Punchestown Mon, 22nd May, 2017
Lesley Dawn That was what she was meant to do in the sales bumper but it didn't happen that day!. She was lovely there today. She jumped great, she settled in front and jumped from hurdle to hurdle. She couldn't have done it any easier and was very impressive. She'll be off out for the summer and will come back for the listed hurdle at Gowran at the end of September. She loves jumping, she's done nothing but jump all winter.
Naas Sun, 21st May, 2017
Alpha Centauri The great thing today was she got a bit of an education and she was behind for a while. She was very goo, and when she went she just went. She's so relaxed and takes everything in her stride. She hardly breaks sweat. If she goes to Ascot it would be for the Albany. She's such an easy filly to train and she has some stride on her. I don't think going further will be any problem as the further she went today the further she went away.
Gowran Park Sun, 30th Apr, 2017
Red Label I'm delighted with him. I was worried about the ground. I've only had him a month, and I'm just learning about him. He is a nice horse and we will see where we go from here. I have nothing in mind for him. He has only had two runs and he was moving up in class. I was happy when the ground was good, but the more it rained I was really beginning to wonder.
Punchestown Fri, 28th Apr, 2017
Woodland Opera When I rode him in Leopardstown I said to Mrs Cooper (owner) that he'd win this race and thankfully it's worked out. He loves this better ground and he had his wind tweaked after Christmas and it's made a difference too. He's seen it out real well — on heavy ground he doesn't quite get home. He was the one I really fancied all week. He probably doesn't get home over two and a half (miles) on soft ground but he does on that ground. He just made one mistake at the fourth last but other than that he was foot perfect.
Punchestown Thu, 27th Apr, 2017
Bobabout These distances are getting shorter and shorter. We went from a head to a short-head yesterday to a nose today. It's not good for the nerves,. That was the most amazing run because he was virtually brought down at the fourth last and Robert said it crossed his mind to pull him up. I just couldn't think he could win from there and he got stopped again before turning in. He loved that ground and today was the first day he really jumped. During the winter he couldn't jump off the heavy ground. He had a little blow out on Sunday on the Flat. Again he was very keen on Sunday. He's probably better when they go a really good gallop and he does settle. He'll learn to settle in time.
Punchestown Wed, 26th Apr, 2017
Magic Of Light My children all thought I was mad running her — they all said she wanted soft ground. I didn't think she'd get in — she was number 12 on the ballot list — but when she got in we said we'd run her. It's great for Ryan — he comes down and rides out for me one day a week. I'm delighted for him to get a Punchestown winner. The only time she was in front was at the line, and she probably needs three miles. I've been running her on the wrong ground as all the family want it good. She smashed a pelvis badly in a point-to-point last year and we are lucky to still have her. The vets did a great job and it's all thanks to John Hyde.