Navan Wed, 7th Oct, 2020
Inflection Point He's got bundles of ability and probably the key is to run him in a race where he can travel that bit better as he got taken off his feet a bit the last day in the Curragh,. He travelled smoothly today and won in spite of himself. His head carriage is a bit high but you can't knock him as he's won his maiden and ran off 85 here and won. I wouldn't mind having a few more like him. He'll have no problem stepping up to six. Shane has rode him twice and won twice so he has the key to him.
Cork Wed, 9th Sep, 2020
Loch Lein she is a lovely filly and we've always thought a lot of her. She has a massive frame and is thriving on her racing. She has entries in the (Group 1) Cheveley Park (at Newmarket) and there's a race at Fairyhouse (Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes) for her but we'll let mum decide and whatever she does this year, she'll be a better filly next year. Shane said she hated the soft ground the last day and I was worried about the ground being too quick today but she handled it really well.
Curragh Sat, 22nd Aug, 2020
Make A Challenge That was impressive. I wasn't expecting that, to be honest, I was expecting Speak In Colours to give us a right test and probably beat us. I thought we were always better over five but that is his ground. There aren't too many horses that would live with him on that ground, he just motors through it. This was only a stepping stone to the Flying Five here on Champions Weekend. He's in Tipperary during the week in a Listed race. We don't work him much at home. He's been coming here, picking up prize-money, and using races to step to another race. We just feel he's better fresh like that and he's had a little break, I'd say he's really freshened up well. This time last year he came alive and hopefully he is coming good again. There is a good program. There is the Flying Five, the l'abbaye and Champions Weekend at Ascot. We'll look at the three of them. It's great for Joe as well, he's having a good run of it. Hopefully it keeps raining and if the horses keep running like that I'll be happy. I wouldn't say Battaash is unbeatable but he's going to be very hard to beat. You'd be disappointed that A'Ali didn't show more as he beat us here but that was on better ground. Obviously we are better on this type of ground.
Cork Sat, 8th Aug, 2020
Pearls Galore She is a handy filly and I was a little concerned about her carrying that weight but I thought this was the race for her and I hoped she'd win it. I think it is hard on a filly to step from a maiden straight into a Stakes race and I felt she could be competitive in a handicap. I haven't thought past today but the aim would be to try and win a Stakes race with her. She is nice filly and I'm thrilled she did what she did.
Limerick Fri, 17th Jul, 2020
Pearls Galore She is a nice filly; we have had her since January and she came from France. There is an unusual story with her as her grandam (Group 1 Prix Vermeille Stakes winner Pearly Shells) was bred here at the track by Lord Harrington. She is Lord Harrington's back pedigree and is coming home to win her maiden. I'm very happy for her to win her maiden and we'll see how she comes out of this.
Curragh Fri, 10th Jul, 2020
Make A Challenge It was good to see him back. The last day was a bit of a mess. A few times we rode him too forward over six including Champions Day at Ascot last year. It was very easy to say that Joe was there too soon but he doesn’t like to be held up. It was more me than Joe last time as I decided to change it up. I left it to Joe today and he told me he’d get it right. To be fair he had to battle and he did. I thought he was beat but he stuck the head down.