Listowel Fri, 15th Sep, 2017
Lord Erskine He did it well. He's improving as he's got stronger. He wouldn't be in love with the ground but he got away with it. When they get off in front here it seems to be hard to catch them. He's in at Ballinrobe next Thursday (over hurdles) but he hasn't really taken to hurdles so far. We might be better off keeping him on the Flat and go back over hurdles next year.
Roscommon Mon, 4th Sep, 2017
Benkei He's struggled over hurdles but it's nice to see him winning one. I'd say it was a bad race today but all he could do was win it. He could run in the Irish St Leger on Sunday. There is prize-money for the first eight and we will see how many are left in it and make a decision then. Hopefully he will go for the Cesarewitch. It is in Navan this year which will suit him, and there is a Group 3 in Naas that he will probably run in as well. We will let him roll along now if we can.
Roscommon Mon, 28th Aug, 2017
Ontheiflist He didn’t get a run the other day (at Killarney). The small field and the rain plus Smullen helped. He’s always promised to do that. He had blinkers on the last day and they seemed to upset him in the stalls, so we put a visor on for the first time today. Bernie has been with me a long time and I rode winners for him. He’s a lucky owner. He could have another run on the Flat on that type of ground but the plan is to go hurdling. He’s schooled nicely.