Fairyhouse Sat, 16th Jan, 2021
La Chanteuse We've always thought plenty of her. On her first run back at Down Royal Ben rode her and he was disappointed with her,. She probably really needed it as she blew up half way around. She came here today and obviously has come on a good bit from it. JJ gave her a good ride and it's great to get it, they are hard to win. We were disappointed not to get a bit of black-type with her in her bumpers. We didn't sell her, and she's owned by my mother, so there is a bit of extra pressure on. She's entitled to take her chance in a better race. We could go across the water for a novice but at this point in time we'd probably be trying for a bit of black-type.
Navan Fri, 18th Dec, 2020
Pino Boy That's absolutely brilliant. We were half questioning whether we'd run him because of the ground,. It worked out great and Liam gave him a perfect ride. He just got boxed in the last day here and couldn't get out. He had a wind operation a while ago and it's just taken him a while to get the confidence that he was able to breath again.
Naas Sat, 21st Nov, 2020
Barnaviddaun he’s a fun horse for Pat and Laura (Graffin, owners) and it’s great to win this. I won this race with Oscar Knight (in 2017) and it’s a lovely race to win. we were disappointed that he got 6lbs for (finishing second) the Red Mills race; he ran a cracker in it and I was wondering if he was good enough to come here.
Gowran Park Fri, 20th Nov, 2020
Cluan Dara It’s a long time since he won his maiden hurdle in Fairyhouse but he’s had injury problems,. My daughter Gillian was second to Samcro in a bumper on this horse. He had some good form but had tendon issues. He’s a half-brother to The Little Yank.
Tipperary Tue, 20th Oct, 2020
Sweet Sting You can't beat breeding; she is not exactly an oil painting, is a small, simple little mare with crooked front legs. If we put her in the sale as a three-year-old she'd make nothing but people forget it's what is in the heart and in the head that counts. It doesn't matter that she has windey action and isn't the biggest as she can still come up with the results. She is a serious mare on that ground and jumps like a buck on it and has a lot of reserves. She is improving and hopefully will keep improving.
Downpatrick Fri, 9th Oct, 2020
Rubiana Rubiana came to me a year ago and she has been second and placed. She seems to love it around here and JJ gave her a brilliant ride. She did it really well. I expected her to run well but when I looked up and saw she was favourite I wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t know if the trip would be ideal but there was nothing else for her coming up. The ground suited her perfectly, it didn’t suit her last week in Punchestown and went against her. I have 16 in at the minute and I’m in Dromara, Co Down — only 20 minutes from here.
Tipperary Sun, 4th Oct, 2020
Sweet Sting She's an exceptional little mare, a great stayer,. I was a little afraid of the ground, it's lively enough out there and she needs it softer. She got away with it. We'll try and find another handicap for her and hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on her as she's not really built to carry weight but her determination got her through today. If she turns out as good as her mother (Sweet Kiln) I won't complain. Brian (Hayes) rode a tremendous race on her and judged it to perfection. She likes sitting off the pace as she panics when there are horses behind her, so you just have to drop her out. It took us a while to find that out about her. Maybe in time she'll learn to settle in front but at the minute we have to drop her out in her races. It's about time I trained a winner, at one stage I thought I'd never train another winner!. I'm relieved as I thought there was some curse on me. Hopefully there are more to come. I'll have a glass of wine when I go home and celebrate in style.
Clonmel Thu, 3rd Sep, 2020
More Info She had different conditions to Galway and while Patrick (Mullins) got to dictate things in Galway, we got him to dictate things for us today; he is a nice man to have on your side in those races. We persevered with bumpers as she had run well against so many good mares and I'd imagine we might try and nick black-type over hurdles at some stage. She is from a good family and for a Scorpion her mind is very right; I'm delighted for (owner) Tim Conroy who has been with me a long time, is a great patron and a nice man.