Down Royal Sat, 24th Jun, 2017
Gustavus Vassa He's a lovely horse. He's a horse I've been waiting on for a while. He's very big, very backward and raw,. He's always showed a great attitude, we've always liked him and we just waited. It's only this last month that we thought 'yes it's coming'. There is a good deal to come. He showed a great attitude and Chris gave him a great ride. I told him he's going to be inexperienced and you're just going to have to deal with it in the race. He left him alone and it was a great ride. He battled well. We always thought this would probably be his minimum but he's not short of toe. They are lovely people that own him and they've been very supportive. We'll see now where we progress from here.
Downpatrick Sun, 18th Jun, 2017
Scotch Beg That's the first time I've met Helen (Mooney) but she gave her a super ride. She was spot on where she was supposed to be. She ran well at Clonmel and didn't really find. Apparently there was a lot of rain which I would say maybe deadened her pace. She likes the good ground and travelled sweet as a nut (today). It was a good run-in, I thought anything could happen on the run-in. Downpatrick has been very lucky for me. I haven't had that many National Hunt horses over the last year or two. We have won bumpers here. The last bumper horse I had won here about three years ago. She has had a tough campaign. We were going to leave her off for the autumn but you never know, the plans could change. She might have hit a sweet spot. She is a very honest mare owned by people (Bill MacKenzie and family) who have been great supporters of mine this year or so with this mare. It means an awful lot to them so I'm delighted.