Leopardstown Thu, 13th Jun, 2019
Royal Illusion King's Theatre mares, they're not making them any more unfortunately!. I think the ground was plenty quick for her and I was doing my best not to get her off the bridle for as long as I could. She travelled very well but didn't let down on the ground and I wouldn't be afraid to come back in trip. More give in the ground would also see her in a better light. She has Listed-placed black-type in bumpers and it would be great to get it on the flat too. I'm sure she'd also jump a hurdle in time too as she has schooled. Softer ground is what she needs.
Punchestown Wed, 12th Jun, 2019
Peregrine Run He’s some horse to have in the yard and there are plenty more in the family coming along. There is a conditions hurdle in a few weeks’ time that he could go for. I doubt if he’ll go for a Galway Plate with a mark of 157. If Listowel came up quick he could go there for the Kerry National. There is a handicap hurdle at Galway that he might go for as he’s got a mark of 139. Unless it rains he’ll stay going as his races take nothing out of him. He’s very ground dependent and even today his jumping wasn’t as quick as it was in the handicap. I’d love to get a handicap mark for him on the Flat.
Ballinrobe Tue, 28th May, 2019
Peregrine Run I honestly thought coming here that he was in better form than he was going to Killarney and I couldn’t believe the price (14/1) he was. It’s great for Kevin and he gave him a great ride. He’s a lovely horse and the quick ground here today really suited him. He minds himself and just barely puts his head in front. I don’t know what he’ll go for. There is a conditions race in Punchestown in a couple of weeks, and I have entered him on the Flat in Listowel. He’ll be busy over the summer as he takes his racing well on the good ground. I’d love to have a handicap mark with him on the Flat and go for some of the nice handicaps with him because he doesn’t lack a bit of toe. I’d love to say he’d go for the Plate but the ground often ends up being too soft for him at Galway. The few times he ran there he ran bad. If I thought the ground was going to be quick I’d love to go there but I doubt it. He’s some horse to have and I got some buzz out of that win today.
Killarney Mon, 13th May, 2019
Peregrine Run It's great for Kevin as he has had issues and is back working with me for three or four weeks. He has his head down now and fingers crossed he can go on from here and get back to where he was a couple of years ago. He is a great rider and hopefully every thing goes right for him now. He will be a big asset for the yard,. He had an operation on his wrist at Christmas and today was his first day back; he was going to start back on Saturday and I said to leave it to today as I had Peregrine and Room To Roam (in the opener). Also a big thanks must go to the owners for giving Kevin the spin.