Punchestown Sun, 10th Dec, 2017
Sizing John First run of the year you are always nervous. I wasn't worried about the heavy ground going two and a half miles but he was super. The mistake at the second fence woke us all up and he jumped super after that. He's a super jumper and it's the first time he's made a mistake in all the races that I've been training him. He doesn’t mind heavy ground, not going two and a half miles, it's just going three miles would bottom him out a fair amount. I don't know where he will go next. It's always one race at a time and I'll have to talk to a few people before we decide where we go next. The one place he will turn up all things being equal is in March, and what we do between now and March will depend on the horse. We might go to Leopardstown or the King George or we might miss Christmas all together.
Thurles Thu, 30th Nov, 2017
Jett He has been promising to do that but he doesn't really like that heavy ground and we'll probably bring him back to two miles. I'm delighted with him and the faster they were going the better he went and was jumping really well. I'd like to go to Leopardstown (over Christmas) with him as we've a chance of getting nicer ground. He's a big horse and she (dam La Noire) is some mare. Gerard (McGrath, owner/breeder) says he has another foal left from her.
Thurles Thu, 23rd Nov, 2017
Billy's Hope In the spring when I was running her (over fences) she was jumping terrible but I did a lot of schooling with her and she got her confidence at Punchestown the other day. She started badly at the beginning but the further she went the more confident she got and it showed today. The fences are nice at Punchestown and are lovely here but I didn't think she'd beat the favourite myself but she is a good mare on her day. She is not really in love with very soft ground but as she has got older she has got stronger. We'll try and get black-type over fences somewhere along the line.
Punchestown Sun, 19th Nov, 2017
Woodland Opera It's great as there are a lot of the Coopers (owners) here today,. I probably got his trip right for the winter ground. I don't think he gets any further than two miles on heavy ground. He does go on it but I kept running him over two-and-a-half and he doesn't get it. Over the winter he'll stick to any two-mile handicaps or whatever. He'll have run out of his novice career now because he wouldn't go two-and-a-half at Fairyhouse. We'll probably find something for him over Christmas. It was lovely to be able to get into this race because he's rated 150 or something rather scary like that. I'm not sure where we go but we'll find something for him. He'll probably have to go to Naas like his mother (Opera Hat)!. It's great to get him back to winning ways and I think the trainer probably made a bit of a nonsense by running him over too far on soft ground. As he's gotten older he gotten stronger. He jumped well and he battled very well today.