Dundalk Fri, 11th Oct, 2019
Tartlette I’m delighted for the lads (Eyeroller Syndicate which includes Niall O’Reilly from Paddy Power). They approached me in the spring and said they would like to get involved so we picked out her at the July Sale,. She’s turned inside out since we got her. I just keep her out in the field and keep her happy. We were quietly confident coming here today. Her half-brother won three over fences and the Champs Elysees’ are known for jumping hurdles so she could go that way next spring or summer time.
Dundalk Fri, 11th Oct, 2019
Heliac It’s a long between drinks with me and Chris. Amourallis was his first big winner and he rode it for me (winning the featured 100,000 seven-furlong handicap on the Sunday of the Galway Festival in 2004), and I think that’s his second winner for me now. She’s a filly I like and you can see the way we protected her. Chris has just said we’ll have great fun with her next year. I’ve always thought of her as a potential Stakes horse but not at three. She’s going to mature over the winter and I’d say that’s going to be it subject to talking to Teddy and the team. I’d like to put her away and look after her for next year. This was a big target to prove whether she was good enough to stay on the team or not. It’s a nice pot to win. She’s still a bit weak but she will stay further. The future is bright for her and it takes a nice three-year-old to win that race. Thankfully the surface is riding well and horses are coming home grand which is the main thing. As far as I’m concerned it’s a Grade 1 track as long as the surface is riding as it should be.
Tipperary Sun, 6th Oct, 2019
Turnpike Trip He looks ok now and we're hoping he will be as it did look nasty (at the final flight). He slipped in the ground and did well to win and was going away again at the line,. It was a good performance and he would have won well, by four or five lengths, only for the mistake. Yielding ground is his ground, not heavy, and we'll tip away in a novice somewhere next. The owners were keen to give Kevin (Brouder, riding without his 5lbs claim) the chance; I said to give him the chance as he got on well with him the last day. He rides him out at home so that means a bit too.
Listowel Sat, 14th Sep, 2019
Turnpike Trip The bit of experience won the day as he's deadly to jump, . He's definitely a lot slicker than the favourite. He'd a very good run in Galway. I thought the ground in Galway was a bit on the fast side for him, and it is lovely jumping ground here. We'll probably keep him going and step him up in grade. He is handicapped on the Flat but we'll probably leave him on the Flat until next year. The owner Peter Acheson is a former Tipperary Football Captain, and the colours are from his club (Moyle Rovers). He is living in Dubai.
Listowel Fri, 13th Sep, 2019
L'empathie She is a progressive filly and improved from her first run. I don't think it was the best of maidens, she was a bit green and idled in front,. She had a good run when she was green on debut and only beaten four lengths, and she's still learning. She is a three year old winning maiden which is valuable for a filly and if the ground was easier I'd have been more confident. We'll go for a handicap next.
Down Royal Sat, 31st Aug, 2019
Dinard Rose She has a very good pedigree, Nina (Carberry) bought her to sell and she didn't grow,. I'd imagine if she gets into the Cesarewitch she'll probably run in it and if the ground was soft it would be a help because it slows the others down and she does go through it. In Galway it was only a mile and six and they went too slow. It was only when I got back and Nina's Ted rang me and said she was still running and he didn't pull her up for three furlongs after the line. She just has one gear and the slow ground slows them up a little bit. She jumps well and I could well see her jumping, I'd say she will have her chance at that as well. The fact she goes on soft ground she will be ideal for it. He's a great kid (Andrew Slattery) and you are buying 5lb having him.
Curragh Fri, 16th Aug, 2019
Brook On Fifth I think Joseph (O'Brien) liked her. It's hard to know how good they are but at the same time when there are that many runners they can't all be useless. She was good. She was still a little bit green when I got there, hanging a little bit both ways, so I think there is a bit of improvement in her but she definitely has talent and I think she's a smart filly. She did it smartly and pricked her ears towards the line. I think you'd have to look at stakes company with her now. Going to those black-type races you will learn more from there, that's definitely the next step.
Roscommon Mon, 8th Jul, 2019
Heliac She’s a brave filly but a green filly. Colin said she’s very progressive and will get further so that’s going to open up a lot more doors,. We’re delighted and if she can progress and get another few furlongs that will help her to try and get some black type which is the main aim. She hops off that ground as well.
Bellewstown Thu, 4th Jul, 2019
Dinard Rose She nearly has us broke at this stage because we've backed her a few times!. All she wants is a trip, she wants two miles actually. She just keeps going and going. We were putting her down as being un-genuine but it might be that she just needs the trip. She'll probably continue on at a distance. Even though she's very small we have schooled her and it's quite possible that she'll run over hurdles early on if she doesn't get sold. We'll try and get a few pounds back with her now if we can.
Tramore Sat, 1st Jun, 2019
Contingency She was grand and jumped well enough. Once they changed pace it took her a while to adjust, but got going then over the last two. When Shark's mare (Mega Mindy) changed the pace up the hill it just caught her out, and it was just a typical novice mistake. She wasn't used to changing speed. She jumped that last two well enough. We will probably try and keep her novice chasing for the summer, if I can find more mares chases especially over a longer trip. I'm hoping she'll improve.