Curragh Fri, 23rd Aug, 2019
Fridtjof Nansen It's great to be back here again. We've been listening all year to people telling us that this horse is a mile or mile-and-a-quarter horse but we thought he had plenty of boot and six was his trip,. Ronan rode him here the last day, when he was fourth in a five-furlong maiden, and said 'lads go to six'. He was committed today and couldn't ride him. Colin just dropped him in and everything went to plan. He's come down the ratings a bit which he probably needed to as he paid the price for having a few decent runs in maidens last year for Mr Oxx. Hopefully he'll win another one and we'll see how far he can go. I think it's taken him a while to come to himself. He hadn't been showing it on the track for us and then there were question marks asked of him but he proved it today. He was in front, I thought, maybe a bit too soon but he got towed there and in fairness he galloped all the way to the line.
Curragh Fri, 7th Jun, 2019
Soffia It was probably a combination of jockey being right and trainer being right,. I wanted to go for this, Declan said she was getting quicker now and five was her best trip. We might have been both right. I think maybe five is her best trip now. I know we won so we got away with it. She was gutsy and in fairness I'd say the runner-up's best trip is seven and that was a help. She's just kept improving. She started off winning a maiden here, tipped along, and has just got better and better. She's owned by a very nice woman (Lady O'Reilly) and trained by a very nice fella!. I'll make an entry for the Flying Five and make an entry for the Sapphire. Declan is mad keen for me to go to England. He thinks she'd love England. I know those English sprints and know how good you have to be. She's won a Group 3 and won a Listed. She's not going to Royal Ascot or anything like that. I think we've a good enough program here, we didn't use to have it. We've the Sapphire on Oaks weekend and the Flying Five. When you've won a Listed and Group 3 you are just trying to raise their CV that little bit more. I can dream - I'm good at dreaming!