Navan Sun, 16th Feb, 2020
Cracking Smart He was very talented as a novice and he didn't reach the heights which we were all bemused by. He travelled quite well but you just weren't sure what would happen when he came off the bridle but he was very good. It is great for Cracking Smart to win it but he is probably going to be overshadowed by Tiger Roll. He (Cracking Smart) is entered in some of the handicaps at Cheltenham and maybe the softer ground could be the key to him too. I thought he (Tiger Roll) ran a brilliant race - he jumped and Keith (Donoghue) said he travelled everywhere. He thought after three out he was going to win. Down to the second last he just had a blow then and rode him hands and heels to the line. I told Keith to follow them around and if you beat one or two home I'd be thrilled. I thought there was a lot of pluses to be taken out of the race and once he is okay in the morning, that is all we wanted. He said he pulled the arms out of him the whole way and we can look forward to the Cross Country race now. Cheltenham is the plan now and he'll go to Cheltenham next week or the week after to have a pop around. We'll take a lead-horse with him and he'll also have another racecourse gallop and that'll be him. We are thrilled with Tiger Roll and once he is alright in the morning it will be all systems for Cheltenham and all being well the Randox Aintree Grand National.