Dundalk Tue, 3rd Oct, 2017
Panther Soul They are two nice horses and both are in partnership with the same guy, JP Ledwidge. They are just horses we had to take time with, horses that need a trip. We didn't think that they were more than just ready so I'm actually delighted with that performance. There should be a lot of improvement. Conor was very impressed and said there is a heap of improvement, so time will tell. They pulled well clear and I'm very pleased. We'll have to see what the handicapper does but after beating an 85-rated horse he might even turn up in the Carlingford Stakes (October 13th) although that is a mile-and-two. I don't know and time will tell us. It's a pleasant surprise as I didn't think either of the two of them were ready enough.
Downpatrick Fri, 22nd Sep, 2017
Scotch Beg the whole focus of what I’ve been doing in recent times has been to give myself dual-purpose (flat & jumps) capacity. I used to train national hunt horses and had plenty success at it and enjoyed it but we evolved more into flat. Now I’m trying to move towards dual-purpose and it allows the yard to continue all year around. There’s a great interest in national hunt up here which you have to be able to cater for. In recent times, we refurbished my original gallop and we built a new seven furlong gallop which gives us three different gallops to use. It allows us every option for every type of horse and at my recent Open Day, there seemed to be positive feedback and we’ll see what comes out of it. This (Scotch Beg) is my only jumper at the moment but we’ll have some three year olds who will convert to hurdlers.