Limerick Sat, 12th Oct, 2019
Miss Myers She was mad in season a few days before her debut run and I thought she had gotten over it but she ran flat. She had won a barrier trial and I thought she'd win that race so we patched her up and came back here today. She's proven what she does at home, she beats everything at home and she is the best of my two year old fillies. It was no surprise she won and she won her barrier trial on good or good to firm, so she'll go on any ground. She is a big raw weak filly and will get 1m4f no problem next year. I believe she will be a black-type filly, she has a good pedigree and whether she gets black-type this year or next year I don't know. It depends on herself in the next few weeks.
Dundalk Fri, 20th Sep, 2019
Simsir He travelled like a nice horse the whole way and Ronan said he gave him a lovely feel. It was his first time on the surface, under the lights, and only his second ever run. They are hardened seasoned horses. He wanted to try and teach him something and come between them. He picked up well and just in the last 100 yards he said he was a bit green. He's just one of those horses that keeps his best for the track. We'll see where we go now and see what marks he gets. He has the size and scope to do it and only has the two runs. There is probably more to come from him.
Roscommon Mon, 2nd Sep, 2019
Liars Corner He showed no ill effect from Down Royal and he’s a strong stayer on this ground. I’m delighted as he lost his way a little bit last year after he won in Hamilton but he’s been much more consistent this year,. He might have bought himself another year as he was on the shortlist to go. He’s been placed over hurdles as well so there is probably a future there for him. I’m having a good few days (third winner in the space of 72 hours).
Killarney Wed, 21st Aug, 2019
Camorra I like Killarney and I said I'd rather have runners down here as it is my mid-term break,. He is a nice colt and we put him in the Beresford Stakes this morning, even though my rule is we don't enter until they've earned it; they have to win to qualify in my book. We thought he'd run well and Colin said he was a bit clueless when they came around him and instead of bullying him he, let him find his own way and put his head in front on the line. He is a nice colt who I didn't expect to run until October as he has next year written all over him.
Roscommon Mon, 19th Aug, 2019
Scorched Earth He did his best to throw it away!. It was a great ride. We dropped him into a handicap as we'd given him enough chances in maidens. How far could he have won, or should he have won. Shane said he was looking at the screen but I said if it wasn't the screen it would have been something else. I don't know how he's managed to stay a colt, he's a full-brother to Washington DC. He's managed to avoid the dreaded cut all summer. I'm normally quick to do it so he's obviously quiet at home. He's won, he likes the soft ground and there is plenty of interest in him to go the other route (jumping). He loves that ground, the softer the better and he was just dossing. Colin would have been unlucky to have gotten his pocket picked but the horse didn't help him.
Roscommon Mon, 19th Aug, 2019
Sherpa He always worked nicely enough at home and he was a little bit disappointing on his first two runs, maybe he's just a little bit of a slow learner,. I thought he done it well today, he was green when he got to the front. I wasn't sure about the ground the last day at the Curragh, I thought he wanted better ground, but he seemed to handle it better today.
Tramore Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Zoffalee That was brilliant. It has been a fairly profitable week for him now, that's two nice pots that he has landed,. I suppose we will have to head to the Lartigue (at Listowel) with him after that. He went up six for the other night so you'd imagine that he will go up something similar again. I don't think he is too far ahead of the handicapper anymore. The Lartigue is worth so much we’ll have to give it a go. We've only had six horses to run over jumps for the summer and four of them are after winning six races. If every summer was like that we'd be happy enough. Hopefully we'll squeeze a few more out of them before it's over. There was a bit of a cut in the ground Ballinrobe but he probably wouldn't go on heavy. The Lartigue will probably be the biggest pot that he will ever run in in his life so we might take a chance on it anyway. regardless of the ground.
Ballinrobe Mon, 12th Aug, 2019
Zoffalee It was a nice pot for him to win and he's entered at Tramore on Thursday,. He might go there for the same money under a penalty. If he's okay in the morning that is. We were tempted to go to Galway with him. However after his run in the Ladies Derby we said we'd keep him for this good prize and he obviously likes Ballinrobe.
Bellewstown Thu, 4th Jul, 2019
Lady Scathach It was very tight. I thought she was nabbed. I think she was headed and came back again,. Luckily enough they did a great job watering the track and she doesn't want it too quick, I'd say the softer the better. She's a tough filly and the nice handy weight there helped. Niall is riding with great confidence. He gave her a great confident ride and said he felt all the way that once he got the run he had plenty there. She made it difficult in Gowran as she hangs left. When she won first it suited as they came up the stand's side but going left-handed would definitely suit her better. We'll tip away and keep her going as long as she's well.
Curragh Fri, 28th Jun, 2019
Albigna She got there in the end. Shane said she was outpaced throughout the race and she'd never been so fast in her life but when she got going she was good,. Her class got her there. I thought she was going to be nowhere but then suddenly she took off. It's very bad for my heart!. I've got some nice fillies and I'm very lucky to have them. We'll find races for them. She'll definitely step up to seven, she's not going to go six again, and even at the end of the year she might go a mile. She's in the Moyglare. They are lovely fillies and they will all be three-year-olds, they are bred to be three-year-olds - which is great. I took the punt on Monday and supplemented her. I hadn't got her in this as it had actually closed the day before she won her maiden here. It was money very well spent and it's great when it works.
Naas Wed, 26th Jun, 2019
A New Dawn She had a good run the last day and the drop back to six seemed to suit,. She's very tough, very genuine, and gives it her best shot. She's a nice little filly. I'd say that was a fair maiden, the second filly had form in Listed races, so I'd be hoping she'd get black-type.
Tipperary Sun, 23rd Jun, 2019
Killourney He is a big honest horse who did it well in Gowran and did it well today. Bill said the track was a tiny bit tight for him and he'll come on from that. Pat Grogan from Killourney owns and bred him (as part of the Rachra Partnership) and they have a better looking half-brother by Kodiac to sell this year!
Cork Fri, 14th Jun, 2019
Who's Steph It was very straightforward and he is rated 97 so you'd expect him to be winning his maiden like that. He hit a flat spot turning in and I thought 'what the hell' but Colin said to go further and said he ran to his rating,. I'd have gone a mile with him but Colin called it right and said to go 10 (furlongs). I take no credit for it as I'm lucky to be in the right place - Adrian (Keatley, previous trainer) found and sourced the horse and bought a cracking horse and has done a grand job with him and we've just brought him along quietly. It's not nice circumstances but that is horse racing. He is staying with me and I seem to be gathering Hong Kong-based owners at the minute, rather than selling to them. It has been 20-odd years of selling to them so it is nice to have it this way around. They are lovely horses to have and most trainers will train these horses to win and I am lucky with my team of horses at the minute.