Cheltenham Tue, 10th Mar, 2020
Shishkin We say it every year, that something will come and bite you and sadly this year it was Altior, so it’s a relief to begin with a winner. He was one of our more powerful shots of the week, but all three ran well really (Allart was fifth) — they are three lovely horses. I couldn’t see what was happening to Shishkin coming down the hill, he got slightly hampered and Barry (Geraghty) looked in the right place on Chantry House, but Shishkin has got those gears — and he needed them. Nico was cool-headed, we know he’s cool round here.
Gowran Park Sat, 7th Mar, 2020
Bob Olinger We hoped he was a nice horse and he had been working nicely. Obviously the favourite looked very nice as well. I'm delighted with our fella and he's an exciting horse. He had been working nice but he had to go against my bumper stats as well which is no mean feat!. I'm delighted for Robcour and the Achesons. It's great for Patrick to win the race (named in honour of Dr Brendan Doyle) and I'm honoured to win it. He's entitled to go for a winners bumper. I don't know where or when, today was Plan A. You have Aintree and Punchestown and we'll discuss it with the owners and see what they want to do. I was concerned about the ground being a bit too soft. He has worked well on good ground and up the sand at the Curragh so better ground shouldn't be a problem.