Curragh Sat, 20th Jul, 2019
Verhoyen I actually wasn't going to run him because everywhere else was getting rain yesterday. I thought it wasn't going to arrive here but luckily there was 7mm last night which kept it good and let me run him,. Rory was very positive on him and I was surprised how well he stuck at it. I thought the draw was going to favour the stands' side but I said 'just go straight' as there was no point trying to come over. The stands' side were a long way back at the junction. I just didn't see any pace in the race and said to my jockeys 'both of you help each other out' as they both like to be handy. I'm surprised how well he stuck at it but he's well handicapped from what he's doing at home and on his two-year-old form in the Listed race. He's shown a level of ability but just hasn't been consistent. He just lost his way a bit last year but sometimes you see that with sprinters as three-year-olds. The Bold Lad could be a target for him. He only ran on Wednesday night so I'll give him a couple of easy weeks now. He deserves it. This would be my biggest winner in terms of prize-money but Texas Rock won two Listed races. It's only my second winner of the year and he's won the two races. I've just no horses, I need horses!
Curragh Mon, 6th May, 2019
Verhoyen When nothing got to me at halfway I was able to coast away, and after Niall (McCullagh on Cruella Dovil) got to me in fairness he stuck his head out and battled to the line. He’s a clever old boy and was saving a bit for himself. I had nice rides coming here today and was confident that they would be running well. You would be hoping to ride a winner or two but to ride three is great. He was due one. He reared up as the stalls opened last time at Navan and was only beaten half a length. He pinged the gates today and I told Billy not to disappoint him. In fairness he battled today which has always been a question mark on him. He was second in a Listed race as a two-year-old so he has lots of ability. He’d work as well as Texas Rock in the morning and is the only one that can go with him. It’s great to get a winner.