Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Madaboy Cross She has been tipping on the door for a while and at last we did it. She was in great order all week and I was expecting a big run. I didn't think she would be happy on that ground but she handled that well and hopefully there'll be a couple more in her. She is a full-sister to Lilshane and the whole family have a quirk; sometimes if you don't go to the start with her she bolts. I don't mind as long as they are winning!. You won't see Lilshane for three months as he has a bruise.
Down Royal Mon, 6th May, 2019
Calicojack That horse has been unlucky, he deserved to win a race. We always thought he wasn't a bad horse but it has taken him a long time to get his head in front. Hopefully he will stay in front now. He's just been unlucky, he has been running in better races. If he's okay and he comes out of it okay he might go on for another little while. He seems to handle the better ground which I didn't think he would. That's Eoin's first winner. He's a nice lad from Cork and he rides very well. Hopefully he can carry on and ride a few more. He's been with me all winter. He's a lad that deserves to get an opportunity but it is very difficult to get these lads going.
Punchestown Thu, 2nd May, 2019
Snugsborough Hall we always felt there was going to be plenty of pace in the race which suited and I was just hoping they came back to us. He’s progressing nicely and was in off a light weight. He came out of the race in Fairyhouse well, and it’s great to win a nice prize at the Punchestown Festival. The lads who own him (Rising Sun Partnership) are real racing enthusiasts and I’m delighted with the way the horse has progressed throughout the season. I ran him before over longer trips to teach him to settle. He’s learning all the time but the handicapper is not going to be too kind to him. He’s pulled a front shoe and hopefully he comes home in one piece. He’s generally a good ground horse, and the way he won there you would be thinking of something like a two miles chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Cork Sun, 21st Apr, 2019
Crossed My Mind I had it in the back of my mind to go back for a hurdle and following his last chase run he was still a maiden, so it made sense to leave him a maiden over fences for next season. It was a nice pot, the race was the right trip and I couldn't believe he went out in the betting, as I thought he had a great chance. I'm delighted to get the win for JP (McManus) and Slippers (Madden) and it was needed! He is a sweet horse and he'll be a grand horse for chasing next season. There is a handicap hurdle over 2m4f on the Saturday at Punchestown but I don't know if he'd make the cut and it will be very competitive. We might let him and bring him back for Listowel next season. This has been a lucky track and I rode a double here on Easter Monday once; I got a puncture between Mitchelstown and Mallow and Tommy Wade stopped to help me.
Limerick Sun, 31st Mar, 2019
Emily Moon That's how she likes it (racing from the front) and that's how she won at Naas. She just couldn't do it at Cheltenham and got hassled and we just have to pick and choose where we go,. She met the last two hurdles on a no-stride but lost no momentum and Paddy was good as he sat quiet and didn't try and make her go and jump it and she fiddled out over it. She is in over 2m4f at Fairyhouse in the mares' novice hurdle and we might go there if the ground is good, she likes good ground. She has won three now and we need black-type which is the next most urgent thing.