Fairyhouse Fri, 16th Jun, 2017
Thunder Crash It's great the enjoyment that Sean (Jones, owner) gets out of all his winners. It doesn't matter if it's the Railway Stakes or a claimer he gets the same buzz out of it. A winner is a winner. He did his best to throw it away through greenness. He was running around all over the place. Colin is riding out of his skin, and he's got that gift that few have of knowing where the line is at the right time. It's a pleasure to have him on the team.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Jun, 2017
Lethal Steps I didn't think he had got up. I would have been equally happy with a positive run and finishing second. Getting up on the line was a bonus,. He's a horse that we said we'd run over a shorter trip and we like to do that. Seven is going to be his trip. I thought it was a lovely introduction and that he'll have learned plenty and improve plenty. You can see by him that physically and mentally he's just coming. It will be all ahead of him over seven furlongs hopefully. He does hold a couple of early closing entries and is a horse we've always liked. Jimmy (Murphy) said he hasn't had many winners in those colours and it's nice that he's given us a horse to train as I love getting them off the breezer outfits. I have him since November training him. He either didn't sell him or decided not to sell.
Leopardstown Thu, 8th Jun, 2017
Brendan Brackan We had Tennessee Heights and Elusive Heights earmarked for this all along and when the rain was coming we decided we'd go with Brendan,. Colin had the choice and with good ground we'd always go with the other horse. I said 'just don't rock the boat and we'll stay with it.'. We had every intention, if the rain came, that Elusive Heights wouldn't run. When we walked the track we said it's not that bad and we'd take our chance with him. It's worked out. You don't like beating yourself but it's a high class problem and I'm delighted for the team. He's been a great old servant for the yard and for Gary Carroll. He owes us all nothing. It'll be more making it up as we go along with him and end up down in Cork for a Listed race. When we step him up to Group 2 we are in trouble so we'll stay listed and Group 3. In a yard like ours we need that and we're lucky to have the horses in the yard so we can have runners in races like this. If the big ones don't turn up we'll pick up the pieces. The other horse ran a blinder and he will get further, which is good. He's a stakes horse and it was a great first run back so it's all positive. We'll have a look at ten furlongs with him. Mrs Patino (owner of Elusive Heights) bred the winner and won with him initially so she'll be delighted.
Navan Sat, 3rd Jun, 2017
Gold Spinner I wanted to win the premier handicap today and it was him or Lightening Fast but we are protecting Lightening Fast (handicap rating) as he is going for the Britannia (at Royal Ascot). I said to myself there is much of a muchness between the two of them but he (Gold Spinner) is very much ground dependent and is also hopefully a Britannia horse, so I said we'd stick to the mile against running in the 1m2f race today. If he is a Britannia horse, he had to win this and win it like he did. He wants 10 furlongs but has the pace for a mile. He needs not quicker than that ground which we might not get which will be the deciding factor on whether we go across. He'll hold an entry in the Britannia alongside Lightening Fast - the team is getting stronger for Ascot.
Navan Sat, 3rd Jun, 2017
Treasuring listen, she was 3/1 favourite so you'll be surprised to hear me saying I'm surprised but I just didn't think she was quick enough to win over five. she has been jumping around, very fresh in herself. You''ll see a couple of scratches on her head - she got down and banged herself around last night. I'm sure if it was five furlongs anywhere else I probably wouldn't have even ran her but she has jumped on from her first run. Colin said she surprisingly jumped out real smart and had the toe to go and kept going. The further she went the better she was. I'm delighted. We thought she would win her maiden and that is what she has done so let's see how she comes home from it. If she's a Stakes filly we'll be happily surprised.
Leopardstown Fri, 26th May, 2017
Camelback He walked around like a lamb here the last day, and we thought it would take a good one to beat him over seven (furlongs). But he came into the parade ring after being tacked up and shouted and roared the place down. He also ran very free to the start which is not him, and I was very worried. He was just too fresh and bold, and he's a big strong colt. It was a good performance from stall 12, and he got a few thumps into him which will put manners on him. We can't treat him with kid gloves now and will have to treat him like a man and get stuck into him. He can only improve and the further he goes the better he'll be. The owner Mark Breen is an Irish/American living in Arizona.