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.