Dundalk Fri, 18th Sep, 2020
Monzoon He had two lovely runs in maidens this year at the Curragh and Gowran but then ran on soft ground in handicaps at Cork and Punchestown,. He’s really a good ground horse and one for the all-weather. We did fancy him today and Mark gave him a great ride. I would love to keep him as he’s progressive and still only a three-year-old. I think he’ll be better with a bit of time. The key to him is the ground and I think he’ll stay a little bit further.
Leopardstown Sat, 12th Sep, 2020
Could Be King It's a very important weekend, so it's good to get on the board. It was a good performance off 101. We got up to 104 after his first run for us in a Listed race, but that reads well now as Ancient Spirit won that. The last day Chris (Hayes) was adamant that the ground found us out in Naas. I had him down as myself as a horse that wanted soft ground, incorrectly as it turns out. Maybe it was a bit tacky in Naas. That was a very good performance and Billy gave him a good ride from a difficult draw. He angled him out in the straight, so he had a clear run of it. The horse got a bit of confidence and went to the line well. We think he can win a Listed or Group 3, but it'll be next year before we find that out. If things go his way he could be capable of mixing it in that kind of company next year.
Naas Wed, 22nd Jul, 2020
Could Be King That's great. He's a horse that had very good form for his previous trainers (Patrick Prendergast and John Oxx) but he's obviously had his problems and missed a good chunk of time. He seems to be in good form now and had a very good run for us first time at the Curragh. We were delighted as he finished third in a Listed race on Derby weekend. We ran him back at Fairyhouse but for some reason he just didn't perform. Sometimes after a long lay off the second time they can be a bit below par. That was more like it and Billy said he was very tough when he needed it. He ground it out well. We're delighted with that and hopefully he can build on it. He has a high rating and it might not be simple to place him. Something like the Concorde Stakes maybe as he does handle very soft and heavy ground. That could be a long term aim but we'll try and find something in between. I'm very pleased with that, getting his head in front again. The conditions of the race worked well today.