Navan Sat, 20th May, 2017
Celebration It was great and we're very happy with him. We expected him to run well on the best of his English form. He's been very straight forward at home. He came in later to us, in February, and got a good old break after coming from England. I was told he had a good freshen up and to take him and play with him and see what he was. This race presented itself and he was ready to go. I would say five or six with him and ground's not a problem to him. He just seems to be very straight forward. We're after winning first start and are just hoping to build on that. It's great for the Gaelic Thoroughbreds club. It's there first winner and I hope it's the first of many. They have three older horses, two of which have run and hopefully we'll win with them. Then we have three two-year-olds. It's the first venture for the group of lads and it was set up by David Spratt. It's fantastic. Our yard is not known for syndicates but it's a nice way in. Instead of having one horse they've six horses and they will have action all year around. That's the whole idea of it. David is good at buying these horses in training and I'm good at the two-year-old's so between us we should give them plenty of fun.
Curragh Sun, 14th May, 2017
Mawaany I'm delighted with him. He's another one of David's super purchases that he has been finding. He won his maiden in January and we knew we wouldn't risk him again on that surface so we waited and waited. This is a nice place to start off and hopefully we can rise up the ranks into a premier handicap. He'll get a little bit further and that's where the improvement will come from hopefully. That ground is beautiful after the rain came. A lot of the horses we ran this weekend probably wouldn't have run if the rain hadn't come.
Curragh Sat, 13th May, 2017
Elegant Pose she is a sister to Brendan Brackan (a prolific and Group 3 winner for the yard), and is highly thought of in the stables. We started her off over a mile and we think she will get ten furlongs. She doesn’t want extremes of ground, and Colin said the rain that came has left the track riding beautiful and it suited her.
Curragh Sat, 13th May, 2017
Black Sails she’s a lovely raw filly and I think the world of her. I was planning to start her off in about four weeks time but I took the view that the winners races were not filling (just six horses ran), and if there was a winner in the race he wouldn’t give her a penalty and the fillies allowance.
Cork Sat, 6th May, 2017
Sandstorming we’re happy with that as we couldn’t wait any longer to get him away from home, because he does nothing at home. He’s bone idle and he wants a minimum 1m4f but was as fit as we could get him at home. He’ll come on buckets for that, Colin said he handled that ground but obviously he won’t have a problem with a little ease. He has a bit of class but does nothing at home and was gawking when he hit the front today. He’s a kind natured horse but we had to bring him here to do some work and we’ll look for a handicap now.
Navan Mon, 24th Apr, 2017
Lightening Fast It's nice, we trained the dam (Lightening Pearl). We thought last year that he was that type of horse and Colin rode him in Naas and said to bring him back to a mile. He has pace for the mile and better ground and then this race just fell. It's nice to win your maiden before you do things like this but with the prize money on offer today (29,500 to the winner) you are breaking your maiden for that prize money. It's not to be sniffed at. The race just cut up nicely for him. A mile and a quarter he'll get. He loves the good ground. Anywhere between eight and ten furlongs we'll be campaigning him and we hope he progresses into a Listed-type horse for the dam. I think he has to improve significantly to do that. Everything just fell right for us today but it's nice to be able to cash in.