Punchestown Sat, 18th Nov, 2017
Forge Meadow That's great. All year she hasn't settled. We wanted to make the running the last time but we knew we probably couldn't. This time we said 'we're going to jump out and settle from the front'. She didn't jump as well in the first part of the race as she was looking around herself a good bit. When anything came to her Robbie said she picked up again, so she's back. She's a highly-strung mare and that's her problem. She'll go for the mares' race at Leopardstown now because she seems to stay all day.
Fairyhouse Tue, 7th Nov, 2017
Jetz He had a lot of problems with his back last year and he still hung badly left the whole way today,. Maybe he'll take a run or two to get his confidence back. He jumped an awful lot better, jumped really well today, and galloped away well. He'd been working well at home and we've been very happy with him. Like a few of ours, we were afraid he might take the run. He took a blow, filled himself, and stayed going again. He kind of half ran away with me for the first half a mile so it wasn't the plan to make it. There was no point in two of us fighting, he wanted to get on with things and he had the experience. He'll definitely stay three miles and he'll be an awful lot better horse going left-handed.
Naas Sun, 5th Nov, 2017
Still Standing He promised to do that in Leopardstown last week, and he was very good there today. I was delighted with the filly as well. She just got a bit tired in the last half-furlong. He (Colin Keane) thought she was going to get to him but then just got a bit tired. It’s heavy ground. They both went on it but they both would prefer a bit better ground. I’d say he will stay a mile and a half and Colm thinks he’s a nice horse.
Thurles Thu, 26th Oct, 2017
Close Shave He avoided all the trouble and there was a lot of it in the race and he did it well and stays well. He is built for the game and the step up in trip helped and I'm delighted with him. We'll see where we go with him now.