Bellewstown Thu, 29th Aug, 2019
Flooring Porter He was one of the highest rated in the field so he was entitled to make the frame anyway,. I thought they went very hard. He was last going past with a circuit to run and he was struggling to lie up. It just kind of fell his way as they went too hard and he outstayed them. They weren't a great bunch so we won't be getting too excited but it's great to win.
Downpatrick Mon, 26th Aug, 2019
Finding Joy I haven't been here for a good few years now. I saw the race and I said 'gees I'll have to go to Downpatrick and I'm driving the lorry myself'. I felt I had to come and when I saw the entries I really had to come and when I saw the weights I had to go now anyway and it's great to come and win. I was leading trainer here for monkeys years. I used to love coming here and I was coming here to win 60 quid; Frankie Fitzsimmons said 'youself and Christy Kinane kept this place going for years'. It would be a long trip home if you didn't win. I came up here one day and one refused to start and I had to go all the way home again, I only had one runner. She will probably go to Listowel for something similar. The way she jumps she will jump a fence. She will win one over fences and she will win over hurdles again. If she improves from five to six, next summer could be very good. I always thought she would win a bumper and she didn't win the one day I really fancied her in Wexford - the ground was patchy and she didn't handle it. I always felt she wanted a three-mile bumper!
Ballinrobe Mon, 12th Aug, 2019
Le Hachette She has to be trained from the field and she's one that's given us all sorts of problems,. We were going to give up on her but she has a brilliant pedigree and we said we'd point-to-point her. She could have won all three days in the points but she eventually got there one day at Longford in a bog. She had a run in Kilbeggan to put her spot-on for this.
Kilbeggan Sat, 10th Aug, 2019
Finding Joy I thought she'd win a bumper and went to Wexford with her and put blinkers on her which was the makings of her as it sharpened her up,. She is always behind the blinkers at home and since I put the blinkers on her she has improved. She ran well in a maiden at Killarney, was keen the whole day and has just got better. I wanted better ground today and was worried about that but Trevor gave her a good ride and that's his first winner for me. He was with me all last winter and the previous winter.
Roscommon Tue, 9th Jul, 2019
Chasing Abbey If I had ducks they would drown!. They are all running well but something always seems to be happening. Here the last day a horse broke his leg near the line and Roachdale House was cruising there in the last (before unseating). This lad looked like he was never going to win and he's won so you don't know. He was very green. He jumps brilliant at home. I think he'll improve but he's just not a natural hurdler. He jumps great at home. I might try him in cheek-pieces, it's hard to put on after winning but it's only for jumping. He lacks that little bit of sharpness over jumps but it will comes. We might find a novice handicap somewhere. He might go for a novice as there would be less runners and he might learn a bit more but it's probably too good for him. He's had his wind done since the last day when he gurgled. He didn't do anything right then and jumped terrible over the wooden hurdles. He's used to them hurdles and jumps them better but he needs to get better with his jumping. At home you couldn't fault him. He's a nice little horse and his form in bumpers last year was steady. We all had a few quid on him. I had a double with the other lad so that would have been great!
Roscommon Tue, 11th Jun, 2019
Goodnightngodbless She was just beaten by the bob of a head the last day in Wexford and got her just reward today. She missed a couple of weeks after Wexford as she got a nasty cut on her knee so that’s why we were so long getting her back on the track. Darragh was brilliant on her and gave her a super ride. I told him she might be caught for a bit of toe early doors but she stays well. She seems to be a stronger filly this year, and last year she was a bit immature. We’ll see what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks and pick something out.
Wexford Wed, 5th Jun, 2019
My Peggy she has just been a filly that has taken time. We fancied her a bit at the start but just wee niggly things have held her up. She has just started to come together recently with a bit of age and maybe she'll pick up something else at this same level. She'll probably go for another handicap now if she is not sold. I train in Banbridge, Co Down and work as a farrier. I only have a few horses as a part-time job.
Kilbeggan Sun, 2nd Jun, 2019
Don't Let Go That was super and a great pot to get with her. She's been in and out a bit but I'd say she's better over fences. She got caught in a bit at Downpatrick and Sligo over hurdles and didn't enjoy it. She'd a great run in Punchestown the last day which gave her a bit of confidence, and the small field today suited her. That's a hurdle and chase won with her now but I'd say she'll definitely stay chasing now. Ricky gave her a super ride and I just told him to go out and ride her with plenty of confidence, wait all day, and he did that. He's a very good 5lb claimer and a great lad in the yard.
Punchestown Wed, 15th May, 2019
The West's Awake The owners (Mrs John Magnier) have been very patient as he hurt himself when he fell in Killarney last August. Ger Kelly in Fethard Veterinary did a great job as he had a chip in a bone in his hock. He was supposed to run in the Festival at Punchestown but when we schooled him he overreached himself and he couldn't run. He was off for about a week and I thought he might be a bit short today but he jumped himself there. He was probably the only horse that jumped well. Hopefully he'll improve and he'll probably end up in the west at the end of July. He might go for the Galway Plate qualifier in Kilbeggan.
Punchestown Fri, 3rd May, 2019
Longhouse Poet He's done nothing but please us since we got him. He won his point-to-point well and he jumps really. Derek liked him so he recommended him and he's a good judge. I only have him since February and he's really thrived since I got him. He'll go jumping in the autumn and he's a real winter horse really. He handled that ground nicely and he's a lovely horse to look forward to.