Gowran Park Sun, 5th May, 2019
Khafaaq The ground is probably as quick as he'd want it, he wants soft ground so it's grand to win a race. A couple of lads in Kevin Prendergast's told me he was going to the sales so we bought him for £5,000. They said he was a nice horse but he had his problems. The reason we ran him so quick was because I thought we'd get a bit more for finishing second the last day in Limerick. We only got 2lb so we took our chance. He does want soft ground so we'll wait. He's a replacement for Dinkum Diamond, who is retired now. He cost €240,000 at the Orby as a yearling. The lads liked him in Prendergast's and Chris Hayes was complimentary. They said he's a nice horse but wants soft ground. We've a race won now for the lads so we can wait a while and see how we go. If we have a wet summer we could have good fun.
Dundalk Wed, 17th Apr, 2019
Sundance Star She was lugging a bit right with me up the straight but she kept going well and got to the line well. She might progress off that and hopefully there is another day or two in her. When the boys were walking the track (inspection after the first race), the softest part seemed to be on the inside. We were going to be coming up the middle anyway. Romanised ran a good race at Naas. I could have pulled him out at the top of the straight and given him a hard race but I rode him for a little bit of luck and let him progress. He’s run a hell of a race giving 5lb to Le Brivido and only beaten a neck. We were happy with him going into the race and we were even happier coming out of it.