Punchestown Sat, 14th Jan, 2017
Fintara Sally Rowley-Williams owns Special Tiara and that’s the first winner she’s had in Ireland in over four years as Special Tiara has only won in England. This filly had a nice run first time out and then had a wind operation after she ran in Naas. It seems to have done the trick. I was taking a chance running her today because she was a bit undercooked. It was a mares race and the next mares bumper was at Fairyhouse on the inside track. I just prefer this one. That’s the reason we came here and it paid off so it’s great. I’m delighted as it’s my first winner for Sally and she has a couple of other horses with me, so hopefully it’s the start. I’d say we’ll head over hurdles. There is a Listed bumper, she might run in that, but I’d say we’ll head on over hurdles. She’s only just turned five now and she’s a nice mare. Better ground would probably suit although Kayf Taras go on anything really. As she gets stronger she’ll go on softer ground. She’s a biggish mare.
Punchestown Sat, 31st Dec, 2016
Supasundae We took a chance. Robbie got off him the other day and said he wants two and a half. He seemed to come out of the race okay,. He jumped much better today, and the run in a handicap the other day blew off the cobwebs. I think he likes that niceish ground, and doesn't want it too heavy. That's the good news. The bad news is that Sunni May has died of a heart attack. He just went out yesterday for a short canter and had only gone about 150 yards when it happened. That's the ups and downs of racing.
Leopardstown Wed, 28th Dec, 2016
Thirsty Work The inside track at Punchestown didn’t seem to suit him the last day and he never really got into a rhythm. He jumped great today after the first couple, and it’s great to have a winner here for JP. We’ll find something similar for him.