Navan Sun, 17th Dec, 2017
Rapid Escape He's a good horse. He won't have much more of it this year and we might look at the good bumper at Leopardstown (Dublin Racing Festival). A three-mile chaser is probably what he was bought to be and we like him a lot.
Cork Sun, 10th Dec, 2017
Shattered Love She was very good again and obviously the trip, going back to two miles, was a concern although the ground helped. Jack said she had no problem handling the ground and never came out of third gear. She quickened away from the last and won well. She can only beat what's in front of her but she was impressive. We think she's a Grade 1 mare but she might have to take on the geldings to get that win.
Fairyhouse Sun, 3rd Dec, 2017
Mengli Khan I was disappointed with him last year and said we’d keep him as a novice for this season. He could be a better horse on better ground and is a two-miler which we don’t have too many of. Gigginstown buy big three-mile chasers but it’s nice to have a few of them as well. We will probably have a look at something over Christmas but we’ll get him home after today and make sure he’s in one piece. He’ll stick to two miles, and if everything stays right we have a few nice horses for each of the categories. He’s a big horse and Hugo Palmer did some job to get him to the track as a two-year-old. With the ear plugs on today he nearly switched off too much but he’s a good horse and is learning all the time.
Limerick Fri, 1st Dec, 2017
Suitor It's their (Goldman Racing Syndicate) first horse and it's nice to see a bit of that (enthusiasm); they're all from Kilmessan, Co Meath and there's a heap of them in the syndicate. He (Meehan) said he was flat out early and he jumped great. The further he went the better he got. We bought him as a dual purpose horse and he should be a fun horse and they've had a winner now so they're delighted!
Navan Sun, 26th Nov, 2017
Mala Beach In fairness he is threatening to win a big race a long time. Simon (McGonagle) my head man rides him out every day at home and he had full confidence in him today. He said he'd love the ground and he thought he would go close. It hasn't been easy, it has been a long road and he's done alot of swimming. He was running in a Bobbyjo Chase a couple of years ago and fell at the second last so he deserved to win that today. If it ever came up soft in Aintree he could be an English National horse.
Navan Sun, 26th Nov, 2017
Samcro That was a good performance and he did it very well. Jack said he gave him a bit of light at the third last and he just took off on him. It was nice to see he could do that (over two and a half miles) so we have loads of options. I'd say he will be (better on better ground). I just said to Davy Condon at the start that the one worry I had was that it was his first time on that real, real heavy ground. Most good horses win on every ground and he looks a real nice one. We are lucky to have him. He jumped the last like he jumped a fence but after running in point-to-points you expect that. I don't know if we'll go for Christmas, we might wait for the (Lawlors Hotel) race in Naas (2m4f). He's obviously a horse for next year, whatever he does will be a bonus this year. I thought that was a bit special what he did there, it was class.
Punchestown Sun, 19th Nov, 2017
Jury Duty That was obviously a bit special as Ciaran (Collins) one of the boys that owns the horse is very sick in hospital and they're not sure if he'll even get through the night,. Hopefully he' was able to listen to the race and it'll give him a bit of a lift. He went to school with Robert Power and was really good friends with him. It was a great day for him to win. It's rough for the boys and on his family. He's from Moynalvey and the boys have been with me almost from when I started training. They had a lot of bad ones and a few alright ones but this lad is probably the best we've had. To be honest I didn't care about the result once I won it but I was cheering for the winner. He missed a bit of time before the Cork race and we knew he was fitter today. That was his Gold Cup and if he never wins again it doesn't matter. He's not a bad horse and could be an Irish National horse.