Curragh Sat, 28th Sep, 2019
Make A Challenge He’s improving all season and is showing more and more gears all the time. A lot of people were questioning why we were going back to five and not claiming. I thought we would claim at York in two weeks’ time in the 100 grand handicap over six and that will be him done for the season then. Today was his first day at five and I wasn’t shocked (with the performance) to be honest. He did well to get up the hill in Galway over seven! I’d be hoping he’ll be a Listed horse next year. All my staff deserve the credit. He was tricky in stalls early in the season and they all had great patience. Jamie Joyce did a lot of work with him and Joe Doyle is as good as any professional and will ride a lot of mine going forward. He’s a super worker and great with all the younger staff. He’s a great help to me.
Galway Tue, 17th Sep, 2019
Bashiyr He did it nicely, he is a genuine horse and Chris gave him a good confident ride,. The ground is testing and some of the horses were struggling out there but he battled well. We'll find another race of similar calibre next, maybe over 1m2f. I always say that if a horse wins over a mile on soft ground up the hill at Galway, they will definitely get 1m2f.
Gowran Park Wed, 4th Sep, 2019
Bashiyr he did it well. He ran a good race first time out here and followed it up there with a nice performance. He's tough and he's genuine, he's a nice horse. He put his head down and battled well. We wanted to see how we got on here today before making a decision where we go with him. We'll see how he comes out of the race before seeing where we go.
Curragh Fri, 23rd Aug, 2019
Sendmylovetoyou We're delighted with her. She's a filly with a lovely pedigree. I'm delighted for Michael Enright, he owns the mare and bred this one. He's been very patient with her,. We just had to wait for a bit of an ease in the ground with her. I thought she was ready to start and she came alive well when she got here. I think she'll make up into a smart filly and she'll improve plenty for the run. It's great to have a winning start with her and hopefully she'll go forward. She'd only been on the grass once.
Galway Sat, 3rd Aug, 2019
Make A Challenge He is a real improver and it was a hard one to take off Joe Doyle (Tuesday's winning jockey) but he understood and I told him he could ride Caesar's Comet and he finished fourth and wasn't out of it. It is great for everyone and my parents still own a leg of him and Joey's claim (7lb) was a massive help. Joey came in riding out for me one day and I saw him riding work and you'd know he was talented and he is well able to ride. It was unfortunate we lost Kerosin yesterday and I had a dead arm yesterday but rode out this morning and am grand now. It's been an up and down week and we've had some good results and some disappointments and losing the horse was a killer.
Galway Tue, 30th Jul, 2019
Make A Challenge That was super and it is a great story as Joe (Doyle) rode his first winner for me. He rode out his claim very fast in the UK and went away from the game for a year and a half. He has been riding out for me for a long time and I've been months asking him to get a licence and he wasn't ready for it. Six weeks ago he told me he would take out his license and I said 'drive on' and he had his first ride back on Friday night. He is very light, does well and is in my yard every day now. Pat Doyle (trainer) is his uncle and he is a neighbour of mine at home and is from a good racing background. I bought the horse (Make A Challenge) unraced at a Horses in Training Sale and he took time to come to hand and hadn't been going into stalls. He goes down before every other horse now and has to go in early and have a hood on. He is from a right good family and we had been riding him too forcefully.
Bellewstown Fri, 5th Jul, 2019
Yuften He was the one to beat. We only claimed him a couple of weeks ago and we had no real training done on him, he had had about five or six days on the beach. He was on the beach every day since he ran here the other night. He's a grand horse for these type of races and he didn't run badly in the handicap the other night either. He's not a bad horse and if we still have him we'll run away with him in these type of races, and if we don't then the best of luck to someone who does claim him. We claimed him for a couple of cousins and relations, so it is a local win for them and that is what we wanted. It was great.
Naas Wed, 26th Jun, 2019
Trethias Shane said she just needed that strong gallop. She just loved it and she’ll stay further. She relaxed and did everything right today. Today is the first time she’s put everything together. She got no run in Navan at all and everything went wrong, and then the last day probably things just didn’t go right either. Today everything went right. She had a good break since her last run and we’ll head now to the Oaks (on July 20th). She's beautifully bred as she's out of a half-sister to Dar Re Mi. She'll make a beautiful broodmare. She's now finally done what I thought she could always do.
Down Royal Sat, 22nd Jun, 2019
Invincible Diva She had a great run first time and she did that well. Shane said she tries her heart out. The ground was probably a little bit slow for her but I had to take that chance. She was always in control and is a speedy filly. I hope so (that she is Stakes class). If the ground was good there's a five-furlong Stakes race in Tipperary coming up and she would love to hop off the quick ground. Look she has won now and that is the main thing. Jon Kelly (owner) is based in California - he had Beautiful Morning with me last year and Pincheck with me. This year we have Pincheck back, he went to America and came back. He has six two-year-olds with me this year and we have had two winners and a second so far. He has got some nice ones.
Limerick Fri, 21st Jun, 2019
Yuften Four years ago he was running against Kingman and was entitled to beat them today. The wheels are staying on him at the minute and he'll either be claimed or go back to more Claimers,. He is a little high in the handicap even though he has dropped him down 4lbs, he is still exposed enough.