Down Royal Thu, 17th Dec, 2020
Billaway he seemed to hit a flat spot again today and then came back on it although his jumping is getting much quicker. In Cheltenham last year we weren't losing ground, but we weren't making any ground at every fence whereas the winner (It Came To Pass) was. I think the extra experience he has this year will shorten the gap, hopefully. I think he is still improving and I think he is a better horse this year than last year. I think his jumping is getting slicker. That's what he needed to do, so he is doing it. There's no Leopardstown, so he'll go to Thurles at the end of January.
Clonmel Thu, 3rd Dec, 2020
Mary Frances The brother Michael, who was 63 yesterday, rides her out every morning - he'll often say to let the young lads ride her and I'd say 'no, you know her' and she gives 110 percent every morning and at the races,. We are mad to get black-type into her but all those mares races are over 2m4f and there is no three-mile black-type race for her unless she takes on the geldings - unless she goes over fences. If myself and Sean Flanagan had our way she'd jump fences but I don't think John (O'Mahony, owner) wants to. I'm delighted for John because they had some misfortune lately and Mary Frances is named after his mother. I'm delighted for the O'Mahony family as it is a big boost for them and I hope they're smiling. God only knows what she'll get after today and if it was really soft I wouldn't mind going back to the Galmoy Hurdle again next year - she wants bog. we must be the only yard who ride out with lights - we start every morning at 5.30am and have them finished at 7am and then I go to work in Coolmore. We installed seven or eight floodlights and we have 12 riding out.
Down Royal Fri, 30th Oct, 2020
Chemical Energy Jamie (Codd) is mad about him and he has a great attitude,. He’s only four and a baby. We might just leave him for the spring and some of those better bumpers. I liked the way he stayed there, he is a real stayer. I think faster ground will suit him. He might not be a horse for heavy, heavy ground but all those festivals you don’t want heavy ground.
Punchestown Tue, 13th Oct, 2020
Sixshooter He’s been very slow maturing and hopefully will keep improving. He actually grew since last spring and is still quite young so I presume he will stay over hurdles. His jumping was poor last year and he had a problem with ulcers.