Navan Sat, 28th Sep, 2019
Theatre World It seems to be suiting front-runners today. It's the best he ever travelled, he was just a happy horse today,. Luke gave him a great ride and got the fractions right in front. He just enjoyed it all the way, the ground is good and he stacked them all up behind him and had another go. He's a very consistent horse but hadn't travelled very well in his races and that's what has let him down, but today he travelled great and he'll be a lovely horse over a fence. It's great to have a winner at Navan at the start of the season. I'd say he wants a bit of nice ground, he mightn't go on heavy ground but we could get well into the start of October to mid-November before it changes too much. I'd definitely keep him going when he's in that sort of form. It's great for the Monroes. Rob Monroe is here, his father John died in the summer and he bought this horse. There are loads of memories attached to him. He's after getting off the phone to his mother and she's crying at home. A horse like that keeps the memories going.
Downpatrick Fri, 27th Sep, 2019
Tecumseh Sherman he's bred by Eamonn (Duignan, owner) himself and is a half brother to Barker. He just had little niggly issues all his life and he has only come right this year and he probably needed time to mature. He has a very good attitude and stays really well and he is a helluva jumper, so we are looking forward to him going hurdling. This was probably going to be his last chance in a bumper. We felt we didn't get the best out of him in Bellewstown, we should have made more use of him. He has thrived since his last run. Declan (Lavery) said he loved the ground today. We know he goes on fast ground. I think the test of stamina was the whole thing, he said he was always in his hands. I'd say we will see the best of him over two and a half miles.
Galway Fri, 2nd Aug, 2019
Minella Beau I thought Paul got two fine jumps out of him at the final two fences - the 'mooneen', and both times he got lengths and that was the whole difference,. The second horse put in a huge performance to make the running and we just beat him and if the second jumped the last two as well as we did it would have been a different result but we were lucky enough on the day. Being Annette Mee's horse, a lot of his year revolves around Galway and he'd have to improve a lot to get into the Plate next year. That will be his target next year if he goes up in the weights.
Cork Fri, 12th Jul, 2019
Peregrine Run This race was never the plan - the plan was to go to Leopardstown (for a flat maiden) but they changed the rules for the Amateur Handicap at Galway and now a horse has to have run three times on the flat to qualify, so I said I'd stick him into this race and see. It worked out a great opportunity and he was in great form. He has been plenty busy but he is taking his races so well. He is loving it and will now go straight to Galway. He'll be entered in the Plate and the 3m hurdle on the Saturday. We'll see what happens and hopefully he comes out of this race well. I'd love to win a flat maiden with him this year as his easiest options over jumps are now all gone.
Wexford Fri, 5th Jul, 2019
Peregrine Run He’s an unbelievable horse for the yard. Full credit to everyone at home for keeping him sound and right. He runs on hard ground day in and day out, and he’s just a sounder and happier horse this year. He might be entered in the Galway Plate, and if the ground is quick he could go there. He’s in at Leopardstown next Thursday and I’ll see how he is. I’d love to run him on the Flat as it could give us an option for Galway. If he happened to win it could give him a nice mark for the amateur handicap. Our best chance of good ground in Galway is probably the first few days. He has a nice mark over hurdles and there could be a nice day in him over hurdles if everything goes well and he stays healthy.
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.