Roscommon Mon, 10th Jun, 2019
Piper Bomb I knew she'd like a bit of juice in the ground and she had been the bridesmaid here twice before. She blew up in Gowran the last day and I knew she'd come on from it. She is a low grade handicapper and we'll find something else before the year is out. She is belonged to a group of lads who have been with me since 2006 and I trained the dam (Distant Piper) who won six or seven races. They bred her themselves so it is great.
Curragh Fri, 7th Jun, 2019
Nitro Boost I kind of did it backwards, when she was placed the last day in the Listed race she went up 10lb,. Billy (Lee) was keen to ride her but I said 'she'd have 9-10 there, I'll have to take some weight off because she's only a small filly'. Nathan is riding well and gave her a lovely ride. She quickened up nicely and when the horses came to her she quickened again. We'll probably go to Ayr for a three-year-old only fillies race there on the 22nd. The Land O'Burns Stakes.
Naas Sat, 11th May, 2019
Plough Boy He was dropping back in grade I suppose but he's a very genuine horse. He gives everything and is easy going. Whatever happened in the stalls wouldn't faze him. It's great to get a win back on the board with him. He won at Ayr last year so we'll probably send him back over there for a nice pot. We'll campaign him in and around that and also look at Bellewstown which is a local track for the lads. That's 13 he's won now and he's won 10 for us. He's been great, he's such an easy horse to train and I wish we had a few more like him.
Gowran Park Tue, 9th Apr, 2019
Stormy Belle The tongue-tie seems to be working,. We had her in the Curragh and she worked well but that was it. We came here as we had to make a start and this race looked lovely for her. I said coming here that if I finished in the first three I'd be very happy as it was a good race. You could go somewhere to gallop but it was €18,000 for going and running. You couldn't even say that's she's better fresh as she ran twice in Galway and would have won the second day if she had got out. She ran a week later then and won. She's just improving with age. She didn't go in foal last year and we had it down to the final days but when we got her checked she wasn't in foal. We'll look for a similar race if I can come across one. We'll see can she up it and we want to get a bit of black-type if we can. She's nearly entitled to get a bit, to be placed or whatever. That was good because she gave a blow going to the line and still held on, there is improvement in her.
Leopardstown Sat, 6th Apr, 2019
Lady Kaya Everyone kept asking me about her, and what a bad tipster I am. I was really worried about her staying the trip on the ground,. At the back of my mind in the bits and pieces we've been giving her I wasn't sure she was going to stay. I said to Robbie today to just let her jump and travel and keep her together. He said it was like a piece of work and that she'd blow harder at home. She has Guineas entries and I was really worried she wouldn't stay the mile but the way she won that you'd have to go for the Guineas. Well done to Joanne because it was such a brave move to hang on to her. I'm so lucky to have her and everybody at home has done a great job. They knew just not to talk to me this morning! The other horse that was to run (Breaking Story), I was really looking forward to running him, had a stone bruise so the yard was a bit quiet this morning.
Dundalk Fri, 22nd Mar, 2019
Annabelle Rock She's on the up this filly,. She's all heart and she's very versatile, she's after winning over five, six and seven. I think six is her best trip. I hope the handicapper doesn't kill her. She's tough and everything that battled with her she battles. I think there might be something here for her next month so we could come back here and then tip away with the grass. I think she'll improve again and hopefully it will keep going. Tom Heatrick owns her, he's a north of Ireland man, and I think that's his third winner in the last couple of weeks. Ty Rock Brandy also won last week for him. He's after having a great season up here during the winter and hopefully it will keep going.
Dundalk Fri, 8th Mar, 2019
Annabelle Rock we were a little bit worried about the trip but she had very good form here behind Beau Warrior, a good filly of mine. She's a gamey little filly and I knew she'd run a big race. I'd say six furlongs will be her ideal trip and she's a real fun filly. She's a home-bred so it's great for Tom (Heatrick) to breed a winner. There was basically only one horse going to beat her, and that was Joseph's (O'Brien's 4/7 favourite and third-paced Vhagar), otherwise she was weighted to win the race.