Cheltenham Fri, 13th Mar, 2020
Saint Roi It’s what you dream of, you come here and one winner is all you want. It’s brilliant when they keep coming. There’s no doubt about it, it’s a privileged position to ride such good horses for good people and it is a pleasure. It’s a fun game in this sport, I enjoy it. I enjoyed that a bit more than the last one (fortunate victory in Triumph Hurdle). It was a proper race — he is a good horse. We were very lucky to win the last one. Barry is riding out of his skin. I said to JP on Monday evening we might have one for you. This fellow did a lovely bit of work during the week and I think he said to me he wouldn’t back him in case he stopped him. He did what he showed me in his final bit of work the other day, which was way better than before, and Barry executed the job fantastic. They all arrived down at the second last with fighting chances and you wouldn’t know which one to back. He is better than that, but he was handicapped nicely — I thought we had enough ammunition for the Supreme, but there we are.
Naas Sat, 8th Feb, 2020
Aione I think the conditions of the race suited and the two-mile-and-three trip. We were lucky enough to make use of that,. Today he looked like he wanted fences straight away. We'll see where we go between here and novice chasing next year. I'd imagine he'll go for the final of this at Punchestown, that's what he'll be aimed for. The trip and going right-handed there will suit him. I wouldn't say he would go to Cheltenham as this final would look an easier option for him.
Leopardstown Sun, 2nd Feb, 2020
Asterion Forlonge I'm surprised and I'm delighted. I had him down as a two-mile-and-six or three mile horse. The last day he won at Naas was a mile-and-seven. I had a three-mile horse down in Cork and he got beaten so I said to myself 'now I've this fella in the wrong race over two'. It looks like I'm wrong and he's a two-miler. He has a huge cruising speed and I said to Danny 'go out and make the running, you're not making it for our other two you're making it for yourself so try and get the fractions right'. He's never fast at home but he obviously covers a huge amount of ground and can keep that gallop up for two miles flat out. Looking like that he looked like he could be a Supreme Novice horse and that was the furthest thing from my mind three weeks ago. We'll see what happens. I think this fella can stay, I think he's easy enough to ride. I always had him down as a stayer. If the owner has something else for the Supreme we can chat it out.
Naas Sun, 5th Jan, 2020
Asterion Forlonge It was a nice positive performance from him. I think he'll want much further in trip and I'll be going out in trip with him now,. I'll probably look for a novice hurdle over two-and-a-half miles rather than two miles.
Tramore Wed, 1st Jan, 2020
Saint Roi He didn’t jump the last day and I said to Paul to have him nicely warmed up before the race. We worked on him since and it must have worked as he jumped very well,.