Dundalk Fri, 13th Nov, 2020
Blackstone Cliff He's another tricky horse, he can be keen and if he gets a run on you at all he wastes his own energy. Shane gave him a lovely ride and got him switched off. He said he still had a go at him in the early part of the race but he got switched off and got on to the backs of the leaders when they slowed it down. He won well and is a nice horse. He'll probably jump hurdles too and is one to look forward to. We'll get him out again here and hopefully the handicapper isn't too hard on us. He has a turn of foot over that trip but if he doesn't settle he hasn't got it.
Gowran Park Fri, 2nd Oct, 2020
Hannon I wasn’t fully sure why he hadn’t been running well to be honest. He worked very well since he came to us. I’m really delighted to get that for Derek (Kierans, owner) who has been a supporter of mine for about five years and we haven’t had a winner together for a while. The ground came right for him and my mare in the previous race. It’s unlikely that we’ll get that again but you never know. I’m not sure where we will go next but it’s great to get that win today. Rhythm Divine (second to Buildmeupbuttercup in the previous Listed mares hurdle) ran a blinder. Maybe she was flattered to get so close to the other mare but we’re happy to get another Listed place under her name.
Tipperary Tue, 15th Sep, 2020
Blackstone Cliff The owner James Wallace is a very nice man who has been patient with me making a mess of things! He was unlucky at Down Royal and then I stretched him stamina-wise at Leopardstown and the ground was very soft at Cork the last day, and he loves this ground. I was humming and hawing whether to run him as he didn't do a great piece of work during the week, but when you have Colin on your side it is a great help. He stays 1m2f, is big enough to jump hurdles and when we got him he was quite keen and he could possibly make a nice summer hurdler next year.
Punchestown Wed, 9th Sep, 2020
Red Gerry He was entitled to that and it has just taken him a while to learn to jump quicker. He’s been a bit slicker every time he’s run, and I suppose the trainer was wrong to run him over two and a half in Down Royal.
Roscommon Mon, 31st Aug, 2020
Royal Canford Billy jumped her out and set lovely fractions. It’s great for her owner/breeder Michael O’Donnell who didn’t have a winner for a while and has now had two in a week (Huddle Up at Cork last Tuesday).