Killarney Fri, 23rd Aug, 2019
Ballyoisin We definitely thought that on his first run since Christmas there'd be a question mark about his fitness,. He just buzzes around there though. Darragh said he was only a passenger but his five pound helped. Killarney is this fella's track - that's for sure. Darragh also won the big one on him - the 100,000 Euro hurdle - at Listowel last year. We may go back for that but he'll be entered for the Kerry National as well. He stays well. He was on fire today - always in command. I thought we'd finish third or fourth and I'd have been over the moon. I'm over the moon and the stars with that. With the bad mistake Darragh said he was just a passenger and going too fast. He's a typical one of those fast chasers - he just wants to get on with it. The idea was to sit in third or fourth but anyway there you go!. There's no complaints when you win - it means you're doing something right!
Killarney Fri, 23rd Aug, 2019
Brahma Bull He's a big horse and might have needed it (when beaten by Robin De Carlow last time),. He was straightforward there - he made the running and stayed galloping - you couldn't fault him.
Killarney Thu, 22nd Aug, 2019
Movewiththetimes It was a confidence booster and we'll head to Listowel now for either one of the novices or the Kerry National. That was just what we really wanted,. In Galway, Darragh (O'Keeffe, jockey) said he jumped the fence perfectly but didn't get out the landing gear. He was on song today. He was second in a Paddy Power at Cheltenham so he knows the hurly-burly and it's not that he is a real novice. I don't know whether or not we'll take the safe option (in Listowel) before putting him into a big one again but they don't get any bigger than a Kerry National. He stays really well and Barry Geraghty, when I spoke to him before the Galway Plate, said to have him up there as he'll get home. He just didn't get the rub of the green in England and on the first day for us. I'll be pointed in the right direction by Mr McManus and Mr Berry!
Killarney Tue, 16th Jul, 2019
Glint In Her Eye Sometimes it is hard for those mares to carry a winners' penalty and she has gone and done her job. She has a bit of pedigree and will probably go and run in a maiden hurdle from here. She'll rattle off that ground all day and is a typical Presenting.
Wexford Wed, 19th Jun, 2019
Buttevant Lady The owner (John Hutch) had a tenner each-way on her at 100/1,. She disappointed in two point-to-points on bad ground. She had a little wind operation and that seems to have worked. Her dam is out of a full-sister to Synchronised and is by Sadler's Wells. It's great to get a win with her, she wasn't worth anything beforehand and now she is worth a couple of pounds.
Wexford Wed, 5th Jun, 2019
Shawshank we don't know what happened him the last day, maybe it was the big screen that caught his eye. Sometimes the big screen can change and flash and maybe it was that. He is in no way cowardly and is a very good jumper. From doing nothing only jumping fences, he went over hurdles like he was a professional and I was delighted with how he hurdled the last day and he never missed a beat today.
Ballinrobe Tue, 28th May, 2019
Blazing Emily It’s been a great day and that’s a good end to it. I’m feeling quite old as I rode her mother (Blazing Tempo) to win a bumper for Willie Austin ten years ago and she won the Galway Plate for us afterwards. This mare hasn’t been easy to train at home so I was a bit worried about her fitness coming here. We’ve had her a while but she’s had little issues here and there and we’ve finally got her right. I didn’t want it to turn into an end-to-end gallop, so I just set steady fractions in front and natural ability has done the rest. It’s great to get a winner for Kenny Alexander and I’d imagine we will try to find her some black type somewhere. I’m not sure if I will get her for a winners’ bumper but I’d like to!
Tipperary Thu, 9th May, 2019
Brahma Bull All credit to Brian as none of our usual jockeys were sticking their hands up to ride him as his schooling hasn't been fantastic and he is keen and he hangs. Brian deserves huge credit and rides out in our yard every week. He has a big engine but hasn't been easy to train and isn't easy on himself. He is awkward but Brian got him into a good rhythm. We'll step him up now and the way he travelled he could come back in trip. We'll find a novice chase for him now.
Wexford Sat, 27th Apr, 2019
Uisce Solas That was brilliant, it's my first double on the track. It's great for her owner Anthony Murphy who had put a lot of money and time into her. She was a bit leery when she hit the front but she had plenty left. She is in at Punchestown next Wednesday. If the owners want a day out we might chance it because it wasn't an overly hard race for her today. We might be able to get black type with her. Her sister wasn't beaten far in a black type race two weeks ago. Tommy Kiely, John's nephew, owns the broodmare and they look a decent family. The mother was very decent and bolted up in a 30-runner bumper at Navan.