Thurles Sat, 21st Mar, 2020
Major Robinson it's lovely for Steven; he rang me before to go to Sedgefield one day and the horse won. He rang me about this lad during the week and I was delighted to ride him for him. He's not too bad I'd say. He's a very very nice horse, he's done his job and he was plenty green enough down the straight. He'll improve nicely from that as well. Steven has done a great job with him.
Cheltenham Tue, 10th Mar, 2020
Imperial Aura It’s a huge relief as the anticipation has been quite high. He’s owned by a big syndicate and it’s great for them — they’ve been very excited. Today has been the goal all season and it’s come off. We’ve felt all along this was his race. We had to run here last time, even though we knew he wasn’t 100 per cent right. We knew he was going to improve hugely ahead of today and he’s gone and done it. I hope he’ll go on to be a graded horse. He is only a baby still and he jumps very well. It was a bold decision to go over fences when he had a very good hurdle career ahead of him, but he’s a chaser not a hurdler.
Cheltenham Tue, 10th Mar, 2020
The Conditional I thought we had lost it at the second-last when he pecked, but that has probably done us a favour, as I said to Brendan don’t hit the front too soon — he gave him a fantastic ride. He is a good horse, but he is still only a baby. I was umming and ahhing whether to run in the RSA. If I’m being honest, I was half-hoping we were going to get balloted out of this, but we got in easy, so I thought stuff it and the betting never gets it wrong. I half-fancied him to run into a place in the RSA, not necessarily win it, which would have made him a certainty for today.
Leopardstown Mon, 2nd Mar, 2020
Lee Valley Legacy Paddy said she kept going the best, from the back of the third last she kept picking up and galloped to the line. She's a grand little filly with a light weight on her back. He said she got through the ground well and it was straight forward.
Leopardstown Sun, 1st Mar, 2020
Wolfofallstreets I thought the handicapper had caught up with him but I’d never seen him in as good a form as he’s been over the last three days. He’s like a horse possessed and has been in super form so it’s nice to come to the races and see it work out. Carol Hogan and Eric Newnham are super supporters of the yard so it’s great for them. There was a race for him in Navan next week but he wouldn’t love it heavy and I thought here would be the lesser of two evils and we got away with the light weight.
Naas Sun, 26th Jan, 2020
Wolfofallstreets We’ve had a lot of seconds since Christmas. The horses are flying but they were just hitting the crossbar. This horse had a nice light weight and he stayed at it well. I thought he got too big a penalty for winning the type of race he did in Thurles. I was delighted with his run in Fairyhouse the last day and I thought the only way we were going to get another day was a light weight and go a good gallop.
Fairyhouse Wed, 1st Jan, 2020
Lee Valley Legacy She kept going, enjoyed the ground, got a handy enough lead and kept picking up. She stays well, is tough and genuine, so that's half the battle. We'll see how she is now, freshen her up, and go again. She's consistent and tough so we'll keep trying with her. She had been running on real winter ground up to this but I'd say she appreciated that easier ground. She's not a big filly, she's small and compact but she'd hardy.
Down Royal Thu, 26th Dec, 2019
Dylrow Neither of my horses [also saddled 11th placed Marinero] would have liked that ground and I said beforehand if we could get into the first six or seven, we'd have run well. Everywhere you looked in the paddock there was quality. I told Jordan (Gainford) to put him to sleep early and to ride a race as it suits you, stay cool. His best weapon is his turn of foot and I told him to keep it up his sleeve for as long as possible. Jordan rode him brilliantly and is going to go a long way. He's a sort of horse that cods you a little bit, you think there's nothing left but there is when you go for him - he has that nice, lazy way as well as two-mile pace. He stays well too and his jumping was superb. He'd want nice ground. We'll take one day at a time but there are plenty of scalps taken today. A lot of the other horses have been to the well and looked good in open point-to-points but when they come back between the rails it can be different. My horse is just as happy here as in the point-to-point, but I never expected him to win.
Naas Mon, 16th Dec, 2019
Rightplacerightime That's a nice early Christmas present,. The form of his last race was very good, very solid. Poor Liam was laid up this morning at the last minute, Barry came in and rode a very nice race for me. It's a family we're very familiar with. He's one I bought and he's from Aine Dubh's family. We know how to train that family.
Clonmel Thu, 14th Nov, 2019
Kalanisi Og Thanks to the boys (Lions Mouth Racing Club) and to Paul (Townend) for letting me ride the mare; I know the owners quite well and a winner now is the same as a winner in April towards the Championship, so it was no harm to take it when the chance was there,. Her hurdling is still novicey but I think it will improve the faster she goes and today we were only hacking around. She seemed to handle that ground, it is deep but quite loose. I'd imagine we'll look for a mares' Listed hurdle next and we could look across the water and see what's over there. The turnout was disappointing but the idea behind the race is a good idea. There should be plenty of mares sold for less than E30,000 and I think when people saw that, it'll grow, and that is the point of it. I don't think it should be judged by its first or second running. Over time it will serve a very good purpose. Today was the first ride I've used this season against professionals (on non-family owned horses) and I have 20 of those rides left until the season ends in April/May.