Punchestown Sat, 4th May, 2019
Benie Des Dieux I thought there was upset on the cards for a minute. Stormy Ireland ran a cracker and she was just getting away from Paul, he wasn't cruising past her like I thought he would,. Paul said to me that he felt the ground was drying up every minute and that she just wasn't relishing that ground. She got the job done. She didn't want to get down and gallop on it. It's just been an extraordinary dry winter, I know they've put a lot of water on it but you just can't replicate having a months rain. We'll see how she comes out of it. The French race comes up very quick but we'll see in the next week how she gets over that. We'll have to look at the French Champion Hurdle. She's done nothing all year so maybe a bit of hardship mightn't do her any harm at this stage of the game. There seems to be more prize-money for her over hurdles and I wouldn't go back chasing unless we got real winter ground next season. Unless there are real good prizes I don't think there is a necessity to risk her over fences. Stormy Ireland is so brave. She's so small, she's only about 15-3, and there's nothing of her but she has a heart as big as a lion. Hopefully she'll get a real good reward one of these days. She'll definitely go back to France, maybe the Prix la Barka or something like that will suit her.
Punchestown Wed, 20th Feb, 2019
Allez Dance she looked like a nice mare but has had her problems. We’ve run her quite fresh and I wasn’t expecting her to be that good but she obviously has natural ability. In France it seemed the more she ran the worse she got, so I said I’d run her fresh and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that she could win a contest like that. I hadn’t really thought about it before today but we might give her an entry in the mares novice hurdle at Cheltenham. That’s what she would have been bought for two years ago.
Naas Sat, 9th Feb, 2019
Pravalaguna It was a nice performance. The mistake seemed to wake her up and she galloped on away at the end so she can go two or two-and-a-half, I'd have no trouble going an extra half mile with her again,. The Arkle is a possibility. I know the connections would like to have a runner at Cheltenham, no more than myself. She's also in the JLT so both are a possibility. We didn't think she would survive her fall in Auteuil (June 2017). She's made a great recovery and has won her last couple of races now.