Punchestown Sat, 16th Nov, 2019
The Big Getaway Patrick thought an extra half mile would be no problem and softer ground no problem. He looks a really nice type. He’s probably as big as Douvan, maybe even bigger. We’re going to remeasure him on Monday to find out and he’s certainly one of the biggest horses I’ve had anything to do with. Patrick said he just gallops all day. I’m told that is Patrick’s 600th winner. Just another 400 to go! I'm level with Ted Walsh on eleven amateur titles so it would be nice to add to that. My best total in a calendar year was 74 winners in 2012 which beat the previous best by Billy Parkinson (72 wins in 1915).
Naas Sat, 9th Nov, 2019
Fiveaftermidnight she won a maiden hurdle back in the summer and then had disappointed us a few times. She lost her confidence over fences and Annette that rides her out at home and looks after her has done a super job. We’ve done a good bit of schooling over hurdles with her just to get her confidence back. The plan was to ride her handy coming here today and then when I thought there was so much pace in the race I said to Sean going out to take your time and try and get a little bit of confidence and get her coming home well. That might get her into some of the good mares’ handicap chases later in the year.
Cork Sun, 3rd Nov, 2019
The Getaway Star that's a relief because there was a lot of pressure coming into the race and I said beforehand she was only 80% ready and she looked a bit heavy in the parade ring. She will improve a lot from this and today was the prep race for a Listed bumper at Navan in three weeks time and the fact she has gone and won it is a bonus. She is a good mare. She is a brilliant jumper but she'll stay in bumpers this season and go hurdling next year.
Galway Sun, 27th Oct, 2019
Duhallow Paddy That is brilliant as he was unlucky two runs ago at Wexford when I hit the front too soon on him and I wanted to hang on to him longer today. He jumps great and that's my own first winner over fences. He is the owner Mike Moakley's (from Doneraile) first horse and I rode him in a few point-to-points and recommended him to Mike. He has been in the money every day and is a real fun horse who is really genuine. Mike and the ould fella (William Cronin senior) are friends for years and he'll get a great kick out of that. We have three horses on the go for the track and this fella is our main horse and will continue to mix away between hurdles and fences. Like everyone else we'd love to take a few more horses.
Listowel Thu, 12th Sep, 2019
Getaway Katie Mai Getting her toe into the ground is a big help to her, . She got knocked about a bit early-on coming out of the stalls at Killarney and never got into her rhythm. When I saw the ground here I gave her a squeak but it is a surprise to see her win coming back to a mile - it shows her ability. I'll speak to Frank (Berry, racing manager) but I'd imagine she'll mix it (between flat and hurdling) now.
Tramore Fri, 16th Aug, 2019
Getaway Gorgeous Patrick (Mullins) was happy enough to stay wide on her. Her run last year entitles her to put in a performance like that. I think she'll improve and we'll look for a winners' bumper with her. She had a setback but has come out of that well and she should handle winter ground. She was very keen there so will have to learn to settle a bit better than that but I'm sure she will with racing and with hurdles; she is plenty big enough to go jumping.
Killarney Thu, 18th Jul, 2019
Forgetthesurprise She goes on that ground, and hadn’t run for a while before the last day in Wexford where she was a bit too keen. Niall and Aine were away on holidays last week and got engaged so it’s great to win here. She is for sale and may go back hurdling.
Leopardstown Thu, 11th Jul, 2019
Sneaky Getaway we were glad we had Patrick for a race like that. He wasn’t tied down to any instructions, they went a good gallop and Patrick was confident enough to keep a hold of him and it paid off, as Patrick and Jamie (Codd on Chosen Mate) were the only two travelling off the home bend. We’re delighted with that, and he’s won three races now since Easter. He’s achieved a lot more than our wildest dreams. He may go to Galway and we’ll see what the (flat) handicapper does with him. I don’t think he’ll go hurdling just yet.
Bellewstown Sat, 6th Jul, 2019
Cailean's Angel I train in Conna, right beside Jimmy Mangan and Liam Burke. I use their gallops so I'd like to thank them,. The last winner I had on the track was for the same owners, Backinthere. The Sheehans are a great family to me, they are builders from Ballyduff, and only for them I'd be nearly retired. I mostly break horses but this year I had a handful to run. I had a point-to-point winner that made £155,000. She's consistent, she's been running in good races and hasn't been beaten too far. The last day was a great run in Clonmel. I said coming up 'was I coming to the wrong place' because she ran well in Clonmel. Darragh is a good claimer and he's not far away from me at home. She's in at Roscommon on Tuesday but I don't know about that. She might go to our local track at Mallow on Friday night. We are waiting for this for a long time and we might celebrate!