Tramore Fri, 18th Aug, 2017
Potters Point he has been running well all summer and deserved to get his head in front. He was entitled to win it on form and hopefully now after getting his head in front it will give him a bit of confidence. Gordon just said today was the plan and we'll see after that.
Downpatrick Sun, 13th Aug, 2017
Westland Row we were hopeful of a good run but obviously concerned because the trip was a little bit short for him. Davy gave him a brilliant ride, he stepped up going out the last circuit. Obviously he ran well around here before, he jumped great and the drying ground definitely helped. I'd say the last day he would have run a lot better in Galway only the ground turned up soft. Back on this sound surface he jumped well and won well. His jumping won it for him. Everything he does over hurdles will be a bonus because he's a big horse so he'll be a lovely chaser for next spring and summer. Gordon will find another race or two for him before the ground goes soft and then he'll be let off and will be a lovely chaser for next year.
Cork Mon, 7th Aug, 2017
Brutal It wasn't the strongest race in the world but he did what he did and will improve from it and will have to improve going forward. I think he's a nice horse and had a good (flat) rating. I'd have to say a big thanks to Qatar Racing and Sheikh Fahad for sending him to me and it's my first runner in those colours, and I'm not sure if he's had a jumper run in those colours either. Fair play to them and Ger Lyons (previous trainer) recommended that he'd go three year old hurdling to help change his mind a little and a thanks has to go to him as well. He jumped great but Davy said he was a little bit green and he'll come on from it; if fairness Keith Donoghue has done a lot of work schooling him at home. Like a lot of those juveniles after their first run, they will go up or down or stay where they are and we've often had horses that were rated 60 and end up being better than the 100 horses, so it's how they take to it the next day is how you know.
Galway Tue, 1st Aug, 2017
Knockmaole Boy he’s a grand horse and has done us proud this year. He didn’t cost a whole lot and we’re having loads of fun with him. He probably isn’t an out-and-out two miler (over hurdles), he only just gets home and we might run him later in the week; we’ll run him all being well.
Ballinrobe Tue, 25th Jul, 2017
Westland Row He stays well and he's in his comfort zone over that trip. The owners (Caren Walsh and John Doyle) are sporting people, they like a bit of craic, and he'll be entered at Galway (2m 6f handicap hurdle on the Saturday being a possibility),.