Limerick Tue, 1st Dec, 2020
Ballyshannon Rose This was the race we were hoping to win the whole time as it's Aaron's first ride over hurdles - not too many have their first winner on a first ride over hurdles,. We rode her out on Saturday morning, did a piece of work on Sunday and she was great so we said 'why not'. She was immature but is a smashing horse. It is always in the back of your mind to get black-type and if she could sneak into a mares Graded handicap, we could be in business. She is a chaser so the choice will now be to either stay hurdling or go chasing. I wouldn't like to go chasing at this time of year, because they are very hot and the owner wanted her as a chaser, so we'll discuss plans and see.
Thurles Thu, 26th Nov, 2020
Ballyshannon Rose She had very good runs in bumpers and lost her way; she unseated going to the start once, then wouldn't go to the start and for some reason this year she seems to have settled and has grown up. I have the privilege of riding her out every morning but she is actually perfect at home; it just took time for her to settle down and to grow into herself. Fair play to the owner (Mr Hughes) as he has had patience with her and has never annoyed me because with a big mare like that, you can't rush them. She is a smashing mare and is in an amateur handicap, for my son Aaron to ride, at Limerick on Tuesday so we'll see how she comes out of this.
Down Royal Sat, 31st Oct, 2020
Battleoverdoyen He ran a great race and I'm delighted. He's a good horse and I'd say we were going too far with him at the end of last year. I'd say two and half miles for him, something like the John Durkan and Samcro could go there too.
Wexford Mon, 26th Oct, 2020
Andy Dufresne It was a good performance and very straightforward. He got close to the fourth last both times but apart from that he was very good. Speaking to Mark (Walsh) he said we could step him up in trip so I'd imagine he'll step up to two and a half miles the next day. I'll talk to his owners now but I'd imagine he'll go for something like the Drinmore. It looked like he was going better at the line than he was two out so I'd say a step-up in trip will suit him.
Cork Sun, 18th Oct, 2020
Streets Of Doyen He is a nice horse and has just taken time to come to himself. He has learned how to race now but doesn't do much unless he is asked and Philip (Enright, on Friary Rock) rode a lovely race there from the front and it didn't suit our lad but I think we had the better of him at the last. You could see coming up to the line he wasn't doing a whole lot in front either. He has a big engine and is exciting and likes good ground so I might put him away. He could be a Pertemps (Final) type horse in time and there's also the three mile handicap at Fairyhouse in Easter too. Not too many win three in a row. Simon (Torrens) is riding unbelievably and is worth his 5lbs claim all day long so I'm using him a good bit.
Downpatrick Fri, 9th Oct, 2020
Beacon Edge He couldn’t have done it any easier. We’ll have to talk with Eddie and Michael (O’Leary) about whether he goes over fences or stays over hurdles. . I suppose we didn’t learn a lot there other than the fact he is well and that he jumped brilliant. Sean said he didn’t really handle the track that well and when he was in front he was a bit lairy. If he stays over hurdles he will go for those conditions hurdle races. I think two and a half (miles) might suit him better and I’ve felt that all along. He can be dragged into a race rather than sort of push it a bit over two miles. It wouldn’t be beyond a possibility that he will go chasing now, we’ll see. He’s a gorgeous horse and a beautifully-made horse. Nicky Richards bought him and sold him and Nicky was crying because he had nobody to buy him. It was killing Nicky to let him go. He won a bumper in Ayr and Eddie and myself loved him. . We had him racing twice recently and took him out as we were afraid of the ground. . It is a testament to Richard (Lyttle) and his team here that we were not afraid to bring him to Downpatrick. This racecourse has improved so much in the last few years. It’s a credit to the team.
Sligo Wed, 5th Aug, 2020
Bua Boy he made hard work of it; even though he won well in Galway he still had a race so we'll take our time now and we'll probably park him up until Listowel. Donagh gave him a lovely ride, he didn't panic when he was under pressure down the bottom. He needed every yard of the trip and wouldn't have won over two miles here today. He's a chaser in the making.
Galway Thu, 30th Jul, 2020
Bua Boy I've really enjoyed it and it's hard to let go. I really enjoyed that,. I have more things going on nowadays. It's gone so busy at home and there are days when I can't think what's going on as there is so much happening. I wouldn't even know I'm riding sometimes. It's going so well. The only reason I could do this so long is because I've got such a great team at home. I couldn't have stayed riding for so long if I hadn't had that back-up behind me. My parents have been a massive help. I talked to them once or twice about doing this and they said keep doing it if you enjoy it. I do enjoy it but I have bigger commitments nowadays and there are plenty of good lads riding there. I though he could win but you never know until everything goes right in the race. I like Galway and always did. I always trained everything for Galway. I thought if ever there was time to go and leave the job, it was here at my favourite track. I had a good career, I wouldn't say outstanding but I rode lots of winners and this was probably my Cheltenham. I'm happy to concentrate on the training job now. We have a lot of good Flat horses. Mick Halford will be happy as he's been telling me for years 'give up that riding craic'. Ted's been telling me and Ruby hinted at it once or twice. It was my decision and I'm looking forward to the future now.