's Steph The second closing of the Irish Guineas was the other day an I said to the lads 'ah we'll leave it don't be silly',. She did that well and went through the ground, we know she wants it. If it was good ground we wouldn't have run her because she wants every bit of a mile. You'd have to be impressed with her and her temperament is to die for. She does everything I want at home, I'm impressed with her. I'm not a fan of buying fillies because unless you get black-type you are stuck with them. When you have them this good it makes up for all the others. We'll go home, sit down and make a plan. The dream is still alive at the moment but we don't have big early closing entries with her. I'm not a traveller, I love staying at home, so we'll find something here for her and there will be no firm in it. There's every chance she could come back here next month but if a good offer comes in she'll be sold because she's a filly. This is the first batch of fillies we've ever bought. She's named after my daughter Kerri's friend. I used to take the mickey out of her when she was in school and the little girl was coming home with her I'd say 'who is coming home' and she'd say 'Steph' and I'd say 'who's Steph?'. It used to drive them insane. So by coincidence we named this horse after her and it turned out to be a good one. The horses are well and I'm delighted with them and the ways things are going. The only negative is that I didn't have the balls to put her in the Guineas.
Leopardstown Sat, 14th Apr, 2018
Future Proof That was grand, it was a nice workmanlike performance,. He shouted the house down in the parade ring but Colin said once he got on him and cantered him to the start he manned up and there wasn't a word out of him. He said he was in early in the stalls and stood like a lamb. Colin said the ground is heavy but loose and they are going through it. He said that you couldn't be more impressed with how he did it and there should be plenty of improvement in him. We don't know how deep theses maidens are at the minute but our horses are fit and well. I've loads of horses that will win their maidens but what they do after that time will tell. Some will hopefully progress and some won't. Fingers crossed.
Naas Fri, 13th Apr, 2018
Psychedelic Funk He handles that ground well so it was nice. He's a classy horse when he's on his day. He's probably a seven (furlong) or a mile horse in that ground but probably seven is his best trip. Hopefully he can go on to better things. That was lovely. He's heavy and he has grown into some beast of a horse. He loves the ground, loves Naas and I'd love the Lockinge to to be run in Naas if someone could sort that for us!. I think he deserves to go over here if conditions are right. Knowing our luck it'll dry up between now and then and it'll go against us but anything bar fast ground. He holds the entry there and that's the next obvious target. I hate putting blinkers on them on their first run back but he'll literally do nothing without them. Colin said he just felt brilliant. He got a great lead off Billy and blew up as he got to him. If there was a hole in him they'd have found it out then. That's probably as good a performance as he's put up in his career and he just seems to be getting better and stronger. The team talked me out of gelding him. I don't think there is any reason to keep them colts unless you think they can perform at the top end. He deserves his chance now and we'll see. Of the horses we've seen up to now I think he has every right to go for a Lockinge. We just need a bit of luck that the conditions stay in our favour.
Navan Sat, 7th Apr, 2018
Flat To The Max I don't know how good a maiden it was but he's come and done his job. I took it for granted that the sire (Maxios) would help him get the ground and, as I said in the blog, he's a nice horse going forward,.
Dundalk Fri, 6th Apr, 2018
Masucci He's been training well over the winter, from a good break and looking well. He grew and he's a very good-looking horse. Colin rode him full of confidence and he's after loving that. He's a good-ground horse so it'll either be back here or freshen him up again. We'll keep him sweet. We ran him back a bit soon on soft ground last year. We've gelded him and that helped him. He's had a big smile on his face all winter and I think the secret with him is to keep him nice and fresh and sweet.