Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Madaboy Cross She has been tipping on the door for a while and at last we did it. She was in great order all week and I was expecting a big run. I didn't think she would be happy on that ground but she handled that well and hopefully there'll be a couple more in her. She is a full-sister to Lilshane and the whole family have a quirk; sometimes if you don't go to the start with her she bolts. I don't mind as long as they are winning!. You won't see Lilshane for three months as he has a bruise.
Down Royal Mon, 6th May, 2019
Calicojack That horse has been unlucky, he deserved to win a race. We always thought he wasn't a bad horse but it has taken him a long time to get his head in front. Hopefully he will stay in front now. He's just been unlucky, he has been running in better races. If he's okay and he comes out of it okay he might go on for another little while. He seems to handle the better ground which I didn't think he would. That's Eoin's first winner. He's a nice lad from Cork and he rides very well. Hopefully he can carry on and ride a few more. He's been with me all winter. He's a lad that deserves to get an opportunity but it is very difficult to get these lads going.
Punchestown Thu, 2nd May, 2019
Snugsborough Hall we always felt there was going to be plenty of pace in the race which suited and I was just hoping they came back to us. He’s progressing nicely and was in off a light weight. He came out of the race in Fairyhouse well, and it’s great to win a nice prize at the Punchestown Festival. The lads who own him (Rising Sun Partnership) are real racing enthusiasts and I’m delighted with the way the horse has progressed throughout the season. I ran him before over longer trips to teach him to settle. He’s learning all the time but the handicapper is not going to be too kind to him. He’s pulled a front shoe and hopefully he comes home in one piece. He’s generally a good ground horse, and the way he won there you would be thinking of something like a two miles chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Cork Sun, 21st Apr, 2019
Crossed My Mind I had it in the back of my mind to go back for a hurdle and following his last chase run he was still a maiden, so it made sense to leave him a maiden over fences for next season. It was a nice pot, the race was the right trip and I couldn't believe he went out in the betting, as I thought he had a great chance. I'm delighted to get the win for JP (McManus) and Slippers (Madden) and it was needed! He is a sweet horse and he'll be a grand horse for chasing next season. There is a handicap hurdle over 2m4f on the Saturday at Punchestown but I don't know if he'd make the cut and it will be very competitive. We might let him and bring him back for Listowel next season. This has been a lucky track and I rode a double here on Easter Monday once; I got a puncture between Mitchelstown and Mallow and Tommy Wade stopped to help me.
Limerick Sun, 31st Mar, 2019
Emily Moon That's how she likes it (racing from the front) and that's how she won at Naas. She just couldn't do it at Cheltenham and got hassled and we just have to pick and choose where we go,. She met the last two hurdles on a no-stride but lost no momentum and Paddy was good as he sat quiet and didn't try and make her go and jump it and she fiddled out over it. She is in over 2m4f at Fairyhouse in the mares' novice hurdle and we might go there if the ground is good, she likes good ground. She has won three now and we need black-type which is the next most urgent thing.
Leopardstown Mon, 4th Mar, 2019
Snugsborough Hall it was a lovely pot to win. When you are a novice you have to try and go for these; there will be plenty of handicaps next year. We were dropping back in trip but I always felt that he wasn't a slow horse. He's learning the whole time and probably Clonmel manned him up a bit. I was delighted with the way it went. With four runners it can often be tactical but he had a lovely position and he jumped lovely. We'll see what the ground does now but I'll probably ease off a bit now and wait for Fairyhouse or Punchestown. He wouldn't want it any heavier. The ground is lovely on the chase track. We'll see what the handicapper does now.
Navan Sat, 2nd Mar, 2019
Lilshane He's not a bad oul divil when he's on his A-game. He's very unpredictable but today he was super. He jumped off lovely and didn't even look at us, we're delighted with him. We've an awful lot of work put into him since Thurles, getting him to ride out on his own and taking him to the fields on his own — it's paid off. I hope he stays with that kind of temperament now. I was down at the start myself but I'm too old to run anymore! That bit of rain helped as well. We badly need rain.
Clonmel Thu, 14th Feb, 2019
Snugsborough Hall He is a work in progress and can be hard on himself. On the inside track here it is tight and it is hard to make up ground so we said if we jump out fourth or fifth and if he gets there, let him be there and keep filling him. I was delighted with the way he picked up after the last, having got in tight to it. He was entitled to win and he likes a bit of nice ground. He's a nice horse.
Naas Sat, 9th Feb, 2019
Emily Moon She's improved a good bit and probably dropping back half a mile in trip suited her better as she loves jumping out and rolling. Over two mile you can let her go, you're not worried about the trip. Coming back to two suited her. She jumped super bar one mistake four out, she's good and brave and attacks her hurdles. I couldn't hear in the wind if there was anything coming so I kept the revs up and when I looked around half up the run-in I couldn't believe how far clear I was. It was a good performance. We're delighted to get her off the mark over jumps. She won her bumper very impressively in Cork but has taken a while to get her jumping together. The plan today was to bowl along like she did when she won her bumper. We'll probably go in search of some black-type now. We'll see if we can get another run into her before Cheltenham, she might be one for the mares novice. Kate Harrington, representing