Killarney Wed, 21st Aug, 2019
Darver Star After he won the last day I rang Sandy Shaw (handicapper) to tell him he had been very hard on him and had it out with him but have to apologise now. I didn't think he was that good so I'm obviously delighted,. I can't wait until he jumps a fence, he'll be a lovely horse over fences and please god he stays right and he'll go chasing shortly. He doesn't want knee-deep ground and doesn't want it too soft but will race away for the winter.
Bellewstown Fri, 5th Jul, 2019
Aasleagh Fawn She was a little bit disappointing the last day as I thought she would nearly draw in Ballinrobe. The owners are local, so it's great to win for everyone. I would think so, definitely (jump a hurdle). We went to the Flat with her because she wasn't big enough but she is now.
Down Royal Fri, 21st Jun, 2019
Donacheady Gale I remember his dam (Aboo Who) winning the good hunters chase in Thurles. His dam was champion mare for a year - she was a very, very good mare,. He's a Kalanisi horse and I bought him in the Sales for small enough money. He had a drop in the Sales and just didn't look himself. I bought him off a friend of mine Will Delaney for small money. He's a gorgeous, big horse and he could be anything. He's a lovely horse. He was showing us that at home. Finny (Maguire) was mad about him and said 'John, you have a real, class horse.' He said he would be disappointed if he doesn't pick up a winners' bumper. We'll probably go for a winners' bumper next. He won well and we are delighted with him.
Cork Sat, 11th May, 2019
Pilgrim Way He had two bad legs but he’s come right now. They have done a good job on the ground and that’s what he wants. Frank McNulty (owner) has been very patient and it’s great that he’s got his reward. If the ground dries too much we’ll give him a break but there is a race in Tipperary (on May 23) that he could go for if the ground is alright. He’s had one run over fences before and eventually that’s where he will be heading. He travels fierce well but if he hits the front he thinks he’s enough done and Sean said the mistake early in the straight actually helped him as he’d have landed in front if he’d winged it.
Wexford Fri, 5th Apr, 2019
Darver Star That was grand. The last day here over two miles was just too sharp for him. This looked the ideal step-up for him. I thought he wasn't too badly handicapped but that wasn't a bad race today. He won well in the end and he'll jump a fence in time. He had some leg trouble before I got him so he might need an ease in the ground. I don't know if he'll stay going for the summer, we'll wait and see.