Ballinrobe Tue, 27th Aug, 2019
Ozzie's Way That was mighty on his first start over fences,. All the family are chasers so hopefully he'll improve a bit for fences. Them races are great (for horses rated 116 or less over hurdles). He's a 112 hurdler I think. I was going to pull him out this morning because of the ground, to go to Bellewstown for a handicap hurdle on good ground. Having thought about it though if he were to win another hurdle he couldn't run in today's race. I just said now was the time to go for a chase when he was down there at 112, and we'll see what the handicapper does now. He could go for one of those rated novices. Andrew gave him a good education - he'll learn a lot from today. It's great for Tim (Conroy, owner/breeder). He hasn't been racing all summer - his wife hasn't been well. He's at home doing all the jobs on his own. Tim has been a loyal patron since I started training. This fella's dam (Stashdeaway) was very good for Michael O'Brien. She was a black-type mare from the family of Glebe Lad who won a National.
Tramore Fri, 16th Aug, 2019
Westland Row We were lucky and that (luck) is the name of the game. We had a horse (Barra) fall at the final fence at Kilbeggan when he was going to win the Midlands National so it goes around. We got handed a race today but we'll take them any way we get them. We got there a bit soon as the plan was to get there going to the last but what could we do! . Six weeks ago if you told me he'd win three in a row I'd have laughed at you but he is after winning a few nice pots now so it's great. He's probably better over hurdles as he jumps better and we'll mix and match with him now in whatever he qualifies for.
Kilbeggan Fri, 19th Jul, 2019
Westland Row Denis gave him a great ride. He put him to sleep and he didn't even know he was at the races,. It was nice for Caren (Walsh), John (Doyle) and Aidan and Kevin O'Ryan, everyone has a share in him. We'll enjoy today now and see what happens after that.
Down Royal Fri, 21st Jun, 2019
Ozzie's Way I would have settled for a dead heat to be honest! It's a long run down from the third last,. To be honest he was a different horse today. It's a pity Tim (Conroy) couldn't be here. He bred him and he is a great racegoer. It is a pity he couldn't travel today. We had a frustrating enough evening as a few didn't run up to scratch so it is good to get a winner. We'll possibly look for a beginners' chase for him, one of those rated beginners'. He jumps well and is from a very good family.
Wexford Wed, 19th Jun, 2019
Cash Me Outside It's nice to get back with a winner after what happened the mare in the first. She would have been a nice mare when we'd eventually get her to settle, but that's racing,. This mare wants a half mile further and she was leaning the whole way with Sean. She was tough after the last, I thought she was going to be collared because the second horse jumped it well as well. She toughed it out well and handled the ground. I said to Sean not to take her out of her comfort zone. He could never take her back and her jumping kept her in it. She'll more than likely go for a handicap now but we'll see.
Punchestown Wed, 15th May, 2019
Hero's Welcome He was due one of them. He ran well at Navan the last day but stopped after the last and I don't know why. It was nice to see him do it today and he did it well. I don't think the ground matters to him, and he should be suited by a fence in time.
Cork Sat, 11th May, 2019
Lost Oscar She’s a cracking filly but I took a huge gamble running her here today as she’s a winter filly. We’ve had her in training all year waiting for soft ground. She’s a massive filly with a big pedigree and hopefully she’ll get a summers break and come back to be a nice filly for the autumn and winter. She has loads of ability and anything we have done with her she’s done well. It was in our mind to go point-to-pointing and then I didn’t want to risk her on the ground. When I came here earlier I walked the track and could see they had done a good job with watering the ground. Derek said it was quicker on the outside, so I said whatever you do go down the inside to mind her. It worked out well and he gave her a great ride. He said she was plenty green but a lovely filly to have for next year.
Gowran Park Wed, 8th May, 2019
True Self she's progressed no end since winning her maiden on the Flat and she just seems to be getting better with every run. She's a nice filly to look forward to during the summer, hopefully. She had a nice blow and I didn't want to be hard on her for no reason. I think she'll come on fitness wise from it.