Sligo Sun, 14th Jul, 2019
Mandarin Monarch the race just worked out ideally for him and the two of them (leader Roachdale House and chasing Mandarin Monarch got a handy enough lead. Things haven’t worked out quite as well as we would have hoped this summer but that’s probably the most valuable race he’s won. There is a good bunch of lads involved, they are all from Galway so he’ll be rolling on to the Festival probably for a staying race on the Flat. He’s a horse we claimed for E10,000 and he’s after winning five for the lads and it’s their first ever horse.
Downpatrick Fri, 24th May, 2019
Manomine we knew he liked it around here and it is horses for courses especially around here - I think this owner (Jimmy Matthews) would nearly buy a house in Downpatrick!. It was quite a big surprise (that he jumped well). This is why it has taken us so long to come hurdling because his jumping has been awful. His maiden hurdle and all he was absolutely appalling. He was different class today and he seems to be enjoying himself. Whatever Kate Kelly did in that Punchestown charity race, we have to thank her!. Maybe in a better quality race he could settle in. He just has a big long stride and he just seems to be enjoying himself (out in front).
Downpatrick Fri, 10th May, 2019
Manomine We were actually about to give up on this horse four or five months ago. He just lost his way and he was getting 10 years of age. Kate Kelly rang me and said 'could I get a ride in the (charity) race?' and I said 'yeah no problem'. We basically pulled him out of a field four weeks ago. He bolted up in the charity race and I turned round to the owner Jimmy (Matthews) and said we should enter him up just in case over hurdles. He worked really well on Wednesday and has sparkled into some sort of life. He has plenty of back class. As they always say form is temporary and class is permanent. He's in on Tramore on Tuesday and Clonmel next Thursday so I say he will turn up for either one. Last season was ouR best season by far. Not a bad start to this season, it's only our second runner. We have an open day next Saturday. It is more to do with trying to introduce people into racing. We are about to launch a racing club and we are moving forward. Those are the same colours that won the Ulster National. The syndicate is Jimmy Matthews and his family.